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About Me

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I help writers communicate with readers clearly and effectively so their informative and prescriptive nonfiction books are ready for publishing and their business documents and presentations are ready to work for them. I especially enjoy working with cookbooks, how-to books, and education, parenting, business, technical, and Christian nonfiction subject matter.

Writing and teaching technical courses at IBM, homeschooling, serving on the board of a private Christian school, and doing various kinds of volunteer work have given me an excellent grounding in the logical thinking, clear communication, and attention to detail I use every day as an editor.

 

I work  in US, UK, and Canadian English using several style guides, such as The Chicago Manual of Style, Turabian, APA 7, New Hart's Rules/Oxford, the Christian Writer's Manual of Style, and my clients' custom style guides.

 

I love to help writers eliminate issues that can distract readers, so their ideas can shine through. Let me handle the language issues so you can focus on your ideas.

Professional Association Memberships

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Editorial Freelancers Association Member
ACES:The society for editing

Past Editing Projects

  • Monographs 13 of the 18 monographs in the Charlotte Mason Centenary Series (copyediting)

  • Journal article – Operations Research (proofreading)

  • Doctoral dissertation – Operations Research (proofreading)

  • Doctoral dissertations (3) – Ministerial Leadership (copyediting, references, formatting, proofreading)

  • Nonfiction book – On the Spiritual Disciplines: An Introduction to Christian Practice (copyediting, references, print and ebook formatting, proofreading)

  • Doctoral dissertation – Theology, Spiritual Care (copyediting, references, formatting, proofreading,)

  • Master's thesis – Economic History (proofreading)

  • More than 250 presentations for Amazon Web Services conferences (technical copyediting, fact checking, formatting)

  • More than 70 other documents, including thesis and dissertation chapters, essays, reports, marketing presentations, project proposals, statements of work, resumes, and website copy (copyediting, references, formatting, proofreading)

Courses

  • Proofreading 1: Introduction – Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP)

  • Proofreading 2: Headway – CIEP

  • Proofreading and Copyediting with the Chicago Manual of Style – Editorial Freelancer's Association (EFA)

  • Copyediting: Beginning – EFA

  • Copyediting: Intermediate – EFA

  • Word Styles and Templates – Cadman Training

  • How to Mark Up PDF Page Proofs – Denise Cowle Editorial Training

  • Working With Indie Authors – EFA

Conferences

  • ACES: Unleashing Creativity – April 4–6, 2024

  • CIEP Annual Conference – September 9–11, 2023

  • EFACON – August 17–19, 2023

  • ACES: Accelerate – September 21–22, 2022

  • ACES: Emerge – March 31 through April 2, 2022

Webinars

  • Plain Language and Editors  Editors Canada

  • Guiding Your Clients to Successfully Self-Publish – Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA)

  • Editorial Business Best Practices – Professional Editors Network (PEN)

  • Freelance Editing in the Cookbook and Recipe Niche – Editors Canada

  • Intellectual Property for Authors – Nonfiction Authors Association (NFAA)

  • Publish Nonfiction Books Like a Pro – NFAA

  • Understanding Styles and Templates in Word – EFA

  • Demystifying Macros – EFA

  • Working with Self-Publishing Authors – ACES: The Society for Editing (ACES)

  • Developing a Quality Editorial Process End-to-End – ACES

  • Write to be Understood: Science of Reading Supports Use of Plain Language Guidelines – ACES

  • Self-Publishing Best Practices – Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) and Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi)

  • Expressing Numerical Quantities in Text – ACES

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