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Readers respond to good writing. 
I help companies and individuals present themselves in the best light through their communications.


Clients use my services as an editor, proofreader, researcher and writer. My home base is Salem, Massachusetts, but I work remotely with clients across the US and around the world.

Much of my work has been in financial services and health care. I offer a fresh perspective to clients who need to clean up industry jargon and stay focused on their audience. My client list must remain partly confidential, but it includes both a Fortune 100 company and one of America’s largest private firms.

Some clients that I can name are:

•Jack Morton Worldwide
•Eaton Power
•MIT Community Innovators Lab
•Tyco International
•Subway Restaurants
•Standard Insurance Company

I’ve handled diverse projects, such as:

•Editing and proofreading web copy and other online materials
•Proofreading and finalizing corrections for proposal responses
•Editing a massive proposal response library
•Editing existing marketing copy (from fact sheets to case studies)
•Writing and posting for clients’ social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)
•Researching and writing a nutrition-focused activity and learning guide for kids
•Researching and writing sections of an irreverent online IT competition
•Serving as news editor and writer for an online music magazine

Hit your communication target every time

The best way to reach an audience is through writing that’s crisp, clear and human. I help companies and individuals craft authentic messages that hit their target every time. If you need to focus a disorganized industry article, create web copy that resonates with potential customers, or get a final error check of your print or digital material, I can pull your words together and polish them.

Below are the types of business editing services I offer. I can edit and proofread according to your preferred style guide, or I can suggest a style guide for your project. If you’re looking for book editing services, click here.

Please note that there is a one-hour minimum per project. A rush fee may be applied to urgent requests. If you’d like to discuss a flat fee for a specific project or establish an ongoing work relationship, we can review alternative pricing structures.


Proofreading corrects spelling mistakes, typos, punctuation problems, capitalization errors and minor grammatical errors.

Rate: $40 per hour


A copy edit will polish and smooth out your content. Copy editing may involve deleting unnecessary words or sentences, rewriting vague or awkward sentences, and improving overall flow through minor restructuring of sentences, paragraphs or sections. This kind of edit also addresses grammar and some proofreading issues.

Rate: $45 per hour


Substantive editing is also known as developmental editing. It typically involves significant restructuring to improve flow and create a more logical sequence. There could be extensive rewriting involved in this kind of edit, particularly if the original author is not a professional writer or if there are multiple authors with different skill levels and varying tones. This edit may also require checking footnoted sources and researching to obtain missing information.

Rate: $55 per hour


Whether you need to fact-check an article you’re writing or you want reams of obscure information for a book you’re working on, I can help. I love to research, and I dig deep.

Rate: $40 per hour