I have over seven years of experience teaching and critiquing writing for academic and creative purposes. Based on general interest, I now offer editing services for writers working on short stories, essays, or short-form memoir pieces.
My process is to first understand your piece and what you wish to accomplish. Then, I examine your work and provide comments, both holistically and when needed, on the line level. After you receive your work back with comments, we schedule a phone call to clarify any lingering questions.
For more information and to inquire about my rate, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Nearly every time I think I'm ready to submit an essay for publication, I send it to Anita first. She's got an amazing eye for voice, and over the years she's gotten to know mine almost as well as I do. Like all writers, I've got ticks, tendencies, and preoccupations that repeat throughout my work--some that contribute in a positive way, and some that need to be checked. Anita has gotten to know that I have a tendency for passive usage here, or a run-on sentence there--and I'm always surprised when she catches and corrects something that had completely escaped my attention. And that's why I value Anita's input so much. Her close readings and attention to detail show how much she cares about my writing and making each piece the best it can be."
-Otis Houston, Nonfiction writer
“Anita has provided thoughtful feedback on my novel ever since I started it a few years ago. She has seen it in several stages of revision, and depending on whether she's seeing a chapter's first draft or third, she knows just what it needs. In first drafts, she's given me plot ideas that I would have never thought of, and in my more polished drafts she's had an eagle eye for tightening up language or clarifying details. On a line level and on a larger scale, Anita has helped me work out some of the toughest bits of my writing. She's patient and encouraging, but also discerning and unfaltering. She asks the big questions and provides insight on the work as a whole, which is so valuable to me when I'm in the trenches of drafting. Lastly, I'd like to highlight Anita's professionalism; she's prompt, accommodating, communicative, and a pleasure to work with."
-Joanne Howard, Fiction writer
"Anita is a total professional when it comes to manuscript editing. She's a straight shooter with a sharp eye who asks encouraging questions throughout the process. She can recognize the soul of a piece and provide in-depth and insightful revision direction. Incorporating her revision suggestions into my work has resulted in better writing and a better product."
- Meredith Hardwicke, Fiction writer
"Anita is intelligent, kind and insightful, which makes her writing critiques clear, generous, and astute. Her competence as a reader, writer, and teacher shine through on the page, and her input has helped me refine, strengthen, and deepen my work. I always look forward to getting back edits from Anita because I know they’ll help me take my writing to the next level."
-Elizabeth Droppers, Fiction writer
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