David M. Hodges: Editing and Related Services

Currently, I offer editing and related services through a couple freelancing sites, namely these:

Upwork


My posted rates include fees the sites charge on my side; I’ve not investigated whether the sites charge additional fees on the client side. Upwork has higher fees than Freelancer, but Upwork also has my past online project feedback (including some from Elance, the lower-fee site I originally used, which Upwork acquired). As I’ve yet to work any projects on Freelancer, I can’t tell you if Upwork has sufficiently superior functionality to justify its higher fees. Depending on project specifics and my workload, the rates are negotiable.

Alternatively, particularly if you’re local to San Diego County, you may wish to hire me as an independent contractor independent of these sites. In that case, you may email me at contact@dmhedits.com or fill out this form.

If you’d just like to network, you can find me on a couple sites created for that purpose:

ReferralKey

LinkedIn

I’m also set up on LinkedIn’s ProFinder, though I can’t claim to be an active user. Having never found LinkedIn very useful for finding work (despite the hype), I long ago stopped trying to use the site for professional purposes only. Though I find it handy for keeping track of contacts (professional and otherwise), I probably use it as much for sharing my personal blog and Twitter posts as for business. Were I to become convinced I needed a purely professional LinkedIn presence, I’d need to open a second account. All the same, if you’d like to keep track of my current contact information, and to let me keep track of yours, feel free to connect with me. I’ve never yet turned down a connection request. (I have the same policy on Facebook, since, if it weren’t for fake people and their spam accounts, I wouldn’t have many Facebook friends. Since I never read the Facebook feed, spam accounts don’t bother me.)

Since I’ve provided links to sites I do not use solely for professional purposes, you might acquire knowledge of my personal viewpoint and convictions. Before you decide not to hire me based on one or another of my idiosyncrasies, do note that I’m happy to edit materials that I do not agree with (so long as pretending to agree with them is not required). It may even be that I find such editing more interesting than editing materials with which I do agree. (I am not able to edit materials that are vulgar or profane, or that promote immorality, however.) I’ve so far specialized in editing and rewriting academic materials written or translated by non-native writers of American English (varying in subject matter and sometimes technical). (I’ve also edited some medical forms, technical marketing documents, and membership guidelines written or translated by non-native writers.) My education and experience are quite broad, so I can effectively edit a broader range of materials than these.

So, if you’ve come here because you’re considering employing me as an editor, or enlisting my assistance in some related task (help with research, a coauthor for your magnum opus, whatever), I look forward to hearing from you. If your project requires a freelancer whose convictions and personality are close to your own, or at least similar in some key ways, the personal blog and Twitter feed I mentioned could prove useful. The blog would also let you see how I write when I’m writing for myself, though I do not impose my own style on the materials I edit (unless asked to do so).