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Paul D. Nixon
from 11 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Toni C.
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Paul responded quickly when I needed help editing my cover letter and resume. The edits he made elevated the professionalism and readability of my documents. I got the job I was applying to and I believe that's due, in part, to Paul's services.

Prop Consul Services
from 2 reviews
    Ray G.
    Verified review

    I have worked with Michael in a previous position as business editor of The Huntsville Times and now as public affairs with The University of Alabama in Huntsville. In all of my dealings with Michael, he has been consistent in his performance. Two critical elements I look for is the ability to follow a story direction and clean copy. Michael has always delivered in both of those areas.

    Trina Altman
    from 1 review
      Ryan Frederick F.
      Verified review

      I'm a numbers and figures guy. Not so much on grammar but most importantly, finding reputable sources to back up my statistics. I enlisted the help of Ms. Altman to cross the t's and dot the i's so my presentation was pristine for my client. Not only did she edit my presentation professionally, she found more than enough resources to help back my statistics and ultimately, I got the account I worked so hard on. Outsourcing my research and editing for my presentation is an invaluable resource and Ms. Altman will continue to receive my business from here forward.

      Treanor B.
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      Marilyn is one of the best editors and writers I've ever worked with. She has edited my work and co-edited books with me for 4 years. I highly recommend her! You will be very happy with her expertise, abilities, and kindness!


      I write blogs, content marketing, SEO's, product descriptions, academic writing, technical writing, medical writing, proofreading and editing.


      In many cases I find that clients are skeptical of technical writers because they have engaged one in the past with a degree in either English or journalism, one who could have written a book on the myriad uses of the apostrophe or comma, but who had little or no background in technology. The client thus became the tech writer, and the tech writer, merely a copy editor. In comparison, as an engineer I am a very quick study with regard to any form of science or technology. My reviews have been consistently favorable, stating in particular that I present complex topics in an interesting and understandable way.


      I am an expert editor, proofreader, and communicator. I currently work at a community college but would like to do editing and proofreading at home. I have a bachelor's in marketing communications. I can create communications for advertising through letters, websites and more.

      • 6 years in business

      I don’t just specialize in books; I love them. More importantly, I love helping my clients realize their dream of publishing a book. For some people, that means design and formatting for a polished manuscript. For others, it means creating a manuscript from existing materials or editing and polishing before the design stage. Either way, I'm happy to guide you through the process and get your book finished and ready to publish. Here are some of my services: - Developmental editing - Copyediting - Proofreading - Book cover design - Page design - Layout and formatting for paperback and/or eBook formats (Kindle, ePub, and PDF) - Guidance on how to publish and promote your book for maximum impact


      Dedicated, dependable, detail-oriented writer, editor, proofreader and marketing pro with 12 years freelance experience in many capacities. I walk the talk for my clients, always up for the challenge of immersing myself in new topics to write and edit a variety of documents, copy and content including print (magazines and books) and online (website, social media, blog posts, content) for businesses, nonprofits and individuals. I hold a BA in Journalism and MFA in Creative Nonfiction: in other words, I love what i do! From proofreading to complete project management, I'm a highly enthusiastic, fast and accurate writer and editor. I care about your project, your specific needs and your deadlines. Definitely not a "flaky artist" type, I do the job how and when you need it. I do what I love and love what I do and hope I can help you, too!


      Offers developmental editing, copy editing and proofreading. Experience edting computer programming books and personal memoirs.


      I write extremely well and edit for corrections as well as content. I believe grammar is important and needs to be passed on.


      I specialize in student papers and dissertations, as well as technical writing. I do all my work in my home office. I am currently writing novels and am retired after teaching at local colleges and military service schools for many years. I have a PhD in Education Administration.

      • 11 years in business

      Clean Copy Editing provides administrative support services, proofreading, editing and original web content for local and remote clients. As a full-time freelancer with a decade of experience, I can provide high-quality services on a tight deadline.


      I provide Spanish/ English tutoring, and editing, proofreading, and conversation practice in English.


      I'm a professional editor with over 20 years of experience. I also am a published author, and I enjoy writing copy for ads, blogs, e-newsletters, and websites. My business is new since I have recently retired from the publishing company that I worked with. Because I enjoy writing and editing (and also consulting), I wanted to have a business that I was passionate about and to help clients who need writers and/or editors to have a copy that excels and helps with their sales. I'm excited about working with any type of business that would require my skills.

      • 4 years in business

      I provide writing and editing services including student tutoring sessions in English and essay drafting, thesis assistance, paper/book, website editing etc.

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