About Me

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About Me

I am based in the greater Minneapolis, Minnesota area. I love to write, and I like helping authors make their books the best they can be.

I work with fiction (historical, mystery, literary, sci-fi, western, action/adventure) and non-fiction (any topic except math and politics).

The services I offer are:

-Line editing
-Copy editing
-Developmental editing
-Substantive editing
-Detailed proofreading

My core skills are:
-Basic grammar
-Advanced grammar
-Story Pacing
-Typo fixing
-Story continuity
-Dialogue
-Character development
-Fact checking
-Plot verisimilitude

 

How I Work

After you query me, I will send you a list of questions about your project.  After those are answered, I will do a free five page sample edit/evaluation for you so I can determine what type of work your manuscript needs.  After you hire me to work on your manuscript I will go over it chapter by chapter, doing at least two passes over each chapter until the project is finished.  I also will provide feedback to you about your manuscript as a whole.

I work with Word and Open Office files.

My turnaround time is determined per project.  Sometimes it takes me two weeks to complete an edit, or sometimes less than that, or sometimes more.

I seek to work with all my clients as closely as possible in order to ensure their manuscripts are in good shape, but note: I cannot do it all alone.  Crafting a good book is always a team effort, starting with the author, then going to his or her beta readers, passing the manuscript through the hands of an editor and then a proofreader, and finally back through the beta readers before the book goes to market.

Click here for my current rates and special offers.

 

What I Do And Do Not Do

I am not affiliated with any literary agent or publishing house.  I do not rewrite client manuscripts to the point their words are no longer theirs nor do I do formatting work.

I always respect my clients’ intellectual property rights.

 

My Qualifications

My experience with writing:

 I submitted a winning entry entitled “Station of Time” to a 1993 short story contest for young authors sponsored by Minnetonka, Minnesota Border’s Book Store.

 

I contributed a guest commentary to MinnPost’s Community Voices section entitled “Why do the Vikings needs come before others?” (published November 11th, 2011).

I contributed a guest post entitled “The Three Biggest Problems of being a Freelancer” to Robbie Cox’s blog “The Mess That is Me” (published September 7th, 2015).

I contributed another guest commentary to MinnPost’s Community Voices entitled “It’s time for hate groups to be illegal” (published July 6th, 2015).

I contributed a guest post entitled “What To Do (And Not Do) When Approaching Editors” to author K.D. Rose’s blog (published June 6th, 2015).

I was a volunteer slush reader for Every Day Fiction from 2013 to 2015.

I am NaNoWriMo winner (2013–50,075 words!)

My short story “Showdown On Lyndale Avenue” appeared in the anthology Stories on the Go: 101 Very Short Stories by 101 Authors.

And I have had over thirty letters to the editor published, appearing in magazines such as National Geographic, Model Railroader, and Trains Magazine. Along with newspapers such as the Star-Tribune and the Pioneer Press.

My experience with editing:

I was a volunteer co-editor of “Steamboatin’ News” (later “Steamboat and Trolley”), the newsletter of the Lake Minnetonka Division of the Minnesota Transportation Museum, from 1999 to 2001.

And I have edited over 100 books.  Here is a partial list of them (a full list is available upon request):

995 To Manhattan, by J.D. Lazerine (Self-published by J.D. Lazerine, 2015. Available here at Amazon.com)

Footprints, Harbours, and Colours, by Ria Wiid (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015. Available here at Amazon.com)

Colonization: The Seamus Chronicles, Book 3, by K.D. McAdams (Self-published by K.D. McAdams, 2014. Available here at Amazon.com)

The Attitude of the Masters, by Celine Theron. (Inquest Publishing, 2014. Available here at Amazon.com.)

Ghost No More: a memoir, by CeeCee James. (Self-published by CeeCee James, 2014. Available here at Amazon.com.)

The Serial Reporter, by Thomas Fincham. (Self-published by Thomas Fincham, 2014. Available here at Amazon.com.)

The Runaway Reporter, by Thomas Fincham. (Self-published by Thomas Fincham, 2014. Available here at Amazon.com.)

The Silent Reporter, by Thomas Fincham. (Self-published by Thomas Fincham, 2014. Available here at Amazon.com.)

The Rogue Reporter, by Thomas Fincham. (Self-published by Thomas Fincham, 2014. Available here at Amazon.com.)

The Unholy Trinity: Origins, by Daniel Gage. (Self-published by Daniel Gage, 2013. Available here at Amazon.com.)

The Unholy Trinity: Revelations, by Daniel Gage. (Self-published by Daniel Gage, 2014. Available here at Amazon.com.)

Naomi Grim: Book One of the Silver Scythe Chronicles, by Tiffany Nicole Smith (Self-published by Tiffany Nicole Smith, 2013. Available here at Amazon.com.)

Keira Grim: Book Two of the Silver Scythe Chronicles, by Tiffany Nicole Smith. (Soon to be published.)

The Man who Became Frankenstein’s Monster, by Robert Daicy. (Self-published by Robert Daicy, 2013. Available here at Amazon.com.)

Friends of the 261: Willmar & Boylston Steam Trips 2013 Route Guide, by Robert Tabern. (Lulu.com, 2013. Available here.)

Bold: Get Noticed, Get Hired, by Joshua Siva, Melanie Feldman, and Liz Madsen. (Create Space, 2013. Available here at Amazon.com)