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“Donna was an enormous help in guiding my writing process. It was with her expertise that I was able to join my ideas into a cohesive and convincing story. I have Donna to thank for the unfolding success of my application, and I would recommend her to anyone in need of an editor!”

-Ph.D. Student, Biochemistry, UCSF

PROOFREADING

Review against existing document(s) for typos, errors in punctuation, errors in formatting, etc.

FACT CHECKING

Reading for inaccuracies, confirming facts via external sources

FORMATTING

Errors in layout / graphic illustrations, confusing word and page breaks

COPY EDITING

Spelling, grammar, punctuation, word usage, repetition

LINE EDITING

Point-of-view, tense, flow, structure, queries, overall content

EDITORIAL ASSESSMENT

Read with one-page response, big-picture feedback

STYLE GUIDES / RESOURCES

Modern Language Association (MLA) • American Medical Association (AMA)
Scientific Style & Format (SSF) • Chicago Manual of Style • Associated Press (AP)
Oxford English Dictionary (OED)

I’m a New York-based writer and freelance editor with a BA in Communications and an MFA in Creative Writing. I studied proofreading and copyediting at New York University and have proofread, copy edited, and line edited undergraduate college application essays, personal statements, graduate student theses and Ph.D. student dissertations, academic tenure applications, grant/fellowship applications, CME/CNE/CE medical and nursing accreditation materials, and science manuscripts published in PNAS, Nature, and Cell.

I’m a published writer, a former senior editor for the Southern Review of Books, and now serve as a nonfiction editor for the online publication, Talking Writing.

How can I help you? Contact me and let’s chat. I base my initial fees on the project and bill on a sliding scale.

TESTIMONIALS

“I rely on Donna to provide concise line edits and insightful comments. She is very professional and always on time. I don’t know what I’d do without her expert feedback.”
-Academic Librarian

“When I was applying to Ph.D. programs, Donna was an enormous help in guiding my writing process. I had ideas of what I wanted to say, but it was with her expertise that I was able to join these ideas into a cohesive and convincing story. She also gave excellent grammatical and structural edits, which taught me a lot about how to write prose that keeps the reader engaged while still maintaining my voice. I have Donna to thank for the unfolding success of my application, and I would recommend her to anyone in need of an editor!” -Ph.D. Student, Biochemistry

“My work is always improved after working with Donna. She is always gentle with her reception while also providing the edits and suggestions the piece really needs.”
-Poet & Novelist

“Donna can be counted on to not only complete a task, but work at understanding the context necessary to do it well.”
-CME/CNE Accreditation Manager

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