Resource: freelance editing

(post provided by David Lancy)

I would like to share some helpful information. For the last few years, I have relied heavily on the services of an editor to “clean up” my prose and to organize formatting, citations, references, indexing and the like. Jennifer Delliskave—a former student—has edited three books and, roughly, eight articles/chapters for me. She has spared me 100s of hours of proofing and editing—tasks which aren’t among my favorites. One consequence is that Jennifer is extremely well versed in academic editing, especially in the anthropology of childhood and youth field. She has also assisted several of my colleagues whose first language is other than English. Her rates are very reasonable, and she recently completed the University of California, San Diego editing certification program. Among the specific services which she provides:

  • · Proofread and correct manuscripts for typos, spelling errors, and grammar errors.
  • · Make changes and suggestions to improve clarity, concision, word selection and readability.
  • · Track revisions in MS Word so that you can see, review, and approve all changes.
  • · Format citations and references to your target publisher’s guidelines (experience with AP, APA, MLA, & Chicago).
  • · Research and rectify incomplete or questionable reference details.
  • · Prepare indexes and/or style sheets (required by some publishers). Jennifer is freelance editing full-time and can be reached at or through LinkedIn at