Editing and Proofreading at Their Best —
NO LESS THAN YOUR WRITING DESERVES.
A truly helpful editor does more than head off typos at the pass: s/he makes the difference between a book that is readable and one that is dispensable, and ensures that your best intentions come across to your readers. Likewise, proofreading isn’t a luxury but a crucial part of any written presentation. Your finished writing deserves no less than the best. Read on. . .
"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.” — Arthur Plotnik
Editing is an essential part of creating a publishable work of writing. I do editing as part of my book-development work for my clients, and for others when it's fitting. After over 30 years in the publications field, I have an unerring sense of what a work of writing needs to be seamless, to communicate the author's intention, and to shine.
"I just finished going through all the pages you edited. You did a superb job. It was just marvelous to see all the things you caught, when I thought it was in pretty good shape [already] — especially some really good catches of things that were fuzzy. I can’t imagine doing anything that meticulous. I hope you love it. The only thing I do that comes close is a 1000-piece puzzle." — Cindy Spring, co-author, 7 Questions About Life After Life
Good editing helps writers’ manuscripts to be error-free, read more clearly and unobstructedly, and have a professional level of integrity.
A good editor is not your critic, but your ally. The editor’s talent —and task — is to sense the jewel in your work, and free it from the “rock” of prose that imprisons or camouflages it.
A good editor also makes sure that your writing is free of all embarrassments, such as spelling errors, grammatical errors, punctuation errors, stylistic inconsistencies, and so on. If you care enough about your writing to share it with readers (whether in print, online, or as an ebook), you also care enough about your writing to make sure that it reads well and is error-free.
Whatever your subject, I can bring your writing to a place of clarity and coherence, readability, and interest, and (if needed) even do references and bibliographies.
“I cannot imagine another editor on the planet who could step into my shoes and edit esoteric material as beautifully and sincerely as Naomi did. She has been utterly exceptional.” — Rebecca Field, author, To Choose the Fire of the Cosmos. Foreword by H.H. The Dalai Lama
You have given so much of yourself to producing a manuscript that matters to you. Now it's time to invite the right editor to bring that manuscript to the next level — to ensure not only clarity and accuracy, but so that the jewel of your original intention shines brightly.
As your editor, I will honor your intention, collaborate with you as needed, and deliver to you a manuscript that you can publish with pride.
"Naomi took my manuscript and turned it into a book. I can't thank her enough!"— Larry Decker, PhD, author, The Alchemy of Combat: Transforming Trauma in Combat Veterans
SCROLL DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE TO SEE IMAGES OF SOME OF THE BOOKS I HAVE EDITED.
Want to self-publish your book once your manuscript has been edited and proofread to perfection? See the "Self-Publishing Consulting & Mentoring" page.
FOR PROOFREADING, CONTINUE READING, BELOW.
WITH GABRIEL STEINFELD
(NOTE: For proofreading, I refer you to one of the best proofreaders I know, Gabriel Steinfeld. Read his perspective on proofreading here.)
PROOFREADING ISN'T A LUXURY: IT'S CRUCIAL TO YOUR WRITING'S SUCCESS
You might think that — what with computerized spell checkers and all — you can just skip proofreading, once your manuscript or other written work is ready for publication.
But this would be a huge mistake. A good proofreader catches all the errors, inconsistencies, and glitches that — if not recognized and corrected — can cause you embarrassment, to say the least.
And not only for you. A reader who has to encounter typos, wrong words, misspellings, grammatical mistakes, paragraphs left out (etc.) is not being treated with full respect. This is not only frustrating, but it also interferes with the seamless reading experience. (And for those readers who no longer know the difference — well, why not let your book do double duty as a literacy booster? We pick these things up by exposure, after all.)
So if you have written something that you care about and want your readers to take seriously, engaging a proofreader is essential.
Fortunately, we have one of the very best on tap: Gabriel Steinfeld. He catches every error, actual and potential. He knows what to look up to find out what he needs to know to make your manuscript utterly error-free and without blemish. When your manuscript is ready for proofreading, we can put you in touch with him.
"Gabriel Steinfeld's attention to details is extraordinary. I highly recommend him as a proofreader for any manuscript destined for publication." — Colette Gauthier Myles, librarian, the University of California, Berkeley
GABRIEL STEINFELD ON PROOFREADING
Whether you have written a paper, a report, a webpage, an article, or a book, having a good proofreader can make the difference between being taken seriously and being immediately dismissed.
Text that's full of spelling mistakes, typos, wrong words, and so on can make a poor impression on your readers and interfere with what you want to communicate.
The omission of even one necessary comma can make a big difference in the meaning of a text. For example:
"Let's eat, Grandma," vs. "Let's eat Grandma."
Who Suffers from the Absence of Good Proofreading?
