An American Editor is the blog for Rich Adin, an editor with more than 30 years’ experience as a full-time professional editor. (If after reading about me you are interested in hiring me to edit your book, be sure to look at the Contact Information and the Notes sections below.)
My first career was that of a lawyer. I was drawn to law because of my love of language and words. After practicing law in Indiana for 7 years, I returned to New York and found my way into the publishing world. In the beginning, I learned my craft working for Matthew Bender & Co. and then Prentice Hall/Simon & Schuster. In 1984, I began offering my editing services on a part-time basis and in 1991, I opened the doors (full-time) of Freelance Editorial Services (www.freelance-editorial-services.com), which has been my primary home since.
In the 1990s, I also was the publisher and CEO of Rhache Publishers Ltd., a small indie press.
In the 2000s, I founded wordsnSync Ltd, which is the home of the online stylesheet I created, as well as of EditTools, a collection of Word macros designed to make the editing process more productive, efficient, and consistent.
Freelance Editorial Services (www.freelance-editorial-services.com) is my editing business. In addition to myself, Freelance Editorial Services currently has four highly experienced editors. In the past, our focus has been primarily on working with established publishers. However, in view of the changes brought about by the Internet and the rise of indie authors and self-publishing, we are expanding our services to include working directly with authors.
If you are interested in using our editorial services, please contact me via one of the following methods:
e-mail (be sure to replace [at] with @) —
- 845-471-3566 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m., New York time, Monday to Friday)
If you are an author and —
You would like to hire me to edit your book, be prepared to give me the information necessary to do a quality job. Please read The Business of Editing: What an Author Should Give an Editor for guidance.
In addition, please think about what type of editing you wish me to do. For a discussion of the difference between developmental editing and copyediting, please read Editor, Editor, Everywhere an Editor.
Finally, in The Business of Editing: Evaluating a Manuscript, I discuss the basic procedure I follow in my evaluation of a manuscript to determine the fee I will charge.
If you are a publisher and —
Are interested in using my services, please contact me.
The best editor-author relationship is the one built on knowledge.