I work behind the scenes to smooth out the text so that your ideas and writing talent can take center stage. That way, you can focus on the most important part of writing: getting your ideas out into the world.
As a lexicographer, I was trained that the way people use English defines the language rather than the other way around.
If you want to say “can’t” or use fewer commas for a casual and engaging marketing piece, I will follow your preferences. If you’re writing a highly academic article for a prestigious journal, I will encourage a few less-quotidian flourishes and even remove prepositions from the ends of sentences if the journal objects to those.
Editing is a collaboration with you to produce exactly the document you want. I work with you to ensure that your overall writing achieves the most seamless and effective communication possible for your intended audience.
I fell in love with the English language at Merriam-Webster, and now I work with the language in another way: by ensuring that your work is as flawless and exceptional as possible.
(I am available for and have performed freelance lexicography work as well, including thesaurus creation and writing usage paragraphs and example sentences.)