I have extensive experience copyediting scientific and academic texts, as well as trade lifestyle nonfiction, and creative writing from people at all levels.

But as a writer, I also know what it is like on the other side of the desk. I believe in preserving the writer’s voice and intentions and strengthening creative work through a collaborative editing process. I have proofread, copyedited, and helped develop memoirs, novels, essays, and poetry.

“Working with Ellen on my [narrative nonfiction book] query and proposal was the difference between three offers of representation and none.”

Things I Have Edited

  • Articles for Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Journal of Atmospheric Sciences
  • personal statements for graduate school/scholarship applications
  • resumes and cover letters
  • craft books
  • dissertations
  • book chapters
  • history
  • narrative nonfiction
  • memoir
  • poetry (individual poems as well as chapbook or book manuscripts)
  • references in APA, MLA, Chicago, ASA, CSE, and AMA

Thanks very much! I feel really lucky to have had you as copyeditor on this project. You helped immensely. [Scientist Author] needed to know we had a knowledgeable and effective copyeditor on this project, and you have definitely shown him that.”

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Sample Rates

Rates are based on the Editorial Freelancer’s Association’s Table of Common Rates.

Each project is different. For an exact quote, please get in touch!

I am happy to do a complimentary short sample edit.