“Every page was once a blank page, just as every word that appears on it now was not always there, but instead reflects the final result of countless large and small deliberations. All the elements of good writing depend on the writer’s skill in choosing one word over another.”
~ Francine Prose
WORDS ARE MATTER. MAKE THEM MATTER.
My mission is to inspire people to discover and nurture their passions and to realize the joy and potency of creative expression. I bring immense energy, experience, and focus to this effort.
As your editor, I am as passionate about your writing as you are. I utilize my critical distance to amplify your insights and the integrity of your vision and cast a penetrating beam of comprehension and perspective on your composition. Together, we discover and distill the meaning and significance of your work to produce captivating, lucid, and fluid prose.
I align my approach with your professional orientation, methodology, disposition, and intended audience. I assist aspiring and veteran authors in a variety of genres and mediums and writers who need more creative inspiration and direction.
I specialize in academic editing and literary fiction and nonfiction. I excel at rendering academic manuscripts into a more accessible form, and I enjoy working alongside clients to transform intellectually sophisticated arguments into luminous prose. Editing fiction and nonfiction provides me with an opportunity to play with language, expand my apprehension and appreciation of form and genre, and guide the evolution of a literary manuscript as an exercise in both art and craft. Whether you possess a hazy semblance of an idea in need of brainstorming and support, an analytical essay seeking an authoritative voice, or an academic manuscript that demands greater clarity and synthesis, I attend to people at all stages of their creative journey.
Every manuscript and every client presents distinct opportunities and challenges. As a team, we work together to set priorities, establish attainable goals, and create a final product that honors your intentions and represents your best effort.
The following section offers a more detailed account of my areas of expertise and approach to the tasks of academic, developmental, and manuscript editing:
Immersion in a scholarly manuscript demands fluency in a variety of disciplines, discourses, and methodologies. My interdisciplinary background, research skills, and critical faculties enable me to comprehend the complexities and nuances of diverse fields of study. I guide clients toward building cohesive arguments, using precise language that is readable, engaging, and discipline-specific, and effectively staking out the significance of their ideas within their wider field. When I edit academic projects, I regard your work simultaneously as a unique expression of individual voice and as a contribution to a larger body of research and practice. I identify and encourage the stakes of your argument and its enrichment of an understanding of your subject area. I trace the articulation of this significance throughout the manuscript to locate areas where it needs amplification or clarification. I ensure that your content aligns stylistically with the conventions of your discipline and that it is conceptualized and organized effectively and efficiently.
I assist in drafting initial plans for a manuscript, plotting a sequential course, and guiding the evolution of content. I target the strengths of your manuscript and magnify their impact. Likewise, I hone in on areas that need improvement, refine and streamline the message and its delivery, and narrow and expand scope as necessary. I meet with clients who are in the brainstorming phase of the creative process to sift through ideas and devise a road map for composition. I also confer with people who have already been through several rounds of editing and are still not satisfied with their work. I ask questions, offer extensive and concrete feedback, and guide clients through the stages of revision to clarify and render their expression more vividly.
Sometimes clients desire a focused and experienced reader to review the current state of their work. In this instance, I provide an assessment of readability, coherence, and progression. I identify why your manuscript works and where it doesn’t. I delineate its specific editorial needs so that clients can see both the broader stroke implications of their work and the fine tuning necessary to render its expression more potently and cogently.
I am diligent yet efficient, attentive, and reliable. I bring an acute focus, attention to detail, curiosity, and flexibility to each project and client. I am proficient in a variety of editorial platforms and collaborative mediums, and I am comfortable editing in both textual and digital formats. I continue to build my skill set as a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, the American Copy Editors Society, and the Bay Area Editors Forum. I work hard to align expectations at the outset, establish clear time frames for deliverables, and facilitate clear and consistent communication. Throughout this collaborative process, I remain open to your voice and to the premise of your work and committed to the value of your vision.
I offer a range of services, from light copyediting to substantive and developmental editing. You can read more about these types of review in abbreviated form below.
After an initial discussion and manuscript sample review, I can assess compatibility and provide a project estimate. My services include the following:
Copyediting ~ review of the manuscript’s mechanics to ensure correct grammar, punctuation, and other stylistic concerns
Developmental Editing ~ content development, organization, and presentation; shepherding a project from proposal or rough manuscript to final draft; helping to clarify voice, determine organizational schema, and incorporate feedback into successive iterations
Substantive Editing ~ also called line or content editing; entails basic copyediting + evaluation of structural issues related to the manuscript’s coherence, integrity, and approach; may involve rewriting and/or rearranging certain portions of the text
Minimum project fee: $225
*Please note that jobs with less than a 72-hour turnaround time will incur an additional “rush fee” of 35%.
I offer a free 15-minute phone consult: this is an opportunity to hear about your project scope and needs and for you to ask any preliminary questions before moving forward.
Please contact Rachel directly for more information: email@example.com
“Never think of revising as fixing something that is wrong. That starts you off in a negative frame of mind. Rather, think of it as taking an opportunity to improve something you already love.”
~ Marion Dane Bauer