Academic and Non-fiction Editing Servicesand why you should hire CAROL GIGLIOTTI for your editing needs.

"Pithy sentences are like sharp nails driving truth into our memory." ~ Diderot

Copyediting—for the complete document needing light or heavy polishing.
The excellent copyeditor understands, respects, and is able to meet the needs of the author, publisher, and the reader. I manage the mechanics of editing, such as spelling, grammar, syntax, tense, and word usage, while at the same time supporting the overall structure, argument, and unique voice of the author. This includes:

  • facilitating the articulation of the thesis and key topics
  • addressing missing transitions, unclear concepts or descriptions, and other style issues that hinder your readers' comprehension
  • clarifying sentence structure and tone
  • querying apparent errors or inconsistencies
  • conforming the document to the style guide (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.)
  • checking links, dates, spelling of proper nouns, and other error-prone items

Developmental Editing—for conceptual, major stuctural or stylistic input.
This more intense form of editing helps the author in strengthening the overall structure and concept of the manuscript. Developmental editors may suggest shifting the order of chapters, rearranging content within a chapter, or perhaps propose new or different conceptual directions. Not a form of copyediting, this kind of editing may take the form of a one-time assessment prior to any copyediting on a more finished manuscript. It may, however, become an ongoing discussion between developmental editor and author.

Nothing clouds communication more than the spelling mistakes, format errors, and inconsistencies that everyone makes as they write.  You need someone to clear those obstacles so that you can be heard. The proofreader completes the final check before the document is published or heads out to an agent or supervisor.

  • correcting spelling and punctuation
  • identifying major grammatical errors that would affect the image of the publication
  • checking the Table of Contents against page numbers;
  • verifying dates, names, credits, headers, and footers, particularly in periodicals

carolsfHello, my name is Carol Gigliotti, PhD and I am a professional writer and editor in the arts, education, humanities, and social sciences. With over 20 years experience in academia as a faculty member, I have had the pleasure of teaching, advising, and editing the essays, theses, and dissertations of hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students.

As a scholar, I have enjoyed shepherding and editing other scholar's writing for books, book chapters, monographs, journal essays, and grant proposals. As an Associate Professor, I developed and taught many popular university classes, including several online courses. As the Director of two academic research centers, I wrote and edited reports, white papers, brochures, publicity materials, and websites.
I review for Columbia University Press, MIT Press, Oxford University Press, Routledge and the University of Toronto Press, among many other presses and journals.

As a professional editor, I continue to enjoy working for students and faculty, scholars and non-fiction writers, in an open and collaborative process with the goal of clearly articulating the author's unique contribution to their field.

As a scholar, an author, and an editor, I bring over twenty years of experience in research, writing, and editing in my chosen fields to my present work in developmental editing, and copy editing.

I hope that you will consider emailing me for a free sample edit of 3-5 pages to see if I am a good match for the editing services you need.

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Literary Fiction and Non-fiction Editing Servicesand why you should hire Calder Lorenz for your editing needs.

"The important thing is to laugh," the old man taught him, "and to laugh together." --The Book of Embraces, Eduardo Galeano

One of the greatest challenges in writing is finding a unique voice on the page; its importance is integral to the completion of your work.

Developing and focusing this skill is a vital step towards effectively finalizing any project. It is that one perfect piece that fosters achievement and self-confidence. It can be that essential part of pursuing opportunities beyond what sits on your computer.

And that my friends, is only one of the elements you will need to have in your toolbox. 

We do the work necessary to put forth bold and brave writing, and then what? Certainly, the art of writing fiction is a heroic act in itself, but even the most seasoned, thewy writer, needs an opportunity to collaborate critically, nourish sensibly, and grow technically.

When it comes time for the “doing,” we all need a voice beyond our own.   

That is where I come in, I bring an extremely strong understanding for the landscape of literature and for what it truly takes to develop and complete a project. I know what it takes to finish that manuscript you want to finish. And when it's all said and done, if you like, I will help you unravel what it takes to publish your fiction. 

My editing philosophy is simple: The details matter and if you work hard, they won't just matter; they will become what nourishes your success; they will become how you transform your thoughts and feelings into your words.

