Old Town Editing is located on the Central Coast in Monterey’s historic district. Check out our services here.

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Jean Vengua:

With a Ph.D. in English, published essays, and over a decade of teaching writing and composition classes, Jean Vengua knows academic writing inside and out. Add to that many years of professional editing experience in curriculum development, as well as experience in publishing and editing literature. As co-chair of ACE, a nonprofit organization, she has written and edited proposals, reports, promotional content, and narrative for cultural exhibits.

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Michael Fink:

Mr. Fink was the copy editor for the Point Lobos Foundation magazine, submissions editor for Local Nomad: An Online Journal of Writing and Art, and is a judge for the NYC Midnight short story competition in a variety of genres.  He has been a hand scoring supervisor, transcription proofreader, and copy editor for several educational publishers. His fiction has been published by Tornado Skin Press, among others. Mr. Fink lives in Old Town Monterey.

We offer the following services:

Proofreading (Jean Vengua, Michael Fink)

Check spelling, punctuation, cross-references, sequence (e.g. alphabetical or numerical order), grammar, and usage.

Basic Copyediting (Jean, Michael)

Same as proofreading, but in basic copyediting we also check for consistency of style and sentence flow. May include minor sentence rewrites (changing a word or phrase) and brief comments/suggestions.

Medium to Heavy Copyediting (Jean, Michael)

Same as basic copyediting, but this category includes correction of wordiness, inaccuracies and ambiguity, and checks logical flow and consistency of style. May include sentence restructuring, rewriting, and citation checking. In-depth comments accompany the edits, and may also include suggestions tailored for ESL writers.

Website Copyediting (Jean)

Based on levels of editing need (see above).

Developmental Editing (Jean, Michael)

Similar to heavy copyediting, but in this case the focus is on manuscript development. The editor works closely with the writer on overall organization, structure, and flow. Includes “reader feedback” on clarity of ideas, argument, conclusion, plot, character development, and other aspects of writing.

Educational Writing (Jean, Michael)

Test passages for educational testing, primary to high school levels.

Academic Writing Coach (Jean)

Evaluate academic papers in person, or online using Track Changes to comment on the writer’s issues, with suggestions for improvement. Brainstorm assignments and ideas for writing; interpret instructor’s assignments. Help with outlining; organization of essay structure; logical flow and argument; paragraph and sentence structure; ESL issues and English usage; grammar, punctuation, and citation style (APA, Chicago Style, MLA, and IEEE). I have taught writing and coached students in universities and community colleges. I have coached graduate level military students and am familiar with their topics and writing issues. I am also experienced in coaching international students who speak English as a second or third language.

Non-fiction Writing: Articles, Reports, Grants, Reviews, Blog Posts (Jean)       

My areas of interest and experience include: visual arts, literature, culture (including ethnic culture and media), grant writing, history, women, aging, disability issues, social issues, community development, and nonprofits.

For fee rates and more information, go to the Contact page on this website, fill in the brief form, and we will respond quickly. It’s helpful if you give a brief summary of your project and (if your writing is more or less complete) the word count of your manuscript.