To me, editing is about earning trust and building relationships. As a prospective client, I want you to know right away that I recognize the trust you place in me and I will seek to earn it by assuming whatever roles are needed to help you successfully manage your project.
I work closely with my clients to clarify their goals and complete their work. My services include developmental editing, substantive editing, line/copy-editing, proofreading, and indexing for clients ranging from graduate students to full professors.
I like to create support networks for authors that align press editors, peers, and myself in the process of realizing the best possible version of their project. Sometimes this means working to give the client space; at other times it means opening up channels of communication. My goal is to figure out how I can help generate and sustain an environment that allows my clients to focus on realizing their ideas.
I am an interdisciplinary academic and this orientation is reflected in the diversity of projects I have supported. My clients work in fields like Dance Studies, Anthropology, Architecture, and American studies. I’m happy to adopt the editorial perspective of an engaged outsider to these and other fields: I ask questions on behalf of future readers and apply techniques of tracking and arrangement to make sure the document delivers answers.
My work has helped clients publish monographs at presses including Harvard University Press, Wesleyan University Press, and Routledge Press. In some cases I have been able to assist with finding an appropriate press, as well. These projects have met every deadline without exception, including deadlines for promotion.
Every project will be slightly different with regard to fee structure, but in the interest of transparency I will say that a good starting point is to assume 10 dollars per page of substantive edits. I have also worked with per-project flat and time-based fees.
Going back to the idea of trust, I also generally offer an editorial sample free of charge. After discussing your needs I typically take a part of the project and deliver it back with the kinds of edits required. At this point you are either free to choose another editor with no payment required, or we can continue our relationship with any needed adjustments and the sample edit becomes part of the future invoice.
For more information, including references, completed project descriptions, and samples, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (773) 896-7303.