So, you might have a couple of thoughts running through your head now that you’ve happened upon my blog.
Why do I need copy editing services? I’m a good writer; surely, if there are mistakes in my writing, I can find them.
What qualifies a graduate student to do this for me?
Well, let’s start with the first question. It doesn’t matter how good of a writer you are, how much time you’ve spent working on something, or how OCD you are about grammar, punctuation, etc. If you wrote it, you are too close to it to see it clearly. Plain and simple. If you are planning on submitting your work to an agency, a publisher, or self-publishing it, plan for success and hire a copy editor or developmental editor (Go to the Services page if you’re not clear on the difference)
So, why would you hire me? Well, there are a number of reasons but first and foremost, I have varied experience. Before beginning graduate school I was the editor-in-chief for my school’s literary magazine, did freelance copy-editing for a student director, and wrote for the school newspaper. I was also involved in a summer documentary project that required a heavy load of writing and creating transcriptions from video. Since finishing my first year of graduate school I have had one internship at Grove Atlantic in their Publicity and Marketing departments and am now working at Artisan (a division of Workman Publishing) as an editorial part-time employee/intern. I have excelled in this position due to my sharp eyes and editorial skills.
Secondly, while utilizing my experience you will also notice my hourly rates are lower than my competition. The reasoning is simple: while my skill set is strong, my reputation is not. Yet. This is where you come in.
Based on the assumption that you are searching for a skilled, but inexpensive, individual for copy editing or developmental purposes, I offer you this: a FREE sample developmental edit or copy edit of up to 5 pages of your manuscript. Or, if you’re in the market for help writing a pitch letter or putting together a package to send to agencies/publishers, I will be happy to provide you with a free consultation (including a price estimate) before taking you on as a client.
Regardless of your needs, I am here to provide you with a roadmap to success!