Editing


Fiction • Nonfiction • Academic • Fine Art


Editors do not edit because they thrive on correcting writers; they edit because they value the written word and its latent power and drama.

I edit technical and science writing, and fiction, nonfiction, academic, and fine art books, bringing to this task thirty years of experience and a lifelong love of the English language. I edit both US and UK English, and am fluent with the major style guides, such as the
Chicago Manual of Style and the Oxford Style Guide.

Editing takes an innate awareness of the rhythm of the written word. I add rhythm to writing, providing a cadence pleasing to the ear.

As an editor, I work with writers to focus on their story: plot development, fleshing-out characters, creating a world that can be seen and experienced, and surprising the reader with the unexpected story twist.

I offer several
levels of editing, depending on the needs of the writer.

Fiction Editing

This category ranges from crime thrillers to mysteries to children’s books. As an editor, I am part cheerleader and part teacher/guide. I always find a way to encourage my clients, while guiding them in the ways to improve their writing. My editing includes line-by-line editing, story editing, and stylistic editing (grammar, punctuation, etc.) With fiction, I understand that it is vital to retain the author's voice, while guiding the author in ways to improve and empower that voice.

I have edited novels, novellas, and short stories for new writers and experienced writers. All writers should seek an editor before attempting publication, whether through an agent or self-publishing.

Nonfiction Editing

To view a list of nonfiction books I have recently edited, please click on the item below.

Nonfiction Editing
Memoir Editing

Academic Editing

To view a list of academic books I have recently edited, copyedited, or proofed, please click on the item below.
Academic Editing
Academic Copy Editing
Academic Proofing

Fine Art Book Editing

I am the Editor of Via Lucis Press, the publishing entity of Via Lucis Photography.


Via Lucis Photography and Via Lucis Press are part of a long-term project to document Romanesque and Gothic churches in France and Spain. The projects include the photographs that are represented on the site, an initial book called Light and Stone, and custom art prints. Light and Stone is illustrated by these photographs by Dennis Aubrey and PJ McKey, with text by Dennis Aubrey, edited by Ann Aubrey Hanson.

Why Editing?