Our mission is to bring you top-notch editing and consulting with special attention to your project's particular needs. Each editor on our team has more than a decade of experience working professionally with writers on all kinds of projects.
We focus on editing and developing fiction, nonfiction, academic manuscripts, and journalism. We are also one of the few editing companies offering sensitivity reading and consulting. Other services that go beyond the editing basics include assistance for English-as-a-second-language writers and advice on marketing your work.
Reach out today to let us know what kind of project you are working on.
Developmental editing is a consultation between editor and author designed to improve a work on the macro-level.
A developmental edit largely ignores questions of grammar or awkward phrasing (here developmental edits are distinguished from line editing) in favor of structural concerns such as consistency of argument and theme, whether characters are interesting or likable, and whether the plot is gripping or makes sense.
A developmental edit will typically result in suggestions for significant rewrites. Depending on the desires of the author, a developmental edit may involve ongoing conversations between author and editor and multiple reviews of the manuscript.
Line editing reviews your work at the sentence and paragraph level for issues of style, tone, and consistency.
For example, we might suggest rewording of awkward sentences or a change in sentence order. We might flag jarring shifts in tone, confusing wording, pacing problems, or inconsistencies in arguments or character motivations. This is sometimes called a substantive edit.
Because a line edit may result in significant changes to a work, a copyedit is usually recommended after this stage of revision.
Copyediting looks for technical issues rather than content issues.
It should take place only after you or someone else has performed at least one full line edit on your work.
We will review your work for errors in grammar and spelling, ensure consistent style, do light fact-checking, and flag problematic areas that require further review from the author.
Sensitivity Reading & Consulting
Sensitivity reading reviews work at any phase of development and offers advice on avoiding misrepresentation, bias, or harm.
Sensitivity reading rates start at $50 per project.
Our specialties: Indigenous people, Latines/Latin Americans, Jews/Judaism, common offensive tropes in all categories (race, gender, orientation, disability, etc.)
Areas where a writer may unknowingly incorporate harmful stereotypes or tropes include race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, national origin or status, and many others. These tropes can creep into character descriptions and actions or even entire story premises. The effects of such misrepresentation can range from simply making your characters feel unrealistic to actively contributing to psychological or political harm of vulnerable populations.
Hire a sensitivity reader to review your work for common offensive tropes and misrepresentation in all categories, as well as more subtle problems within our specialty areas. We will flag troubling depictions and suggest potential solutions. If we identify a particularly problematic area, we will point you in the right direction for further research or consulting. As with all forms of editing, final decisions are always left to the author.
Contact us if you are trying to decide if this service is right for you!
Sensitivity consulting is a pared-down, focused form of developmental editing meant to reveal any sensitivity problems early on.
Sensitivity consulting rates start at $40 per hour.
No one wants to invest an enormous amount of time in a project only to learn that the entire premise was based on harmful stereotypes. Spare yourself later grief with a brief consultation at the visioning, outlining or other early phases of your project.
HOW IT WORKS
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We'll determine the editor that best matches your needs.
You'll need to pay 50% of your estimate online.
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We'll edit your work within an agreed-upon time frame.
You'll pay the rest of the bill after you receive our edits.
MEET YOUR EDITORS
A team of writing-obsessed professionals working in sunny Tucson, Arizona
Line Editor, Copyeditor, Sensitivity Reader
Daniel Delgado (he/him) has been a professional writer and editor since 2004. He is a former editor of the Earth First! Journal. His fiction has appeared in publications including Cossmass Infinities, Lamplight Magazine, and Whigmaleeries and Wives’ Tales. His nonfiction has appeared in publications including Earth First! Journal, Writers Journal, and The Sacred Earth: Jewish Perspectives on Our Planet. His editing and sensitivity clients include Learning A-Z, Junior Achievement USA, and the Koboa RPG setting, for which he is also a writer and designer.
