Editing Resources

(a.k.a: faqs)

I often get questions. Here are a few answers. (I'll add more soon.)

Q. Where can I find more about what editors do and how they do it?

A. I am a proud member of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild (www.edsguild.org) and the American Society of Copy Editors (www.copydesk.org). Check out their websites for more information on how to choose an editor, what an editor's job entails, and what to expect from the editing process.

Q. What's a style guide? Which ones do you use?

A. If you want to hire a professional editor, you'll want someone who's familiar with style guides. Every traditional publisher uses one as a starting point for how to treat various situations that arise in text.


I typically use the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Ed., for book projects and AP or Yahoo style for web or magazine projects. I am also adept at following house style and creating style guides. I return each editing project with its own style sheet for the client’s reference.


For any given project, I create a style sheet specific to that book or publication.