Writers write and editors edit: two different professions, two different skill sets. No one expects one person to be a master at both. A writer is adept at finding the perfect words to describe a new technology, a revolutionary idea, a moving scene. An editor is proficient at organizing text, reworking confusing sentences, and fixing incorrect punctuation to help those perfect words shine. Together, a writer and an editor craft a finished piece that readers can sail through without stumbling—that teaches, enlightens, and moves, but doesn’t trip or jar.

If you’re an author wishing to polish your words or a publisher or packager seeking to sharpen a manuscript, welcome to the Sharp Pencil Editorial Services! I offer a range of editorial and production services, including substantive editing, line editing, and proofreading. I’ve worked as an editor both on staff and independently for more than 30 years.

Please feel free to browse around my website, and if you have any questions or would like to discuss a project, don’t hesitate to contact me.

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“If you’re looking for an editor who is conscientious and cares, you’ve come to the right place. Elaine will treat your projects with TLC from start to finish . . . will nurture your brainstorm baby until it is born.”
Cal Orey, author of the Healing Powers Series