With each writer, each project, I seek to foster and develop a road map for success, helping folks individually master their own writing processes. From copy editing to the developmental stage, I want your writing to reflect the very vision you've had painted into your thoughts.

Together, we will explore and evaluate your manuscript by editing and evolving the elements you need in order to produce a final draft. We will look at your plotting, characterization, themes, dialogue, syntax, grammar, and point of view. I am happy to provide Copyediting, Developmental Editing, and/or Proofreading. These services can be utilized independently or collaboratively, depending on your needs.

For editing pricing, please see our ‘Fees’ page.

Publication Assistance

I am also a bridge for you to find a path to publication. From producing synopsis, submitting for publications, and drafting query letters, I can help you polish and prepare every giant step of the way. I am happy to work with all styles of fiction (literary, YA, children's, fantasy, et cetera), and edit in all forms (micro, shorter fiction, traditional short form, long form fiction, and collections).

It is my sincere hope that you will join me in this beautiful dance we call art.

Hello, my name is Calder Lorenz. I specialize in editing fiction, but I have written and published in non-fiction as well as film. I have an MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco, and my fiction portfolio includes three completed manuscripts: Two novels and a collection of short stories.

Over my writing career, I have taken part in more than thirty writing workshops, including creative spaces at The Ohio State University, The University of British Columbia, The Writing Salon, and the University of San Francisco.

My fiction has been published in a host of literary magazines and I have worked with many successful writers and instructors in workshop environments as well as on a private, personal level. I have edited and provided feedback for manuscripts that have become well known pieces of literature, some even earning admiration from O Magazine and The New York Times to name a few.

Here is a recent interview I gave on the art of writing. This featured dialogue is a good window into who I am and what I do.


According to the Editorial Freelancers Association, common rates for developmental/substantive editing are $50-60/hr. Rates for copy editing range from $35-50/hr (from light to heavy) and for proofreading, $30-$35/hr. My rates fall within these ranges.

For Copyediting, my rates follow this schedule, and give you the best quality no matter the what level of copyediting you need:

  1. The fee for up to 2,000 words is $100, which is my minimum fee.
  2. 2,000 – 4,000 words: $125 flat rate.
  3. 4,001 – 6,000 words: $150 flat rate.
  4. 6,001 – 40,000 words is $28 per 1000 words.
  5. 40,001 – 60,000 words is $27 per 1000 words.
  6. 60,001 – 80,000 words is $26 per 1000 words.
  7. 80,001 – 150,000 words is $25 per 1000 words.
  8. Any amount greater than or equal to 150,001 words is $24 per 1000 words.

If you hate doing the math yourself, contact me for an instant copyediting quote. I will answer you within 24 hours.

For Developmental Editing, please contact me for a project quote. We can discuss your particular needs, and I can provide you with a flat fee of $195.00 for a one-time assesment, or an hourly estimate (at $50.00/ hour) for longer involvement, if that meets your needs.

For all my services, a written contract means there will be no surprise come billing time. I prefer half of the payment before I start to work on your project and the other half of the payment when I have finished the job.

Resume and Projects

You may download my resume in PDF.

Some of my scholarly research projects:

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Public Outreach Grant (2011). Principal Investigator. PDF

Guest Editor, 2012. Animal Influence 1 and 2. Antennae: the Journal of Nature in the Visual Culture nos. 21-22.

Gigliotti, C. 2010. Heartburn: Indigestion, Contention and Animals in Contemporary Art. Antennae: the Journal of Nature in Visual Culture 14: 25-33.

Gigliotti, Carol, ed. 2009. Leonardo’s Choice: Genetic Technologies and Animals. Dorchedt: Springer.

Gigliotti, C. 2009. Artificial Life and the Lives of the Non-human. Antennae:the Journal of Nature in Visual Culture 9:17-22.

Gigliotti, C. 2008. Sustaining Creativity and the Loss of the Wild. In Educating Artists in a Digital Age: Learning at the Intersections of Art, Design, Technology and Culture. ed. M. Alexenberg, 61-73. Bristol, UK: Intellect Press/Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Gigliotti, C., ed. 2006. Genetic Technologies and Animals. Special issue, AI and Society 20, no. 1.


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