Formatting • Structure and Organization • Ghost Writing
“Let’s remake the world with words.
Not frivolously, nor
To hide from what we fear,
But with a purpose.
Let’s, as Wordsworth said, remove
“The dust of custom” so things
Shine again, each object arrayed
In its robe of original light.
And then we’ll see the world
As if for the first time.
As once we gazed at the beloved
Who was gazing at us.“
~ Let’s Remake the World, Gregory Orr
I see writing as a great collaborative effort. The writer herself/himself is a vessel of inspiration, vision, ideas… a sort of channel. But the process isn’t complete there. Almost all writers benefit from outside expertise of some sort, be it on the detailed level of grammar, spelling, and format; the intermediary level of word flow and content clarity; or the big picture of overall structure and organization. Most times a writer actually needs another writer to help bring it all together and convey what is fully intended. That’s where the editor/ghost writer comes in – in my 30 years of editing in a wide variety of contexts, I’ve seen how every writer needs help gathering, crafting, honing, and/or refining their communication.
I can assist you or your organization in shaping both the ‘forest and the trees’ of your writing or message, resulting in a clear, sparkling end product you are proud of and ready to release into the world. My extensive experience in a broad range of contexts includes
Topics in which I have personal expertise and interest include personal development/transformation, psychology, meditation and inner work, spirituality, astrology, metaphysics, education, energy science, health and nutrition, permaculture, herbalism, gardening, social change, and environmental sustainability.
Editorial services include
Please contact me to arrange a complementary evaluation where we can explore your needs and determine whether we would be a good match.
“I’ve been so immersed in and excited by your changes–thank you! Can’t wait to see your thoughts on the overview. It’s very exciting to see my work come back to me improved. Most encouraging. You are a dream editor!” — A Wiesen, ethnobotanist, permaculture and urban space designer [copy and content editing on commercial educational product]
“Thanks for a great job. You add a wonderful clarity and professional tone to the book, which I greatly appreciate.” – S Rose, counselor [book editing]
“Thank you so much for helping me to clarify my ideas and actually make them accessible to the reader! Such finesse!” – P Kelley, artist [grant application]
“Thanks so much for your effort and energy editing my book. It is clearly better as a result of your input.” – R Olesky, astrologer [book developmental editing]
I really like your editing. I found it wonderful to work with you, and the editing has been so beautifully woven into the feeling of the book. This has been a huge gift. Thank you!” – A Scott, founder of DreamWeather Foundation [book content editing]
Having always loved writing and reading, I earned my B.A. in Comparative Literature at Brown University, for which I of course did a lot of reading and writing, some in French. I also loved Russian literature and later studied that language as well. After college I immediately got jobs in the editing field, both as an assistant editor and as a writer of news and investigative pieces in Washington, D.C. I segued into freelance magazine article writing when I moved to California, and then later procured editorial work at the University of California, Berkeley. In the many years since then I have woven my writing and editing skills into most jobs I’ve had in a variety of fields. In recent years, I have concentrated more on content development of educational materials for web, video, and print; book editing; and newsletter writing and editing. I feel as a writer and editor, when I assist others I am operating in a sort of midwife capacity, assisting in the birth of a creative project or serving a need or vision held by my client. It is an honor to do so.