Margaret Berson

Copyediting, Indexing,
and Related Services

Resources --- Megabit Macros --- Contact


Good reading becomes possible when you need not consciously think about eyes, or light, or print, or spelling.C.S. Lewis

I am a freelance copy editor and indexer, providing services to publishers, packagers, businesses, and writers for nonfiction documents, especially in computer-related and humanities topics.

My specialty is books about computer programs and programming, from elementary “how-to” books to advanced programming. In recent years, I’ve worked on many books about database software and manuals for engineering content management software, and I have indexed technical manuals. Here’s a partial list of topics of books I’ve edited.

I am a graduate of San Francisco State University and have completed the University of California Extension Certificate in Publishing Program. I have also completed the University of California Extension course Indexing: Theory and Application with Jan Wright.

In addition to books, I can also work on reports, Web pages, scientific papers, articles, brochures, instruction manuals, flyers, newsletters, textbooks, memoirs, event programs, advertisements, presentations, theses, essays, transcripts... you name it!

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These are the services I can provide:

  • Copyediting
    • Reviewing written material to make sure that it’s clear and consistent
    • Checking the basics: spelling, punctuation, grammar, heading structure, formatting
    • Paying attention to usage and tone, preserving the author’s voice while correcting grammatical errors that might interfere with the author’s message
    • Making sure that the document conforms in style and format to the publisher’s guidelines and to standard style manuals
    • Verifying that numbered figures and tables are correctly numbered and referenced
    • Querying the author about passages that may not be clear or consistent; checking or questioning facts that seem doubtful, through Internet or other research
    • Reviewing notes and reference lists or bibliographies for correct format
    • If appropriate, using the publisher’s Microsoft Word styles and templates to achieve proper formatting

  • Indexing
    • Creating a back-of-the-book index using dedicated indexing software
    • Book and manual indexing, using the embedded index feature in Microsoft Word

  • Proofreading
    • Checking documents one last time before publication for errors in spelling, punctuation, capitalization, paragraphing, and hyphenation
    • Watching for appropriate use of fonts for each element
    • Checking the sequence of page numbers and headings, and the placement of illustrations and tables
    • Keeping an eye out for dropped or missing text
    • Checking cross-references

  • Macros for Working with PDFs
    • Specialty macros that I’ve created for indexers, for working with PDF files: Megabit Macros

  • Custom Templates and Macros for Microsoft Word
    • Setting up customized styles or templates to improve the appearance of your documents
    • Automating your most frequently used commands in Microsoft Word for Windows, using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA)
    • Showing you how to create basic macros appropriate for your situation

To contact me, send me an e-mail message.

Page last updated September 11, 2018.

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