©2019 by Gneiss Editing

WHAT WE CAN DO FOR YOU

To write is human; to edit is divine. ~ Stephen King

Substantive/Developmental Content Editing | Copy Editing, Style Editing, Proofreading & Fact-Checking | Content WritingMentorship Consulting | Publication Consulting | Technical/Scientific Editing

Thank you for your interest in our work. We provide a diverse array of services so that you can find the one that matches your specific needs. That being said, our services go far and beyond what you see here.

Our 
subject-matter expertise is in the earth sciences (including climate, energy, seismology, volcanology, planetary geology, paleoanthropology, oceanography and paleontology), as well as politics and sports.

 

Please contact us with any questions.

SUBSTANTIVE/DEVELOPMENTAL
CONTENT EDITING

When editing is done well, no one notices. They just think, "what a beautifully written piece." When editing is done poorly, people notice. Our job is to make your writing sing and make sure no one knows you were edited.

Substantive/developmental editing is the first round of editing — the most intensive form of editing — and involves working on overall organization, structure and flow, coherence, clarity and tone. Full paragraphs may be rewritten or moved, text may be condensed or expanded, clarifying questions will be asked. Grammatical issues such as run-on sentences, passive voice, cliches, dangling modifiers and incomprehensible jargon will be fixed. 

 

As to what we edit ... if you can write it, we can edit it. We edit everything from scientific reports and journal articles to news and feature articles to profiles, press releases, presentation abstracts and text, websites, advertising and marketing copy, and even the occasional book. We also do technical/scientific editing, which involves substantive editing of a technical report or scientific paper. 

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COPY EDITING, STYLE EDITING, PROOFREADING & FACT-CHECKING

Copy editing is like the second round of edits after the substantive editing. Your manuscript should have already gone through at least one edit and be relatively clean. We will read the manuscript for comprehension and point out any glaring problems, but will focus on correcting grammar and consistency issues, including verb tense shifts, improper capitalization and punctuation and errors with spelling or word usage. We can also include Style editing as part of this service, or can perform that separately. 

Style editing involves ensuring the manuscript meets the particular style rules for the publication. You, the writer, should not worry about the "rules," whether they be AP Style, Chicago Manual of Style, MLA, APA, or a publication's own quirky style. Let us worry about them for you. We're well positioned to help create, match or maintain a particular style. We can also help publications create their own style guides. 

Proofreading is the last line of defense in the editing chain before a manuscript goes to press. It is the lightest form of editing, involving only fixing minor errors, like typos, and looking for layout mistakes like extra spaces or missing bylines. Everyone needs a proofreader. 

 

We provide two distinct Fact-checking services. The first service involves checking references/literature citations to ensure the right publication is cited and all the publication information is correct. The second involves checking every noun and statement in the story to ensure factual accuracy. We will read background materials as necessary to understand the manuscript, research and double check sources' names and affiliations, and check all statements for accuracy.

As to what we edit ... if you can write it, we can edit it. We edit everything from scientific reports and journal articles to news and feature articles to profiles, press releases, presentation abstracts and text, websites, advertising and marketing copy, and even the occasional book. We also do technical/scientific editing, which involves substantive editing of a technical report or scientific paper. 

CONTENT WRITING

I understand the importance of quality writing and the value of every written word. As a professional writer and editor since 2000, I have the experience to grasp the intent of a piece and to understand the difference between good and poor writing. I specialize in science features, science news, op-eds and press releases. Subject-matter expertise in earth sciences (including climate, energy, natural hazards, paleoanthropology and paleontology), politics and sports.

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CONTENT WRITING

We understand the importance of quality writing and the value of every written word. We specialize in writing science features, science news stories, op-eds and press releases, but we also write abstracts, presentations, fact sheets, communications materials, podcast/video/radio scripts and more. If you can dream it, we can write it.

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MENTORSHIP CONSULTING

There's a catch-22 in journalism: People can't get jobs without clips, but they can't get clips without a job. We aim to help young writers get clips and experience writing, while simultaneously helping organizations get more content for their websites or publications.

The programs we set up offer opportunities for inexperienced writers to learn about the process of writing and editing a news story about recent scientific research and recent events, and to get professionally edited and published clips. We can set up the program for you and use our contacts to get you writers and then hand off the program to you to run, or we can run the program for you as well, including editing and mentoring the writers.

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PUBLICATION CONSULTING

Let us play matchmaker: You're a scientist or a writer with a pitch or a story already written but don't know where to send it? Send it to us and we'll find a place to publish it. You're a publication looking for a writer or a specific story to be written? Contact us and we'll find someone to write it. You need an illustrator or a website designer? We can help. After 20 years in communications and science journalism, we have amassed a vast network of editors, publishers, writers, illustrators and designers.

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