Editor/Consultant

Some things you just have to write yourself as a matter of integrity. College application essays come to mind. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get serious help with your work. I can consult with you before/during the writing and provide editing. Sometimes these things need to be re-evisioned (re-written). So leave time! I find that many clients who come asking for line editing end up doing more intensive work. If it needs rewriting, I’ll say so. As I tell my students, “Even professional writers need editors.” If it’s important, I can help.

I have helped clients fine-tune their Web site content, profiles of people and businesses, opinions and articles, applications of all sorts, social media posts, researched articles, interviews, textual analyses, grant aplications, letters including thank you letters and rejection letters, and, OK, I’ll say it: internet dating profiles. With editing I can go as deep as you like.

No matter what the content, it’s important to get your reader’s attention with a good launch, and then keep it with interesting, flawless content. A few errors and your credibility is lost. A little plagiarism and your credibility is lost. If you’ve ever tried internet dating, you know what I’m talking about.

Having your text be spot-on can make a huge difference in how you’re perceived. I can help with that.

I can also help with the following: making every word count. Precision without pomposity. Using white space to advantage. Avoiding this & that statements. Diction. Professional presentation. Avoiding hyperbole. Logic & logical fallacy. The fourth wall. High-school versus college and professional writing. Incorporating research. Incorporating illustrations. Avoiding plagiarism. Thesis statements. Showing over telling. Clarity. Credible sources. Little So What and Big So What. Grammar. Spelling. Parallel structure. Substance. Avoiding “this and that” statements. Avoiding coyness. Avoiding repetition. Expunging the five-paragraph essay. Understanding edit marks. Using a lens. Apostrophes, colons, semicolons, em-dashes and other punctuation. Overused words and phrases. Avoiding cliché. Whether to use the “I” voice. Incorporating poetic techniques such as assonance and alliteration. Incorporating interesting techniques such as lists or braided text. And so on.

I keep all that stuff crammed in my head so you don’t have to.

If you want to bring your writing to the next level, then I’m your man. Or woman in this case. I live in Los Angeles, and can work with you in person locally, but I am also happy to help long-distance clients via the internet.