Editing

I provide several services for writers, from editing to research and web site consulting. See Services, below, for more information, or contact me to discuss your requirements. I’m a member of Editors Canada, have three university degrees, have many years experience editing in-house, and have published a wide variety of items.

No matter how well you write, an editor can improve your work. Another set of eyes can find typos, spot inconsistencies, and identify absences. It’s hard to review your own work, and friends or colleagues may lack objectivity.

“Thanks for your careful and helpful review . . . .  I incorporated most of your suggestions and proposed changes. Where I decided not to, your comments did force me to rethink what I wrote, which was helpful.”

Recent Projects

  • Provided sample developmental edits for fiction works at Word on the Street, Halifax
  • Edited a book chapter for an academic text
  • Researched government websites, gathering information for an academic paper
  • Prepared a literature review for an academic paper
  • Edited a couple of novellas for a local author
  • Converted a WordPress blog to a full site, for a local author
  • Assisted a local small business develop their WordPress site
  • Performed an in-depth manuscript evaluation for a novel
  • Edited an academic textbook, including reference checking and formatting
  • Upgraded a WordPress site for a local author
  • Converted a WordPress blog to a full site, for a local author
  • Blog posts on editing and using WordPress.

Services

Editing is available for fiction and non-fiction, including academic papers. Please note that editing services for a thesis have special requirements, including permission from the supervisor. There are different types of editing:

  • Manuscript evaluation is the simplest (and cheapest) edit. This is like getting a review, before you have published. Ideally, this should be done early in the writing process, as major structural changes may be suggested.
  • Developmental editing considers structural issues in the work. For fiction, this includes the pacing, character consistency and development, and plot logic. For non-fiction, this includes the development, clarity, and strength of the argument.
  • Line editing is about the language used. It is a sentence level review of word choices, style, descriptions, and related content items.
  • Copy editing considers grammar, punctuation, plurals, use of contractions and abbreviations, hyphenation, definition of acronyms, consistent use of British, American, or Canadian spelling, how numbers appear, and similar matters.
  • Formatting is updating the layout of your work to meet the requirements of a specific style. This can include changing footnotes to end notes, modifying references, and moving page breaks.

The type of editing for your project depends on your requirements, including your budget. You are not restricted to a single type. For example, an edit may include comments on structural issues, word choices, and grammar corrections. We can discuss your editing requirements as part of preparing a quote.

For fiction, I have experience with literary and genre fiction, in long and short forms, including poetry. For non-fiction, my experience and background is in the humanities and information technology. I can use various styles, including in house, but am most experienced with Chicago and MLA. When preparing a quote, I may decline the work, or suggest you consider another editor, if I am not a good fit with your requirements.

Editing does not guarantee publication, but it can improve your chances of success. Just as athletes benefit from coaches, writers benefit from editors.

File Conversions include extracting text from legacy software, and converting to and from PDF files.

WordPress and Website Consulting is intended for people with little or no internet or WordPress experience. I can assist you choose between WordPress.org and WordPress.com, transfer a site from one to the other, convert a blog to a site, obtain a domain name, and teach you how to maintain and update a site. This service is only available within the Halifax Regional Municipality.

Research Services are also available. If you need materials from Halifax area libraries or archives, I can locate and obtain this for you. Local facilities include the Nova Scotia Provincial Archives, the Halifax Municipal Archives, and the university libraries at Dalhousie, Saint Mary’s, and Mount St. Vincent.

Rates vary depending on the task, the original material, and the amount of work requested. Please contact me to arrange a quote.

Style and Writing Resources

AAA American Anthropological Association

ACS American Chemical Society

AMA American Medical Association

AIP American Institute of Physics

AP Associated Press

APA American Psychological Association

Canadian Press

CSE Council of Science Editors

Chicago University of Chicago

MLA Modern Language Association

Purdue University OWL (APA, MLA, and Chicago)

Writing Commons, a great resource for college writers, including tips on APA and MLA styles.

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