Ashleigh Imus

Writing, Editing, Coaching

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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 ideas. 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 taught me how to help real people learn to write excellent prose. I don’t flinch at difficult copy, esoteric theory, or complex 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 and rhetoric so that you can become a more independent, confident writer.

I provide a full range of editing services, including proofreading, copyediting, developmental editing, and manuscript analysis. Developmental editing is a particular strength. Here, I help writers figure out what is at stake for themselves, their ideas, and their audience, and we use that discovery to produce their best writing. I have edited business, policy, academic, and general-interest books, reviews, proposals, blogs, summaries, memoirs, marketing copy, and other materials in a wide range of subjects. ┬áMy work as a translator and my years of teaching foreign students make me an ideal editor for ESL authors. Contact me with your specific needs to see if we’re a good fit.

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

The Future of Privacy Forum

Soundview Executive Book Summaries

Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab, SUNY-Buffalo

Cornell’s Institute for African Development

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


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