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
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Devoted editor/c.e./proofreader of graphic novels & children's books: Worked on 100+ titles, welcomes both the deeply serious & crazy weird.
I'm a copy editor and proofreader with over eight years of experience for major book publishers, magazines, and digital publications.