Copyediting and Proofreading



About Erin

Erin works primarily with book-length fiction and nonfiction and cookbooks, and she thrives on the variety in her work. Her clients include independent authors, publishers, small presses, and educators. In addition to copyediting and proofreading, Erin offers manuscript evaluations.

She copyedits and proofreads in many fiction genres, specializing in historical fiction, translated novels, and literary fiction (a personal favorite). Nonfiction subject specialties include psychology, photography, gardening, cooking, and travel. In both fiction and nonfiction, she finds she is constantly learning something new from the subject matter, and she delights in this aspect of an editor’s life.

Erin completed formal training through UC Berkeley’s rigorous Professional Sequence in Editing. She enjoys enhancing and expanding her skill set by participating in supplementary courses addressing topics such as developmental editing; proofreading; and fiction, creative nonfiction, and cookbook copyediting. She is a member of the Northwest Editors Guild, ACES: The Society for Editing, and the Editorial Freelancers Association.

Erin’s professional background includes working in public libraries, public schools, undergraduate-level photography instruction, and the mental health field. As an undergraduate student, Erin received degrees in photography and environmental studies. She loves to cook and bake, attend the symphony, swim, bike, kayak, travel, and read, especially the classics. A sampling of favorite books:

  • Prizes: The Selected Stories, by Janet Frame

  • Giving Good Weight, by John McPhee

  • Beloved, by Toni Morrison

  • The Invisible Ones, by Stef Penney

  • The Living, by Annie Dillard

  • The Ice Palace, by Tarjei Vesaas

  • A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens

  • East of Eden, by John Steinbeck

  • Benito Cereno, by Herman Melville

  • Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert