Grammar mistakes and misused language jump out at me like sour notes in a choir recital. I have an irritating habit of saying “bad English” to the television when a newscaster mangles a sentence. Somebody’s got to play cop, for God’s sake!
I was educated in Pacific Palisades, California, and attended the local community college and UCLA. I also went to Emerson College, a teacher training school in England. Besides having written two published novels, I have created strategically optimized content (blogs, feature articles, and web pages) for treatment centers throughout the country. I have also been employed as a writer for several Hollywood entertainment periodicals, taught music at Pepperdine University (Malibu campus), and have worked in technical sales and marketing.
I have done work as an editor and/or proofreader for several publishers, including BelleBooks, The Story Plant, and The Learning Company, as well as (on the technical side) The Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. Additionally, I work privately with authors. Check out some of the novels—including bestsellers—I have worked on.
I offer copy editing and proofreading services. Editing includes checking for spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, fact-checking, internal consistency, dangling modifiers, clichés, repetitive sentence constructions, and anything else that might interfere with a careful reader’s enjoyment. Proofreading assumes that a proper copy edit has been done, and is the final filter on your manuscript before it goes to print.
I will work directly with a writer or directly with an editor, or both, depending on the client’s preference.
Call me at (760)822-6601 or click here for a quote. Give me a sense of your document length and your requirements (editing or proofreading), and include a ten-page sample.