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Browse these editing services with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Berkeley.

Top Pro
  • 20 years in business
  • 681 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Rebecca S.
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Rebecca helped me through the entire dissertation process. Her editing skills are superior and I sailed through my defense with flying colors. If you need an honest, hard-working editor who is always available, reassuring, and masterful, you need not look any further. I can't sing her praises enough!

Midnight Writer Productions
4.6
from 64 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 137 hires on Thumbtack
Jay P.
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Very happy with the copy editing of my book. Mike helped me better understand what my common pitfalls are and greatly improved the readability factor of the document. He was very communicative throughout the process and is well-versed in Scrivener. Looking forward to putting this out in the world!

Jonathon & Anna Photography
4.9
from 55 reviews
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
Bhupi S.
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We hired Anna & Jonathan for my daughter's graduation party. They worked tirelessly at the event and did not even take a single break. Later they did excellent editing and created outstanding pictures. I highly recommend them for your next event! Thanks Anna & Jonathan

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Textrous Editing
4.8
from 18 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Bardia T.
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Undoubtedly the best experience with an editor I've had. I look forward to working with her more as I embark on my journey through grad school. If I could give more stars, I would! You will have nothing to regret by selecting Textrous for your editing needs!

Jeff Hoffman
4.8
from 14 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Karen S.
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Jeff was fantastic. He is knowledgeable, and very easy to work with. He met a quick turnaround (10 days) deadline to edit my book for content, structure, and grammar. I would recommend him, and will definitely use him again for future projects! As an author, I was seeking an editor who would work with my voice to bring it out more - not change it. Jeff brought a great balance of clarity and direction, while balancing and polishing my voice - not inserting his. After interviewing two other editors and working with one in the past, this seems a rarer commodity than it sounds. His fees are also comparable to industry competitors, and reasonable. I will definitely use Jeff again for future editing and feedback about my writing!

Bernell Editorial Services
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Judith M.
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Laura has written several letters, proposals and speeches for our Congregation, and we have received very positive responses. She is succinct, clear and creative in her writing and editing. I would rate her work Outstanding.

  • 4 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Michal E.
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Tim is an amazing teacher! I live in Palo Alto and needed specific help from him with social media posts, my ESL blog, editing, applications, etc. Tim has an amazing abilities to use English at its best. The fact that he's originally from Britain is definitely a major plus! He is gentle, kind, Intelligent and very broad minded and. Lastly, his services are fairly priced!

Brianna Tabler
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Thuy N.
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I started to build my own website with squarespace. It'd take so much time for me to figure things out to finish it...and also tons of frustrations. Thanks to Thumbtack and Brianna who came quickly and finish the job for me. She also edited, made suggestions and within the time frame, it was done!

Samantha Giles
4.7
from 10 reviews
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Brandon S.
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I have been working on my book for almost five years. Finally I have it at a place ready for editing. Samantha is currently working on my drafts. She is nice person who actually wants to help. She is not in the project just because its a job. I feel like she actually is interested in my work. I did not just want to hire a mechanical editor who plops out my work without caring. Samantha is someone that I feel cares and wants to actually help. She is a good pick.

  • 38 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Alan J.
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Did a great job editing my novel.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Diana F.
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Darya tutored and advised me throughout my senior year of high school and my first year at college. Having Darya by my side throughout the stress of a year and a half journey has had a significant impact in my life. Although Darya's main responsibility was to tutor me for my Advanced Placement (AP) Literature class, she went above and beyond to what I expected of an English tutor. She helped me find my inner voice as a writer through tutoring me about grammar, organization, and vocabulary. She also helped boost my confidence as an underprivileged Latina studying in the STEM field as a computer science major at the University of California: Santa Cruz. I passed both my AP Government and AP Literature classes and tests which is significant because both required a heavy amount of analytical writing; I graduated high school with honors and with the highest cumulative grade point average (GPA), 3.7, at any time of my academic career. One week before I was going to take my SAT for the third time, I mentioned to Darya that I was struggling understanding a large portion of the Math section of the test. To my surprise, she was thoroughly capable skilled in tutoring me in math, along with English. In less than seven days, Darya was able to successfully prepare me for my last SAT test; subsequently, my SAT score improved by more than 100 points. If we had more time to go through the preparation book, I could have further surpassed this amazing progress. Another aspect in which Darya supported me in my college application and preparation process was in guiding me to refine my college essays for both private and public universities: as a result, I was accepted to more than half of the colleges that I applied to. Finally, I am most grateful for Darya and her efforts towards my success because of the high number of scholarships that I received in the second semester of my senior year in high school. Through Darya’s excellent editing and writing abilities, I was able to accumulate more than $200,000 in scholarship rewards from four different organizations. I could never have imagined this much triumph before meeting Darya; without these scholarship awards, I would have been forced to work during my breaks and during school to afford a college education. Now, all that I have to worry about is learning as much as I can while I am at UCSC. On account of my strong achievements in less than a year with Darya, I still utilize the many tips and lessons that she has instilled in me. As a result of this, I excelled in my classes at UCSC with a cumulative GPA of 3.6. Because of my outstanding academic success in the first quarter of college, I was exclusively invited by the university to apply to the College Scholars Program; this two-year program selects 20 students out of about 200 students applying from each college at UCSC to help give them meaningful academic challenges. Not only do I recognize Darya as one of the most significant people in my life because of my solid academic accomplishments, but also due to the genuine passion she holds to be sure that her tutees succeed. As her tutee, she constantly reminded me of my own abilities to encourage my confidence. We are still in contact today which further demonstrates her enthusiasm for her tutees. She is evidently benevolent, motivated, and intelligent, and I highly recommend her tutoring and guidance talents to any student who is fortunate enough to be her tutee.

