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New Scene Media, LLC
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Trina S.
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Andrew is the best! Personable and professional. He spearheaded the editing for my short film and did the heavy lifting to get us started-even helped with camerwork for adding a scene that gave the storyline a lift.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Wayne H.
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Dorothy is an outstanding partner, she has edited many works for me. The final result is always professional and a significant improvement on overal readability, and quality.

  • 3 years in business
Kristin S.
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Anytime i needed help with corrections and proofreading even basic spelling errors she was there to help and did a fantastic job! When it comes to any personal problems and coaching for life, she was there for me like no one else. She sees things and can explain and find a solution to most anything. Will always come to her!


My primary services include tutoring and proofreading services; however, other services are available that require expertise in English, communications, education, or advertising. I provide the following services: * Tutoring I require a half-hour minimum but will also offer increments of 1 hour, 1.5 hours, or 2 hours. Sessions longer than 2 hours at a time are not recommended but will be considered on an emergency basis. Package rates are available. Tutoring sessions are offered for a variety of topics, including secondary English (grades 6-12), postsecondary English (college-level literature or writing), writing or essay help, resume or interview help, SAT (critical reading and English), ACT (English portion), GRE (English portion), and AP English. Other topics will be considered upon request. * Proofreading I offer proofreading services for individual documents or on a repeating basis. The charge is based not on the amount of time it takes me to complete the task, but rather on a per-task basis. Longer documents will be more expensive than shorter documents. Package rates are also available. Other services include the following: - Resume, portfolio and cover letter help and design - Invitation help and design - Interview preparation More information is available upon request, and other tasks will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


As a professional writer myself, I know how frustrating it can be to search for excellent service that isn't cost prohibitive. I have been on the client side of the editing process enough times to be respectful of your money and time. I offer a variety of services, clear communication, and a great network to help get your project where it deserves to be.


I'll write sparkling content for your website and newsletter, or edit your existing site. I also copyedit books, articles, dissertations, and other manuscripts--academic and otherwise. I have a master of arts in English and a bachelor's degree in creative writing. Visit my website to learn more, and contact me today for help with your project!


I am a Pennsylvania-based writer and freelance editor. I specialize in academic writing, including theses and dissertations. I can help you no matter what stage you're at in your educational journey.


Retired professional librarian and adjunct English instructor with writing, research, editing skills.


Edit prose in any field for clarity, conciseness, and correctness. Work to give sentences and paragraphs not only grammatical integrity but rhythm, music, and sonic appeal.


In 2000 (after 30+ years in 'Corporate America'), I created Virtual Assistance, providing administrative/clerical services to individuals and small businesses. Years later I decided to revamp my business, focusing on proofreading, editing, and data entry services. This was the best decision I ever made and I feel blessed to have been successful. Having been an avid reader all my life, I love the written word and enjoy working with writers of all genres, including businesses requiring the services of a freelance editor. In the past six and a half years, I have edited over 200 books (list provided upon request). I work mainly with 'indie' authors, many who are taking their shot at fulfilling a dream. For that reason, I work closely with them and offer several levels of reasonably-priced service, depending on their need. In addition, with each edit, I provide a final proofread once the author has approved the catch any pesky typos that may still remain. I take pride in my work and treat each project as if it were my own. I am truly an author's best friend.


My goal to you is to provide objective, critical feedback, and apply my strong editing and proofreading skills to polish your creative work with the intention of getting it published. I have a workshop-style approach where I determine what works, what doesn't, and how you can improve the structure and content of your work. In the revision stage, I'll provide feedback and make editorial suggestions regarding grammar, syntax, and style. In the final stages of the editing process, we'll make sure your piece is well-written, full of compelling and strong sentences, and is devoid of any grammatical or typographical errors. I prefer to work with smaller manuscripts (less than 100 pages) but may consider lengthier pieces. My pricing is reasonable yet negotiable, and I can work with any budget.


Quick, reliable, and professional editing and writing services. Editor and writer have a PhD education and a background in psychology. Expertise in writing and editing for peer-reviewed publication, dissertations, and theses. Skill in writing and editing for advertising, marketing, and much more!


I have studied advanced grammar and linguistics and hold a BA in TESOL. Along with teaching English as a foreign language, I have been editing scholarly and professional documents and manuscripts for the past five years.


TLK Public Relations is your all-around editing and PR management solution. For clients seeking that personal touch, I offer a unique, experienced and in-depth approach based on years of education and expertise in community journalism, editing, feature writing and public relations marketing. My clients come first. The services I do are always centered around customers' individual specifications, needs and tastes. In addition to basic editing and content writing, I offer services in putting together an effective resume, producing public relations and advertising for your business and general photography.


I help people out in editing photos and videos to your exact preference. Please call me, and let me know what you're looking for.


Each edit includes: - Line Edit: formatting, grammar, punctuation, spelling, word use, etc. - Copy Edit: characterization, dialogue, description, pacing, plotting, setting, etc. - Summary Report: detailed critique, instructional tips, and suggested fixes. My goal is to make your work the best it can be. Rates vary according to project. Payment hires me for the initial edit and secures my advice until the project sees publication. EDUCATION Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Charter Oak State College Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University ENDORSEMENTS "Michael Dell is a fabulous writing coach and editor. He has helped several of my students with the final edits of their manuscripts, pushing them from 'okay' to 'publishable' with the gentlest of touches. He's great at spotting plot holes and suggesting possible plugs for them. He will find all the things you missed and help you fix them. He even did a final edit on this endorsement for me. Don't go it alone! Get the best help available." Victoria Thompson Bestselling author of the Edgar® nominated Gaslight Mystery Series "I've had a few editors during my career and stopped looking after I began working with Michael Dell. He's the consummate professional; sharp, diligent, courteous, and naturally inquisitive. Best of all he knows and can empathize with writers, being one himself, and understands the business thoroughly." Patrick Picciarelli Author of Undercover Cop "For anyone who needs a sharp editor, check out Michael Dell. We've swapped stuff in the past, and he's amazing." John Dixon Author of Phoenix Island


Need a writer, editor or a proofreader? I can do it all: blogs, letters, reports, resumes, short stories -- whatever you need -- quickly, accurately, and reasonably priced. I'll check for grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, syntax, usage, and style. I’ll rewrite awkward text to help you get your point across better. I have a combined 17 years of experience in reporting/writing, rewriting, editing, and proofreading. Let me put my experience to work for you!

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