I’m a professional editor and writer with a master’s degree in creative writing and ten years of professional editorial experience. I currently serve as the Managing Editor at Prairie Schooner, a ninety-one-year-old quarterly journal of international creative literary writing published at the University of Nebraska. With work experience ranging from traditional to commercial to indie/self-publishing to small-press literary journals, I bring a unique range of experience and love the opportunity to learn from the writers whose work I edit. I’m always excited about the chance to engage the art of a well-tuned sentence.
Outside of the day job, I take on freelance editing clients largely for the love of the game. I love putting commas in their places, pointing out competing metaphors in too-close quarters, and weighing in on how syntax can make or break the pacing and tension in a scene. I am dedicated to supportive critique and editing and to the creative exchange of ideas.
With ten years’ experience in editing–from substantive, developmental editing to nitty gritty line editing–I’ve helped writers with a range of work across multiple genres. I love helping grow a writer’s project for a vision, and I love fine-tuning syntax toward industry standard styles. Whether you’re looking for a short story critique, feedback on query letters or other submission materials, cleanup and recommendations on resumes and cover letters for a new job hunt, or a full-on edit of a novel, a cookbook, or a self-help manuscript, I’d love to take a look.
Each project requires its own timeline, and turnarounds can vary from a couple days to a few months, depending on the scope of the edit. I’m always open to inquiries about taking on new work.
I typically align my rates with the Editorial Freelance Association’s rate chart recommendations. I do find that an agreed-upon fixed price based on word count usually works more cleanly than tracking hourly rates, so give me a sense of what you’re looking for, and I’ll quote you a custom rate based on your needs. At the end of the day, I’m a struggling writer too, and I am always open to negotiations if my experience and approach sounds like a good fit for your project.
For a wider-lensed look at my professional experience, take a peek at my resume.
Like what you see? Have more questions? Want to work together? Let’s talk shop. Get in touch at ashley[.]strosnider[@]gmail.com.