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Light and Shadow

You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what's burning inside you, and I edit to let the fire show through the smoke. If grammar is the skeleton of expression and usage the flesh and blood, then style is the personality.” Arthur Plotnik

What kind of editing do you need?
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My job as an editor is to help ensure your ideas are expressed as clearly as possible in your unique voice and minimize the cognitive load on the reader to ensure those ideas are well received. I do that by applying the principles of Plain English.


1. Click below to email a copy of your manuscript or send me link to a Google Drive folder, Dropbox or other file hosting service.


2. Describe as best you can what kind of editing you need and what your expectations are. Look at the chart above for help deciding what kind of editing you need. Tell me if you have a deadline.



Thank you very much for the edited version of the paper. I really like your comments and suggestions and structure of the paper.


Thank you.

Manjunatha Vankatappa, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand


Thank you for your work on this assignment. I have just finished reviewing the comments matrix. I had no idea we had so many comments! The guide looks very good and again I thank you for your work on this.


The legal team in particular was impressed with this style and noted that this will make moving to the next step much easier.

Lainie Thomas, Senior Social Development Specialist, NGO and Civil Society Center, Asian Development Bank


Thanks Terry! You saved me from sitting in a rural roadside cafe editing when I needed to get home to see the kids.

Chandler Vandergrift, Director of Programs, Access Asia

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