Levels of Service: I offer light, medium, and heavy copyediting services. These range from minor mechanical and language editing to rewrites and fact-checking. Read over this helpful guide to better understand the different degrees of copyediting.
Style: I use The Chicago Manual of Style (and/or clients’ house style) for most of my projects and provide a style sheet for all manuscripts longer than a few pages. I welcome requests to use style guides other than Chicago.
Method: I edit onscreen using the Track Changes tool in Microsoft Word. I am also adept at using traditional editing marks on hard copy if that is preferred.
Cleanup: I offer cleanup services, done after an author reviews a manuscript copyedited by me or another editor. This can entail transferring the author’s additional changes from hand-marked hard copy or Track Changes comment fields; reviewing the author’s additions or changes for errors; ensuring that queries have been addressed; and/or removing redlining and comments from the document.
Types of Service: I offer both blind proofreading, or looking only at page proofs (galleys), and comparison proofreading, in which I compare galleys to the copyedited manuscript. At this stage, I identify errors, such as misspellings, missing punctuation, or formatting gaffes, rather than perform copyediting.
Method: I mark up hard copies of galleys using proofreading marks. If reviewing page proofs in PDF format, I point out errors using the Adobe Reader comment feature or provide a list as a Word document. When I proofread website pages, I supply a list of corrections to the web designer.
Archival: I conduct research using primary sources that are scanned and available on the Internet or that are housed in local institutions in the greater Raleigh–Durham–Chapel Hill area.
Object cataloguing: I catalogue portions of museum collections, which includes conducting research, writing descriptions, and entering data into collection management software, such as The Museum System (TMS) and PastPerfect.
Bibliographies: I compile and annotate bibliographies on art history and history subject matter to help scholars understand the state of the field and better define their research projects.
For museums: I write content in my areas of specialization, including art and history, for all museum needs. These include exhibition brochures, wall text, and object labels; exhibition and collection catalogue essays and entries; website content, such as online exhibitions and blog posts; and newsletters.
For publications: I write feature articles and reviews for journals and magazines.
Grants: I help identify local and regional grant opportunities, gather relevant information, and craft persuasive narratives to produce strong proposals.