Writing and copyediting, for print and the web

Damon Gitelman, Ph.D.

(303) 588-4515

Why Choose Gitelman Editorial?

Errors and questionable writing styles can cost you a great deal: a client, a good grade, or an employment opportunity. You need error-free writing that's sutied to the audience you want to reach. You want to invest in high-quality assistance for yourself and your business. An objective, experienced writer and editor can help bring out the best in what you have to say and how you say it.

A positive first impression is essential when someone reads what you have to say, and you want to be sure you're getting it right

A Collaborative Process:

We'll discuss and determine your editorial needs, and I'll provide you with a confidentiality agreement to assure you that all of your material will be kept private. When you submit your written materials to me, I'll provide you with an estimate that's within the standards set by professional writing and editing organizations.

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I'll study the punctuation, grammar, spelling, and tone of your written copy. I'll find and correct and misused words or phrase and help you the selelct the best diction and style for your project.

I'll return a corrected copy for you to review and approve. However, we can incorporate revisions at an hourly rate once the client signs off to approve all revisions indicated and provides any clarification noted. This service should be requested in advance to anticipate scheduling needs for both the client and editor.

— What level of editing do you need? —

Copy Editing: The goal of copy editing is to improve style and accuracy, including text formatting. A copy edit removes inconsistencies and improves the flow of the text. There are light, medium, and heavy levels of copy editing, depending on how much work a writer has put into the text.

Copy editing includes proofreading as well as the study of word choice, clarity, and the flow of text for easy reading. I will enhance your writing as needed, for accuracy and vivid expression as required.

A copyedit:

• Corrects spelling, grammar, punctuation, and syntax

• Ensures consistency in spelling, hyphenation, numerals, fonts, and capitalization

• Flags ambiguous or factually incorrect statements (especially important for non-fiction)

• Tracks wider concerns, like internal consistency.


Content Editing: Content editing is the most complete and comprehensive service. Sometimes a paragraph needs to be re-written, or details need to be added to your text. I will look for problems or inconsistencies in organization and transitions, and recommend suggestions to improve literary style as needed.

This involves more than just checking for grammatical errors, and is likely to include the creation of some text as well, in consultation with the author.

I will call attention to:

• Words or sentences that are extraneous or overused (clichés)

• Run-on sentences that need to be divided

• Redundancies — repeating the same information in different ways

• Dialogue or paragraphs that can be tightened

• Scenes where the action is confusing or the author’s meaning is unclear due to bad transitions

• Unnatural or awkward phrasing and shifts in tone

• Passages that don’t read well due to bland, uninteresting word choice

• Changes that can be made to improve the pacing of a passage

• Words or phrases that may clarify or enhance your meaning.


Proofreading: The most basic kind of editing, proofreading is about eliminating the most obvious "surface" errors. Sometimes this is the last step in an editing process; there is no re-working of text or revisions of copy unless specifically requested. Spellcheckers are nice tools, but they don't catch everything.

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