= Writing - Editing - Ghostwriting - Educational - School Services =

College writing instructor, writer, editor, composer, playwright, essayist, lyricist, publisher, producer, graphic designer…. and his team of writers, editors, translators and artists … can help write and research your project, or edit your novel, autobiography, memoir, children’s book, letter, essay, song lyrics, thesis, dissertation, and college entrance essay (have successfully placed clients in Harvard, Stanford, and Princeton)

I specialize in line editing, improving style, fluency, accuracy, clarity, grammar, usage & wword choice. I also eliminate redundancies, stilted or archaic usage, and superfluous writing

Other services offered by my staff and me include:
• writing • researching • paraphrasing • formatting in APA-7, MLA, Chicago formats • publishing your book on Amazon • transcriptions from longhand (and audio recordings) • programs & pposters (design and editing) • advertisements & bbrochures (design and editing) • script & bbook consulting • bios & ppress releases • book cover/title page design • musical composition, arrangements & ttranscriptions • script writing • voiceovers • query letters • translations in Spanish, Korean, Italian, Russian, Arabic, and French
Email: [email protected] Website: www.TheEditAuthority.com Business landline: 703.680-0591 (no text)
Some past editing projects include:
• “Prairie,” a novel by Kittredge McKee • “The Legacies of Judge A.D. Sayre and Zelda Fitzgerald” a non-fiction book by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s grandson, Samuel Lanahan, III. • “Until the Full Moon,” a novel by Charlet Wang • “Kilie the Dreamer,” a novel for young adults by Humera Ansari • “The Maiden Voyage of Soñador,” a novel by Mark Overturff • “The Divine Fiat: Black Excellence in Herbalism” a non-fiction book by Kwame M. Vaughn • “Lucky Dog,” a memoir by Dallas• a series of literary reviews on diabetes • a bio for a spa business website • a doctoral dissertation on patent litigation • a book on holisticcures • a letter to a collection agency • master’s thesis: privacy concerns arising from technological advancements • medical journal articles on pediatrics • a doctoral dissertation on nursing management • a podcast script on marijuana entrepreneurs • a business proposal for hydroelectric power in Africa • a master’s thesis on social geography • engineering reports for the federal government on soil contamination • an advertisement for a new day spa in New York City • a master’s thesis on computer servers • proposal for waste disposal and recycling for the Congo • letter to a judge pleading for leniency in divorce case • a medical report on difficult diagnoses • a master’s thesis on the feasibility of the Airbus • a magazine article on women empowerment in India • a book on child psychology • a booklet on the power of positive thinking • letter to the courts for obtaining child custody • personal statements for dental school, med school, and law school • a magazine article on violence against women in India • a collection of childhood anecdotes • a personal memoir about coming of age in rural Texas • a master’s thesis on electric car use • a personal memoir about growing up in Texas • a research paper on autism • a master’s thesis on electric car use • a press release for a new author • a letter to a judge pleading for custody of a minor • a novella of mainstream young adult fiction • a letter to a traffic court judge to lessen charge for reckless driving
Some past writing experiences include:
• “Revolutionary Gentleman,” rock opera, Washington, D.C., Writer, Composer, Lyricist • “What’s that Word” vocabulary textbook, Author • Cavalier Daily, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, Columnist • “The Will to Get Married,” comedy, Hudson Theatre, New York City, Playwright (Ozark Writers’ League Award for Best Play of the Year) • Northern Lights, Ernst Community Cultural Center Newsletter, Editor and Writer • “All Write Already” English writing textbook, Author • Dozens of official letters, lyrics, poems, press releases, Writer/Editor/Formatter • “Dead Lovers,” comedy play, Nat Horne Theatre, New York City, Playwright • 200 songs performed live and streamed on dozens of sites, Composer, Lyricist, Arranger (see soundcloud.com/mistercomposer) • “Peter the Great,” musical, composer, co-lyricist, co-librettist • “For the Love of Mr. Paradise,” comedy, Auburn, New York, Playwright • Doggie Notes, Social & PPolitical Commentary, Writer
REVIEWS
“Steven Rodgers is one of the most professional, kind, and talented people I have ever worked with. I used his services while applying to post-graduate education programs and I am so glad I have found him. He's always on the other side of my email messages, responding in a timely manner, providing constructive feedback, and most often gives me a better perspective on my writing. I strongly recommend hiring him - for a small or large task -- he's simply the best!” February 2021, Y.P., M.D

