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Crystal has a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from
Kennesaw State University and is currently seeking a master’s degree in
professional writing. She was a regular contributor as a freelance writer for
Independent Restaurateur for approximately 2 years and has been an editor for
various other periodical publications for 10+ years. She was the exhibits and
collateral copy editor (nonprofit volunteer) for the Tuskegee Human and Civil
Rights Multicultural Center and volunteered as a grants and copy editor for the
Alabama Historic Ironworks Commission by editing grant applications for voice
to appeal to individual funders and foundations. She also ensures balanced,
compelling interpretation and visitor engagement by editing museum exhibits.
As a graduate student, Crystal has assisted several students for academic editing in various stages of the process from conceptual to line editing. She works with authors for fiction novels, provides line and copy editing for newsletters, marketing materials, and communications as well. Crystal utilizes the Chicago Manual of Style, MLA, and APA. She has also authored and self-published five young adult novels.
When searching for an editor, authors tend to find this to be exhaustive and time-consuming. As she continues to learn the art of editing, she works one-on-one with authors to make their work the best reflection of their talent. Words and sentences are what gets her up in the morning. That and coffee. She loves helping authors brainstorm or try new ways of writing what they mean or working through scenes to make sure they flow with rhythm.
She will always respect that it is the author’s work, and she only wants to make it better!
Conceptual editing is about comprehensively editing a document and giving feedback to the author that will help shape the structure of their work. It is about taking a broader look at the scope of the piece and asking questions and giving suggestions to the author about the overall structure of their writing.
Developmental editing is the next stage in the editing process. It looks beyond the concept of the work and helps to give the author more information in the form of constructive suggestion on how to improve their writing.
As it suggests, line-by-line editing to ensure each sentence is as effective as it can be. Making sure it flows; focuses on plot points, conclusions, and other matters.
Improves a document’s writing and presentation. It scrutinizes a document for grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and good expression.