Let’s make better books together.


I’ve served dozens of clients as a freelance editor and proofreader, working with the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Freedom House, MASS MoCA, Miko McGinty Inc., and Yale Center for British Art, among others, to prepare books and exhibition catalogues.

As copy editor of the Texas art journal Art Lies, I prepared thirty issues of the print quarterly.

My editing and proofreading rates are based on standards set by the Editorial Freelancers Association—I’ve been a member of the EFA since 2012.


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Making books—or any text—as close to perfect as possible has been my work for over twenty years.

Perfection is not some arbitrary standard.

It’s achieved in realizing the highest vision for a project, conceived collectively by an author, designer, editorial team, and institution.

A book is perfect when all elements are in harmony and in proportion, with nothing to distract from their combined effect.


Distractions can be obvious, such as spelling and punctuation errors, disorganized ideas, shifts in tone, or wordiness that buries a message.

Embarrassing errors may also hide in plain sight, like inconsistent names, misused idioms, or inaccurate historical facts, quotations, and credits.

Visual distractions can appear in typesetting—in the ragged edge of a text block, word spacing, stray marks and characters, or a sudden change in typeface.

And serious errors can creep into even the most painstaking design—in the treatment of figures and captions, table of contents, or the repeated elements of book layout.


Paying close attention to all of these elements is the work of editing and proofreading—from first rounds to final galleys.

My range of experience has given me considerable sensitivity and skill as an editor, particularly in the field of art.

I’m meticulous, dependable, versatile, and fast.

Most important, I interface smoothly with curators, writers, artists, and designers to make projects hassle-free for everyone involved. 

I love my work.


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