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Welcome to Fostered Creativity!

My name is Denise Foster, and I am a freelance copy editor, proofreader, and production artist with more than 10 years of experience in publishing.

I specialize in scholarly nonfiction publications, particularly in the fields of social sciences, humanities, applied sciences (engineering and health care), and education. I primarily edit and proofread peer-reviewed scholarly journals and nonfiction trade books.

I am familiar with the AMA Manual of Style, the APA Publication Manual, and the Chicago Manual of Style. Jump to my Editing & Proofreading Services now!

I am also highly skilled in page layout and desktop publishing, helping to produce scholarly journals, books, white papers, and reports. I am proficient in the following software:

  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • eXtyles (Inera)
  • MathType
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Typefi

I am also familiar with XML, HTML, and CSS. Jump to my Composition & Layout Services now!

NOTE: I do not provide developmental editing. Developmental editing may best be described as “big picture” editing—coordinating and editing a project from the rough manuscript to the final publication, incorporating input from authors and reviewers.

Services & Pricing


Past and current clients include:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • American Psychological Association (APA) [for Cenveo Publisher Services]
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) [for Lumina Datamatics]
  • Ave Maria Press
  • Begell House
  • Editage (CACTUS Communications)
  • Fairview Health Services
  • Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy
  • MPS North America
  • Optical Society of America [for Lumina Datamatics]
  • Out of House Publishing
  • Pearson Technology Group
  • RosettaBooks
  • Taylor & Francis [for Apex CoVantage]
  • Wiley-Blackwell


I was just reviewing files on [the project] before sending it out for proofreading, and I want to thank you for your thoroughness in the style sheet. It is hugely helpful and makes my job so much easier!

—Jennifer Fandel, Editorial Coordinator
Apex CoVantage

I was very satisfied [with your work]. It was great working with you! We have a new developmental editor on staff who will be working with copy editors, and I was showing her your style sheet as an example of what we like to see. You’ll be hearing from the Academy soon enough!

—Erin Fagan Faley,
Manager, Production and Digital Content Development
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Denise is one of the best editors I currently have on the accounts I manage (70 editors spread across three accounts). Her strong editing skills, attention to detail, and reliability in meeting deadlines are superb. She consistently receives positive feedback from our customers. When we experience a backlog, Denise always steps up to edit more articles each week.

Denise has also shown that she can successfully manage editing several different types of articles from multiple publishers, all with different style requirements and deadlines. She grasps new material quickly.

—Laura Sherwin
Grant Proposal Development Specialist/Technical Editor
University of Nebraska at Omaha
(Former Copy Editing Manager/Editorial Specialist at Lumina Datamatics)

Please thank Denise for pointing out the discrepancies and asking me to check all captions, etc. I would have looked pretty bad if the errors weren’t caught!

—David Goetsch,
author of Technical Drawing for Engineering Communication, 7th Edition
Proofreading project completed for MPS North America


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