Good editing makes the writer look good... and smart.... and accomplished. Successful writing appears to have been effortless even when it was not. Bad writing distracts—or even prevents— the reader from understanding what the writer wants to say.

According to E. B. White (co-author of The Elements of Style), “English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education—sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street.” Will your potentially famous memoir or hilarious exposé be lucky? Will it “make it across the street,” dodging Mack trucks of dangling modifiers, mixed metaphors, and incorrect subject--verb agreement? Is it easy—even fun—to read?

Behind every good writer stands an editor, politely suggesting small improvements or, in more difficult cases, coaxing harmony from chaos. Whether your manuscript needs a critical eye or a massive makeover, I can improve your writing and along with it, your chances for success.

For many years I’ve written and contributed to Fodor’s Travel Guides (a subsidiary of Random House), and I’m proud to say that I’ve edited books for them as well. Titles I’ve shepherded through the editing process include Fodor's Northern California and Fodor's Pacific Northwest as well as guides to Venice, Seattle, and Southern California.

My standard editing rate is US$40 per hour. Discounts are available for longer or ongoing projects. Please contact me for a quote.

Jane Onstott
San Diego, California

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