Welcome to "Over the Shoulder Editorial"
I am the owner of "Over the Shoulder Editorial" based in Bellingham, Wash. A journalist, editor, proofreader, writing coach, and book reviewer, I work with writers of all levels in both fiction and nonfiction. I have carved out a niche assisting writers of memoir, self-help and How To titles. I split my time between Bellingham and Brooklyn, so I have clients on Wall Street, including Prudential Securities and Oppenheimer Funds.
With more than 25 years as a news reporter, I have worked in newsrooms around the globe including CNN, the Associated Press, Gannett and McClatchy. I am an award-winning journalist having received accolades for my research on freedom of the press and journalist safety.
In addition to reporting, editing and proofreading, I am the author of "A Proofreading Companion: Tips, Tools & Strategies for Polishing Your Writing," (published in 2019 on Amazon.com).
I hold a master’s degree in communication, a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) degree. Since 2010, I have traveled extensively working as a writer and editor in New York, Iceland, France, Malta, Morocco, and South Africa.
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1) What is your first/last name?
2) How did you locate my services? (check all that apply)
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Conference or event
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3) What service(s) do you seek? (check all that apply)
proofreading (correcting typos, misspellings, punctuation, grammar, inconsistencies)
copyediting (line by line correcting grammar, enhancing writing through word choice)
writing critique (assessing strengths, areas of improvement to help writer reach new level)
coaching (one/one, addressing blocks, boosting confidence, working through plot/memoir, tone or any other writing techniques)
ghostwriting (hire you to write original copy)
resume/cover letter help
ESL (English as Second Language)
I'm not really sure. I need to discuss this with you.
editorial consultancy (trained professional's guidance on my project)
4) What is the length of your manuscript or project? (Provide word count or best estimate please. One page is about 250-300 words.)
5a) Tell me about the genre and topic of your manuscript or project (e.g., historical fiction-book, essay-memoir, company blog, website, healthcare, PhD dissertation, technical writing-financial, script-documentary, personal essay, etc.)
5b) Please provide any other information or background about your writing project so I can better serve you. Thanks.
6) What is your estimated budget for this project? Give ballpark.
7) Will you be able to provide a sample in MSWord for a more accurate quote? Send to
Yes, I'll do that after I complete the survey.
I only have it in PDF or another format.
I'm not sure.
8) What is your deadline or timeline for your project? (Again, best estimate.)
9) Would you like a FREE 20-minute phone consult with Jennifer?
Yes, please send me the link to your calendar to make an appointment.
No, thank you.
10) Where are you located? I work with clients worldwide so please tell me your city, state, country and time zone. Thank you.
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