Do you know the difference between their, there, and they're? You don't have to, because I do.
Welcome to Happily Edit After! My name is Alexis Lewis and I am a 26-year-old copy editor from Pittsburgh, PA. I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Arts in 2014 from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, where my main area of study was English Literature & Comprehension with a minor in history. As an undergraduate student of the humanities for four consecutive years, I consistently wrote papers, conducted thorough research, developed analyses, and created a 70-page senior composition, all while assisting my peers with their respective coursework where editing was needed.
I take proofreading tests for fun. I can type around 115 WPM. I can spot an extra space in a document from a cursory glance. I've edited resumes and essays for years, and I've even helped an aspiring author write her way that much closer to having a published novel.
You don't know the difference between affect and effect or when to use a semicolon? Do you have an idea for a book that you know would be a bestseller? Are you trying to land your dream job, but freeze up at the application? In whatever project you have, do you just need a little nudge or a second pair of eyes? Then you've come to the right place.
I'm not only a good editor -- I'm the best.
Why should you use me?
Not only am I a fast reader, but I also write quickly and rarely get stuck when I edit something. If you send me something to edit, I can guarantee its return in a proportionate amount of time. The shorter it is, the sooner you will have it back.
One of the first things we're taught in English is that every single part of literature is intentional. No word, punctuation, prepositional phrase, or paragraph indent is simply thrown into a written work. I can promise your writing will be treated with that same scrutiny and every mechanic of the piece will have purpose and resonance -- there won't be a comma out of place. I have never achieved someone less than an A, an interview, a promotion, or a good test grade, and I don't plan to ever settle for less.
i've been editing for around a decade
I don't count the little stories I used to write as a kid during special reading times in elementary school (which I really did) or correcting people's grammar mid-sentence (which I've really tried to stop doing). I had two essays published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette when I was fifteen and sixteen; at seventeen, I was chosen to be Editor in Chief of my high school's newspaper after having worked on the staff my entire high school career and holding other various editorial positions. In college, I proofread more essays than I can count for my fellow English majors and peers both at my own school and others by word of mouth. Towards the end of the undergraduate four years, I began doing resumes for the impending graduation which solidified jobs for the post-graduates. Since my own graduation, I have been employed at American Airlines to scour manuals and revise even more resumes, now in addition to memos, emails, meeting materials, presentations, and even a plaque hung outside a conference room.
Sure, you could write your own things and turn them in to your publisher or submit them to your teacher for free, but is there a cost for extra help where success is concerned? An editor elsewhere would either lack the dedication I would give you as part of my services, or would charge you a lot more than I will.
One thing people joke about me is that if I'm not answering my phone, I'm probably dead. I am punctual about any correspondence big or small, whether it's a text or a business email. Communication is the key to a prosperous business and you will have me at your disposal within all (reasonable) hours of the day. I'm willing to meet with you face-to-face for any consultations you'd like for your project; establishing a personal connection to a client is important to build trust and partnership, and honesty is a major factor in editing.