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Leslie Lapides

Word Crisper

United States


You need a smart, fast, thorough editor who’s easy to work with. My clients — CEOs, judges, attorneys, executives, marketing people — say working with me was highly productive, easy and shockingly pleasant.

I have 30-plus years of editing experience and was one of the top business-focused editors in the U.S. I was business editor of a major Washington-based news service for nine years and belonged to the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

I am a member of Editors Canada and have a B.A. in the humanities from the University of Chicago.

Editorial Skills

  • Copy editing
  • Online editing
  • Production editing
  • Proofreading
  • Structural and substantive editing


  • Advertising and marketing materials
  • Briefs, précis, and executive summaries
  • Brochures
  • Business materials, general
  • Conference materials
  • Grant applications and fundraising
  • In-house publications
  • Multimedia
  • Newsletters
  • Newspapers
  • Periodicals, general
  • Proposals and evaluations
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Websites


  • Business
  • Communications
  • Culture
  • Food and drink
  • Lifestyles
  • Politics
  • Psychology and mental health
  • Travel and tourism
  • United States