Creating text that captivates, informs, entices.
You’re the hero of your story. And it’s a story that needs to be told. But sorting out the details, finding time to write it, and making sure it says what you want it to say are all eluding you. I can help.
After more than 25 years of editing text, I have a well-trained eye for details, consistency, and how to make text flow easily for the reader. I know the rules — and when to break them.
I work with you, the author, to provide feedback on your text — or a sample of your text — and to show you ways you can improve your message for your readers.
I’m old enough to listen.
When I edit, I listen to the sound of the words. Sometimes it pays to break linguistic rules to say exactly what you want to say. Other times, the rules are exactly what you need. Language has nuance. During more than 25 plus years of editing, I have learned to hear what an author wants to say.
As a writer, I listen to the source to understand what they are saying. The compliments I love best are when a subject I’ve interviewed tells me I really captured in writing what they were trying to tell me. I do this by asking questions, letting them talk, and recording the words so I don’t miss any of the flavor of the quotes.
I take my time, I do the job well, because that’s what my experience has taught me works.
If you need my steady listening abilities that translate into sterling prose for your book, I’m ready to help out.
And if you want to listen to me share my interests — my passion for local food and farmers markets, the week I spent taking care of a lighthouse, or the year I lived on a kibbutz in Israel — I also have some interesting stories to tell.
Working with Mary on this writing project has been a great experience because of her professionalism and talent. Mary has a passion and gift for telling a good story.Jan Gunter
Thanks, Mary – looks great! I’m impressed by your thoroughness!Carol Garrison
Thank you for the accurate and well-written article about our program. It reads like a dream.Rachael Jones