My goal as an editor is to provide an analytical, concise, and eloquent lens that stabilizes the bridge between writers and their audience. While assisting with a writer’s process, I’m here to provide a clearer path, a voice of reason, and important insight into their intended audience.
Grammar is not as black-and-white as many people assume. With all the rules and style preferences that come with the English language, I’m never too far away from my dictionary, style guide, and other resources throughout the editing process.
*In addition to these examples, I have extensive editing experience that includes dissertations, manuals, articles, blogs, and more.
Line Editing using Track Changes
Developmental Editing using Track Changes
I was tasked to developmentally edit two articles for the VIM Magazine Fall 2018 print issue. In this case, developmental editors must suggest at least three title ideas in addition to helping writers with paragraph content. The first article I edited was a Q&A piece with a career consultant from MSU, and the second was a more serious piece on STIs and STDs.
These developmental edits were made using the Google Drive comment/suggestion mode. The client was an author in VIM Magazine‘s women’s fashion team and the piece was written for the Fall 2017 issue. The author covered a more serious topic about sustainability in the fashion industry.
I did another developmental editing project for the VIM Fall 2017 print issue. This piece was highlighting our feature on non-denim pants. Similar to the fashion sustainability piece that I edited, this piece also needed some restructuring and more clarity for our readers.
Copy Editing Using Track Changes
Animal Print VIM Magazine Fall 2018 Print Issue
Food Labels VIM Magazine Fall 2018 Print Issue
Next Level Plaid VIM Magazine October 2018 Digital Issue
This piece still had a few developmental errors, which I pointed out via comments instead of directly changing them. As a copy editor, it’s my job to fact check and to provide clarity, but rarely to give suggestions on style preference or structure.
Seeking Inspiration: The Best Sources to Find It ING Magazine July 2018
These copy edits were made using the Track Changes feature in Microsoft Word. The client was a writer for ING Magazine who wrote a blog post about the best sources of creative inspiration. I followed the ING Magazine style guide, which excludes serial/Oxford commas.
Resource Review: Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing February 2017
I used a given style guide for this client’s assignment and the Chicago Manual of Style as references during the editing process. This document shows my second and final round of editing, although a few of my comments from the first round are still visible.
Print Copy Editing
Nature and Environmental Writing Book | Freelance
Every semester, Professor Nancy DeJoy and a small team of students create an anthology of work from her class, Nature and Environmental Writing. Along with three other students, I volunteered to compile, organize, and edit this book. In addition to that group effort, I took on the design and project management aspects. I used a photo taken by my fellow editorial member, Julian Fedorchuck, and designed the book cover. I also designed the interior aspects including font, font size, margins, page numbers, etc. This book was one of my favorite collaborative and creative projects I’ve done.
Lady Susan by Jane Austen February 2017
These heavy copy edits show one of my favorite experiences of physically using copy editing marks on paper. The document is an excerpt from Jane Austen’s book, Lady Susan. I followed a strict style guide for this project while also referencing the Chicago Manual of Style. I thoroughly enjoyed using copy editing marks, though some may find it tedious or strict compared to Track Changes in a computer document.
At my internship with She Reads Truth, proofing days were my favorite because I worked with my hands instead of staring at a screen. It’s humbling to know that it’s easy to make mistakes while editing in this format (you can’t delete anything like in MS Word) and that editors aren’t perfect… although we can certainly try our best to be.