Jeanie Simoncic, Editor, Writer, Proofreader
My passion is to help writers refine their work to create lively, active, engaging, and concise prose.
I work with fiction, fitness, nutrition, and general nonfiction.
Because writing is a very personal endeavor, I'm careful to provide thoughtful comments and edits to help enhance prose while remaining faithful to a writer's voice.
I love exploring new manuscripts and have been amazed by the variety in the stories I've read and the imagination used to create them.
I also enjoy simplifying complex material and communicating it clearly and accurately, adapting easily to new subjects.
For creative writing projects, I can help:
- define characters
- imagine settings
- maintain point of view and voice
- catch plot holes and confusion with story lines
- clarify action
- create natural dialogue
For fiction and nonfiction projects, I can assist with:
- organization and flow of the document
- word usage
I'm adept with The Chicago Manual of Style and The AP Stylebook and am happy to use other style guides as well.
Generally I use Microsoft Word Track with edits on screen and comments in the margin. Hard copy edits are another option. I also include a style sheet for each assignment.
I like to prepare a style sheet for each manuscript so the writer has a reference when moving forward with a project.
Depending on the assignment, the style sheet includes explanations of grammar and punctuation, special spelling and language, references, sources, and notes on structure, character, and settings.
Specific directions by the writer and decisions from our conversations also are included.