ClaireAllenEdits

Clear, correct prose
retaining your voice and distilling your ideas
from a gentle, experienced editor



ClaireAllenEdits@gmail.com
Claire demonstrated quality work in all aspects of the copy editor's job: in doing primary reads, examining story structure and transitions, line editing, and style. Her understanding of the copy editor's role is solid. She also did her edits without hurting the writer's voice, and that is a rare skill. Jon Marmor, managing editor

Copy editing

A thorough check for clarity, consistency, correctness and conciseness. Changes to spelling, grammar and usage will be clearly marked, using your preferred software. I'll make tactful suggestions to improve unclear passages. If you provide a style guide, I will follow it assiduously.

Your copy edit will result in text that's elegant, cohesive and transparent. The errors will have gone and the writing will shine.

Send me a short sample, and I'll be happy to edit it gratis. A sample lets you see what I do and lets me provide an accurate estimate for editing the whole manuscript or article.

Proofreading

Letter by letter and word by word, a ClaireAllenEdits proofread will catch the mistakes that you can no longer see.

I can proofread in MS Word, on PDFs, or my favorite: old-school, on paper. Rush jobs are available and your deadline will always be respected.

Send me a short sample, and I'll be happy to proofread it gratis. A sample lets you see what I do and also lets me provide an accurate estimate for proofreading the whole manuscript or article.

Re-writing

I excel at finding the precise word, phrase or sentence to express what you need to say. All writers can get stuck: a re-write is the way forward.

Re-writes are especially useful to authors whose first language is not English (ELL or ESL).

But I can help you even if your first language is not language!

I prefer writing to real life: You can rewrite. A novel, for example, can be cleaned up, altered, trimmed, improved. Life, on the other hand, is one big messy rough draft. -Harlan Coben

Education and Experience

I hold a Professional Certificate in Editing from the University of Washington, as well as a bachelor's degree in philosophy.

I've edited all sorts of writing, for all sorts of publications:

Projects and Praise

2015 - 2016:

Magazines

Columns (University of Washington Alumni magazine)
Viewpoints (University of Washington diversity magazine)
Claire demonstrated quality work in all aspects of the copy editor's job: in doing primary reads, examining story structure and transitions, line editing, and style. Her understanding of the copy editor's role is solid. She also did her edits without hurting the writer's voice, and that is a rare skill. Jon Marmor, managing editor
fix.com (online how-to magazine)
Northwest Public Health magazine



Novels/Memoirs

The 50/50 Tour Paula Mathews

Thanks Claire!! And even if you're not my first editor, you're my BEST editor!! I really appreciate all of your support and kind words. Paula Mathews, memoirist

Tease Glenn Fain

What on Earth Susan Cope

What an eye-opening, clear-headed set of notes! Everything you've said resonates for me, and orients me in just the right way. Your understanding, both of the story and what needs re-working, makes you a superb help. Nothing you've said triggers my defenses--quite the opposite. Susan Cope, YA novelist

Flying Seven Continents Solo Harry Anderson

Bouncy Bed Albert Martin

This Shining Piece of Earth Kevin Coulton



Academic Writing:

Grant applications, CVs, articles for publication in the sciences and social sciences

Thank you, thank you, Claire! You were fantastic to work with. Cannot thank you enough for the short turnaround time! Carrie Lanza, PhC, MSW
Thanks so much Claire. We have really appreciated your help and your patience. Jennifer Bloch Garcia, author, Wired for Reading
Claire: just had a chance to go through your edits and wow you are a great help in both the what and why. thank you for your explanations of changes because that helps me be a better writer. Tanya Valenti, MSW
Thank you for everything, I like the additions. Please consider the document approved! Eric Vaughn, author of grant report to Department of Homeland Security/FEMA


Promotional and Marketing materials:

websites, brochures, blogs, email blasts, label copy

Cascade Bicycle Club: email newsletter, brochures, event promotion

I needed an awesome editor and writer and if things continue in the direction they are currently going, I'll have a ton of work to send your way. Thank you so much. I can feel the fear of writing starting to subside:-) Timothy Blevins, webmaster, Rithmic Digital
Yes! Excellent! Thank you for this, the sentences you've crafted are exactly right. Justin Meredith, photographer/designer

CadenSee Medical Marketing: webpages, brochures, presentations, blog posts, writing and editing

Marchel Risk Consulting: webpages

Windridge Consulting: blog posts



Wordy

editing service (real-time online editing for business and academic writers world-wide)

Thank you so much for all your work. I have been having great difficulty finding the words to write this. I've rewritten it close to ten times now. Your help is invaluable and I will be sending the next part, too.
I am super happy with your work and impressed with all the effort and love for detail that you've put into this job. It was a good decision to make you our preferred Wordy editor! :)
Fantastic work, Claire! I appreciate your thoughtful suggestions and thorough copy edits. Well done!

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Just wanted to say thank you again. I re-read your edits and noticed all the little changes you made and comments you gave. Honestly, I find that you really have a gift for editing and also a will to make things sound better. The paper (and message) flows so much better now. In addition, I'm learning lots of new vocabulary and sentence structures thanks to you. Mariam Sambe, PhD candidate
ClaireAllenEdits@gmail.com
Claire Allen