I provide efficient and thorough development editing, copyediting, and proofreading services of fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. I also help authors revise their books or navigate the self-publishing process. I enjoy coaching new authors and collaborating with seasoned authors. My experience in editing more than 70 books (and counting) in the For Dummies series allows me to help authors shape their manuscripts into well-organized, readable books. I have also helped many independent authors realize their publishing goals.
I’m a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and the Christian PEN. I have been an editor for more than 20 years.
During my eight years with the For Dummies imprint, I edited more than 50 Dummies books and worked on dozens of special projects with short timelines. I performed proofreading, copyediting, line editing, and developmental editing, ensuring that manuscripts maintained consistency with the brand.
I coached authors on the completeness of the table of contents and the order of chapters for their books. When the writing phase began, I ensured that each chapter was well organized and covered the appropriate information to meet readers' needs. After the manuscript was completed, I managed the production process, which included submitting graphic elements (photos, illustrations, graphs), reviewing final layouts, and turning in articles for the Dummies website.
I work on everything from the ubiquitous For Dummies books to children’s books written by independent authors. I can evaluate a table of contents for content and organization; edit chapters for consistency and flow; and suggest better ways to word clunky sentences. Versed in the Chicago Manual of Style, Associated Press style, and countless house styles, I can spot a misplaced modifier at 20 paces, proofread text for pesky typos and grammatical errors, and correct comma errors with one eye tied behind my back.
You want a deeper relationship with God. And you know God wants a deeper relationship with you. But how are you supposed to make that happen? After all, you have to get the kids to their activities, pay the bills, buy groceries, return emails, work overtime, and update your Facebook status. Who has time for prayer or a moment of meditation? In Busy and Blessed: 10 Simple Steps for Parents Seek... read more
You think your social life could be better. You’ve felt shy as long as you can remember. Your conversations have more awkward moments than you’d like. Maybe you don’t need a ton of friends, but you’d like to have some people to hang out with on occasion. You want to make changes, but you don’t know where to start. Lots of people have been in your shoes, so you’re hardly a lost cause, and it’s ... read more
It's easy to become a superhero.First, discover a superpower. It might take a while to get used to, though --- especially if it's something as weird as being your twin brother half the time.Second, recruit a sidekick. Or, two. It'd be nice if they weren't a pyromaniacal sycophant and a foul-mouthed midget, but you get what you get.Third, and most important, hire a mentor --- preferably not a v... read more
A fast and easy way to write winning white papers! Whether you’re a marketing manager seeking to use white papers to promote your business, or a copywriter keen to break into this well-paying field, White Papers For Dummies gives you a wealth of practical, hands-on advice from one of the world’s leading experts in the field. The fact-based documents known as white papers have been called the “... read more
Your hands-on, friendly guide to writing young adult fiction With young adult book sales rising, and bestselling authors like J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer exploding onto the scene, aspiring YA writers are more numerous than ever. Are you interested in writing a young adult novel, but aren't sure how to fit the style that appeals to young readers? Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies giv... read more
“I guess life is kind of like the summer I spent with Jesse—long days make short weeks, and you don’t get much of a chance to be a different person.” —PJ Unable to forgive himself for his involvement in a tragic crime, PJ escapes to the solitude of Able Lake every year, trying to reconcile the past and put it behind him. Now suffering from degenerative memory loss, he struggles to recall event... read more
A nine line is the standard radio format to evacuate casualties from the battlefield. It is a call for help.When Nick Patterson signed up for the Navy reserves, he just wanted some money for medical school. He never imagined he’d someday find himself fighting for life and limb in the sands of Iraq. Frustrated by a military bureaucracy he cannot begin to understand and an increasingly pointless... read more
From the illustrator of the Denver the Guilty Dog series (based on YouTube's real-life Denver the Guilty Dog), comes this fun and easy how-to guide for drawing realistic-looking cartoons and caricatures of your favorite animals--even your own pets! Simple step-by-step instructions show you how to draw dogs, cats, horses and exotic animals--and then which features to exaggerate for whimsical ca... read more
If you're looking for an easy, relaxing outlet for your creativity, you've come to the right place. Zen Doodle Unleashed features the same fun, free and soothing style that has made Tiffany Lovering a YouTube favorite! Express yourself with freeform tangles that are not confined within an outer boundary or "string." Instead, you create abstract patterns that flow and build off each other to fi... read more
Cheerful, adorable crafts that kids will love!Childhood is supposed to be magical. Instead of generic bedding, add some whimsy to children's bedrooms with fanciful quilts and huggable pals that looks like they jumped right off the fabric. From playful puppies to retro robots, this fanciful collection from author Antonie Alexander offers easy-to-follow directions for making one-of-a-kind creati... read more
Be Well Prepared and Well Fed!With all the uncertainty in the world today, there is peace in preparing. In an emergency, you don't want to depend on a grocery store or government agency to feed your family. Storing food assures your family's self-sufficiency year-round and benefits your budget when you plan correctly.This in-depth, nuts-and-bolts guide to storing food teaches you a variety of ... read more
Kirkus Review: "An energizing roundup of tips on alleviating headache pain." This book reveals what one can do to combat migraines, sinus pain, jaw pain, dizziness, tension headaches and more. This book is easy to read and full of excellent advice. The author, Karin Drummond, D.C., is very knowledgeable, a great diagnostician and excellent at her craft. She communicates in a very comprehensive... read more
Your plain-English guide to the many benefits of Vitamin D Vitamin D is in the news every day, as new tests and studies reveal encouraging information about its power in maintaining good health and preventing major illnesses. No longer thought to just play a role in calcium intake and bone growth, Vitamin D has a host of other functions in the body, playing a role in prevention of serious dise... read more
Sally is having a good time playing games and eating sweets at a birthday party. When it is time to leave, she gets upset and cries. She cries so much that her belly button pops out, and her stomach wiggles out of her body! Stomach runs away in search of exciting adventures and delicious treats. Stomach begins to feel sick. Then he discovers a surprising way to make himself feel better - and m... read more
If you experience frequent and uncomfortable symptoms relating to your bowels, you want a fast and easy cure—the sooner, the better. Combat Irritable Bowels reveals what you can do today to start relieving diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain. Learn how to naturally cure gastrointestinal problems like a spastic gallbladder, GERD, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and other diseases of... read more
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Every sentence matters! My passion is helping your words shine, whether you're at the beginning of your project or you need a final polish.