About Me

I am a Chicago-based copy editor and proofreader. I began my journalism career as a freshman in high school, working on the school’s newspaper when “page layout” was called “paste-up” and involved physically gluing the cut-up story printouts onto a page template with lots and lots of rubber cement. I fell in love.*

What followed was a bit of a bumpy career in words. From an internship with a printer and my first “real” job with a “good news” news magazine to being laid off from a huge legal publisher after only working there 13 days, and an eight-year stint as the sole copy editor for the for-profit media arm of a nonprofit health care association (say that three times fast), I really learned my way around publishing. Today, I am gleefully freelancing and ready to work for you.

I am darn easy to work with, read style guides for fun, and have a long-held passion for copious amounts of coffee. So if you’re in the market for a first-rate, professional copy editor or proofreader, look no further!

Hire Me

For availability, rates, or just to say, “Hi, that’s a nice red pen,” email me with your project details at Kandy@WordGeekCo.com. (Please do not send attachments; all unsolicited emails with attachments are automatically tagged as spam by my email filter.)

Would you like to try me out before settling on a longer-term project? No worries! I want to try you out, too. I’m open to editing a short sample (1,000 words or less) for free, but if it’s longer than 1,000 words or will take me over an hour to complete, I charge my regular rate.

Kandy was a pleasure to work with. She was a very intelligent, detail-oriented co-worker who was always attentive to deadlines…. Hire her!

Chuck Lazar, graphic designer of the former H&HN

* Note: My “love” was likely chemically induced thanks to the powerful combination of teenage hormones and the rubber-cement fumes I inhaled while working in the top-floor, unair-conditioned journalism classroom of my small-town Kansas high school. It’s absolutely not my fault that said high school was torn down the year after I graduated. Honest. It was really old.