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Academic Editing

Let your readers focus on your great research, not your typos.

Travel Editing

Great writing lets your readers lose themselves in your adventures. Great editing helps you tell your story.

How I Can Help You

My aim is to help you tell your story in an engaging, compelling way. I collaborate with you to develop the best version of your work.

Latest posts

  • What does editing look like?
    If you’re nervous about having an editor review your work, you’re not alone! Sending your manuscript to someone you’ve never met is daunting. What can you expect? What will they change? What if you don’t like their changes?
  • Can I use song lyrics in my story?
    Song lyrics can give a scene a particular mood or evoke a particular memory or time. They can set the tone when used as a quote at the start of a chapter. But song lyrics are copyrighted, raising the question: can you use them in your book?
  • How to write (great) sex scenes
    Picture the scene: your characters have been pining over each other for months and they’ve finally had their first kiss. They’re ready for more. They want to, no, need to have sex, right now.