Taos Writers


Black, Bonnie Lee: Content Editing

After you’ve drafted, written, and revised (multiple times) your manuscript; after you’ve shared it with your best readers (your loved ones, who would never say an unkind word to you); and before you hand it over to a copy editor for spit-polishing in advance of printing, it’s wise to turn to an experienced content editor for his or her objective input.
Why? Because a content editor could make all the difference in the success of your final product.
This is what content editors do: They act as an advocate for your outside reader (who is a stranger to you). They ask the tough questions, such as: Does this make sense? Is the writing as clear, cohesive, and compelling as it could be? Does the story keep the reader’s interest? Why would someone want to buy and read this book? And, most importantly, they give concrete suggestions for making your manuscript better.
If your purpose in writing is to amuse yourself and your entourage, make a book to give away as gifts to family and friends, you’ll likely save time and money by doing without a content editor. But if you plan to publish and sell your story (fiction or nonfiction) as a book -- that is, once you’ve graduated to the level of “professional” -- your product must be the best it can be, for your readers’ as well as your reputation’s sake.
A content editor must be honest, straightforward, experienced, helpful, and, at the same time, kind. I am a content editor. I have many years of experience editing book-length manuscripts, some of which have gone on to win prizes. My rates are competitive and realistic. I’ll be available for new manuscripts after October 2015. For more, please visit my website: www.bonnieleeblack.com or email me: bonnieleeblack@yahoo.com

Dru Philippou

Award-winning prose poetry writer with an MFA degree offers proofreading, copy editing, and private consultations.
Email: druphilippou@aol.com
Phone: 575 737 9113

Golos, Veronica

An expert editor for poetry, poetry manuscripts, memoir and non fiction. With years of experience, and depth of perception.

Isobel O'Hare

Like most editors, I started life as an avid reader. In high school, I advertised pro-bono proofreading and editing services to my classmates. Out of sheer love of the craft, I improved their papers and received thanks from the English department. This abiding love for the written word has carried me through two degrees and into a freelancing career.

During my undergraduate English studies, I served as editor for The Record, Trinity College’s literary journal. My team and I worked hard to resurrect a magazine that had lain dormant for a decade. We took great pride in producing a beautiful collection of high-quality pieces that were each edited in close partnership with their individual authors.

While at Trinity, I was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, graduated summa cum laude, and received the Mary Boyle McCrory Award for Excellence in Writing.

As a graduate student in the Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, I gained insights into the creative process and craft of writing that have served my own projects as well as those of my clients. Sharing space in workshops, lectures, and readings with new and established writers has given me a deep respect for each individual’s process as well as the ability to guide a writer toward her project’s intentions.

Always fascinated by language and eager to learn, I am currently enrolled in UC Berkeley’s Professional Sequence in Editing.

I hold a membership in the Editorial Freelancers Association.


If your manuscript has already gone through an in-depth developmental edit and a subsequent copyedit, then proofreading is the service you need! We’ll blow the last little specks of digital dust off your pages.


I provide excellent copyediting services that reflect expertise in both Chicago and MLA styles. I am also familiar with AP and APA styles and I can adapt to any preferred style guide. My areas of specialty include fiction, poetry, memoir, biography, history, pop culture, film, and the social sciences.


This is the best choice for your manuscript in progress. I will provide close examination of structure, voice, character, narrative arc, and flow. In addition to a line-edited manuscript, you will receive a comprehensive editorial letter that entails overall suggestions for development from a “big picture” perspective.


Do you have a manuscript with unconventional needs? Are you finished with a project and simply want some informal feedback on structure, theme, or next steps? I charge a flat fee for this service that is based on the size of your manuscript. Get in touch and we’ll work out the details.


My rates are based on the standards set by the Editorial Freelancers Association. Shoot me an email at isobel@newwaveediting.com (or fill out the form on the Contact page) with a brief description of your project and the type of editing you require and I’ll get back to you with a quote.

The following are some guidelines:

Proofreading: $30/hour

Basic copyediting: $35/hour

Heavy copyediting: $40/hour

Developmental editing: $50/hour

isobel@newwaveediting.com / 510-934-5601

Livingston, Joan

You have spent months, maybe even years writing a novel or non-fiction book. Now you want to send it off to a prospective agent or an independent publisher. Perhaps you want to publish it yourself. Let me read it first.

Whether it is line editing or copy editing, I can help you make your book be the best it can be.

I am an editor with over 30 years experience as a journalist. I also write fiction. I understand how it works. And I have never missed a deadline.

