services

Expertise

Revision and proofreading in the fields of academia, creative writing (poetry, fiction, nonfiction/memoir, plays, webcomics), professionalism (applications, memos, cover letters), and marketing.

Previous paid work includes blog posts, copyediting, creative consulting, proofreading, and transcription services.

Volunteer work includes peer revision, manuscript feedback, and evaluation of creative fiction works.

Testimonials

“As an emerging professional, I trust Ari wholeheartedly in any & all editing conundrums. They are an expert wordsmith and give feedback in a way that is not only reliable but also genuine, friendly, and encouraging. In all collaborations, they allow you to review their edits throughout the process and will work with you personally to accomplish your specific goals. Ari has an amazing talent in taking what you said, and crafting it into what you really want to say.”
– Sharifa Elkady, Directing Apprentice, Actors Theatre of Louisville

“This service is extremely helpful to me as a college student! Ari leaves various suggestions for me to work with and work through thoroughly and now I never feel like I’m struggling. Their guidance has turned many of my ‘C’ worthy papers into A’s.”
– Jack E., student

“Ari is straight up wonderful. They were able to go through my book and kindly make suggestions. Normally when I want something edited, it comes back with red lines and a sense of being very brash. Ari was able to do it in a way that was very effective, while still keeping the warm demeanor they possess. It makes going into the editing process something not to be feared, which was new to me for sure!”
– Ellie Chavez, author of The Landslide

Services

If you’ve written it, I can help you improve it!

I specialize in academic essays and creative writing, but I am open to editing or proofreading anything from newsletters to cover letters to holiday cards. My rates are flexible depending on your financial situation, so if you can’t afford what’s listed here, don’t be afraid to reach out. 

Copyediting – I will look over an early draft of your project and provide suggested edits for spelling and grammatical consistency, sentence structure, style, language, and overall clarity.
Standard rates: $3 per page for prose and poetry; $5 per page for school/professional project (resumes, cover letters, applications, etc.)

Substantive editing – I will help you through the revision of your project, adding comments and reorganizing elements to ensure that it flows effectively, as well as adding or rewriting text segments where necessary to improve overall readability.
Standard rates: $7 per page for prose and poetry; $20 per school/professional project up to 3 pages

Proofreading – I will look at your finished draft and make sure there are no language errors, formatting issues, or missing components.
Standard rates: $3 per page for prose and poetry; $4 per page for school/professional project

Summary review – I will give you general feedback about your piece and its focus, strengths, and areas in which improvement is necessary.
Standard rates: $5 per poem; $15 for prose under 5,000 words / $20 for 5,000-10,000 words / $20 per hour over 10,000 words; $10 per school/professional project

Consulting – If you’re interested in a one-on-one discussion of your project, we’ll arrange a phone or Skype conversation to go over your goals, areas of difficulty, and how best to fulfill your creative vision.
Standard rates: Depends on the type of project, my experience in that area, and the length of our discussion. My baseline for consulting is $20/hour.

Contact

If you are interested in collaborating on a project, please email me at arikoontzwords@gmail.com and tell me a little about the service you are seeking so that we can arrange an appropriate rate and time frame. I can provide samples of previous editing and revision work, as well as sample edits of your project if desired (250-500 words, depending on the genre).

Whatever stories you have to tell, I’m here to help them shine.