Patricia Cone

Patricia Cone - Editor

Oak Park, IL, USA

I'm an experienced editor, proofreader and wordsmith ready to help YOU put the finishing touches on your manuscript.

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Overview


Over the last 25+ years, I have worked with authors, publishers (both trade and academic), non-profits, and small businesses on a variety of writing and editing projects. I love helping people find their voice through the written word and working collaboratively with authors to develop stories, characters, and compelling content. My experience lends itself to developmental and copy editing as well as writing projects when needed.


I have extensive editorial experience with such groups as Pearson Publishing, Scott Foresman, and with Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Additionally I have experience as a grants manager and development director in the non profit space and have assisted such groups as the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. the American Lung Association, the T. Colin Campbell Foundation, and Hug-a-Book, an early literacy initiative of Family Focus, Inc.


What I love most however are books. I've spent many years working with writers on their manuscripts across nearly all genres and age groups, and I'm excited to continue to help authors hone their skills and fine tune their writing.


Testimonials for Patricia Cone

"Over the years my work with Patti Cone has enhanced my grant writing skills from providing facts and numbers to sharing the story that supports the facts and numbers. Her ability to integrate the two is phenomenal!"

Crystal Elliott-O'Connor, Early Childhood Leadership Professional


"Nothing is more important to a writer than an honest critique from an early reader who possesses literary and editorial insight and who can clearly express critical guidance. Patricia Cone is such a person, and I have relied on her to my great advantage as an author."

Russell Fee, author of A Dangerous Remedy, an Amazon Number1 bestseller in International Mystery & Crime. WINNER OF THE 2019 CHICAGO WRITERS ASSOCIATION BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD—INDIE FICTION


I have worked with Patti Cone on a variety of projects, from adult to children’s literature. She’s an insightful editor who is able to understand what is and isn’t working in a manuscript, and, more importantly, she’s able to communicate her concerns in a clear and constructive way.

I have found her comments on structural elements, plot, pacing, character development and narrative arc, to be as beneficial as her line-editing notes on grammar, punctuation, syntax and spelling.

Patti is a joy to work with. She’s encouraging and supportive, and she provides the tools you need to take your manuscript to the next level.

Janet Nolan, children’s and adult author


“[Thank you to]...Patricia Cone for proofreading the manuscript the second or third time I mistakenly thought I was finished.”

David Parrish, Author, Losing Jon, A Teen’s Tragic Death, A Police Cover-up, A Community’s Fight for Justice


“It’s mysterious how Patti always seems able to look beneath the surface of your writing, then reach in to pull out treasures you didn’t know were there. She has a gift for asking transformative questions that can add insight, depth and clarity to your work, while making you feel both safe and supported. She helps you see what is good in your writing so you have the courage to let the bad bits fall away. She doesn’t just tell you to dig deeper. She invites you to, “Dig here!”

Pamela Todd, Author, Picture Book, Middle Grade, YA, and Adult


"Patti Cone has been a writer and editor for us since the 1990s. Her work is timely and per our specs. She has edited a range of courses for us from medical topics, to braille, to technology. She has also written course sections for us on topics ranging from braille practice, to adjustment to blindness, to high school science courses. We've always appreciated working with Patti!"

Maki Wiering, Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Children’s Non-Fiction
Education & Reference
Health & Wellbeing
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • Certificate in Manuscript Editing, University of Chicago, School of Continuing Education

Work experience

Editor and Writer

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired
September, 1996 – December, 2019 (about 23 years)

I have worked in-house and contractually for Hadley as an editor and writer--beginning in 1996, Hadley offers distance learning courses leading to high school and college degrees. I have assisted in writing content for a wide range of courses including literature, basic skills, science (for example Earth Science) health (Diabetes), and IT (using the Internet).

My work with Hadley has included both line, copy, and substantive editing. I also write content for their courses.

Freelance editor

Self-employed
March, 2007 – Present (about 14 years)

I work with fiction and nonfiction authors. I also write and edit content for textbook companies as well as for education and health nonprofits.

The Blind Faith Hotel

Pamela Todd

When her family falls apart, fourteen-year-old Zoe feels like her whole world is going to pieces. Zoe's mother takes her kids away from their father, a fisherman who ships out to Alaska, and moves them to a run-down farmhouse she's inherited in the Midwest. Zoe's stuck -- in more ways than one. Surrounded by strangers and a sea of prairie grass, she loses her bearings. A brush with the law lan... read more

When her family falls apart, fourteen-year-old Zoe feels like her whole world is going to pieces. Zoe's mother takes her kids away from their father, a fisherman who ships out to Alaska, and moves them to a run-down farmhouse she's inherited in the Midwest. Zoe's stuck -- in more ways than one. Surrounded by strangers and a sea of prairie grass, she loses her bearings. A brush with the law lan... read more

Who You've Got To Kill

Russell O Fiaich

In this riveting thriller, a military trial uncovers a deep-seated political conspiracy. When defense counsel, Marine Captain Charles Slidell, discovers evidence that may bring the conspiracy to light and save his clients' lives, he ignites a conflagration of political intrigue and bloodshed that burns across the battlefields of Iraq, through the cities of Baghdad and Washington, and into the ... read more

In this riveting thriller, a military trial uncovers a deep-seated political conspiracy. When defense counsel, Marine Captain Charles Slidell, discovers evidence that may bring the conspiracy to light and save his clients' lives, he ignites a conflagration of political intrigue and bloodshed that burns across the battlefields of Iraq, through the cities of Baghdad and Washington, and into the ... read more

Pig and the Shrink

Todd, Pamela

Patricia has 12 reviews

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Stella ter Hart
Patricia edited my manuscript with care, patience, and empathy coupled with complete professionalism. She thoughtfully communicated with me at every stage, and at times her kid gloves were too soft! Patricia's suggestions, comments, corrections and "red lines" were just what I was hoping for. Her proofreading (DANG those comma splices) was invaluable. Thank you so very much, Patricia.

Stella ter Hart, March 2021

Patricia Cone
Stella's manuscript was clean, double spaced and with 1" margins. Hers is an incredible (at times fictionalized) memoir. I was deeply impressed with her quality of writing, her depth of knowledge, ...
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Joe Paradis
With nurturing, highly insightful comments and by slyly and kindly presenting suggestions that opened many doors, Patti has helped me beyond measure. She made me feel good about my work simply by the genuine enthusiasm and effort she displayed in editing my work. I now have ideas to develop based on her input that will enrich my manuscript considerably.

Joe Paradis, December 2020

Patricia Cone
Joe Paradis should write a book about writing. He is conscientious, reflective, hard working, and eager to strengthen his manuscript. Mr. Paradis has written a terrific manuscript (a memoir). He ha...
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Ben Swiercz
Patti was very helpful. Her work copy editing and proofreading my manuscript was very thorough, and she was well within her stated timeline. She identified some possible issues with my themes and reviewed them with me. Her wording recommendations knocked out my awkward sounding sentences. Thanks again!

Ben Swiercz, October 2020

Patricia Cone
Thank you, Ben. I have to say that Ben is a remarkable writer, and he absolutely understands the nature of story, character, voice!! It was a pleasure to work with Ben and to have the opportunity ...
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Frank Kelso
I had a short time schedule and Patracia delivered. Her work was professional and critical where she needed to be. She helped me improve my story.

Frank Kelso, September 2020

Patricia Cone
Mr. Kelso provided a clean manuscript, one ready for editing. There are some able writers in the field of fiction who can bring history to life with character, setting, language, and even pace! Mr...
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