I have a project I would like to inquire about. What is the best way to initiate contact with you?
Lovely! Please head on over to my contact page for options!
Do you require deposits or contracts?
Yes, both. The deposit holds your place in my schedule. We will also sign a contract in advance that clarifies the scope of the work you are hiring me to do, the deadlines we both agree to meet, and other expectations and conventions that help our working relationship proceed smoothly.
Do you work with authors who are nonnative English speakers?
Yes! I have an international background and I love working with authors for whom English is not a primary language. See especially my services in substantive editing and line editing.
Do you edit student work?
I edit work by master's and doctoral students that is intended for publication, which includes master's theses and doctoral dissertations. I offer coaching for graduate and undergraduate students on any piece of writing, and I offer manuscript evaluation of any graduate student work (including non-publication-oriented materials like qualifying papers). I do not edit or do manuscript evaluations of any undergraduate work.
How do you edit? Does my manuscript need to be a Microsoft Word document?
Like many editors, I edit only in Microsoft Word, and I edit with Track Changes turned on (see my editing samples if you are not sure what this looks like). You will need to convert your document to Microsoft Word if it is not already a Word document. The exceptions are proofreading projects, which often happen in PDF or other file formats capable of rendering manuscripts in their final layout designs.
What methods of payment do you accept?
I accept payments via Zelle, PayPal, or check. I also accept bank transfers via TransferWise from clients based outside the United States.
What are your hours?
I work Sunday–Thursday, typically between the hours of 10am and 7pm. During my workweek, I respond to emails and voice messages within 24–48 hours.
Why should I hire you?
I am in professional training as an editor through the University of Chicago Graham School editing program. I have also worked as an interdisciplinary scholar, research librarian, and college writing instructor. If you are looking for someone with a deep understanding of reading, writing, and publishing, and who can work with you intelligently as a writer and knowledge producer, you have found the right person.
Why are you Giant Squid?
Fun fact: Giant squid don't squirt ink. The waters they live in are so deep and dark that predators don't hunt by sight, so visual defenses are moot. However, giant squid do have enormous eyes that allow them to pick up the faintest glimmer of light in the deep oceans where they live. Don’t you want an editor with eyes like that catching your typos?