Ashleigh Imus

Writing, Editing, Coaching


Editing is about building trust. Clients want to trust that an editor has the expertise to meet professional standards, maintain confidentiality, and respect the writer’s voice. My goal is to build this trust through gentle, expert guidance that helps you produce stellar writing on your terms.

My doctoral specialization in language and literature trained me to be a subtle reader, and my freelance history reflects proven knowledge of professional editing standards and practices. More important, my diverse teaching experience, from underwhelmed third graders to overwhelmed college freshmen, taught me how to help real people learn to write excellent prose. I don’t flinch at difficult copy, esoteric theory, or complex mathematical formulas, and I’ll be sure to preserve your unique voice. If you want, I will also gladly help you to understand the nuts and bolts of English grammar so that you can become a more independent, confident writer.

I provide a full range of editing services:

I have edited business, academic, and general-interest books, reviews, proposals, blogs, summaries, memoirs, marketing copy, and other materials. My doctoral degree makes me an ideal editor for dissertation writers. I’ve been through the process and can provide the skills and support you need.

Other strengths include developmental editing, which allows me to work closely with writers to develop and sharpen ideas, and polishing language through my diligent copyediting and proofreading. I also take great pleasure in the big-picture assessment required for manuscript analysis. My interdisciplinary training allows me to offer developmental editing and manuscript analysis on business, academic, and many general-interest topics. Contact me with your specific needs to see if we’re a good fit.

I have significant copyediting experience in a wide range of fields, including business, economics, the social sciences, numerous “hard” sciences and medical specialties, and the humanities. My work as a translator and my years of teaching foreign students make me an ideal editor for ESL authors.

Style Guides: I am familiar with many style guides, including CMS (Chicago Manual of Style), AP (Associated Press), APA (American Psychological Association), ASA (American Sociological Association), MLA (Modern Language Association), and others. I’m happy to use and adapt style guides according to your needs.

Selected editing clients

Soundview Executive Book Summaries

Cambridge Editors

New Earth Living, a real-estate development company

Cornell University Johnson School of Management

Contact me to share your story and to explore how we can make it shine.


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