In a shorter written work, errors not caught by a good proofreader really stand out — whoops! And in a longer written work such as a book, there are more opportunities for errors due to the sheer number of words. You might think that ensuring that such errors are caught before publication is purely a professional concern — you want to look good in print. But from the reader's point of view, it can be disruptive, not to mention disconcerting, to be engaged in the experience of reading . . . and then suddenly a typo or wrong word or something else out of place appears, interrupting the flow of the reader's experience.
Such easy-to-miss errors can cause those reading what you've written to question:
Whether you really know as much as you imply you do;
Whether you are capable of communicating clearly;
Whether you are professional enough to be trusted.
As a proofreader, I can spot overlooked errors. A typo — a misspelled word — inaccurate punctuation or grammar — even a repeated or missing line.
You've put effort into your writing. Why sabotage the results?
Spell Checker = A False Sense of Security
You may think that running a spell checker is all you need to do. But a human proofreader can catch mistakes that a spell checker never can.
Think about it: if you spell a real word correctly -- but in the context of your writing, it's not the right word -- a spell checker won't flag it, because it can't tell the difference.
Would you accept this company's offer after seeing this sentence (as quoted in a mortgage company's ad)?
"We've done are homework."
(Obviously, they hadn't!)
Let me deal with the blemishes that can crop up in even the best writing, so that you can focus on the content. I am a professionally trained, detail-oriented proofreader who will remove all your errors and make your writing shine.
Who Can Benefit from My Proofreading Expertise
Anyone who has written something for public view and wants to make a good impression will benefit from contracting me as their proofreader.
Whether you're a writer, publisher, entrepreneur, company intrapreneur, student, small business owner, blogger, restaurateur, or _____ (fill in the blank, it's probably you), I can help.
My range of experience includes but isn't limited to: books (print and electronic), journalistic and academic articles, memoirs, oral histories, manuals, websites, and newsletters.
So whatever you've written, engage me to proofread your work. I'll make you and your work look good.
To discuss your project, email me at:
From “Spark to Finish,” I can take you all the way through each phase of your book — including writing, editing, and self-publishing mentoring. You don’t need to seek out trustworthy help for each phase of your book. It’s all right here.
CONTACT DETAILS: Location: Oakland, California, USA / Phone: (510) 465-3935 Pacific Time / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Consultations: in-person, by phone, or by Skype
KINDS AND LEVELS OF EDITING
There is more than one kind of editing. A good editor will use one, two, or all three to bring your manuscript up to a professional, publishable level. I offer all three, as needed.
Copyediting. Copyediting deals primarily with the mechanics of grammar, spelling, and sentence structure so that your manuscript has the professional-level dignity it deserves. If your written work is in a field that follows a particular style guide (such as The Chicago Manual of Style, or APA format), the copyeditor will make sure your writing follows that style accurately. Footnotes, references, and bibliography (if applicable) also fall under copyediting.
·Substantive editing. On this level, the editor addresses not only the mechanics but also the “substance” of your writing. Substantive editing deals with such matters as the structure/ organization, clarity, and appropriate wording of your writing. The editor may rearrange (or propose) sections and paragraphs to maximize clarity and reader interest; suggest transitions to make the writing flow; and advise you where to delete extraneous material, or fill in missing pieces to round out and complete the writing’s message and delivery.
Rewriting. Also a level of editing, rewriting takes the material you provide and brings it to a higher level. The editor will reword your writing adeptly, and suggest or add examples, phrases, or structural material, etc., so that in the end you can say, “Yes, that’s it. That ‘s exactly what I meant to say!”
A Partial List of Books I Have Edited / Publishers and Authors with Whom I Have Worked
PUBLISHERS: Ten Speed Press / Ortho Books / New World Library / McGraw-Hill / Crittenden Books / Scott Foresman / Stephen Greene / Viking
AUTHORS: Don B. Ardell / Richard Carlson and Benjamin Shield / Elizabeth Cowan Neeld / Shawn Talbott, PhD / Alan Crittenden / George H. Troy / Rahima Warren, MFT (ret.) / Deborah Welch, PhD / Marianne Rothschild, MD / Claudio Naranjo, MD / Larry Decker, PhD / Doreen Hamilton, PhD / Barbara Hannelore
BOOKS: The New Holistic Health Handbook / For the Love of God / All About Vegetables / All About Roses / Energy-Saving Projects for the Home / High-Level Wellness / Writing, 2nd edition / Cortisol Control and the Beauty Connection / Laser-Eye Surgery / Coping with Change / Healing Civilization / The Star-Seer's Prophecy / The Alchemy of Combat / Essential Speaking / The Moon and You
Will your book join this list?
"Naomi has been a wonderful editor and supporter for me. She pays attention not only to the nitty-gritty like punctuation, word choice, sentence structure, etc., but also to the nuances of meaning and the flow of the writing. She really listens to whether the writing is connecting with the reader, and for the places where there’s disconnection. Her support and kindness and wisdom have been worth every penny!" — Rahima Warren, author, The Star-Seer’s Prophecy trilogy
HOW TO KNOW IF YOU NEED A PROOFREADER
Anyone who has written something for public view, who wants to make a good impression will benefit from having me proofread their work. Here's a short list of possibilities:
📔 Writers seeking to have a book published traditionally or need to have a letter-perfect manuscript to gain a good reputation with their readers (including publishing-house editors).
