Editing

January 29, 2013    

I work with writers at all stages, from recorders of family histories to MFA applicants and published authors.  I am also a developmental academic editor who helps scholars revise their manuscripts.

Some kind words from past clients:


“Rachel’s edits  to my manuscript were invaluable. By eliminating jargon and unnecessary words, Rachel helped bring my writing to life. Not only did she help me cultivate my authorial voice, but her edits taught me so much about how to speak directly to my audience. Rachel maintains a running dialogue with the manuscript so that her suggestions are attentive both to style and content. Additionally, she works expediently and efficiently. I feel so much more confident about my work now that it has passed through Rachel’s rigor, and I am certain that I will use her again in my future writing endeavors.”    –Kerri Steinberg, Otis College of Art and Design


“Working with Rachel was incredibly helpful and a pleasure. Her thoughtful editing enabled me to thoroughly revise my book manuscript on “Popular Trauma Culture: Selling the Pain of Others in the Mass Media” (forthcoming in September 2011 with Rutgers University Press). With her help, I revised my at times convoluted syntax, eliminated unnecessary jargon and incorporated new bridging sections. Her detailed comments even enabled me to cut down the manuscript in length by about a quarter without compromising on content. In fact, tightening up the argument by eliminating unnecessary repetitions and tangents, made it much stronger. As a result, Rutgers UP will publish my book in a simultaneous hardcover and paperback edition. Rachel is a great editor because she’s tough and speaks her mind and that’s exactly what I needed. At the same time, she was flexible and accommodated both my tight schedule and my preference for electronic editing in Word with the track-changes function. I will definitely ask her to edit my next book!”    –Anne Rothe, Wayne State University

Rachel handily improved my manuscript, directly by suggesting improved wording, and indirectly by noting where things were not clear. She pointed out where more information would be helpful and she was invariably right. She worked quickly and did an excellent job overall.    —Cathy, University Professor

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