Editing Services

I’ve been a copy editor, proofreader, and writing consultant for the past 7 years. I bring 15 years of experience as an English & Writing professor; I read and commented on thousands of pages of writing in my teaching career. I’m just as strong editing or trimming copy as I am proofing it, and I regularly draw on my teaching experience in helping clients plan and develop their writing. Chances are that if you need help with a writing project, I can do it.

I offer progressive services, depending on what you need and when you need it:

  • Have a novel or other project that needs a fresh set of eyes to tell you if it works? I’ll give you an aerial view.
  • Need direction, a workable timeline, and regular consulting on an in-progress draft and set of ideas? I’ll be your developmental editor.
  • Have a completed draft that needs line-by-line tightening, correcting, and querying? I’ll give you a thorough copy edit.
  • Need an objective look at your work’s style, word choices, grammar, and flow from someone who isn’t an expert? I’ll be your educated nonspecialist editor.
  • Have a finished manuscript that you need to submit to a publisher or graduate committee. I’ll give you a pre-submission edit.
  • Need a sharp eye for detail before submitting completed project—book, proposal, blog post, article, cover letter, résumé, etc.? I’ll be your proofreader.

Since 2010, I’ve worked on a variety of projects, including:

  • an EdTech company’s archive of proposals;
  • academic books, essay collections, essays, and journal articles;
  • novel and memoir manuscripts;
  • nonfiction book manuscripts;
  • dissertations and Master’s theses;
  • a museum exhibit program;
  • nonprofit proposals to the State Department and other government agencies.

Please contact me (proff74@gmail.com or @Joe_Fru on Twitter) to discuss your project and needs. I offer a free 20-minute video chat to discuss your work, expectations, process, and fee range.

My fee depends on your project’s length, timeline, and level of editing required:

  • Article, Essay, Conference Paper, or other Short-Form Work: $500-$1,500
  • Thesis (M.A., M.S., or M.F.A.): $750-$1,500
  • Dissertation, Book, Essay Collection, or other Long-Form Work: $1,500-$3,000
  • Aerial view (no editing; only comments) of a Manuscript: $500-1000

The fee includes 1-2 optional Skype sessions to discuss your edits and revision plan. I require a portion of the project cost up front, and I’ll send an estimate and work scope for us to agree on before I begin.

See here for my resume and here for some client testimonials.

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6 thoughts on “Editing Services

  1. Hello!

    I’d love to get your perspective on our new venture. “The Augustine Review.” We are developing it as an online magazine that will feature smart and engaging content written by unemployed and underemployed humanities grads and adjunct faculty. (At present, we are working on a business model that will allow us to pay contributors in the future.)

    We hope it will serve as a means to organize and support the collective adjunct voice in order to ensure its inclusion in the national higher education conversation – especially with regards to the humanities.

    Thanks for your time!
    ~ Meg Menon

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