To me, editing is about earning trust and building relationships. As a prospective client, I want you to know 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, copy-editing, proofreading, and indexing for clients ranging from graduate students and full professors to professional associations and businesses.
I support authors. This means aligning press editors, peer reviewers, art directors, myself and others in the process of realizing the best possible version of their project. My goal is to figure out how I can help generate and sustain an environment that allows authors to focus on their ideas.
I am an interdisciplinary academic and this orientation is reflected in the diverse projects I have supported. My clients work in fields like Dance Studies, African American Studies, Computer Science, Astrochemistry, Biology, 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. 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 a good starting point is to assume a minimum of 10 dollars per page of substantive edits. I have also worked with per-project and time-based fees.
Returning to the idea of trust: I also generally offer an editorial sample free of charge. After reviewing the sample you are either free to choose another editor with no payment required, or we can continue our relationship with any needed adjustments. 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.