My Technique

To determine what work is needed on your project, I suggest we first have an initial consultation (which may be in person, by e-mail, or via telephone). During this “visit”, I try to discover the scope of your project, its goals, and its audiences as well as any budgetary limitations or time constraints that exist.

The next step is to perform a sample edit of the project (a complimentary review, by the way).  You may choose the sample for me to edit: any consecutive ten pages, though, most authors just provide the initial ten pages.  From that completed sample, we will both learn something:

  • I get to see your writing style, which enables me to formulate a proposal for the project (I usually establish a “drop-dead” deadline and a guaranteed maximum price at this point).
  • You get to see my editorial style, which helps you decide if we are a good fit.

If you choose to proceed, I will start your editorial review (a formal proposal/contract is required of some projects, as is an occasional small deposit).  As I work through the project, we can meet as regularly as you wish to discuss issues, questions, and possible changes.

During the process, I use a number of accepted and respected sources. I edit and proof, for example, primarily according to the rules of The Chicago Manual of Style, current edition. I also consult dozens of familiar style manuals and grammar guides. These include Theodore Bernstein’s The Careful Writer, Harry Shaw’s Dictionary of Problem Words and Expressions, The New Fowler’s Modern English Usage, and The New Oxford Guide to Writing.

Of course, you can always furnish your own style guides, recommend additional resources, and suggest alternative ideas and solutions.  And, I don’t need to mention, you always maintain veto power!

After all, the project is your project.


If you still have questions or concerns after exploring our site
or  if you’re ready to see about getting your complimentary sample edit
and an estimated rate and schedule, contact me today.