“Steve is a well-educated man that knows how to write. He knows what works and what doesn’t. But what separates him from the rest is he is one of those guys that goes the extra mile. He said he would not abandon me after the initial edit, and he didn’t. Steve is not a 9 to 5 guy; he does whatever it takes to get the job done. He kept me informed every step of the way. I think he always did his best to satisfy my requests far beyond our original agreement to edit my first novel. He gained my trust and kept it. With his help, my first novel was successfully published. I will never be able to thank him enough. Read my book and you will see. It’s my story and I wrote it the way I saw it, however, Steve put the polish on it, and he went through everything it took to put it in print, far beyond our original agreement.” December 14, 2020, Mark Overturff, “The Maiden Voyage of Soñador.”
“Steve Rodgers did a very splendid job of editing my book: Kilie the dreamer. He is very extremely professional and has a vast knowledge in his subject. He went above and beyond as an editor to assist me with my work. I will highly recommend him to anyone with full confidence and trust. He is extremely nice and helpful.” December 14, 2020, Humera Ansari, “Kilie the Dreamer.”
“I chose Steven to be my editor for a graduate program thesis paper and am really happy with the decision. His suggestions for grammar and word choices put a beautiful polish on my work. I enjoyed and benefited from the collaborative, back and forth, environment; and learned a bit about writing as well! I highly recommend Steven and plan to hire him for some business projects as well!” Apr 24, 2020, Michael G. (also posted on Thumbtack.com, 3rd party site)
“Steven was exemplary on every level. He is experienced, critical, and intuitive in evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of key story elements such as premise, flow, and structure. He returned my work quickly and provided as much feedback and interaction as I needed. He was very thoughtful in his comments, and revisions or additions he suggested were always right on target. Thanks for ensuring that my project reaches its fullest potential.” Apr 25, 2020, Kwame V. (also posted on Thumbtack.com, 3rd party site)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q What is the difference between line editing and proofreading/copy editing? A A line editor takes proofreading to a much higher level. In addition to correcting errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation, a line editor emulates the writer’s ‘voice,’ improving on the sentences, enhancing the style, verifying correct usage and grammar, making the writing more succinct, improving word choice &word order, and finding better phrasing to make it all flow

Q How much does it cost? A Most line editing will cost between 3 and 4 cents a word; slightly more for technical articles and dissertations, slightly less if only proofreading is required. Book-length manuscripts generally fall in the lower price range. Once I see your work, I can give you an exact quote. For books, I am happy to edit a few sample pages, at no obligation

Q How do I pay? A The default method of payment is PayPal (but Zelle and Venmo are available on request). Pay in advance. Forover $100, you may opt to pay only half upfront, with the balance due on completion. All that’s needed to proceed with the transaction is your full name and email address

Q What’s the turnaround? A The turnaround time depends on several factors: how many projects we are working on at the time, the length and difficulty of your project, your deadline, and if it’s something I would need to do personally, or if it could be done by a member of my staff. If you let me know when you need it, I will do my best to get it to you by the deadline you request

Q Do I have to pay extra for “rush” jobs? A No. We don't charge for rush jobs. If you have an emergency and we are able to meet your deadline, we will try to make it work. If we think it will be difficult to finish on time, we will let you know before starting the project. Small projects can often be done within 24 hours of receipt of payment. we work most weekends and holidays, too

Q What if I have questions about my project after I have already paid? A We do not abandon our clients just because the job is finished. If there are questions or concerns, we’re happy to assist if possible. The only thing we cannot do is to “re-edit” the entire manuscript after the client has adjusted it and added more materials, etc. That constitutes another job, since it would mean going over the entire writing again. However, if you highlight specific sentences that you want us to take a second look at, I'll do what I can to help

