Judith Niemi, Editor
About this pro
Available for short or long-term editing gigs; I'm a former English professor, retired wilderness guide, and experienced writer/editor. No subject intimidates me. I prefer working online but am available for on-site meetings. Developmental editing: I've worked with very experienced writers of creative nonfiction, helped wrestle into shape dissertations and a medical paper, and constructed a book on bass fishing from years of magazine articles. Over the years I've taught many writing workshops, including co-teaching with Carol Bly and with Bill Holm in Iceland. The core of that work was helping students see far beyond their first draft. Line editing and proofreading: I spent several years transcribing/editing clinical psych reports, did a year of technical editing at a small research lab, and have proofed a dissertation in Anglo-Saxon, English-French letters, a college catalog. In working with inexperienced writers I am patient and nonjudgmental, and have high standards for how good your work can become. In line editing, I'm fierce in pouncing on grammatical problems and awkward sentences, and also have a sharp eye for anachronisms, odd little errors of fact, and bad metaphors. My own writing includes essays, magazine articles, books on outdoor skills, an anthology of women canoeists, and videos on women with cancer, and on a Buddhist sangha. Editing offers a chance to learn about a wide variety of things. I like the challenge of helping a writer revise work so it is more vivid, clearer, and more like him/herself. Good editing helps writers discover more in their work than they knew. I like working with the rich, complicated, sometimes unruly English language.
She is very detailed. Very satisfied. Responds back promptly at expected time.Mar 27, 2016Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?For straightforward proofreading and line editing, $25 an hour. $45 an hour for developmental editing or complicated line editing. Many jobs require some of both. For example, getting from Draft 1 to Draft 2 or 3 is probably developmental editing; but if I look over the final version one last time, I'll call it plain proofreading. Sometimes I can provide an overall estimate for the job, usually after working on a small piece of it.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?A phone conversation first, to get a good idea of what the customer's project involves. Then usually a small job, working on one chapter, or a short section. This gives me a chance to assess the writer's skills and the complexity of the job, and if it is a good fit for my skills and interests. The customer can see what I can do in improving their work, and get some advice for next steps. Both of us get a chance to see if we feel compatible.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?A B.A. and M.A. in English. Ten years of teaching college English literature and composition full time. then a couple of decades of teaching university extension classes for working adults. A stint as a technical editor. Several years part-time transcribing and editing clinical psych reports. Creative writing workshops taught by Scott Russell Sanders, Josip Novakovich, Carol Bly, Annick Smith, and Rick Bass.