Mary Anne Maier’s work surpassed my expectations: She followed my lead in shaping the manuscript and also respected the author’s voice and style while taking parts of the project in a smart, new direction. She was also organized, detail oriented, and nice—all great attributes in an editor. — Bess Maher, Program Coordinator, Colorado Book Awards; former Acquisitions Editor, AAHA Press
I’ve edited for academic and trade publishers for many years. Publishers find that I develop excellent working relationships with authors as well as with their in-house editors. These relationships allow me to handle much of the go-between work for them in turning manuscript drafts into successful books.
I am especially skilled and experienced in development and substantive editing. In addition, I am a thorough copyeditor with extensive knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style and familiarity with the MLA Handbook and AP Stylebook. I also work with in-house style sheets.
I can help you
- Communicate effectively with authors.
- Work with authors on manuscript development.
- Focus manuscript content and enhance organization.
- Create smooth transitions between author drafts and publishable manuscripts
with precise copyediting and comments.
- Ensure that authors understand the additions and revisions you need.
The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.
— Mark Twain