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Becky Skillin

DPO, AE 09892-423
United States
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Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.

Editors Canada Volunteer Participation

  • Nova Scotia Twig (2019, 2020, 2021)

Profile

Seeking to solidify structure or ready for a copy edit? Collaborating creates quality projects, and Becky adds insight that well-meaning beta readers may miss.

Hirign an editor can ensure consistency across media and publications. A content refresh can lead consumers to action and attract awareness. Popular services include analysis and editing for policies, reports, downloadable PDFs, websites, and speeches. Are you wondering what will lead to cleaner readability and user-friendly experiences? Please be in touch. 

Becky hails from Western Pennsylvania in the United States and earned her degree at Eastern University with majors in English and Spanish for secondary education. She has lived in Honduras, Oman, Ecuador, Uruguay, Washington, D.C., and Canada and is now in Jordan. In the last 22 years, she has taught children, youth, and adults English and Spanish as well as grades four and five classroom subjects. She knows how to listen, learn, and link with others because publishing is a medium that honors individual voices and catalyzes community.

She loves everything about books: how they look on a shelf, feel in our hands, and linger in our thoughts. Editing allows her to combine a love of people’s individual stories while meeting the need to have those stories known. She is writing her first book.

Testimonials of Becky's work: 

"With an understanding and deep respect for the power of the written word, she went beyond merely checking for grammar and punctuation errors; she helped me develop great content. With her keen eye for detail, she read my work thoughtfully, not only as an editor but also as a first reader, helping me clarify and round out my message. She noted when additional paragraphs were needed in order to create smoother transitions, and she kept bringing me back to the overarching theme of my book. Becky was a key player in helping me craft a well-written manuscript that flows well and inspires readers. I highly recommend her services!" -- Becky Baudouin, Enjoy Every Minute: And Other Ridiculous Things We Say to Moms

"The editing process was pleasant, efficient, and accurate. Becky provided good advice and adapted herself to my style. The best thing about the service was that she was thorough and responsive." -- Bill Black, Lead with Values: The Indispensable Foundation

"Becky helped me with guidance on different levels . . . from shaping it at the beginning and editing but also ISBN numbers and copyright pages.  It is a thorough process, so you know in the end your book will be done with excellence and you are satisfied with the finished product." -- Amy Joob, Unstuck

Editorial Skills

  • Adaptations
  • Bilingual editing
  • Consulting and manuscript evaluation
  • Copy editing
  • Desktop publishing
  • Developmental or project editing
  • Editing translations
  • Layout and design
  • On-screen editing
  • Online editing
  • Permissions
  • Plain language
  • Proofreading
  • Referencing
  • Research and fact-checking
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Translation, other

Media/Genres

  • Academic books and monographs
  • Academic materials, general
  • Academic papers and essays
  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Anthologies
  • Bibliographies
  • Blogs
  • Booklets
  • Books, art and photography
  • Books, children's and young adult
  • Books, general
  • Books, self-help
  • Books, self-published
  • Briefs, précis, and executive summaries
  • Brochures
  • Business materials, general
  • Catalogues
  • Conference materials
  • Cookbooks
  • Correspondence
  • Curriculum guidelines
  • Dictionaries, directories, and encyclopedias
  • E-books
  • E-materials, general
  • Educational materials, general
  • Fiction
  • Fiction, mystery
  • Government materials, general
  • Guidebooks
  • Hand-written materials
  • In-house publications
  • Labels and packaging
  • Magazines
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Multimedia
  • Music notation
  • Newsletters
  • Newspapers
  • Periodicals, general
  • Pictures and illustrations
  • Plays and screenplays
  • Policies and procedures
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Public relations materials
  • Reference materials, general
  • Reports, annual
  • Reports, other
  • Résumés and CVs
  • Speeches
  • Study guides
  • Style guides
  • Subtitles
  • Surveys
  • Teachers' guides
  • Tests and assessment materials
  • Textbooks, college and university
  • Textbooks, elementary and high school
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Trade non-fiction
  • Transcripts and minutes
  • Websites

Subjects

  • Administration
  • Archaeology and ancient history
  • Arts
  • Biography
  • Business
  • Canada
  • Central and South America
  • Cinema
  • Communications
  • Culture
  • Developing countries
  • Earth sciences
  • Ecology and environment
  • Economy, politics, and law, general
  • Energy, mines and natural resources
  • Entertainment
  • Family
  • Food and drink
  • Gardening and horticulture
  • Geography
  • Government
  • Grammar and linguistics
  • Handicrafts
  • Health and medicine, general
  • Health care
  • History
  • Humanities, general
  • Industry and technology, general
  • Insurance
  • International relations
  • Leisure, general
  • Life sciences
  • Lifestyles
  • Literature
  • Medicine, alternative
  • Music
  • North America
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Pedagogy
  • Politics
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Sciences, general
  • Social sciences
  • Society, general
  • Transportation
  • Travel and tourism
  • United States