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Maverick Consulting
4.3
from 71 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 114 hires on Thumbtack
Vanja J.
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Lisabeth helped me with my ACT writing skills and with the reading and science sections. We did 2 hour sessions. The quality of her work was great and she helped me a lot with the ACT and helped me calm down before my test. My experience with her was great and I will definitely contact her in the future.

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Dr Ellie Edits/Simply Ellie
4.9
from 51 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 103 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Aaron R.
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To start, I and terrible past experiences with editors. A friend convinced me to review Thumbtack for an editor, and I hired Ellie to edit my dissertation. At first, I was skeptical. I did not want to spend hard earned money on a writing critique from a stranger when I knew I could do it myself. I felt the if I hired someone that editor would merely find grammatical mistakes and email my project back to me. Ellie was different; she was amazing. She approached my project as a learning opportunity and not just a grammatical essay. Her comments were straight to the point, and she gave me insight from a veteran professor's point of view. Ellie even offered to prepare me for my Proposal Defense. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking help with a thesis, dissertation or other writing projects.

  • 14 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
Talia B.
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I had a wonderful experience with Temi. I consulted with multiple high profile editors for my capstone project, and she stood out the most to me. It is vital to hire an editor that is both professional and empathetic because the process of attaining a doctoral degree is stressful enough on its own.

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Blue Square Writers' Studio
4.9
from 39 reviews
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Alan S.
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Chris O’Toole took on the Sisyphean task of: 1) proofreading; 2) providing a general critique: and 3) giving insight on whether and how to move forward on my draft play and associated essay. Mr. O’Toole use the yellow highlighter feature in Word to show his proofreading suggestions. I am still finding grammatical and word choice errors. This may well be because—due to my limited eye-sight— I didn’t see all his yellow highlights in making my corrections. He provided a general, dip-lomatic, thoughtful critique of the play’s subject matter; use of metaphors, poetry, and language; and connection with a reader or an audience. In making and evaluating my decision to hire an editor in general and Mr. O’Toole specifically, I looked at five factors: 1) experience and expertise; 2) cost; 3) turn-around time; 4) interactions; and 5) quality of work. Regarding the first, while I do not know Mr. Toole’s experience with plays, his website clearly indicates significant experience in editing other forms of professional writing. I believe the quality of editors’ websites and offers of services is a good indicator of their knowledge of and skill in teaching clients like me how to connect with their readers and audiences. Regarding cost, other editors I consulted charged on an hourly or a per page basis while Mr. Toole, in this first editing interaction, offered a very reasonable flat fee. There are pluses and minuses with each ap-proach. A flat fee was best for me for the initial editing of a draft play. The third factor is crucial for most authors working on deadlines. Mr. O’Toole sent me his edits and critique within two weeks. A second editor I contacted told me she could not get to my draft until January. Fourth, ed-iting is a collaborative enterprise: an editor needs to know the writer’s audience, intent, focus, and voice to help that author create his or her best work. Mr. O’Toole gave me feedback and questions on the writing sample I originally sent him. He sent me a follow-up email—with a targeted ques-tion--while editing my manuscript. Overall, I am happy with the initial editing efforts Mr. O’Toole gave me: professional; cost-effective; timely; and interactive. I am still rolling around the four page, shiny, rock critique he also gave me: gold or dross; foundational, aspirational, or weighing down: moving the draft higher or back into an inky sea? Whatever it ultimately is, he initiated a thought provoking internal and external conversation for/with a novice playwright just as my response here illustrates the meta-phorical challenges Mr. O’Toole confronted in critiquing and advising me on my writing.

Elegant Editing
4.6
from 34 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
George L.
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They've edited six or seven books for me and, unlike editors from larger publishing houses, working with them has been a refreshing delight.

The Press Gang
4.6
from 24 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Jeffrey L.
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Skip took on a job that was pretty big and what made matters worse, a person that had just neglected the fundamentals of writing. It's not that I don't know them, I was just too lazy to apply them the way they should be. He reminded me of it. I asked him to be brutally honest and he was. The wonderful thing about him, he later pointed out the good things I was doing right and eventually made my confidence skyrocket. The job your asking me to describe is not only Skip helping me with the book I am working on, but him guiding me and restoring my confidence to get me back in the fight after being knocked down by life, people and dare I say editors and publishers. He made me realize putting forth my best effort in a world that is so competitive is just too important to forget. You ask what went well with Skip? Everything, but what stood out the most was his honesty and clarity of various situations and problems. The quality of his work and guidance is excellent and I couldn't ask for any better advisor. Nothing could improve my experience with him, that's how impressed I am with him. Thanks Skip and I look forward to continuing to work with you. Sincerely, Jeffrey L. Ivory

Tarek R.
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Professor Khan is magnificent. I really appreciate her outstanding effort in everything that she did to help me with my college work. Just when I thought my form of writing couldn't be organized any better, she triple exceeded those expectations. I can't express my gratitude enough. Thank You!~

Celia Pool
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
KR R.
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Celia copy-edited my manuscript as I was preparing to go on submission to literary agents. Her work was fast and extremely thorough, catching not only typos and grammatical mistakes, but also helping to maintain style consistency. I have since signed with a literary agent (with that same manuscript)! I would definitely recommend Celia to anyone looking for a key editorial eye to give your manuscript a boost of professionalism!

