David Gargaro
Consulting Editor

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Description of Services

Proofreading involves reading through the final proofs of an edited manuscript. For advertising agencies, packaging companies and branding firms (and similar companies), this means reading through the final layout to check for obvious errors. I also offer copy-to-copy proofreading, which involves comparing the final layout to the client's copy.

Copy editing involves editing for grammar, spelling, punctuation and other mechanics of style, as well as checking for consistency of mechanics and facts. Copy editing is more involved than proofreading.

Developmental/project editing involves coordinating and editing a project from initial concept through to final manuscript, as well as incorporating input from the author. I have seven years of experience as a Managing Editor with a small publishing company. I will bring my experience and knowledge to your project and ensure that it flows smoothly, meets your deadlines and falls within budget.

Substantive/structural editing involves clarifying and/or reorganizing a manuscript for content and structure. I will help you to arrange sections, chapters, ideas and content to ensure that the finished product truly appeals to your audience.

Stylistic editing involves clarifying meaning, eliminating jargon, smoothing language and other non-mechanical line-by-line editing. It usually involves rewriting and editing when the material does not "speak" to its intended audience. It may also include checking or correcting the reading level.

Rewriting involves analyzing and revising existing content to ensure that it is clear, accurate and effective. The amount of rewriting required will depend on what you are trying to achieve and the effectiveness of the existing content. Rewriting is similar to the editing process, but it is more involved and can lead to changing a large portion of the content.

Indexing involves creating an alphabetical list of names, places, subjects, concepts, etc., that appear in a book. I use Microsoft Word to create indexes, unlike other indexers who may use special indexing software.

Mathematics editing includes verification of mathematics questions/answers, problem solving, research, question development, etc. from grades 1 through 12.

Writing is an involved process, and the amount of involvement varies based on the the type of content, intended audience, goal of your message and other factors. I can write in a number of different styles to match your requirements (factual, reference, creative, sales-oriented).

Rewriting involves analyzing and revising existing content to ensure that it is clear, accurate and effective. The amount of rewriting required will depend on what you are trying to achieve and the effectiveness of the existing content. Rewriting is similar to the editing process, but it is more involved and can lead to changing a large portion of the content.

Instruction involves teaching individuals or groups of people to improve their writing skills by showing them how to edit their own writing. I will work with you and/or members of your organization in a one-on-one or group setting to improve your writing and editing skills. Check out the Instruction page for more details on seminars. Contact me if you would like more information about how I can work with you or your staff to improve your written communications.

Consulting involves sitting down with you or your clients to determine what you actually need based on your specific situation. I will listen to what you have to say, ask questions, determine your strengths, identify areas of weakness, and then put together some recommendations in order to work with you and your situation. Ask for a free consultation before proceeding with any work so that you can make the best use of my services.

Project management involves handling various aspects of your content development project, such as managing freelancers, coordinating with internal and external stakeholders, keeping track of deadlines and important dates, and facilitating various aspects of content development. 

Facilitation involves connecting you with other types of creative professionals to help you with different aspects of your project, such as:

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