Clear, concise, and compelling writing and editing
by Andra Paitz
I blame my eighth grade English teacher, Ms. Gardner. When she read an essay of mine in front of the class, I realized I was good at something many people struggle with. Before that experience, I was like most insecure kids. I thought if I was good at something, it must not be very hard. Ms. Gardner showed me the value and beauty of communication, and I will be forever grateful for that gift. (The novel I'm writing, Scarce Abundance, is dedicated to her.)
I graduated in 1997 from OSU with a liberal arts degree. Although I was not an English major, my program relied almost exclusively on writing papers. More recently, I completed the Poynter ACES Certificate in Editing.
For my entire adult life I’ve been reading, writing, and going to writing/critique groups. I decided to officially pursue editing because, not only do I love it, I was doing it all of the time anyway.
Why I do not charge by the hour:
The short answer is you could not afford me. The long answer is when someone charges by the hour, clients tend to judge their skill level based on how quickly they work as opposed to the quality of their work.
Rushing through any job produces mistakes. It's not a judgment; it's just human nature. One of the many benefits of being my own boss is that I do not have a supervisor pressuring me to quickly submit something that doesn't live up to my standards. If you want someone who will take the time to become invested in your project, contact me.
Here's proof that I don't take myself too seriously: a silly picture of me in a red nose.