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I am a freelance editor specializing in copyediting and line editing (sometimes called substantive editing). I completed the Russian language immersion program at the Defense Language Institute in California while serving in the United States Air Force, and I have a BA in both linguistics and Russian language and literature from the University of Washington. I have been tutoring English composition and English as a second language (ESL) since 2004. In 2017, I received my editing certificate from the University of Washington, at which time I started freelance editing and tutoring as Belmont Editing & Tutoring Services.
My interests include philosophy, psychology, linguistics, language learning (Russian, German, and Finnish), photography, photo editing, music, creative writing, yoga, and mindfulness meditation.
My editing philosophy – the what and the how
Editing is both an academic enterprise as well as a subtle art that requires a skillful back-and-forth maneuvering between the objective and subjective frames of reference while remaining true to the writer’s intent.
When copyediting, I consider my author’s writing through an objective lens, much like a computer programmer might approach the task of coding. Being a binary process, the work is either right or wrong. In this mode, I diagnose and resolve issues related to grammar, spelling, syntax, continuity, and punctuation—the what of the writing.
When line editing, I consider my own subjective experience of the writing, much as an art critic might approach a critique of a painting. This process is nonbinary, meaning questions of right or wrong are irrelevant. In this mode, I maintain a sense of wonder about the work, addressing those issues related to tone, style, feeling, and purpose—the how of the writing.
My ultimate task is to remain objective while honoring the subjective nature of the work. Doing so both ensures and constitutes a healthy and amicable editor-author relationship.
My editing services
I offer copyediting and line editing to both native and non-native English-speaking business professionals, authors, and undergraduate- and graduate-level college students. I edit the following types of writing:
- college admissions essays/personal statements (undergraduate and graduate)
- academic English essays
- business documentation
- websites and blog posts
- works of both fiction and nonfiction
My editing samples
Clicking on a link below will allow you to download a Microsoft Word document. Each document includes a detailed description of the editing work I provided for each client along with my edits, comments, and final cleaned versions.