Basic Copy Editing
Are you in the second or third round of edits on your piece? Let me help you polish your piece to perfection.
Heavy Copy Editing
Are you ready to edit your piece, but are unsure where to start? Heavy copy editing is a line-by-line edit including punctuation, grammar, sentence, verb tense and structure or organizational errors. Edits will be tracked using track changes and comments in Microsoft Word.
Are you finished with the outline or first draft of your piece? Let me help you look at the big picture. This includes making sure things are well organized, appropriate in tone, style and format for your audience and clear and articulate. This does not include final copy editing.
Are you working on an academic paper, thesis, dissertation, or article? I can help you make your work worthy of an A+ or publication. I'm well-versed in APA, Chicago and MLA styles.
Do you know what you want to say, but aren't sure how to say it? Let me help you create compelling content for your audience. This includes blog posts, author biographies, book descriptions, social media posts, articles, and more.
I'm Sierra Shipton. I'm a freelance writer and editor, content creator, and virtual assistant. I am also the communications coordinator for a statewide nonprofit organization in Pennsylvania. You can see my professional experience and certifications here.
My own writing tends to be informed by my Christian faith and living life with Cerebral Palsy. Outside of my work life, I enjoy spending time with my family, watching Pittsburgh Steelers football, and reading.
"I worked with Sierra on my book, Eve of Tomorrow, and was very pleased with the finished product. She has a firm grasp of even the most obscure grammar rules and a keen eye for mistakes. She is professional and easy to work with and was willing to work with my short time frame - which is not a simple thing to do with a full-length book. "-Michelle L.
"Sierra has been my virtual assistant over the past year. She started working with me as an apprentice for three months through Gen M, and I was so impressed with her work that I hired her to stay on with me. She is now my primary social media editor, copywriter, and scheduler.
Not only is Sierra an exceptionally talented writer and editor (among many other talents and skills), but she is a joy to work with. She is highly responsive; works and lives with authenticity and integrity; does high-quality work; and always maintains a sense of professionalism and collegiality. She is also a passionate advocate for individuals with disabilities and a generous dose of joy.
Perhaps her best and most admirable quality is her ability to communicate effectively and stay open to feedback. Sierra has a high moral compass and is of exceptional character. Her willingness to ask clarifying questions, raise any concerns (AND offer solutions), give and receive honest feedback, and take responsibility for her work, makes her a rare find." ~DeAnne J.
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