Sarah Lane

Sarah Lane – Editor

Efficient, thorough, and highly experienced editor with freelance and in-house background in educational publishing.

Overview


"Whenever there's a critical need to get my message right (from a marketing or educational perspective), I turn to Sarah. Sarah is able to turn my trash words into sentences that are works of art, in ways that I honestly haven't found anyone else able to do since my English teachers in school. My non-profit's marketing is now at a substantially more professional level, which has helped us in numerous ways, from recruiting volunteers to partnering with other orgs to fundraising. I know she can do the same for any other company or group out there. Hire her!"
—Loren Bast, Executive Director of Bainbridge Prepares

During my career, I've worked in house and as a freelancer editing textbooks and business materials, managing projects, writing more than 2,000 journalistic articles and essays, developing curriculum and training materials, and ghostwriting.

Numerous writers I edited for requested me on subsequent editions of their books. My educational publishing clients include Glencoe/McGraw-Hill; The Mountaineers Books; NTC/Contemporary Publishing; Scott, Foresman and Company; and The Wright Group. My business clients include Ernst & Young, The Spencer Foundation, Seattle City Light, Seattle Public Utilities, The Washington Health Foundation, and Columbia College Chicago. I edited A Hot Planet Needs Cool Kids by Julie Hall, widely praised by leaders in the green movement including Bill McKibben, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, and then-Congressman Jay Inslee.

When working with an author, I make sure to listen carefully to the specifics of the project before proceeding. Then I aim to provide exactly the level of edit requested. I edit first with an eye toward clarity, which encompasses grammar, structure, and transitions. I also make sure the tone is consistent and the writing is engaging.

Skills:

Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Photoshop
Blogging
Brochures and other marketing materials
Copyediting: developmental, general copyedits, editorial assessment
Journalism
Newsletters
One-sheets and pitches
Research
SEO optimization
Social media
WordPress websites: plugins, general CSS and html, keywords research and targeting, stats and SEO monitoring, and headers, colors, and fonts customization


"As a fledging author overwhelmed by the need to establish an online presence, I needed serious help. Hiring Inkshed was the smartest move I could have made. Sarah understood my situation perfectly. She prepared a clear and manageable plan for how to proceed, and she cheerfully worked by my side to teach me not only how to navigate the mysterious ways of websites and social media, but why it matters. I learned strategy and larger goals, not merely the procedural mechanics involved. Both thumbs way up for Sarah and Inkshed!"
—Marlowe Benn, author of Relative Fortunes and Passing Fancies

"I hired Sarah for a blog post project and she exceeded my expectations. Not only did she deliver what I asked for within the time frame allowed but she put her own special touch to the post that showed how creative and skilled she is."
—Troy S.

"Sarah was extremely helpful in the setup of my business. She saved me tons of time and answered all of my questions quickly. I highly recommend her services."
—R. Miller, Miller Speech-Language Pathology


Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Career Guides Earth, Space, & Environmental Sciences Education & Reference Psychology
Fiction
Historical Fiction Historical Mysteries Literary Fiction
Languages
English (US)
Awards
  • Second place in national Chapter One Contest
  • Residency at Cottages at Hedgebrook
Certifications
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Psychological First Aid
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Work experience

Self-employed

May, 1992 — Present

Provide clients with content for marketing, blogs, websites, newsletters, social media, presentations, and news releases, optimized for SEO when appropriate. Copyedit fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. Design and implement marketing plans, build and update WordPress websites, and provide staff training in website and social media management. Clients include individuals, businesses, and nonprofits.

Proof Positive/Farrowlyne Associates

Jan, 1991 — Nov, 1992 (almost 2 years)

Managed editorial production of college projects, edited manuscripts, communicated with authors and clients, supervised and evaluated editorial staff, and bid for projects.

Portfolio

Foggy Panes

Winthrop, Thea

Book by Mencher, Melvin
A highly illuminating examination of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) and its insidiously traumatic impact on family members and partners. Packed with insight, compassion, and practical strategies for recovery, this is a must-read for survivors and clin... read more
Kids, parents, and teachers will find the very latest information about the causes and effects of climate change, how people are working to reduce it, and ways kids and their families and schools can join the fight. A Hot Planet Needs Cool Kids teaches and ins... read more
This edition continues to illustrate the principles of news reporting and writing with telling examples from print and broadcast journalism. Students are shown journalistic principles and concepts so that they may write accurate, precise and captivating news s... read more
Rise: A Memoir

Rise Myers

An Ability to RiseRisé was named after the opera star Risë Stevens. It was as if her mother knew that Risé was not meant to be written into the family’s tragedies. In fact, from a young age Risé found a way to rise above the chaos, abuse, and molestation of he... read more

Sarah has 19 reviews

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Paul T.

Paul T.

Aug, 2023

Sarah provided insightful and thorough developmental editing suggestions. She exceeded my expectations by also providing useful suggestions for publishing. She is experienced and has been a solid resource for completing my present manuscript, and other books in the works.
Amanda S.

Amanda S.

Jun, 2023

We started using Sarah for our non-fiction educational materials. She was very prompt and thorough. Her suggestions were spot-on and she was professional and communicative throughout the process. We have hired her to continue working on several projects and highly recommend her.
Sarah L.
Thank you, Amanda! The feeling is mutual!
Jay R.

Jay R.

Feb, 2023

Sarah's editorial assessment of my manuscript was immensely helpful. She took it upon herself to restructure the 75k word document so that it flowed in a much better way. Her work allowed me to skip a developmental edit and go straight to a line edit. I would work with her again and highly recommend.
Jan T.

Jan T.

Nov, 2022

I am so excited to have found Sarah! She is an amazing editor, who did a great job with my book. I highly recommend her if you are looking for an editor. She is very professional and helped me to make my book the best it could be. Thank you, Sarah!
Sarah L.
Thank you, Jan! I love working with you!
Shannon M.

Shannon M.

Sep, 2022

Sarah offered honest and concise editing and notes to help guide me in my writing. Sarah gave me specific examples and advice on how to better organize my thoughts in the written form. Sarah went above and beyond in how she addressed the many areas in which I can improve my writing as well as how to communicate myself in the written form. Sarah was thorough in her comments and editing process....
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