Mark Twain once wrote that “the difference between the almost right word and the right word is . . . the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”
In fact, everything on the page matters – every comma, colon, hyphen and apostrophe is a miniature test to demonstrate that your work deserves attention and respect. Meticulous proofreading is essential, as is thoroughly evaluating the big concepts that undergird the foundation of your project, whether that be fiction or nonfiction. Hiring an editor is not always necessary, but it is the best way to ensure that your ideas are sound and that those niggling typos don’t slip through the cracks for all to see.
Hiring an editor will also earn you a confidant and a booster in an endeavor that can occasionally be isolating, tedious and daunting. Even the best of us need some sympathy and encouragement, and an editor will be there to motivate and help you see the forest for the trees when the task becomes bewildering.
Mark Twain was correct. The right words are important. And so are the people who coax them out of us.
If you need help with a writing project, then please contact me at email@example.com so we can discuss your work. I’m particularly interested in novels and non-fiction works concerning science, history, travel, politics, outdoor adventure and ecology, but I’m open to just about anything that could use some polish.
My rates are consistent with industry standards, but I can be flexible depending on the client, the timing, and the material. In general, I’m willing to drop my rates in direct proportion to how much the project serves the health and sustainability of our planet and its inhabitants.
Thanks for your consideration. I hope to work with you soon!
“Jon Gosch is a keen, professional editor and a pleasure to work with. He was quick to understand my vision and voice, and ensured that my prose always matched my message and tone. He’s also a meticulous proofreader with a knack for catching the small (but sometimes hugely embarrassing) typos many others miss. I recommend Jon’s work to anyone in need of an editor with a sharp eye and a steady hand.”
–Michael Gurian, New York Times bestselling author of 28 books. His most recent release is Saving Our Sons: A New Path for Raising Healthy and Resilient Boys
“I was looking for someone to review, edit and improve my self-published visionary fiction trilogy. Jon took on the project and in a short period of time delivered back a detailed, insightful, useful critique of Book 1. We had several excellent review/brainstorming sessions and I am now in the process of revision. I recommend Jon highly based upon the quality of his work, the fairness of his fee, and the spirit that he brings to the work.”
–Robert Cole, Author of The Call