Software and Modes of Editing

I use Microsoft Word to edit your documents although I can also use Pages, OpenOffice, or Adobe Reader, as requested.

I prefer to edit directly on screen but am willing to work with paper and pencil at the client's request. Editing on screen allows changes to be tracked neatly, keeping the manuscript as clean as possible. The manuscript can also be transmitted quickly and cost effectively.

Track Changes in Microsoft Word (preferred) or Pages, or Record Changes in OpenOffice, is the most convenient method of editing a manuscript because suggestions and changes can be accepted or rejected directly within the document without the need to manually copy changes across documents.

Adobe Acrobat is best used for proofreading in which the document's formatting is not compromised while comments and corrections may be easily noted.

When appropriate, I use Scrivener and Snowflake Pro to help me analyze manuscripts, chapters, scenes, and other manuscript elements.


My primary references are the Chicago Manual of Style and The Christian Writer's Manual of Style. Additionally, I refer to The Copyeditor's Handbook by Amy Einsohn.

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary serves as my primary lexicon, and I defer to Garner's Modern American Usage on questions of semantic dispute.

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