Why do details matter?
Will the world end if there is a colon instead of a semicolon in a reference entry? Does that heading really need to be bold rather than italic? Who cares if a typo slips through, the designer uses the wrong font, or the author writes “affect” instead of “effect”?
Reading text carefully and paying attention to small details demonstrates to readers that you care about the finished product, whether that is a novel, a scholarly journal, a brochure, or a government report. As an editor, being attentive is a crucial part of my job—catching typos, even those just as small as a missing “a” or “the,” helps make a better product and ultimately results in a better experience for readers.
Readers care about consistency. An important part of paying attention to small details is applying consistency throughout a manuscript. If “structural engineering” is abbreviated as “SE” on page 12, “SE” shouldn’t then be defined as “standard error” on page 37.
Do I really want the project managers or proofreaders I work with to have to dig through an entire manuscript to figure out, say, whether American or British spelling should be used? No! That’s why I pride myself on keeping detailed style sheets as I edit. I don’t want to waste anyone’s time having to scroll through a publication to note certain stylistic or formatting choices.
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 extremely proficient with the AMA Manual of Style, the APA Publication Manual, and the Chicago Manual of Style.
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:
I am also familiar with XML, HTML, and CSS.
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.
I'd love to use my publishing expertise to help you with your business needs!
My past and current clients include: