Author Services

Unsurprisingly for an editor, I love to read, and there is nothing that I like more than getting to help an author make their book or story as error-free as possible, allowing the writing to shine without distraction.

  • Non-fiction – I have worked on a wide variety of projects, ranging from scholarly research on Buddhism to an instructional book of temari techniques. I am always interested in reading about new topics, so please don’t hesitate to contact me!
  • Fiction – I am open to projects in any field, but I have particular ties to the SF/F community. I am currently a copy editor for Lightspeed Magazine, as a readily accessible example.

Should you be looking for a copy editor who can spot factual errors and inconsistencies, some of my areas of personal experience and expertise include:

  • Japanese martial arts, particularly Okinawan open-handed styles (Shotokan, Shito Ryu) – 20 years of practice, 2nd degree black belt
  • Dance – ballet and modern
  • 2D art – drawing, painting, print-making
  • Decorative thread arts – cross-stitch, needlepoint, temari (a Japanese form of embroidery on a spherical surface)
  • Latin American culture and history, particularly that of Chile
  • Dutch studies in Japan during the Seclusion
  • Linguistic theory
  • Language learning and teaching
  • Autism

Don’t despair if your project has nothing to do with any of these topics! One of the joys/curses of coming from a liberal arts background is a profound interest in learning more about pretty much anything and everything. I would truly enjoy learning more about your topic, and one of the advantages of having a non-expert look at your work is that it ensures your writing is accessible to a general audience as well.


  • Precision. That's the first word that comes to mind when I think of Dana's work on my book Temari Techniques. When something didn’t quite make sense to her, she would politely suggest an alternative. She found grammatical errors and mislabeled ...

    Barbara B. Suess
  • Clockpunk Studios uses Invisible Edits to review crucial client communications.  Dana takes our words and helps them make sense to someone other than us.

    Jeremiah Tolbert, Clockpunk Studios