JONATHAN FARR, PHD
I offer line editing, copyediting, and proofreading for students, scholars, and publishers in the humanities, as well as a range of writing and editing services for nonacademics who need help producing formal or informal written content.
Proofreading is the final stage of the editing process. It involves checking text for typographical, grammatical, and formatting errors. Book manuscripts are typically supplied in the form of pdf proofs, but I am happy to proofread other texts, formal or informal, in Word document form. If you need another set of eyes to look over the final draft of your resume, blog post, or dissertation for minor, indisputable errors, this is the kind of editing for you.
Line Editing means not just looking for simple errors but also focusing on clarity, concision, and flow. It addresses word choice, meaning, and syntax to ensure that your writing is clear, powerful, and polished.
Copyediting includes checking for style, grammar, usage, and consistency. In the humanities, this typically means following the Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS), but presses and journals often have their own house styles. This is the type of editing you need if you want to ensure that your writing is free from errors and consistent in style but do not want substantive feedback. The text should have already gone through any necessary developmental or line editing, since any additions or alterations will necessitate another round of copyediting to ensure consistency.
"I can’t thank Jon enough for excellent edits and suggestions. I feel confident now that I am putting the best version of my work forward."
University of Oxford
"Jon is skilled, fast, and unusually attentive to detail. . . . It is clear from his work that he reads holistically—not just mechanically correcting page-by-page, but taking in the whole piece and thinking across sections or chapters. I spent three years as a copyeditor for the top journal in my field, and I still pride myself on how carefully I edit, but Jon's just better at it than I am."
University of Michigan
"My architectural portfolio isn’t just a collection of my visual work—it’s also my writing sample. Jon did an excellent job catching errors and greatly improved the clarity of my design narratives."
I am an editor based in northern California. Trained as a medievalist, I hold a PhD in History from the University of Michigan (2016), an MA in Medieval Studies from University College London (2008), and a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis (2005).
I welcome projects from the full range of humanities disciplines, but I specialize in history, literature, religious and biblical studies, and art history. My own academic work focused on high and late medieval Europe, examining issues of space and place in the context of urban expansion, state consolidation, and spiritual reform. Other interests include the history of the book and related fields in manuscript studies, such as paleography and codicology. I also have experience as an instructor in history and writing, having taught lecture and seminar courses at the university level and prepared high school students for standardized tests.
When not typing furiously at my computer, I am often rock climbing, reading comics, or imagining fantasy worlds in tabletop role-playing games.
If you are inquiring about a specific project, please include as much information about the project as you can, including any pertinent deadlines, level of editing required, estimated size (preferably, word count), preferred style guide, any guidelines from publishers or journals, and budget.