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Cusick Editing
Greater Seattle Area

Erin enjoys working with writers to create clear, concise, and compelling text that enhances reader comprehension and engagement while retaining and supporting the author’s voice and style. She is a skilled editor with a particular knack for catching subtle inconsistencies or inaccuracies within a manuscript, and she revels in untangling these details. She is an intrepid seeker of common concerns such as timeline discrepancies or errors of fact and offers remedies to prevent reader distraction.

As a full-time freelance copyeditor and proofreader, Erin currently works primarily with book-length fiction, though she also works with cookbooks and guidebooks, general nonfiction books, essays, and articles, and she thrives on the variety in her work. Her clients include independent authors, publishers, small companies, nonprofits, and educators. In addition to copyediting, Erin offers manuscript evaluations and content editing.

She copyedits and proofreads in many fiction genres, including mystery/thriller, speculative fiction, historical fiction, translations, and literary fiction (a personal favorite). Her nonfiction subject specialties include cookbooks, psychology, photography, gardening, and travel. In both fiction and nonfiction, she finds she is constantly learning something new from the subject matter, and she delights in this aspect of an editor’s life.

Erin completed formal training through UC Berkeley’s rigorous Professional Sequence in Editing. She enjoys enhancing and expanding her skill set by participating in supplementary courses addressing topics such as developmental editing; proofreading; and fiction, creative nonfiction, and cookbook copyediting.

copyediting, fact-checking, line editing, proofreading, research, substantive editing, web editing
academic works, articles/essays, books (fiction), books (nonfiction), business/corporate communications, websites/blogs/social media
arts/leisure, biography/memoir, environment/nature, food/cooking, gardening, human/social sciences, literary fiction, mystery/thriller, romance, science fiction/fantasy, self-help, travel
AP (Associated Press), APA (American Psychological Association), Chicago (The Chicago Manual of Style), MLA (Modern Language Association)
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