Editing Services

Editing E-books {and more}

Looking for someone to edit your e-book (or blog post or book proposal or about page or news release)? I’m a professional, experienced editor with an eye for details, a grasp of the big picture and a respect for your unique voice. Contact me at marycarver@live.com today for rates and availability.

Grammar is a piano I play by ear. All I know about grammar is its power. This quote by Joan Didion is brilliant – both on the topic of grammar and in the correct usage of “its” (as opposed to the oft-abused “it’s”). Admittedly, I cannot play the piano by ear – and most of my editing is done within an arm’s reach of my trusty AP Stylebook and the latest version of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary – but I believe that knowing where to turn for answers [and playing by the book] is half the battle when it comes to tricky questions of grammar and style.

I’ve spent the past decade working in communications, writing and editing messages of all sorts. From fighting cancer to selling dog food, from brainstorming to final edits, from ad agency to freelancing, I’ve made it my goal to craft copy that is clear, consistent and compelling. And now I’m here to do the same for you. You might say I’m putting my perfectionism to work. I’ll simply say that I’m an editor for hire.

Only in grammar can you be more than perfect. (Or so says William Safire.) It’s true that I’m working on giving up on perfect in every other area of my life, but editing is the one place I get to release my perfectionist tendencies and let them run free. It is with great relish that I crack open a new document and attack it with my red pen. Sitting at my table with red pen in hand, surrounded by printouts and pens with tabs open to Grammar Girl and Merriam-Webster on my laptop, is my happy place.

Yes, I’m a grammar geek who knows exactly where her spelling bee trophies are. But my obsession with good grammar and precise punctuation is a good thing for you. After all, as Arthur Plotnik said, “You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.”

I’m here to help you polish your message so your readers can easily understand that fire that’s burning inside you. I’m here to help you look good.

Nathaniel Hawthorne said, “Easy reading is damn hard writing.” Using my editing services will make the writing part a little bit easier.

I’m available for editing your e-book, blog post or website. For rates and scheduling, contact me at marycarver@live.com.

Testimonials

Using Mary as an editor for my guest posts, e-books and media kits has saved me tremendous embarrassment on several occasions. Mary does a thorough job of editing my materials without changing my voice. She is reliable, accurate and prompt with her work, and I recommend her to others often.
~ Tricia Callahan, OnceaMonthMom.com

Mary has a unique gift for writing in a conversational tone while using proper grammar and technique. She carries this gift over into her editing style, protecting the voice of the writer while helping to keep the message clear. Her suggestions helped enhance and clarify my thoughts, giving me confidence in my project [28 Days to Hope for Your Home].
~ Dana White, A Slob Comes Clean

Mary was a fantastic editor for my e-book, Create Your Perfect Cleaning Schedule. Not only did she correct typos and grammar errors, she also suggested wording to help the flow of the book. She worked quickly and exceeded my expectations!
~ Christine Satterfield, IDreamofClean.net

Working with Mary was great! She took the raw materials of my website copy and transformed it into a fantastic media kit, making our materials consistent and compelling while still maintaining my – and my company’s – voice. She did a great job, and I’m already planning to use her services again!
~ Gabby Turner, KiddoTags.com

Mary is not only knowledgeable when it comes to grammar, usage and style questions, she also has the rare understanding of context – knowing when it is important to hold to the rules and when creative license prevails. Being familiar with Mary’s skill level and ability to adapt to new situations [as her former supervisor], I am completely comfortable recommending her for a range of projects – from copy-heavy, technical monographs to more succinct, creative marketing materials.
~ Heather Hamilton, Creative Director, Grey Healthcare Group