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Huh? So how does this whole editing thing work?

A good editor is your most lovingly attentive — and yet deeply critical — reader. He or she wants nothing more than for every sentence to sing, for each paragraph to flow gracefully into the next.

But polishing paragraphs and smoothing out sentences are only part of the job. As an editor, I simultaneously evaluate structure, language, pace. Would that last paragraph be better as your opening? Is the article or chapter too long or too slight? I’m also checking your argument for holes and flaws in logic to make sure you’ll leave readers convinced. Finally, I’m looking for what’s not there. Are there other facts you need? Are there additional details that would flesh out a particular passage?

I work in Microsoft Word or Pages, using the Track Changes feature. This makes my edits transparent to the writer, and lets me insert specific comments or questions. Clients can accept my change, or revert to the original phrasing.

Editing, then, isn’t a process of making corrections. (If you need someone to attend to only spelling, grammar, punctuation or style, I can refer you to several terrific copy editors.) It’s a collaboration between the writer and an editor who is equally invested in making a piece of writing as strong as possible.

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What? Services we offer

Line editing. Sentence-by-sentence editing for nonfiction, including essays, magazine articles, white papers, reports, book chapters, op-eds, blogs and more.

Editorial consulting. Strategy for individual projects or planning for ongoing content development and delivery, such as web articles, blogs or newsletters.

Manuscript evaluation. Quick read-only assessment of appropriateness for target use or publication.

Op-Eds. Op-ed writing, editing, targeting. Basically all things op-ed. See some samples of articles I helped place, and a few I wrote. 

Temporary staffing. Short-term assistance for publications short-handed because of illness, vacation or family leave.

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Who? Meet the editor-in-chief

Greetings. Robin Rauzi, freelance editor, here.

Freelance editor Robin Rauzi.

My specialty is nonfiction, particularly opinion writing, cultural criticism, and personal essays and memoirs. I spent 13 years as writer and editor at The Los Angeles Times — the final few on the op-ed page, where I helped activists, academics, journalists and political figures hone their arguments.

I grew up in a small town in central Ohio, moved to Los Angeles to attend the prestigious USC film school at 18, and pretty much never left. Two Midwest winters at Ohio University (earning a master's degree from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism) sent me scurrying back to warmer climes and a job as an arts and entertainment writer for The Times.

My approach to editing is deeply shaped by my experience in journalism, where it’s the job of an editor not just to point out problem spots, but to offer solutions. Years on a daily newspaper also mean I can get up to speed on new topics in a hurry and turn things around on a tight deadline.

I founded Get Rauzi Editorial Services in 2009 to provide companies, nonprofits, independent writers and staff-strapped publications with high-caliber editing-on-demand services.

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How much? Hourly rates and project estimates

It depends. Do you have a 300-page book manuscript, or just a 600-word essay? Do you need a whole website created, or just a polish to your existing home page?

I believe the fairest way to charge clients is by the hour, because each job and each client has different needs — and sometimes those needs shift as a project progresses. I use software to track my time to the minute, so my invoice will detail for you what I worked on, when, and for exactly how long.

You pay for only the time your job needs. You don’t pay me to talk to my Mom, or take yoga, or sit around and wait for return calls. There’s a pause button for all that.

I’m happy to calculate estimates or to provide day or weekly rates. I also can provide references to, or contract work from, a number of highly skilled specialists, including writers, researchers, copy editors, designers and photographers.

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Unedited! Unfiltered thoughts on language, writing and publishing

Editor, heal thyself

When I first left daily journalism, I wasn’t exactly sure how to translate my skill set for the business world. My resume made perfect sense to a newspaper editor, but  beyond the newsroom, who knew what anyone would make of it.

So I hired someone. I overwhelmed her with information about how editors work,  why I was such a great newsroom utility player, and list of all the projects I’d ever worked on. It was a hard job. She wrote a very dense two-page resume for me.

I’ve rarely used it. Which is good, it turns out. I looked at my resume again a few weeks ago and nearly choked. Here I’ve been, claiming to cut through jargon and write clear clean prose, and still passing out a document that was the antithesis of clear or clean. Here’s how Microsoft Word summed up its readability.

Grade level of 12 to understand it. Readability index below 20%. If I ever sent this resume to you, I apologize now.

I took a quick run it again recently, and cut it down significantly — even though I have five years more experience and more clients. The average sentence length is cut in half. Readability nearly tripled. 

 

It’s still a resume, but at least it doesn’t run counter to my entire raison d’être. Whew.

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Get Rauzi Editorial Services
Los Angeles, Calif.
(213) 222-6631
Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific Time
or by appointment



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