Wordsmithing

I’ve been writing since I could hold a pencil.

My background is in creative writing; specializing in creative non-fiction and poetry and I have degrees in Journalism and Philosophy. Most of my published writing is academic and business-oriented. A significant part of my professional writing and editing has included rewriting and honing ideas, executive and virtual assistance  and using web technology such as blogs and community sites to help people develop sustainable self employment.

I specialize in crisp clarity, nurturing your voice, authenticity in your message, creating space for ideas to grow, offering inspiration, and allowing you to clear your brain of some of the jumbled thoughts that frequently live there.

I have worked on a range of materials, from academic articles to web content and copy writing. I have written (and edited) articles, essays, e-zines, print magazines, handouts, handbooks, product descriptions, catalogs, manuals, tutorials, walkthroughs,  book chapters, books, memoirs, poetry,  punch lists, content calendars, worksheets, content marketing, blog posts and pages, artist statements, resumes, CVs, media kits and portfolios,  grant proposals and more, since 1990.

 I work primarily with passionate creatives, social entrepreneurs and other exceptional beings and their artistic ventures and endeavors. From fine art and photography, academic to not-for-profit to business to new technologies to business writing, I have assisted  many writers, artists, artisans,  small business owners, professionals and organizations to cultivate their best messages.

Ready? Set! Go!

I’ll help you. How?

I talk with you so I get a good idea of who you are and what you want to say or present.

I take your words and transform them to sound more like what you really want to say.

I work with you making sure that your written message conveys every tidbit of what you want it to.

There are no “grades” or criticisms.

This isn’t high school English.

The finished copy will sound like you.

I nurture and cultivate your voice while fixing whatever isn’t working for you or your readers.

Simply, I am here to help.

 

Okay, how? What is editing, really?

My editing skill set includes substantive or structural editing, copy editing, proofreading, and guidance in American copyright laws and the international Creative Commons movement. Here’s how I can help you.

Substantive or structural editing.

This is concept stuff, like the foundation of a building. I pinpoint the comprehensive themes of in your writing and make certain that they are organized and clear; I can point to your project’s cement and mix it so that the framework sits securely and the beams won’t split apart.

Copy editing.

This is editing at the sentence and paragraph level. Here, I make certain that your grammar, syntax, tone, spelling, and sentence structure all follow established rules and guidelines within your genre. I help you safeguard that the siding is on straight, the art on the walls will all hang on the level; even when the door slams.

Proofreading.

The final touch before printing or pressing “publish.” Proofreading is that last look to make sure that everything is as it should be in a final copy. This is when you make sure that the pillows are fluffed, the rugs are straight and the mantle is dusted.

Copyright and Creative Commons.

Copyright law has become a Gothic labyrinth. With vague signs pointing the way, boggy and brackish language, and Goblin Kings lurking around every dimly lit corner, I can help guide the way to finding what you need to do to protect your work and secure the rights of others to use in your work. If you own the estate the labyrinth sits on, we can talk about  getting copyright permissions for you. Better, though, is to check out the white knight of the Creative Commons.

Let’s get started!

 

Wait! How Much?

Generally, it is best to contact me and let me know a little bit about what your editing, writing, or virtual assistance project is about. From there, I can give you a better idea of how I can help you and what that will cost. Typically though, I can assist for far less than you might think.

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