The primary task of an editor is to remain unseen, to edit the text without distorting the writer’s voice. Here at Barker Editing, this is our short manifesto:

  1. We advocate for the reader. We come to the writer’s text with fresh eyes–after the writer herself has done everything to make her text effectual–and see from the reader’s perspective. We act as liaisons, adjusting the text only as needed to facilitate the writer’s intentions to the reader’s understanding.
  2. We enhance precision. We find ways to make words fewer while preserving meaning–verbose constructions tend to obstruct point (1).
  3. We recommend enhancements. We do not force any changes on the writer’s work, though our recommendations are in the writer’s interest.

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