📔 Writers seeking to have a book published via traditional publishing need to send query letters to literary agents or publishers that are letter-perfect.
📔 Writers planning to self-publish need their books to be free of errors so they will not look self-published, but professional.
📔 Writers of articles, especially for online, need to send out error-free writing.
📔 Publishers of magazines, journals, newspapers, books -- both in print and online — need proofreading for accuracy and also credibility.
📔 Experts who offer downloadable pdfs need them to be error-free.
📔 Entrepreneurs writing copy or any kind of promotional literature (in print or online) need to put forth error-free writing that brings home the value of their service or product to the customer.
📔 Intrapreneurs within companies who have to write reports, proposals, even memos, need their presentations to be error-free.
📔 Students who have put effort into their theses or papers need the confidence that their grades won't be affected, even subliminally, by typos and inaccurate grammar and punctuation.
📔 Anyone putting up a website needs proofreading so that their viewers aren't put off by typos.
📔 Bloggers who want to make a good impression on their readers — either just because they care about it, or because they want to sell something (a product, service, idea) -- benefit from posting error-free writing.
📔 Restaurants need their menus proofread so that errors don't undercut their daily offerings.
📔 Other retail business signage and copy need proofreading to deliver a credible message to their customers.
📔 _________. (If you haven't already found yourself on this list, fill in the blank. You belong here.)
ABOUT GABRIEL STEINFELD
I am a proofreader not only by training but also by temperament and inclination. I like to find things that are inaccurate or out of place in a piece of writing, because then I have the satisfaction of making them right.
In fact, I'm the kind of person who notices typos, wrong punctuation, and so on when I'm reading just about anything: books, newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs — even signs! I've read the Chicago Manual of Style (the editors' and proofreaders' "bible") out of curiosity, on my own. I don't assume that everything is already accurate. I check.
I have an eye for detail and an instinct for when words are misspelled. I enjoy reading slowly and meticulously. And I understand all those pesky rules of spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
I have experience in a range of areas, including books (print and electronic), journalistic and academic articles, memoirs, oral histories, manuals, websites, and newsletters.
I am a proofreader with more than seven years’ experience in a wide range of areas. Very detail-oriented — I read every line, looking for misspellings, missing or repeated words, wrong words, wrong or missing punctuation, etc.
I have extensive knowledge of spelling, grammar and punctuation (have often spotted and corrected periods inside the parenthesis that should have been outside, quotation marks facing the wrong way, etc.).
I am thorough. To give just one example, I looked up the six-syllable name of a medication in a manuscript, and found that it was misspelled.
I am a graduate of Editcetera's courses on "The ABCs of Proofreading," and "The ABCs of Copyediting."
So whatever you've written, engage me to proofread your work. I'll make you and your work look good.
To discuss your project, email me at:
"Gabriel's attention to detail is extraordinary.
“He unfailingly caught typos, repetitions and misspelling, and paid particular attention to punctuation. Without doubt, he has a deep knowledge of spelling and grammar, and is familiar with all the intricate rules of punctuation. I highly recommend him as a proofreader for any manuscript destined for publication."
— Colette Gauthier Myles, librarian, the University of California, Berkeley
"Gabriel is a fabulous proofreader!
“Very thoughtful comments and good catches."
— Margaret Copeland, Terragrafix / book designer and typesetter
"Gabriel is a very painstaking proofreader.
"He is very attentive to detail and very conscientious. He did a wonderful job for me and my client, and I highly recommend him."
— Ralph Dranow, editor and ghostwriter
"Gabriel Steinfeld is a wonderful proofreader.
“Nothing escaped his attention, and my book is far better because of it. I'd recommend Gabriel to anyone who is concerned about the professional look of their writing."
— Naomi Rose, book developer. Author, Starting Your Book: A Guide to Navigating the Blank Page by Attending to What's Inside You
A Few of the Books Edited by Naomi Rose
“I have worked with several editors and none can compare to the precise, detailed work Naomi has done. She color-coded the editing process (made it very easy to follow), provided feedback and explanations/comments to changes or additions, including changes to sentence structure, without compromising my writing style or ideas. She combed through my [manuscript] in detail, picking out grammatical errors [in a way] that was absolutely brilliant.
“Naomi takes interest in the material that she is working on. She developed a real sense and feel for the material, and treated my [writing] as if it was the most important work.
“Throughout the process, I was confident, calm, and at ease working with her. I could not have done it without Naomi. I am thankful and blessed to have [had] her as my editor. Naomi is the one.”
— Christina Pillai
NOTE: Once your manuscript or other written work has been edited and proofread, you may want to look into self-publishing. Naomi mentors people on the self-publishing journey. For more details, click here.