  • 37 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Mardiros M.
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John Stickler polished my book of more than 93,00 words and 352 pages. I was very satisfied with his work, which turned friendly and even he helped find a publisher and arranged with my representative in Congress to have a written opinion. His price was also affordable than others'. Actually, I gave him two more stories (for children) to polish and correct.

  • New on Thumbtack
Katherine K.
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"Frederik helped me immensely with the writing I required to promote an art exhibition. While still using my own words, Frederik's great insight enabled him to pick out the most salient points to highlight. He then created a cohesive story, and smoothed out the tongue twisters. Easy to work with and intelligent – he creates compelling content. I highly recommend him."

Little Wolf Productions
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Janaé S.
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Kat Boyd is amazing and very easy to work with. She is a very passionate about her work and helps make clear to the writer what needs to be done to advance and better your story. She's brilliant and great to get along with. I recommend her to anyone and everyone.

Amy Punt
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Michael F.
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Amy is all about focus. That's what I gained from working with her on several different writing projects: a better understanding of how to focus my work. Amy cares about the unity and clarity of the final product, and she's passionate and thorough in her guidance toward those ends. With Amy, you're asked to consider what each sentence adds to the whole. She hates waste and has a keen eye for it. Through working with her, I've developed a better sense of writing as communication - how to get an idea across, how different readers will interpret different words and concepts, how editors and publishers will judge writing in ways the novice writer might not be prepared for. I think of myself as a more astute writer for Amy's guidance, with a clearer understanding of the place my writing can have in the world. But the best thing about working with Amy is getting to discuss writing with someone who cares about the craft in a more than superficial way. Amy isn't just a teacher; she's a scholar and a stylist, a creator and a critic. Her knowledge and interests cover a wide range of topics and disciplines, and she brings that rounded background to bear on each project she takes on. I'm lucky to have had her in my corner.

Alma Cook
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Anjella S.
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Alma is a thorough and thoughtful editor with a quick turn-around time. She has helped me perfect various writing projects. From scripts to resume editing, Alma has demonstrated her ability to take any writing project to the next level!

Patrick Lee
5.0
from 1 review
  • New on Thumbtack
Nicole C.
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Patrick has worked both as my manager and mentor, as well as someone I have hired as a freelance copy editor. He is extremely reliable and always provides solid feedback on both writing, editing and any other questions that writers or editors might face.

  • New on Thumbtack
Chris A.
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Tanya was easy to communicate with (quick response over text and email) and her transcription work was always submitted on time. She's definitely a good, reliable hire.

Duke Thompson
5.0
from 1 review
  • New on Thumbtack
Jerry S.
Verified review

Duke edited my epic fantasy series of over 1 million words. My publisher had me cut down the word count because it was to much to publish and Duke helped me with the process. I couldn't have completed my series without him. He worked exclusively with me for six months to help me get my series how I wanted it. A master editor and ghostwrite (hell, the parts he helped me write were better than my own stuff!) and I wouldn't work with anybody but Duke. Thanks, man.

  • 19 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Richard S.
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Designed website for our company and has done important letters for us. Her knowledge of words and what they mean is fantastic. She teaches very well, too. Very competent in this area and I've seen her explain things to people that are very difficult to do.

  • 18 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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i am very detailed oriented. I get things done and I don't stop until they are finished.

About

As an experienced copy writer and editor, I take great satisfaction in bringing measurable results to my clients. My work has taught me efficiency, resourcefulness, flexibility of style, and the ability to meet tight deadlines without sacrificing quality. I specialize in SEO optimization, business to business, blog posts, website copy, and entertainment-related content. I'm also proud to have covered a wide range of topics. In the end, I'm willing to embrace any new subject as an opportunity to apply my research skills and learn something new. To view samples of my work, please visit my portfolio at the link provided.

  • New on Thumbtack
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Do you need to punch up your copy? I have more than 20 years of editing experience at a leading trade magazine. Do you have a message to deliver but you're not sure how to word it? Aside from being a columnist, reporter and editor, I have handled virtually every sort of business writing imaginable in the course of my career: press releases, business presentations, proposals, biographies, and ghost writer for speeches and commentaries. Do you need to navigate the ever-changing music industry? Aside from decades of experience, insights and perspective, I command a wide reaching sprawl of contacts from all corners of the music business: labels, distributors, digital and physical retailers, streaming services, publishers, film/TV music specialists, and publicists. If you need to find your way in the music business, I can be your guide. Please contact me for further details. Thank you.

  • New on Thumbtack
About

Hello, my name is Ryan Thomas Gilbert and I am 23 years of age. I am currently attending college as a philosophy major with a minor in psychology. I thoroughly enjoy writing and would love to help you out with whatever service you need, and you won't find anyone to do the work for cheaper. I also have been playing guitar since I was very young and have experience teaching young children how to play.

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Culver City, CA

  • Number of pages
    200+
  • Project type
    Proofreading, Book
  • Amount of work
    A variety of projects
  • $500
    Average price
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