Good editing is always at least somewhat subjective. As an editor and teacher, I work first to get a strong sense of writers' aims for their projects and the particular voice and tone they would like to project. I ask for a list of writers, books, and other media that have influenced the manuscript, and use these models as a starting point for my feedback and critique. In the case of editing projects, I’ll ask writers to send a few pages from a piece so I can do a free sample edit. This way they can get an idea of how I would edit the piece and decide if I would be a good fit for the project. My goal is to help writers sound like the best possible version of themselves.
I work on creative as well as scholarly work. Books I've critiqued and edited have been published by Zondervan Press, Provincetown Public Press, HomePort Press, and Beaver's Pond Press. I've also edited books for Capstone Press, Epic Press, and North Star Editions.
I offer manuscript critiques, editing, and proofreading through the Loft Literary Center. You can find details about my services and rates here.