We all know the writing isn’t really finished when you finally type the last page of your manuscript. As E. B. White said, “The best writing is rewriting.” But even after you finish your own revisions, all manuscripts deserve a nice polish, especially if you’re self-publishing. If you’re doing all the work yourself, a fresh pair of eyes is essential to catching the little grammar speed bumps and typos any writer can miss in his or her own manuscript.

Even traditional publishing may no longer provide the level of support you might be counting on. In-house editors don’t always have the time for developing manuscripts with their authors. An editor in the position of choosing between a diamond in the rough and a stone that’s already been cut and polished is going to grab that shiny, multifaceted rock every time. You can also improve your chances of catching an agent’s eye by investing in your manuscript up front.

From proofing to copyediting to line editing to developmental editing, fiction or nonfiction, I can help you. With decades of experience as a writer and an editor, I can guide you to your best manuscript. Whether I provide a simple proofread or serve as an all-around book doctor, my foremost goal is to maintain your voice throughout your work. Check out these testimonials to see what some of my authors have said about working with me.

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Here is a sampling of the books I’ve worked on in various capacities as an editor. My editorial experience is far more wide-ranging than these titles; make sure to check out all of my freelance work as well as my work for Zenith Press.

Pocket Books

John Jackson Miller’s second Trek novel features Captain Picard versus Admiral Riker, Enterprise versus Aventine, in an exciting cat-and-mouse chase across the quadrant.

Saga Press

Hugo- and Nebula-award-winner Ken Liu’s first novel is an epic fantasy of war and politics in a richly imagined world where the machinations of the gods influence men and women to do their best … and their worst.

IPS Books

Eric Hammel’s first novel follows Marty Weiler as he goes back to his hometown for his twentieth high school reunion and reunites with his first love.

Overcoat Books

A collection of finely crafted short stories by the late Joseph Maiolo, Pushcart Prize–winning author and my college writing professor.

Pacifica Military History

Renowned military historian Eric Hammel traces the development of the air war over Europe in World War II. Take a spin through Eric Hammel’s Books, his official website.

Race Point Publishing

Bill Yenne provides a fascinating overview of beer and brewing around the world—from Africa to Switzerland, from the United Kingdom to the United States, this really is the ultimate world tour of beer.

Zenith Press

Michael Keith Olson’s fascinating oral history of the World War II destroyer USS Dale, on which his father served.

Publishers Weekly starred review

Zenith City Press

Gail Feichtinger, John DeSanto, and Gary Waller’s definitive account of the life and crimes of Marjorie Congdon, suspected murderer and convicted arsonist.

• 2003 Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards Honorable Mention

• Featured on Dominick Dunne’s Power, Privilege, and Justice on Court TV.

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