Gayle Swanson provides basic and substantive text editing as well as professional-level layout and formatting in MS Word. She holds a PhD in British literature and has twenty years of professional editorial experience. (To read a brief description of her background, click
here and scroll down.) She is the coauthor of the Get It Write tips.
Fees, which are negotiable, are based on the level of editing needed or desired and on the length and/or the complexity of the document.
This is what authors have had to say about Gayle Swanson's editing:
"I thank Gayle Swanson for being an excellent copy editor."
--Peter G. Platt, acknowledgments page, Reason Diminished: Shakespeare and the Marvelous, University of Nebraska Press
"Once again, Gayle Swanson's tremendous intelligence and unsurpassable copyediting skills simply made this a better book."
--Peter G. Platt, acknowledgments page, Wonders, Marvels, and Monsters in Early Modern Culture, University of Delaware Press
"Let me not forget my outstanding and understanding copy editor Gayle Swanson, Ph.D., Professor of English at the University of South Carolina, who helped make this a better book."
--Bruce F. Meyers, acknowledgments page, Fortune Favors the Brave: The Story of First Force Recon, Naval Institute Press
"[He] insisted I keep writing when it would have been much easier for me to quit and not put up with endless revisions in my dogged effort to get the manuscript to a publisher. . . . And many thanks to my editor, Dr. Gayle Swanson, for her dogged insistence that I do this right."
--Rick Francona, acknowledgments page, Ally to Adversary: An Eyewitness Account of Iraq's Fall from Grace, Naval Institute Press
"My patient editor, Gayle Swanson, . . . not only made me read well within these pages but graced me with her keen insight and an ample dose of southern hospitality."
--Mark A. Hinebaugh, acknowledgments page, Flying Upside Down: True Tales of an Antarctic Pilot, Naval Institute Press
"Our copy editor, Gayle Swanson, worked with us to put the finishing touches on this manuscript, and all of us--editors and contributors--are deeply grateful."
--Judith Ortiz Cofer and Marilyn Kallet, eds., acknowledgments page, Sleeping with One Eye Open: Women Writers and the Art of Survival, University of Georgia Press
"Thanks go out to the always gracious [editors] at the press and to my copy editor Gayle Swanson, professionals one and all."
--Robert H. Brinkmeyer Jr., acknowledgments page, From Place to Space: Contemporary Southern Writers and the West, University of Georgia Press
"I owe special thanks to Gayle Swanson for expert copyediting."
--Richard Mallette, acknowledgments page, Spenser and the Discourses of Reformation England, University of Nebraska Press