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 a writer and an editor who both are equally invested in making a piece of writing as strong as possible.Close
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.Close
Who? Meet the editor-in-chief
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.Close
Unedited! Unfiltered thoughts on language, writing and publishing
You go for a walk in Los Angeles, and you never know what exactly is going to happen. I was out trying to get to my FitBit goal of 10,000 steps, starting from zero because I hadn’t even put the thing on my wrist. So I set out down Sunset Boulevard, into Echo Park.
About halfway around Echo Park Lake, the battery in my iPhone died, so that was the end of my podcast. Just as well – it was a really irritating episode of Radio Lab about two guys with rival ice cream trucks in Oregon. (What the heck this is doing on Radio Lab, I don’t know.) As I’m walking up the west side of the lake, I notice that the Canada Geese that were goslings during my last walk are now at a ridiculous adolescent goose stage. And up at the end of the lake I see a guy fishing.
We are two miles from the heart of downtown Los Angeles, and this guy is fishing. Casting and reeling, just happy as can be. Ah, Los Angeles.
And then he catches something. I’m getting closer as he reels it in. And while I’m no fish expert, I’m going to say it’s like a 5-lb bass. It’s definitely not a bluegill, catfish or trout. The guy is so excited that I don’t think he notices that something flipped off to the side on the pavement as he was lifting the fish out of the water. He’s busy stopping some other pedestrians to take a picture of him with this big fish when I look to see what was on the pavement.
It’s another fish. Much, much smaller. Maybe a small trout. It’s gaping its mouth open in that way that fish out of water do. I have no idea how it also got pulled from the water. Was the larger fish about to eat it when it got hooked? Was it also going for the lure?
Anyway, without thinking much about it, I go over and scoop it up and toss it back into the lake.
When I was nearly home, I stopped in a neighborhood Poké spot to get takeout for dinner. And as I left, I thought, “Huh, I just picked up fish for the second time today.”More Posts » Close
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