Daniel is Quechua, Latine, and Jewish, and has an extensive professional background in the topics of racism and colonialism. He is excited to help writers with sensitivity reads of their work, especially speculative fiction. On the editing side, he prefers to work with book-length fiction or nonfiction.
speculative fiction • Indigenous people • Latin America • Judaism • ecology/environment • health • folklore • radical politics • decolonization
Line Editor, Copyeditor, UX Writer, Content Strategist
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Sophie Strosberg (she/her) is a journalist, UX writer, and content editor with 15 years of experience. She holds degrees from the University of Minnesota, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Vermont.
Sophie has experience editing in the fields of business, psychology, anthropology, geography, fine art, engineering, and beyond. She has held editing positions at the Better Because Collective, Tikkun, the Child Neurology Foundation, and the Earth First! Journal, and her writing has appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Undark, Huffpost Personal, Laptop Mag, 30pin, Parents, and other venues.
UX writing • content strategy • brand design • blogs • writing coaching • microbiome • health • parenting/pregnancy • social theory
Developmental Editor, Story and Theme Specialist, Writer's Market Consultant
Gabriel Schivone (they/them/he) is currently a Literary Fellow/Visiting Scholar at the University of Arizona. In Jan. 2020, Schivone's investigative reporting earned an inaugural New York Review of Books/Robert B. Silvers Foundation Work in Progress grant. Schivone's work in fiction, drama, and journalism has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature, Thriller Magazine, The Florida Review, Yes! Magazine, The Guardian, The Nation, Huffington Post, McClatchy Newspapers, Electronic Intifada, and elsewhere. His forthcoming book, Making the New “Illegal”: How Decades of US Involvement in Central America Triggered the Modern Wave of Immigration, includes a forward by linguist and social critic Noam Chomsky.
Gabb works with authors to develop concepts and refine ideas. They also coach writers in framing and marketing a story idea or manuscript. This kind of "marketing" is not the kind done after publication, but rather is something that Gabb believes should be a fundamental part of the writing process from start to finish. Gabb also has contacts at numerous popular publications across the nonfiction, journalism, and fiction (graphic and literary) worlds, and works with authors on short- and long-form pieces. Twitter: @GSchivone
Politics and current affairs: Central America, im/migration & homeland security policing, Palestine/Israel, ethnic studies • literary and genre fiction • graphic narrative • playwright and screenwriting • lyrical nonfiction • literary journalism
What people are saying about our work
[Sophie's editing] was honestly the best money I've spent in a while. My research question went from an overwhelming mess to streamlined and succinct in the space of an hour.... I highly recommend this to anyone who is publishing a thesis, article, or dissertation and needs a second opinion.
—Leslie, academic client
Daniel Delgado's work is insightful, professional, and detail oriented.
He made my writing ready for submissions in a matter of days. Look no further for your copy editing needs!
—Elizabeth Rose, Translator and Translation Scholar
Days Beyond Recall [edited by Gabriel] is an exciting new addition to our national literature of dissent. It is strikingly attractive, but more important, it gives us a delightful collection of poetry, short stories, essays, interviews—all in the spirit of resistance to war and injustice.
Sophie is a great editor and it was so helpful for me to work with her. She is very smart and has strong experience. Sophie is able to understand my thoughts and ideas in order to make them clear in order to improve my project. I appreciate her dedicated commitment in finishing the editing on time.
—Ibrahim, academic client
Daniel helped me proofread and edit the copy for my website. He was fast, easy to work with, and his style edits were spot-on! A small investment paid off big to be able to clearly communicate my philosophy to prospective students, and present myself as competent and professional.
—Jonathan Shapiro, Fox Paw School
In Making the New "Illegal," Gabriel M. Schivone spells out in painful detail the lurid record of crimes and atrocities in Guatemala, regularly with Washington’s supporting if not directive hand, and the terrible humanitarian catastrophe of the continuing flight from the horrors.
It was wonderful working with Sophie. She provided excellent editing services within a tight deadline.
She is responsive to emails and questions and is generative with her suggestions. I highly recommend.
—April, academic client
Daniel has a keen eye, a deep sensitivity for language, and an assiduous work ethic.
As a copyeditor, he will improve your text with expert nuance and subtlety, burnishing the prose until your intended meaning shines out from every line.
—Erin Wilcox, Wilcox Editing
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