As a writer first and foremost, I have an in-depth understanding of the editing process, especially when it comes to creative writing. I was a Poetry Editor on Flagler College’s literary journal, FLARE: The Flagler Review, for the duration of one print edition and two online editions. As a member of a writer’s group, I edit novels, short stories, and poetry collections. I can work with track changes in Microsoft Word, and am experienced in several aspects of editing.
Content editing is looking at your overall story in terms of plot, characterization, organization, and structure. I read your manuscript to look for character development throughout your story, weak and strong points in your plot, and determine if there are any adjustments needed to create a better story. I provide detailed notes within your document using track changes or separately on a new document.
If you need someone to look over your work for general spelling and grammar, I am happy to oblige. I check for proper syntax, sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, and basic grammar elements. I also check the tone of your writing to see if it matches your target audience, point out any typos and fragments, and generally clean up your manuscript for submissions or publications. This is generally done using track changes on your document.
I offer editing for collections of poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction that you intend to publish or submit to literary journals. I also offer my services to journals who need editors to look over submissions. As a former Poetry Editor, I look for pieces that have captivating lines and structure that literary journals like to see. I work with you to submit a collection to the journals you want, and help you find journals that are best-suited for your work.
Newspaper & Magazine Editing
Whether you need a copy editor or submissions editor for your publication, I am available on a part-time or as-needed basis. I check for overall grammar and spelling of each article, and also sort through opinion pieces or other submissions to help you find the perfect addition to your newspaper or magazine. I am flexible with pricing for my services and also offer volunteer work when needed.