"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 niches:
-- academic/scholarly papers to be submitted to or published in peer-reviewed journals. Main fields: social sciences, humanities, public administration, business
-- book manuscripts: fiction, general and trade non-fiction, memoir
-- business documents: client communications, promotional material, internal communications, reports

Copy editing addresses all of the mechanical elements: grammar, punctuation, spelling, as well as style and voice. It enhances communication by paying careful attention to clarity, coherency, consistency, and correctness. 

I am familiar with the Chicago, APA, MLA, AP, AMA, and Turabian style guides.

For more information or to discuss your project, e-mail me at
jm.editing@gmail.com