Professional Copy Editing

Professional copy editing and formatting at a reasonable price.

What I do for you:StrandBooks

  • The usual spelling and grammar fixes
  • Look for weak words and sentences and suggest alternatives while keeping your “voice”.
  • Note logical problems if I spot them (should have been handled by a good story/plot editor)
  • Note errors in facts if I spot them (contrary to what I tell my friends, I don’t know EVERYTHING)
  • Format for eBook publication by Amazon
  • Anything else that I notice (such as info-dumps, slow starts, etc. that the story editor left unfixed)


I’d love to quote a flat, per-word fee, but that would be unfair to authors who bring me a fairly “clean” manuscript. Naturally, I’ll bid a troubled work higher than I will a clean one. If it’s truly a major mess, I’ll suggest you work on it some more, rather than spend a bundle (I know that eBooks rarely sell enough to pay for major work, but I’ll take your money if you insist). See Rates for complete info.

How to get started:

  • Contact me using the contact form to make sure I have a free slot for you.
  • If I do, I’ll ask for your complete manuscript (Not docx! Doc or rtf is fine)
  • I’ll “work” a random section(s) to see how much time it takes
  • I’ll return the marked-up manuscript segment, so you can see how I work, along with an estimate
  • If we’re both happy with the deal, I’ll be sending you pieces and comments as I work your ms so that it’s not all dumped on you at the last minute. And yes, I expect you to respond in a reasonable amount of time to questions and problems we encounter (I realize you may be writing in your spare time before/after work).

Featured Book of the Week

(Books I’ve given 4 or 5 stars)

Happy Clown Burger
by Al Philipson

5 stars

Fun and Disaster in a Burger Joint

I’ve got to assume that the author, Dwayne Fry, has worked in a fast food store. The stories are too poignant, but funny at the same time.

This is a collection of very short stories about the goings on at a Wisconsin branch of a chain of burger “joints” — Happy Clown Burger. Most of the humor revolves around a number of problem customers, but some involve the staff as well.

Okay, I’m making it sound boring. It’s not. It’s not gut-busting laugh funny. More like “chuckling” humor. The stories are short enough that you’ll always find a “break point” if you have to go to bed or be somewhere else. Well told and worth my time.