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Biographical writer, translator and copy-editor
I defended my Ph.D at Johns Hopkins University in September 2015 where I had spent the past six years teaching history and basic writing skills to undergraduates who were both native and non-native speakers of English. During this time, I edited hundreds of student papers and dozens of my colleagues' articles and chapters for submission. I am familiar with Chicago, MLA and APA citation styles, and I understand the importance of proper source attribution in non-fiction. I am eager to apply my research and editing skills to your academic project! My own writing style is crisp and simple. I believe in short sentences that get right to the point. I read English, French, Italian and Latin and have a firm grasp of sentence syntax and argumentative structure. I received a 790 (99th percentile) on the verbal component of the GRE in 2008. I specialize in forms of biographical writing (which was the focus of my dissertation): job cover letters, statements of purpose for post-secondary programs, recommendation letters and character references. A main component of successful biographical writing is a personal touch, and I am available to discuss a client's background and skills over skype before embarking on a new project. I also revise training manuals and telemarketing scripts. I love copy-editing because learning something new is such a joy! I take on beta-reading projects for historical fiction and fantasy at EXTREMELY reduced hourly rates for the same reason -- because they are fun! My portfolio contains examples of my writing. I cannot often share the edited work that I deliver clients, so I also offer potential clients a small sample (250 words) edit of their text. I charge sliding rates based on the nature of the job: For copyediting: 25 USD/hr For research and proofreading: 18 USD/hr If your editing or writing job is for a non-profit or otherwise concerned with helping others, I offer a reduced rate of 15 USD (at my discretion and applied after the completion of work). For fixed-price jobs, please be sure to include the length of the text, its subject and the expected deadline for the project.
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