"A word in earnest is as good as a speech."
Charles Dickens, Bleak House

Dickens is correct, of course, but only if that earnest word is spelled correctly, punctuated appropriately, and aligned grammatically and syntactically with the words around it.

I care about language; I care that it be used with precision. Language used precisely conveys meaning and nuance, and can exert powerful influence.

I would like to help you use language precisely and accurately so that your "words in earnest" fulfill your intention for them.

My three main copy editing and proofreading niches:

-- academic articles to be submitted to or published in peer-reviewed journals.
Fields: social sciences, humanities, public administration, business

-- book manuscripts: literary and genre fiction, general and trade nonfiction, memoir

-- business documents: client communications, promotional material, internal communications, reports

Not sure what kind of help your document or manuscript needs? Most likely, it will benefit from copy editing. Click this link for a description of that service: What is copy editing?

I am experienced in Chicago and APA styles, and familiar with MLA, AP, AMA, and Turabian.

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