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. Though not always necessary, hiring an experienced editor is the best way of ensuring 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 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.
If you need help with a project, then please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can discuss your writing. I’m particularly interested in novels of all kinds and nonfiction works concerning science, history, travel, politics, outdoor adventure and ecology.
My rates are consistent with industry standards, but I can be flexible depending on the client, the timing, and the material.
Thanks for your consideration. I hope to work with you soon!
BRIEF CURRICULUM VITAE:
• Freelance editor who has assisted numerous scientists, environmental advocates, political aspirants, and professional writers, including New York Times bestselling author Dr. Michael Gurian. Recently edited books include Saving Our Sons, The Minds of Girls, Patrolling the Heart of the West, The Call, Escape into Rain, The Stone Boys, and Arizona Enforcers.
• Author of novels If We Get There and Deep Fire Rise (forthcoming in early 2018).
• Journalist and photographer whose work has appeared in The Daily News (Longview, WA), The Chronicle (Centralia, WA), The Reflector (Battle Ground, WA), the Willapa Harbor Herald (Raymond, WA), The Town Crier, Bugle, High Country News, Real Change, and as the featured cover story for American Motorcyclist (March 2014).
• Investigative reporter whose series about forestry herbicides and their impact on local wildlife has been praised by editors of Northwest Sportsmen Magazine, Cascadia Wildlands, Beyond Toxics, and The Yakima Herald.
• Occasional radio guest whose interviews have aired on Northwestern Outdoors Radio, Horns and Hooks Radio, and KYRS Spokane.
“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
“I always wanted to write a book about my days as a state trooper. I have had fun with my project and have written close to fifty short stories. In order to prepare my stories for publishing, I purchased and used an online editing application. I spent weeks going through all of my work, then contacted the owner of a publishing company. His comment to me on using a computer editor was, ‘That’s nice, but you need a real editor – a human being trained to improve and correct your work.’
Truer words were never spoken. Jon Gosch came highly recommended, so I hired him to go over my work. Wow, money well spent! Jon’s corrections and ideas for improved dialogue and story building have been a blessing to my work.”
–Steve Raabe, author of Patrolling the Heart of the West: True Tales of a Nevada State Trooper (forthcoming)
“Working with Jon is inspiring and refreshing. He helps me focus on the essential story elements.”
–John Robideaux, author of Escape into Rain (forthcoming)
“I love his work!”
–Jerry Bustin, author of Arizona Enforcers (forthcoming)