An American Editor

About An American Editor, the New Owner and the Founder

An American Editor began as the blog for Rich Adin, an editor with more than 30 years of experience as a full-time professional editor. It is now owned and managed by Ruth E. Thaler-Carter, a long-time, award-winning freelance writer/editor/proofreader whose motto is “I can write about anything!”®

Ruth has been a full-time freelancer since 1984. She started out as a writer and moved into editing and proofreading somewhat by default, as either the only or the most-knowledgeable person in the office in terms of usage, grammar, punctuation and spelling. (For her perspectives on editing, see “On the Basics: A Love of Editing.”) Often called the Queen of Networking, Ruth is active on the Copyediting-List and in professional organizations such as the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE), Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA), American Copy Editors Society (ACES), Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), Association Media & Publishing, Women in Communications (www.comcom.org), and others, as newsletter editor or contributor, speaker, webinar presenter, and more.

Ruth is also the founder and host of Communication Central‘s “Be a Better Freelancer”® conference, co-hosted for the first time this year by NAIWE and with its 14th offering coming up October 11–13, 2019, in St. Louis, MO.

“I am deeply honored that Rich asked me to take ownership of the An American Editor blog, and I aim to keep it going at a level he will be proud of,” Ruth said.

Rich’s first career was that of a lawyer. He was drawn to law because of his love of language and words. After practicing law in Indiana for seven years, he returned to New York and found his way into the publishing world. He learned his craft by working for Matthew Bender & Co. and then at Prentice Hall/Simon & Schuster. In 1984, Rich began offering his editing services on a part-time basis and in 1991, he opened the doors (full-time) of Freelance Editorial Services, which has been his primary professional home ever since.

In the 1990s, Rich was also the publisher and CEO of Rhache Publishers Ltd., a small indie press. In the 2000s, he founded wordsnSync Ltd, which is the home of the online stylesheet he created, as well as of EditTools, a collection of Word macros designed to make the editing process more productive, efficient and consistent.

Rich is mostly retired these days, but retains a lively interest in language and editing, and accepts occasional new projects.

Contact Information

If you would like to hire Ruth or Rich to edit a book, be prepared to provide the information necessary to do a quality job. For some insights into this process, see Rich Adin‘s essay, The Business of Editing: What an Author Should Give an Editor. For a discussion of the difference between developmental editing and copyediting, read Editor, Editor, Everywhere an Editor. In The Business of Editing: Evaluating a Manuscript, Rich discusses the basic procedure he follows in evaluating a manuscript to determine the fee.

If you are a publisher and you are interested in using Ruth’s writing, editing or proofreading services, contact her at Ruth@writerruth.com. She can work in AP or Chicago style.

Ruth can be reached at Ruth@writerruth.com and conference@communication-central.com. Rich can be reached at rhadin@freelance-editorial-services.com or rhadin@wordsnSync.com.

 

“The best editor-author relationship is the one built on knowledge.”

— Rich Adin, AAE Founder

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  1. Nice transparency and information.

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  2. […] Rich Adin, the editor, wrote The Business of Editing: Killing Me Softly, and he said, “I recently reviewed the various groups I am a member of on LinkedIn and was astounded to find a U.S.-based editor soliciting editing work and offering to do that work for $1 per page in all genres. Some further searching led me to discover that this person was not alone in her/his pricing.” […]

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  3. […] Rich Adin, the editor, wrote The Business of Editing: Killing Me Softly, and he said, “I recently reviewed the various groups I am a member of on LinkedIn and was astounded to find a U.S.-based editor soliciting editing work and offering to do that work for $1 per page in all genres. Some further searching led me to discover that this person was not alone in her/his pricing.” […]

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  4. […] are not a starving artist and have the money to pay for a freelance editor, you may want to contact Rich Adin, or check Writer’s Digest Magazine’s classified section under Editorial Services, or […]

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  5. […] did not hire a freelance editor. In fact, if you read The Business of Editing: Killing Me Softly by Rich Adin, you would have discovered that hiring a freelance editor is not a guarantee that your work will be […]

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