services

Expertise

Revision and proofreading in the fields of academia, creative writing (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction/memoir), 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.”
– Shareef 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 – I want to accommodate you and your project as best I can, and ensure that you get the most out of my assistance – so don’t be afraid to reach out and we can negotiate something reasonable.

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; $10 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.

I also write a lot of my own words and would love to be commissioned to share my voice, in any shape or form:

Blog posts – You can read samples of my work on this site and on my informal culinary blog. My writing generally attempts to explore and discuss mental illness, body image, queer identity, food, nature, travel, and the personal and cultural impact of fiction. I also have experience in writing promotional posts for companies wishing to advertise their services or provide information to their customers. If you have an idea for a post that you would like me to write, I’m all ears!

Creative ventures – Whether you want to write an acrostic poem for your mom on her birthday or have a deep and specific yearning for a short story about dinosaurs, I am more than willing to help you fulfill that need.

Publication opportunities – I am always looking for new places to share my work, especially in independent and community-based publications. My writing has been featured in several literary magazines and I have had two short plays produced and recorded. If you have an opportunity for me to share my words – or even if you want help getting the word out about your publication – I would love to hear about it.

*Snail mail (a fun side venture) – Do you like receiving letters? I enjoy writing them, and would love to be your penpal. Send me $5 and I’ll tell you about some interesting things in my life, share some quotes I think you might enjoy, talk about why you’re totally awesome, give you a recipe to try out… who knows, but it’ll be fun! I might even include some fun extras like teabags or stickers or pressed flowers.

Contact

If you are interested in utilizing my skills or 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.