My real strength as an editor lies in what’s known as “structural” or developmental editing. This is the heavy lifting that is typically done early on in a manuscript’s development. During this phase of the writing process, I help the writer to articulate their argument, identify how they will support it, and then construct a coherent narrative arc. I am excellent at spotting logical loopholes and ruthless in removing them. In these sessions, we typically spend a lot of time on the introduction, as that is generally a bellwether for the rest of the piece. One client – the Director of a global policy research institute – commented that I am:
“the best structural editor she’s ever worked with.”
Once the scaffolding of the argument is in place, I am also a muscular line editor. I pride myself on being able to trim unnecessary verbiage so that your writing can really sing. I am also an accomplished copyeditor and proofreader.
My work as an editor has spanned academic, commercial, government, and non-profit clients. I have edited everything from in-depth research reports and policy briefings to shorter and pithier blogs, websites, microsites, and video animations. Having worked as both a journalist and a blogger for the past two decades, I find there’s no piece of content that can’t be improved. My goal is to do so without losing the heart and soul of your ideas.
Examples of my editing include:
- A 100-plus page policy report for a global, multilateral organisation
- An animated film capturing key findings from a health communication research project
- A microsite highlighting the main findings from research on climate change adaptation
- Doctoral dissertations and academic journal articles
- Full-length book proposals and manuscripts