I published my first article over 40 years ago and since then have written books, book chapters, articles, essays, white papers, interactive educational pieces . . . see CV for details. I have over three decades of experience writing for others, primarily as a medical and scientific writer specializing in materials targeting both professionals and lay persons. My areas of expertise include psychology, cultural studies, mythology/religion/spirituality, women’s health, nutrition, and integrative/functional medicine, but I am adept at researching any topic.
My gift is to be able to explain complex topics in simple language no matter what the subject area. I am trained in writing for low-literacy clients and belong to the Plain English Campaign. For insight into why plain English is vital to getting your message across, read this article.
ELEVATED EDITING and COACHING
In Greek mythology, the hero Theseus would never have made it back out of the labyrinth of the Minotaur without the thread Adriadne gave him to guide his steps. This is what a developmental editor does: helps the writer find the thread of the narrative so they can create a story or essay or paper that flows logically, without any gaps or loops that could cause the reader to lose their way.
I read academic papers closely. In addition to checking the logic and flow, I watch for unsubstantiated generalizations, overuse of jargon, and errors of fact as well as grammar and usage. I am familiar with APA, MLA, PubMed, Chicago, and CSE style requirements.
When I edit fiction, I review manuscripts for plot, character development, consistency, and narrative arc. I also provide guidance on balancing dialogue, exposition, and description while making sure the book meets the needs of the genre/intended audience. For nonfiction books, I ensure that you are getting across the “big ideas” that make your book unique.
For all my clients, I provide advice on how to elevate your writing, from proper use of apostrophes to how to avoid sounding stodgy and write more lyrically. I help authors avoid pitfalls such as authorial intrusion and misuse of adverbs. My goal is not just to make your paper or book the best it can be, but help you become a better writer.
If you are still wondering what a developmental editor does, Georgina Montgomery has a great answer: click here.
I wrote my doctoral dissertation and a subsequent book on the heroine story in real life and literature. I am available for consultation on how to write a believable heroine.
I am NOT a copyeditor. I fix problems with sentence structure and grammar but do not provide line edits. I will happily refer you to other editors who possess an unerring eye for the tiny details.
In general I do most of my editing and writing work online; however, I am available to work directly with clients in western Washington state (and farther afield if travel costs are provided).
References for my writing and editing work can be found at the bottom of the “Resume and References” page.
I am available for interviews and public speaking on a variety of topics related to my book, writing, and cultural mythology. See my CV for subjects I have spoken on to date.