  • 19 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Debra H.
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Julian Esteban Torres Lopez responded to my query promptly and with professionalism. I'm an English teacher (secondary language arts), and wanted another set of eyes on a large project. His experience in the private sector and also his education made him a good fit for my editing needs.

Steve Dulas
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Carla M.
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Due to my diminishing knowledge of English grammar, I searched the Internet for an editor to help navigate the murky byways of periods, commas, verb endings and sentence structure. Thankfully I came upon Steve Dulas, a former copy editor for a local county newspaper in the San Francisco Bay area. I couldn't be more pleased with Steve’s work. Not only does he have a lifetime career in editing and turning out “clean” copy, but I found he also carefully reads for content and offers creative and sometimes just common sense advice to look at vague or weak areas so that the narrative flows and is coherent. This advice is always given as a kind suggestion; Steve is never demeaning or heavy handed. Steve reviewed half of my book (45,000 words) in a timely two week period, sending me one copy with the changes and yet another copy with creative thoughts in specific places. It really was an outstanding job. I can happily give Steve a five star reference and am certain anyone would be as pleased as I was to find him. I plan to use him again.

Brodie Hilp
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa S.
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I was on a short deadline and Brody was very mindful of that and made herself available even on the weekend to make sure I got my paper in on time. She went above and beyond with her edits and even did research on my behalf. I highly recommend her!

Ruth Fisher
4.5
from 2 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Paul B.
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Ruth was an invaluable resource proofreading and editing my latest writing project. She is smart, listens well, and patient. The quality of her work is excellent, she is professional, responsive, and turned things around for me when promised (ahead of schedule, actually). She was a calming influence and an excellent sounding board as I discussed ideas with her. I would, without reservation, recommend her to others.

SAT Tutoring
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Carl B.
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Ellie Schamber mentored me through my graduate prerequisite courses in Psychology as well as my Ph.D. dissertation. She also edited many of my papers and the dissertation. Ellie is a very good writer, and she did an excellent job of both guiding me and editing the manuscript. The dissertation was approved and praised by the academic dean for its writing as well as the content. We are now collaborating on a book, and I am very pleased with her ability to understand abstract ideas and articulate them clearly. Ellie always came on time, over the period of several years, and provided me with the highest quality work.

Write to Excel
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
John B.
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Ms. Halper scores highly in all five categories. Her editing encompasses logic, English usage, and general organization. She leaves an option for personal preference, as in, "You may prefer to say this this way, but I would prefer that way," and leaves the final decision to the author. She works diligently; I receive her edits in a timely manner. Her cost is reasonable. I feel lucky to have found such a competent resource.

  • 3 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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I'm an astute listener--good at following directions--and a perfectionist. Given an assignment, I follow through in a timely fashion and turn out high quality work.

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I'm a one-woman operation. I handle everything personally and hold myself to a high professional standard. My goal is to polish your writing until it's even better than you thought it could be!

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I am a seasoned writer and editor with experience in a broad range of topics and formats. I'm also an experienced ESL teacher with a CELTA certificate. My background is newspaper journalism but for the last 9 years I've worked in business writing and medical editing/reporting. I'm also an accomplished screenwriter with 20+ scripts under my belt, 4 optioned scripts and numerous scripts set up at Los Angeles production companies. I have an MFA in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College and a BS in journalism from the University of Colorado. SPECIALTIES: ESL instruction (writing, reading, listening, speaking; all levels) Writing coaching Screenwriting consultation Fiction writing/editing Ghostwriting Medical writing/copy editing

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