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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 a writer and an editor who both are 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 here. 

Freelance editor Robin Rauzi.

I'm a freelance editor specializing in nonfiction, particularly opinion writing, cultural criticism, and personal essays and memoirs. I was a writer and editor at The Los Angeles Times for 13 years, the final few as an articles editor for the Opinion section,  where I helped activists, academics, journalists and political figures hone their arguments in op-eds.

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 high-caliber editing to companies, nonprofits, independent writers and staff-strapped publications.

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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

Practice

I’ve been thinking recently about what it means for something to be “a practice,” and how that perhaps differs from something you just do, or a habit, or a hobby. For instance, I’ve been taking yoga classes for 11 years, and somewhere in that timeline that I stopping “doing yoga” and began to  have my own “yoga practice.”

I often don’t feel like I have a real yoga practice, to be honest. I take two or three yoga classes per week, and I know the poses very well, and my body has absolutely changed and adapted as a result. But I almost never practice yoga by myself. I know there are people who have deeply internalized multiple series of poses and can string those series together for themselves. But I find that I spend a lot of time thinking, “Up dog, down dog, and, well… now what?”

And yet when I teacher at the end of class says to everyone, “Thank you for being here today and sharing your practice,” it still sounds right. We have all come together to try to go through these movements. And I truly believe that we are all better at it because we do it together.

I’ve been thinking about practice, too, in the context of going to church. It’s no secret that I wound up at St. James because I was looking for a place to sing – and a choir that didn’t require an audition of any kind. In the process of showing up week after week, being at church also became a practice. Singing is part of that to be sure – a physical activity that is as focused and emotionally uplifting as yoga. Sitting quietly, listening, and contemplating the questions that church asks of us – that is also a practice. 

To be confirmed into the Episcopal Church, you have to take a class. And one of the first things the clergy asked everyone in my class was why they had chosen to do this. I replied, “Well, I realized that if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck.” I’m sure it came off as silly. What I meant, though, is that we are what we do.

In so many contexts, we assert that we are what we say we are. In faith, that we are what we believe. But in truth, I believe we are what we do. We are what we practice. I can say I’m a runner, but I’m not – because I don’t run. I am a yogi because I practice yoga. And I am an Episcopalian because I go to this church and contemplate my place in the world in this way.

I haven’t felt like a writer in a long time, because even though I know how, I haven’t been doing it. Perhaps that will change with practice.

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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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