I help writers polish their prose through developmental, line, and copy editing. My goal as an editor is to make your words sing while helping you grow as a writer. I work with writers at all skill levels on everything from e-mail newsletters to academic theses to books. If you’ve got a writing project that needs another set of eyes, send me an email or schedule a 15-minute discovery call.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who do you work with?
I work with both organizations and individuals.
Organizations: I work on a non-disclosure basis with NGOs, development aid agencies, multinational corporations, political advisors, and government ministries to ensure their publications are linguistically solid. My focus is on climate change research and sustainable development topics. As I specialize in editing texts written by speakers of English as a Foreign Language, I can also ghostwrite and rewrite as requested.
Individuals: I approach editing from a pedagogical perspective: How can I best help you to strengthen your story? My developmental edits take a broader look at your book and include an editorial letter that covers plot, pacing, character development, and setting while my line edits focus on the sentence level. I prefer to take on full manuscripts but will also read short stories, personal essays, and pitches. Please note I only work with contemporary and lit fiction (no romance, SFF, or horror), MG, YA, and memoir or academic theses on subject matters I’m familiar with (Germany, the Holocaust, women’s studies, art).
Can I book you for a developmental and a copy edit?
I rarely copyedit entire manuscripts for individuals; that’s most often coordinated by the publisher and not the author themselves. If you book a developmental edit and have rewritten, we can discuss a discounted line edit rate.
How much do your services cost?
I price each project individually at a very reasonable rate; the total amount will depend on a number of factors, including the length of the project and your location. I can bill in Germany with MwSt/VAT, other EU countries, and the US. I will give you an exact written quote along with an estimated delivery date before proceeding and most contracts include a single round of revisions and/or feedback discussion. I’m happy to work within your organization’s budget and offer discounted rates to those who are traditionally marginalized.
What are my credentials?
I have an MFA in creative writing with a focus on fiction and personal non-fiction (memoir) from Penn State University and have worked with some of the top writers of our time. My academic career has included teaching short fiction and the art of the personal essay, academic writing, media literacy, and storytelling. Prior to grad school, I worked as a proofreader and production editor at a humanities textbook publisher.
A recipient of a Fulbright scholarship, I have also been invited to Breadloaf and I regularly review memoirs for The Washington Post’s Book World. I write for publications like Harper’s Bazaar, The Cut, Marie Claire, The Guardian, Artsy, and The Art Newspaper.