From developmental editing to line-editing to proofreading; from fiction to essays and beyond. I love giving comprehensive feedback, but my passion is for crafting sentences, developing momentum, eliminating reader distraction, and illuminating the that-which-is-ness about your work. In other words, I don’t want to change your voice; I want to reify it. I want to make the page immersive. I want to help you gain control and confidence.
REIFY: |ˈrēəˌfī| verb — make (something abstract) more concrete or real.
Rates: I charge anywhere from $20-$40/hour, depending on the project. Less for proofreading, more for comprehensive feedback and line-level editing. Email me (email@example.com) to schedule a consultation. I’m also available for one-off reads of your complete novel or short essay. Say you just want a quick opinion: I’m happy to oblige.
Curing Cancer with Immunotherapy by Rene and Edward Chee (memoir/health)
Seven Deadly Jackals by Charlene Cervenka (memoir/pop-science)
Alone in the Furnace: Two Americans, a Hometown Hero, and the Early Days of the Chinese Basketball Association by Andrew Crawford (journalism)
With meticulous creativity, Joshua Cook first line-edited, then copy-edited our 100,000-word narrative/expository book. He intelligently navigated an area of medicine and science (cancer immunotherapy), even though new to it. Leaving no stone unturned, he helped clarify and strengthen every sentence, paragraph and concept. He even went above and beyond his line-editing responsibilities and provided thoughtful developmental ideas, ultimately inspiring us to position our book for a broader general audience (not just cancer patients and caregivers). Josh was always pleasant and easy to work with. We are grateful for Josh’s diligence and attentiveness in helping us complete this major project.