the short version: who am I?
In brief, I like to think I’m an “old-school” editor who started at the bottom and earned his way up. I definitely came into the profession in a roundabout but still somewhat logical way—by first learning the arts of organization and detail.
Learning and applying those skills actually goes back to the earliest “job” I remember: assisting Mrs. Palmer in the elementary school library when I was in the sixth grade; that job was followed closely by helping Mrs. Bull in the junior high school media center, which I did all through junior high and high school. I think that’s also where I developed my passions for quick research, logical arrangement, and attention to detail; well, either there or Mr. Trimboli’s English class or Ms. Macaulay’s literature and readings classes or . . .
But, wait; this is supposed to be the brief version of who I am, isn’t it?
So, let’s skip the details . . .
Organizing is organizing; logic is logic; research is—it’s all fun!
My editorial training started in college, during the late 1970s, when typewriters, blue-lined dummy sheets, steel rules, scissors, and strip waxers were still the latest in journalism technology! I was even present the day we got our first electric headline-setting machine! Really—no, really—it wasn’t that long ago . . .
Is it sad that I’ve always loved my work?
At least, it doesn’t seem so long ago—because I’ve always totally enjoyed what I’ve done. With excitement and passion, I suddenly find I’ve accumulated more than thirty years of experience researching, organizing, editing, ghostwriting, and proofing materials such as books, manuals, and magazines for general audiences; labels, visitor guides, and teacher packets for museums; newsletters, blogs, websites, and collateral for non-profit agencies and small businesses; fiction and non-fiction materials for children and young adults; and memoirs, autobiographies, and personal, family, and company histories.
Over the years, I have helped all levels of writers with more aspects of writing than I ever could have imagined (and on all types of budgets and deadlines, as well)! As a freelancer the past several years, I worked for professional wordsmiths, coerced letter writers, and aspiring authors . . . anyone who needed a researcher-ghostwriter-editor-proofreader of their very own.
And that I still do?
Now, I’m here to help you, with your words—to help you or your team say what you want to say to the audience you want to reach. And, now I have a team to do so, too. So, what are you waiting for?
Was that too brief?
If you want, or need, to know more about the winding path that led to the-freelance-editor, please take a few moments to explore short discussions on my philosophy and my techniques and to learn even more about me, the-freelance-editor, and my qualifications: you can follow links from the drop-down menus to review “Why use a freelance editor (at all)?” and “our specialties,” or you can continue with our “About the-freelance-editor” page, as well. If nothing else, I’ve posted a current resume and some samples of my work—review them as you can.
Then, if you want to know still more, get in touch! I look forward to meeting you and to hearing about your project.
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the content writer—and your team, to help you say what you want to say to the audience you want to reach.
So, get in touch—you won’t know how we can help you and your team until you do!
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the online home of
As a professional freelance
editor (which means my services
are for hire by any person or
organization that needs them),
my goal, and the goal of my team,
is to collaborate with
you—the author, the originator,
the content writer—to reach your
(1) to say what you want to say
to the audience you want to reach
(2) to have your readers
concentrate on your message,
not your mistakes.
So, get in touch—you won’t
know how we can help you and
your team until you do!