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Very professional editor. Learned a lot from her. She responds promptly.... I recommend her.....
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.
Temi is the best writer I've ever hired. Period. Thank you very much!
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.
The deligunts and professionalism provided by Elegant Editing is top notch. The fact that I knew my work was in good hands and never had to worry is what I loved best of all.
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
I went to Jillian when I needed help applying for Colleges. English was always my weakest subject, and I was incredibly anxious to begin writing my submission essays. A friend of mine had been bragging about a tutor he used, and told me that she was also an editor. As soon as I contacted Jillian, I knew I would like working with her. She is committed, efficient and incredibly smart. With Skype sessions and a few in person meetings, Jillian not only helped me get through my essays, but she has improved my all around English Proficiency. Jillian offers a personalised and professional service, and is profoundly knowledgable about English and Literature. To this day, I return to Red Pen Wench whenever I need help or advice on any of my work, and I continue to recommend her to my friends and family. I couldn't speak higher of her.
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!~
Patricia is a master editor. I wouldn't use anyone else. Her work is impeccable.
Celia is highly skilled and has strong instincts for improving writing clarity. I was impressed by her responsiveness, flexibility, and response time given the complexity of the assignment. She obviously cares about her clients and is willing to go the extra mile to help sharpen writing to convey exactly what you need it to. I highly recommend Celia Pool.
Frederik, officiated our wedding on Sept 6th of this year in Santa Paula and he was simply wonderful. He not only helped us to create and organize the ceremony but he also brought a lot of his own ideas based on our theme that fit just perfectly. He was organized, prompt and timely, extremely professional yet still fun and charming. I hope I never require his marriage officiating services again for obvious reasons but it was delight working with him and I would recommend him to anyone. Try as I might to come up with a constructive criticism, I honestly cannot think of how it could have been better, we were simply that pleased with him.
Emily far exceeded my expectations as an editor. She was easy to work with, quick to respond, and had great feedback. I would work with Emily again!
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.
Recently,due to downsizing, I found myself without work. My company reduced their workforce by nearly half. I took that time to look at my skill set and I decided I needed to grow and retool. I really wanted to focus on my communication skills: writing, verbal and even public speaking. I was looking for a communication specialist who could jump in and put together a practical guide that would help me measure my progress. Amy did all that and more. She assembled a curriculum designed to fit my needs and set markers so that I could scale the learning curve quickly. One of the things Amy always says is that good communicators must be their own best editors. She helps her students identify their weaknesses and work through them quickly. Under her I learned how to write better, develop more succinct business proposals, communicate more effectively and clearly in interviews, meetings, and the like. Perhaps most impressively I’m growing into a better public speaker. And did I say this process has also improved my interview skills? I have a clear game plan when I go into the interview and I am much more confident. Additionally, Amy showed me how to manage my social media portfolio and how to grow an online following—something most employers want to see no matter what your background these days. Amy is worth her weight in gold. I will continue to utilize her and recommend her to anyone who will listen.
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!
Dr. Pops is editing my dissertation. She is responsive, supportive, and has rich experience so provides me with general feedback about my work in addition to being an excellent editor.
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.
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Independent writer and editor, have published two novels, SHADOWS OF THE PAST and STREET LADY. See my website.
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.
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I am freelance proof-reader, copyeditor, and webcontent writer. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, Berkeley in Political Science. I have been writing and blogging for since 2004.