Editing services

Whether you are writing for business or pleasure you want sharp copy. That's where I can help. I offer a fresh set of eyes on your copy, whether it is one page or a book. My editing and writing skills were honed during a 30-year newspaper career. I can catch embarrassing errors and polish your writing so it is clear and engaging. If you know what you want to say but aren't sure how to say it, I can help with that, too. Here's what you need to know:

Basic editing

  • Correcting errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation

  • Fixing usage errors (for instance, affect or effect)

  • Smoothing out sentences and transitions

  • Reading for clarity

  • Ensuring the text adheres to the chosen style (AP, Chicago or in-house)

Heavy editing

Includes everything in basic editing, plus:

  • Checking facts and references

  • Removing duplication and making copy concise

  • Editing for completeness and suggesting additions for clarity


Developmental editing

This type of editing focuses on the big picture, analyzing the structure, consistency, tone and possibly recommending revisions.

What I work on

I edit nonfiction, including newsletters, reports, brochures, articles, magazines, newspapers and books. As a former newspaper reporter/editor, I can handle a wide range of topics, including environment, health/medical, business, education, social sciences, politics, international, religion, gardening, nature and nonprofits.


We will discuss the best approach for your project, the deadline and price. Rates for large projects are negotiable.