I work with authors and texts.
With a PhD in cultural anthropology and a BA in history, I specialize in working with authors in the humanities and social sciences. I provide copy editing and developmental editing of book chapters, entire book manuscripts, and journal articles. I also enjoy working on book and grant proposals and job application letters. Recent clients include faculty, postdocs, and graduate students from Duke, UNC, Stanford, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, Harvard, and MIT. Fields include anthropology, history, art history, linguistics, archaeology, Asian Studies, American Studies, Latin American Studies, human geography, and communication studies. Recent manuscripts I have edited have been published by the University of New Mexico Press, Indiana University Press, Duke University Press, American Ethnologist, Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, BioSocieties, the Journal of Asian Studies, the International Journal of Communication, boundary 2, and World Development.
“I cannot even wrap my head around all the different levels of editing that went into this entire process: grammar, proofreading, content, line, voice/flow, overhauling reference system, theoretical support, and oh yea, helping to capture my voice in the introduction.That introduction. I know how much work you put into it. You saved it.”
— Author after submitting the final draft of her first book
I bring a lot of varied experience to my editing. For 16 years I was a professor at Albion College, where I taught writing-intensive courses in anthropology, women's and gender studies, environmental studies, and international studies. I published a monograph, an edited volume, and papers in books and journals. After leaving my academic position, I took a course in manuscript editing at the University of Chicago's Graham School. I discovered I love editing: I love working with authors and texts and helping an author make a text as good as it can be.
What are you working on? How can I help?
Sometimes I am booked for weeks or months at a time, but even then I can have unexpected openings. I've been working with some authors for a long time and will always try to fit short things in if I can.
I know how hard writing can be.
Revising the draft of my monograph for Duke University Press as an assistant professor at a student-centered college was one of the hardest things I've ever done. I wish I could have hired me! It's more common now for authors to hire editors. Many dissertation supervisors encourage their students to do so (get their permission first, but most are delighted). Faculty members often have access to funds that can be used for editing and they can often itemize out-of-pocket expenses.
Why hire an editor?
Maybe you know your manuscript isn't ready for publication, but you're not sure what it needs to get to that point. Or a reader or publisher has suggested you hire a professional for "line editing." Maybe you want to increase the chances your work will be accepted for publication and want it to look as polished as possible. Or your word count is over the limit and you need advice about what to cut. When I work on a manuscript, I keep the author's needs in mind.
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