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 editing 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 copy edit 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)

Global Domination for Beginners
by Dan Needles

5 stars

James Bond Runs Afoul of Mel Brooks

Robert, Lump, and Katie are childhood friends. Robert has a crush on Katie, but is too shy to tell her. Lump is … well … Lump; a tough kid with a simple outlook on life.

When Katie starts dating another boy, Robert is finally driven to the idea that to get her back, he’ll have to take over the world. Now, this would be laughable, except that Robert is quite brilliant, in a bit of a bumbling way. With Lump as his “muscle” and sidekick, they embark on a scheme to achieve the goal of dominating the world. First, they have to get rich, which Robert manages in the world of business. Then they have to acquire co-conspirators and henchmen. And if possible, an island with a suitable volcano (any megalomaniac worth spit has to have a lair inside a volcano) and perhaps some cargo ships and submarines. And something special for Lump.

Along the way, no James Bond cliché is left unspoiled. British humor is a subtle thing, often too subtle for a Yank like me. But this book is loaded with it. The jokes often sneaked up on me and left me laughing until I cried.

And the ending? Most unusual.