Words have always been my jam. I came to editing from a career as an award-winning technical writer (Society for Technical Communication Award of Excellence and Award of Merit). I’ve also worked as a freelance writer, fact checker, communications consultant, and website maker.

I’m still a writer at heart, and I also enjoy supporting other writers, working with them to make their content the best it can be. I have an unbridled reverence for the creative process and the amount of work it takes to write something well.

My clients tend to be “big thinkers” with visionary ideas that they want to share. I’m not just referring to scientific or technical thought leaders—what fiction author could undertake the enormous task of writing a novel without a burning passion driving them ever onward?

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I’m most at home working with complex content and language, and I know when to query authors to make sure their meaning is clear. I always aim for plain language, even (especially) if the topic is complex. I’m comfortable working with SMEs (subject matter experts—you know who you are!) as well as book authors, businesses, and organizations. I also work with clients for whom English is not their native language. Sometimes I feel like a translator of sorts—transforming complex ideas and facts into beautiful and accessible language.

I’m a member of the Editorial Freelancers AssociationAmerican Copy Editors Society, Society for Editors and Proofreaders, and American Society of Business Publication EditorsMy bio was recently featured in the ACES newsletter. I regularly take professional development courses, attend editing conferences, and stay connected with other editors. If I’m not the editor for you, I can help find one who is.

In addition to the pleasure of working with language every day, I love the relationships I have with my clients, who are located as close as just up the mountain road here in Vermont to as far away as Buenos Aires. Many of my clients have been with me for a long time; I’m also available for short-term projects.

One of my favorite sayings is “Sorry—I didn’t have time to make this shorter.” The care and skill it takes to create concise, consistent, clear content cannot be underestimated, and I’m happy to be a part of that.

Gillian McGarvey
Editor & Owner