"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 to inform, influence, and persuade.

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

Areas of Expertise:

  • 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 materials, internal communications, reports
  • manuscripts by ESL/EFL authors, especially Asian-language natives
  • experienced in working with most major style guides

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?

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