Intricate details intrigue me

For 30 years I’ve wrangled tricky text and tamed it into writing that’s readable.

I know when to bend rules to allow a writer to say something in a new and creative way. But I also know the rules that are not negotiable. The ultimate goal: clear communication.

As a technical editor at Microsoft for 10 years, I ensured error-free UX documentation, white papers, strategy documents, and marketing materials. I was the reference person on my editing team for accessibility and globalization issues, making sure all documentation could be easily read by an international audience, without cultural or legal mishaps.

In addition to technical documents, I’ve edited legal books, medical textbooks, annual reports, white papers, indexes, website copy, ad agency copy, fiction, cookbooks, self-help books, dissertations, newspapers, magazines, memoirs. I haven’t met any text that intimidates me.

Minute details pull me into the text, and I have spent many blissful hours making sure grammar, punctuation, and wording are pristine.

But don’t worry: I’ve never missed a deadline. Consider me a tolerant perfectionist, knowing when to stop and hand off the copy.

I offer:

  • Technical editing
  • Copyediting
  • Line editing
  • Proofreading: My affordable Retainer Proofreading Package covers you for a quick, last-minute check of multiple types of materials, including emails, newsletters, PowerPoint slides, video, marketing copy, and more.

Some of the companies I have helped as a technical editor, copy editor, line editor, and proofreader:

  • Oxford University Press (Law Books Division)
  • Microsoft
  • Global Communities
  • Glendale (Calif.) News-Press
  • Seaside (Ore.) Signal

I care about your text

Your text is important. It tells potential clients how you can help them. It helps current clients keep up to date on your new offerings. Even the smallest typo can tell someone you don’t care about quality. Is that the message you want to give your customers?

That’s my job, to make you look good. When your text says what you want it to say, customers can focus on your business instead of that misplaced comma.

“Mary is exceedingly proficient in her skills and is without a doubt the best proofreader we have ever had on our staff in the 46 years that we have been in business. She totally immerses herself in the project before her and thinks like an author or editor.”

~ Sam Jaffe, Publisher, Building News, Inc.

I’m ready to edit your copy

I edit your text for grammar, punctuation, general style, consistency, and readability. I look for errors in fact and sense. I am the eyes of your customers.

In addition to simply editing your text in English, I watch for phrases that might confuse readers whose first language is not English. For example, what does “it’s as easy as pie” really mean? Change this to “it’s quick and easy” and everyone in your global audience can understand what you mean.

For online copy, I stay alert for SEO opportunities, places where you can change the wording to searchable keywords.

Even if you write solely for your own small community, thinking about how your words are interpreted by your audience is important for meaningful communication.

Get in touch with me to discuss your project. Let’s make sure your readers aren’t confused by what you think you’ve written.


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