Jason D P.
ChicagoIL
98% Job Success
Top Rated

Experienced, award-winning developmental book editor

[OCTOBER 2023: I'm proud to announce that I am now the recipient of an academic copy editing certification co-sponsored by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and the American Copy Editors Society (of which I am a paid member). For more, see either the Poynter or the ACESEditors website.] From 2007 to 2017 I was the owner of the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography, which published 40 books for total distribution of over 20,000 copies. Along the way, CCLaP's books won or were finalists for a half-dozen awards, including the Pushcart Prize, the Lambda Award for LGBTQ literature, and the Independent Publisher Book Award; and the center itself was named one of the 10 best indie presses in the United States by both BookRiot.com and Poets & Writers magazine. Now I bring that same award-winning deep editing experience to your own self-published or small-press manuscript, helping you hone it with a fine knife into the best book it can possibly be. I specialize in "developmental" editing (also known as "content editing"), taking a big-picture look at your manuscript and identifying strengths and weaknesses in plot, character, pacing, style and tone, and giving you no-bones advice about how "publishable" it currently is. I also regularly do copy editing (also known as "line editing"), focusing in on a word-by-word basis to correct mistakes in what my industry calls GUPS (grammar, usage, punctuation and spelling). Other services include simple "post-production proofreading" for typos and missing punctuation; complete rewriting of entire sections of text for better clarity; specialized academic work using the Chicago Manual of Style, APA and Bluebook; and short documents like memos, web articles, website copy and promotional material for enterprise and other corporate clients. I believe in being transparent and consistent with my fees, so here are my rates in advance: Simple proofreading for typos: 0.5 cents per word Developmental editing: 1 cent per word Copy editing: 1 cent per word Developmental + copy edit for the same document: 1.5 cents per word Rewriting text into a more readable form: 1.5 cents per word Doctoral dissertations: 2 cents per word Journalism: 3 cents per word Enterprise clients: 5 cents per word All of these rates are also open for discussion and best offers, so just drop me a line if you'd like to discuss the subject more. See my portfolio section at the bottom of the page for a broad selection of testimonials from authors I've worked with as a freelancer, links to some of the books CCLaP still has for sale at Amazon, and praise my books have garnered over the years from such publications as Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, the Chicago Tribune, HTMLGIANT, and more. I'm happy to say that I've had a top-rated designation here at Upwork (given to the top 5 percent of all freelancers based on client satisfaction scores) since 2021 without a break, and pretty consistently maintain a 100% job success score. I look forward to hearing from you. *Proud member of the American Copy Editors Society* *Proud member of the Romance Writers of America* AI PLEDGE: I promise that all work I complete for clients has been, and will always be, accomplished using only my human brain and ten human fingers, never using AI bots, Grammarly, or other software options. I encourage you to demand this promise from all the freelancer candidates you interview and work with!
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Skills

  • Line Editing
  • Story Editing
  • Academic Editing
  • Content Editing
  • Book Editing
  • Business Editing