All writers need editors
Everybody needs an editor. J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Michael Connelly. Everybody. Even editors need another set of professional eyes. If you skip the editing and press publish too early, readers will know, and they won’t like it.
Whether you’re a new writer, an established professional, or somewhere in between, I’m here to help. And since I'm a writer too, I know how much your work means to you.
Why hire me?
I’ve been writing and editing professionally for more than fifteen years in media, publishing, and the private sector.
4+ years as a senior editor at Lucky Bat Books
4+ years as a senior copyeditor and copywriter at the Reddbug marketing agency
4+ years as a contributing editor at World Affairs Journal
10+ years as a contributing editor at City Journal
My work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and numerous other publications
Winner of the Washington Institute Book Prize in 2012
What kind of work do I edit?
Anything written in English, from book manuscripts and magazine articles to web copy, crowd-funding appeals, video scripts, and marketing communications.
Fixes grammar and punctuation and improves readability. $50 an hour. Typically, between $500 and $1,000 for an 80,000-word manuscript.
The final pass after copy editing and before publication to catch last minute mistakes and typos. $50 an hour. Typically, between $300 and $500 for an 80,000-word manuscript.
More in-depth than copy editing, line editing improves the way you use language, sands down the rough edges, smooths the flow of sentences and paragraphs, cleans up awkward syntax, and makes your prose more pleasant to read. $50 an hour. The final price depends on how labor-intensive the editing is and how deep you want to go. Ask for a free 1,000-word sample.
Content and developmental editing
$50 an hour.
Trade paperback design
$50 an hour. Typically, around $500 for an 80,000-word manuscript without a lot of images, tables, or text boxes.
Flat fee of $250 for manuscripts without a lot of images, tables, or text boxes.
Alas, publishing your book is only the first step. You need visibility and discoverability if you want to sell copies, and promoting your book on social media usually won’t get the job done. There are far more effective methods available. Send me a message and I’ll walk you through them. $50 an hour.
Ask for a free 1,000-word sample edit
Manuscript, magazine, and website editing
Business and communications editing
Paperback and e-book design
I’m an award-winning journalist and the prize-winning author of eight books. My first, The Road to Fatima Gate, won the Washington Institute Book Prize. My fifth, Resurrection, has been optioned for film.
I provide the full spectrum of indie author services as a managing editor at Lucky Bat Books, I work part-time as a senior copywriter for corporate clients like Adobe and Microsoft, and I’m a contributing editor at City Journal.
The Week magazine named me Blogger of the Year, and I won the Weblog Awards two years in a row.
I live in Portland, Oregon, with my wife and two cats.