Hanna Richards

Hanna Richards - Editor


I'm a copyeditor and proofreader who loves grammar so much I teach it at UW. My goal with editing is to eliminate errors—not your voice.

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I’m a copyeditor and proofreader who also teaches grammar for the University of Washington's Certificate in Editing program. (Yes, I'm one of those "crazy kooks" who think that grammar is actually fun!)

I have nearly half a decade's experience working with self-publishing authors and traditional publishing houses. My clients have included Arctis Press, University of California Press, Fantagraphics Books, Girl Friday Productions, and more. Although I specialize in fantasy and graphic novels, I have a wide range of experience and love to edit a good story of any genre. I've also worked in-house for a marketing firm where I edited B2B content, including e-books, for well-known tech companies such as Microsoft Consulting Services, AWS, and Dell Technologies.

As an instructor at UW, I teach the ins and outs of grammar to up-and-coming editors. We cover topics such as sentence geography, subject-verb agreement, parallelism, parts of speech, punctuation, common writing pitfalls, and more. I can talk for hours about my favorite punctuation marks and the joys of using the subjunctive mood, and I'm fortunate to be able to—or at least attempt to—pass my love for grammar on to my students.

As an editor, I strive to enhance your manuscript by eliminating errors, not your voice.

What I look for when copyediting:

- Obvious gaps in logic and larger inconsistencies (e.g., page 16 says that a character has only one sister but on page 114 that character suddenly has two)

- Confusing or awkward phrasing

- Consistency in spelling, hyphenation, numerals, fonts, italics, and capitalization

- Errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, and syntax

What I look for when proofreading:
- Consistency in layout and main design components (running heads, footers, chapter headings, folios, etc.)
- Consistency in spelling, hyphenation, numerals, fonts, italics, and capitalization
- In-text design errors (bad line breaks, stacks, widows, orphans, etc.)
- Text errors (missing text, words, or punctuation, correct use of homophones, etc.)
- Glaring, non-subjective grammatical errors

Please reach out for more information about my rates or to receive a free editing or proofreading sample.

English (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels
Humor & Comedy
Middle Grade Fantasy
Science Fiction


  • Certificate in Editing, University of Washington

Portfolio (9 selected works)

Memento Monstrum

Til, Jochen, Rauers, Wiebke

Our Own Little Paradise

Kaurin, Marianne

The Painted Woman

Parra, Victoria

Bleeding Skull!: A 1990s Trash-Horror Odyssey

Choi, Annie, Carlson, Zack, Ziemba, Joseph A.

The Eternaut 1969 (The Alberto Breccia Library)

Oesterheld, Héctor Germán, Breccia, Alberto

Hanna has 2 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Chris Brimmage
There's not enough space to say all the positive things about collaborating with Hanna. She communicates clearly, meets deadlines, and gives feedback that makes you a better writer. This was my second project working with her, and I can't wait to continue working with her on the next one. I highly recommend her!

Chris Brimmage, November 2021

Chris Brimmage
Working with Hanna was a fantastic experience. Her copy edits on my humorous noir story helped to ensure the characters and world came to life more vividly, while at the same time ensuring my voice still shined through. She provided incredibly helpful suggestions that strengthened the prose, and her keen attention to detail helped to keep things consistent throughout the piece. She was communic...
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Chris Brimmage, September 2021

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