Samples and Testimonials

Most of my paid proofreading work has been research or industry-based, with occasional  work for fiction authors.

Freelance Work

I’ve been working with a fabulous author on several of his works, including Last of the Immortals and The Gilded Cage. Here is his testimonial about me:

“I’m not sure I want to share her with you. She took one of my books that had been through all of my revisions, three first readers, a professional copy editor, and still found typos, grammar issues, a whole new thing in how I paragraph that I had never realized until that moment, and even corrected me when one of my characters fell out of voice. On the other hand, if I recommend her too highly, she might be too busy to slot me in on my next novel. And she will be doing my next one. And the one after that.”

Blaze Ward
West of the Mountains, WA


“Sil is fast, dependable, and reliable. She’s also amazing, finding typos, missing words, and grammatical errors that two other editors had missed. I cannot praise her copyediting skills highly enough. She is worth every penny I pay her, and then some.”

Leah Cutter
Knotted Road Press

Research Work

Below are links to recent articles that I edited for in-text citations and the references list at the end; you’ll notice my name mentioned in the Acknowledgements section. I have prepared many articles to meet American Psychological Association (APA) and other scientific journal standards. I also do lab work, so the professor prefers to let the journal staff proofread the general text of the article. I can manage both alphabetical and Vancouver style reference lists; I will provide you a document that has both alpha and numeric in the document for your use, plus a polished version with only the numeric format for publication.

Industry Work

I worked for a Chevron Technical Standards department from June 1997 to August 1998, on contract through Kelly Temporary Services. I was the department head’s “eagle eye” (her exact words), and they asked me to come back several times after I left (to attend grad school). The department was responsible for all published materials at the refinery: phone lists, paint reference guides, or what to do when there’s an explosion! Seriously, I worked on the manual about explosions. It was cool.