About me: I have master’s degrees in library and information science and English literature. I am currently working as a librarian, and I taught college-level English for thirteen years. My background and skills have given me experience in the light touch, keeping your manuscript yours while offering suggestions and changes which are designed to bring out the best in your work. Your manuscript isn’t ready to be published unless you, the author, are satisfied with the results.

What I offer: copy editing and proofreading services for fiction manuscripts of any length, in almost any genre. Basic proofreading applies standard American English grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence and paragraph structure, and word usage. In addition to proofreading, copy editing includes narrative flow, consistency, logical progression of ideas, characterization, and other issues which may affect the way your work is read by others.

What I use: During the editing process I apply the conventions of the Chicago Manual of Style, with a few exceptions. You are welcome to submit any personal style changes (date formatting, personal titles, street naming conventions, and other preferences) which you would like to see in your finished work.

If you would like to see a sample of my work, I will edit a maximum of two free pages from your manuscript as an example of what you can expect from Oak Leaf Editing Services.

What I guarantee: a thorough and professional editing job, done in a timely manner, for a reasonable fee.

What I do not guarantee: acceptance of any manuscript to any publisher, nor do I guarantee any other results, positive or negative, that may ensue from my editing your work. Yours is the final say, and yours is also the final responsibility for your work.