Indie Book Editor

I help wonderful storytellers fix grammar and punctuation errors in their books. My clients include New York Times bestselling authors J.S. Cooper and Victorine Lieske. 


BA English, UC Berkeley, 1989
Two years editing scientific papers through Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (as Cherise Morris)
English Teacher Training, San Francisco State, 1991

Three years as a full-time English teacher:

Fairfield-Suisun USD, CA, 92/93 (as Cherise Morris)
Rio Vista USD, CA, 93/94 (as Cherise Morris)
Colton Joint USD, CA, 08/09


.007 per word, one pass
($70 for one pass through 10,000 words)
$70 minimum

What I offer to do for you:

I don't just tell you what needs to be done. I do the technical work for you. I edit in Microsoft Word with "track changes" on so that you can see what I have done and you can accept or reject each change. I can also comment and tell you why I made each change, but I charge double for that. It slows me down considerably.

I am a copy editor and a line editor. This means that I:

Fix grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word usage.
Address changes in verb tense (which are sometimes needed).
Correct paragraphing issues.

Generally improve the flow of meaning so that the reader sees your story and not the words:
Rewrite awkward sentences.
Clarify which meaning you want if something can be read more than one way.
Suggest another word for one used too often.
Suggest fixes for wordiness and repetition.
Suggest ways you might vary sentence structure and paragraph structure.

Your Book Needs More Than My One Pass

After you accept or reject a copy editor's changes, have someone proofread your book, especially if you add or change anything.

Before you send your story to a copy editor, have it read by at least one beta reader, someone who will tell you the truth and who likes your genre. Beta readers can tell you if there are boring parts or confusing parts, if the story is too slow, or if they don't care enough about the characters. Fix these things before you get a copy edit.

Get your book formatted after it has been proofread and you have fixed all the errors that were found and you have removed all the comments.


I do one pass through an average of 10,000 words per day, five days a week.

Let's Get Started! 

Please email me and ask how soon I am available to copy edit x number of words. I generally book about three months ahead of time, but sometimes I have cancellations and can fit you in sooner. 

My email address is cherisek52 at gmail dot com.


I accept payment by PayPal. I ask for half up front to reserve my time, and half when I am halfway finished.


Please see this thread for my references.