Editing Matters

Copy Editing • Proofreading •
Print Design • 
Social Media Management

I have been a journalist, copy editor, designer, and social media coordinator for more than 20 years — many of them during the heyday of newspapers. This experience has provided me with a unique advantage when it comes to working on your editing, design, or social media project.

No deadline scares me; no project is too complicated. Whether it’s editing your book, blog, or term paper; designing and writing your company’s newsletter; or managing your social media accounts, I can do it all accurately, efficiently, and at a price point to meet your specifications. 

 

OLD-SCHOOL EDITING SKILLS,
MODERN SENSIBILITY

started my 25-year editing career as a newspaper copy editor, news editor, and page designer for two of Southern California's largest newspaper groups. That experience shaped who I am today. I took that experience and moved on to working for award-winning startup magazines in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties as an editor, designer, and social media specialist with the singular responsibility for helping those publications reach a more sophisticated editorial quality. Currently, I am the publications editor and social media coordinator in the communications department of an internationally recognized research institute in California. Fifteen years ago, I launched my side gig,  Editing Matters, where I have had the pleasure of editing a wide variety of nonfiction books with first-time authors. It's been a genuine honor to worth with people who are as passionate about their projects as I am about editing them.

To me, editing is akin to straightening out crooked lines so readers have an effortless and joyful reading experience. Noticing details is my stock in trade, and my years working in newsrooms ensure I can handle intense deadline situations without breaking a sweat; my years working as a freelancer ensure that I can communicate well remotely.

I specialize in journalism and nonfiction—everything from the hard sciences to public policy, news, business, lifestyle, entertainment, and general-interest content. I am well-versed in the usual style guide suspects: AP and Chicago. I also develop house style guides for publications. I am at expert level in Photoshop, Acrobat, and InDesign. I am knowledgable in most social media platforms and analytics tools, and I'm proficient in several CMS applications. I am also a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and ACES, The Society for Editing.

 
 
I offer copy editing, line editing/structural editing, and proofreading for articles, blog posts, term papers, scripts, books, and other wordy things. I offer print design services as well as part-time social media management and copywriting for small businesses. My rates are as follows*:

Experienced, comprehensive copy editing and line editing: 

Proofreading = $2 per page

Copy Editing = $3 per page/with fact-checking $4 per page

Line Editing/Structural Editing = $5 per page

Graphic design projects:

Fees are on a per project basis, and we can discuss the best price for your needs. 

Social media managment:
Part-time social media work (10 hours a week), $30 per hour.

 

Copywriting services upon request. 

*I require that projects be paid 50 percent in advance and 50 percent upon completion of work via check, PayPal, Chase QuickPay, Venmo and Circle. When the work is done, I will send you an invoice marked “paid in full.” I must confirm payment has been received before editing can begin—please don’t be offended. Submit your manuscript via email attachment as Microsoft Word file (.doc or .docx only). Double spaced, please. Projects over 50,000 words require no fewer than four weeks to complete.

 
 

Request a free quote or to view my portfolio—no obligation! Fill in the form and I will contact you ASAP.

805-405-3764

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Working with Sharon on editing my book has been an absolute pleasure. She is detail oriented, makes amazing developmental adjustments in my voice and is always available for collaboration and direction. If you are thinking of hiring Sharon, do it today.  You’ll be glad you did.

David Brownlee

Author of "Rockstar Service, Rockstar Profits" and International Speaker and Coach with The Brownlee Group

Her creativity, great style, on time production and cheerful email communications make Sharon Kaplan a winning layout editor for Vitamin Science and its web site, VisiVite.Com.

Paul Krawitz

CEO of Vitamin Science, Inc., Board Certified Ophthalmologist

I have worked with Sharon for almost 14 years and cannot say enough good things about her work and attitude. It is rare to find someone who is as creative as she is detail oriented. Her word skills are as strong as her design skills. And, she does it all with a smile.

Melissa Lalum

Lead Content Producer at LinkedIn, Instructional Designer, Editor

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