Contact me for rates, and perhaps an interview either in person or via Skype. My email is joanclivingston@gmail.com. My website is www.joanlivingston.net.

Madrone, Kelly

Kelly Madrone is the award-winning author of two (soon to be three) non-fiction books for and about teens, and more than 100 articles and guest blogs. She is a seasoned writer, editor, and writing coach with experience working in the traditional publishing industry. Kelly offers special rates for NM residents.
Email: ksmadrone@gmail.com
Phone: 240-462-3042

O'Connell, Rita

Rita is a writer, editor, and communications consultant who hails from the mid-Atlantic and New England. She landed in Taos in 2007, immediately after receiving her undergraduate degree in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College.

Areas of expertise include the performing arts, rural policy, youth development, and digital communications.

Perez, David


David Pérez Writing & Editing Services

Honest • Supportive • Professional


I've been writing and editing a long time, and my mission is straightforward: to help you achieve your goals.


Perhaps you need an article to promote your artwork or your business. Or a jazzy profile that captures the essence of your creative vision, or juices up your nonprofit's mission statement.You might require assistance with historical research, someone with an eye for uncovering fascinating background for your memoir or magazine article.


One of my areas of expertise is helping writers read their work aloud. As we all know, great words on the page can fall flat if the writer fails to deliver them well. Drawing on my acting and public speaking experience, I can help make your words come alive in front of an audience. I've also evaluated screenplays and works of fiction, and excel in material with political and social content, the more radical the better. Want to explain the world and change it? Me too.


While I know my strengths, I also recognize where my experience might not be a best fit, and if necessary, I can direct you to someone who can help you better. Whether I'm constructing a article for you or evaluating your novel-in-progress, my motto is: honesty above all else.




We live in difficult economic times and my rates recognize that. The initial one-hour consultation is free. This includes a discussion of your work, and a review of 3 - 4 pages of your writing. For a thorough manuscript evaluation (150 - 300 double-spaced pages) I charge $300. Over 300 pages, the rate is $350.


My hourly rate is $35 - $45, depending on the scope of the project, and I require a minimum of two hours work. I'm always flexible on negotiating flat fees. In fact, this is often the best approach, once it's agreed that our skills, needs and vision are a good match.


To contact me, email dpereztaos@yahoo.com

Rico, Diana

Diana Rico is a seasoned editor, journalist, and documentary producer-writer with many national and international credentials. Diana edits award-winning fiction and nonfiction for University of New Mexico Press, University of Arizona Press, Shambhala Publications, and many other publishers and independent authors. Her staff positions have included being Art Writer of the L.A. Daily News, Editor-in-Chief of International Documentary magazine, and a Senior Producer-Writer for E! Entertainment Television. She is the former curator of the SOMOS Writers Series and has won fellowships and grants from the NEA, the Wurlitzer Foundation, the Harwood Museum of Art, and numerous other organizations. She specializes in the arts, biography, and spiritual/social issues. dianarico@earthlink.net

Rynaski, Helen

Whether it’s explaining scientific jargon or telling a good yarn, the written word can, and should, grab the reader’s attention from the first sentence and hold it through an entire page, chapter, manuscript.
Helen Rynaski is an award-winning writer and editor, and smooth prose is her forte. Her nonfiction articles have appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, radio broadcasts, and professional journals. She is a former newspaper columnist specializing in child development, learning, and education issues. Her editing credits include memoirs, novels, professional and educational journals, business publications, and technical manuals.
Editing usually involves “tightening up.” Writers love words and tend to use too many, while a competent editor remembers the maxim Less is more. Redunduncies clutter a manuscript; inconsistencies and questionable word choices confuse. Grammar, punctuation, spelling, and layout always require attention. The overarching question is: Are you saying what you want to say with the tone and clarity that you intend?
While the above functions can be divided into content or line editing, copy editing, and proofreading, it is difficult to completely separate them into different tasks. I fix what needs to be fixed while in communication with the writer about any gray areas. Therefore, I charge a flat rate of $35 per hour and work diligently to insure maximum value. I include style notes and suggestions that may be beyond the scope of an edit and require significant rewriting.
To begin, I offer an edit of three pages at no charge. You then know what you can expect from me, and I can give you a realistic estimate for the project if you choose to hire me.
Ghostwriting: Do you have a story to tell? Perhaps you have information or expertise to share but don’t consider yourself a writer and can’t face that blank page or screen. Let’s work together to get your thoughts down. Contact me with your ideas and we can decide how to begin.