I’ve seen the act of editing described as the process of helping the writing—the actual words and punctuation—stay invisible so that it doesn’t distract the reader from the message. Editors are like window washers who help people inside a skyscraper see the beautiful view without being distracted by streaks, smears, or dead bugs on the panes of glass they’re looking through.
A good window washer makes the window completely transparent. A good editor does the same thing, but with words.
I’m a good editor. I have innate talent and passion for the craft of editing, and I earned an A+ in one of the most challenging copy editing courses in Canada. When I sit down in front of a manuscript, it’s like part of my brain lights up. I feel energized; I feel at home. I can get a sense of the author’s voice and help them get their message across clearly. I’m efficient and thorough.
I can’t adequately describe the sheer joy of digging into someone’s language and helping them achieve greater clarity. It’s one of my favourite things to do. I’ve worked at all levels, from the lightest of check-overs to help with structuring and stylistic choices.
If you’ve written something and want it to shine as brightly as possible, I would love to help. Get in touch and let me know what you need!