EDITING EXCERPTS
ORIGINAL: The same principle whether or not I could lead others for the better was applied when I was choosing my first job. EDITED: Likewise, when I chose my first job, I considered first whether or not I would have the opportunity to lead others and enrich lives

ORIGINAL: I did not feel motivated to apply to those companies because I did not find such work meaningful. EDITED: I did not feel motivated to apply to those companies because it would not have been as fulfilling to me

ORIGINAL: As illustrated in these two examples, a bigger picture of what I am doing and where my life is heading is very important to me. Likewise, as a person, I try to be resourceful and helpful. EDITED: You might not need to say “as a person” … we know you’re a human being!
ORIGINAL: I was a mentor. I visited middle and high schools to make a presentation about majoring Education in college, helping students decide what to study in college EDITED: “… lives in Korea, mentoring high school students about their college majors

ORIGINAL: I like the way my values have thus far led my decisions and my life, and I assume that they will keep my life on the right track like a lighthouse. EDITED: This is what we call mixing metaphors (right track and lighthouse). Also, ‘assume’ is a weak word here. Another option is“I trust that they will act as a beacon of light, drawing me ever closer to my ultimate goals.”
ORIGINAL: Many of his questions are the things regarding the text books, and at the same time, those were related with advanced concepts that is already had written in another advanced books. He made such his own original thinking at the very time after my lectures end without any help. EDITED: Many of his questions pertained to advanced concepts that students were not yet expected to understand, but his curiosity and passion for learning prompted him to go above and beyond what we were studying at the time

ORIGINAL: It has been three years when he talked me that he wants study more but he couldn’t for his circumstance. EDITED: I was not surprised with his decision because it was something that I had encouraged him to do for years

WRITING SAMPLES
Everyone's a Doctor! by Steven W Rodgers Everyone is a doctor today … at least that is the impression one might get by the number of people introduce themselves as such. In fact, about the only ones I know who DON’T call themselves doctors, are some doctors … doctors with real credentials and enough confidence to know that titles are a superfluous means of elevating one’s self-esteem. But doctors who are not doctors are crawling out of the woodwork! Dentists call themselves “doctors.” They’re not doctors. A chiropractor calls himself “doctor.” He’s not one, either! I went to the optometrist the other day and the first thing she said was, “Hello, I’m Doctor Hahn.” Doctor? Mmm, sorry. An ophthalmologist is an eye doctor. An optometrist is a person who checks people’s vision for glasses. Even a basketball player, with a PhD in physical education calls himself a doctor! One of my best friends is a real doctor who works as a research scientist, curing diseases. When his graduate students call him “Dr. Smith,” he always corrects them. “Just call me ‘John he tells them. Why does he need a title? He doesn’t depend on meaningless titles to gain respect. He is respected. Now there are even PhD programs for nurses. Imagine the fun trying to sort out that at the hospital before surgery!
“The doctor will be with you in a moment.”
“The doctor? Oh, but … I thought the nurse was going to prep me for surgery!”
“Yes, the nurse will be here.”
“Oh, not the doctor?”
“Yes, the doctor. The nurse IS a doctor. Dr. Wang has a PhD in nursing.”
“So … if both the doctor—the real doctor—and the nurse, who calls herself a doctor but is not one, were both in the room at the same time, and I called out 'doctor,' who would answer?”
“Both of them. It would be elitist of the doctor to think such a title is his exclusive domain! He’s not the only one who worked hard to get where he is!”
“Well, for that matter, the janitor probably works harder than anyone in the hospital! Should I call him a doctor, too?”
“No of course not. That would be.”
“Thank God.”
“Refer to him as the resident expert in anti-microbial engineering.”
Skin tone, and other misplaced priorities By Steven W Rodgers I'm sure you've all heard someone say “I'm going to work on my tan!” I can't help but wonder what “work” is actually required. It seems to me that such labor generally consists of lying on the beach, and, perhaps less often, sitting or squatting, but it all pretty much amounts to the same inactivity to which a large percentage of tan seekers are drawn. It's always amazed me, anyway, how society places such importance on skin color

Over the years, it has changed, of course. A century ago, youngwomen in polite society, carried around parasols in sunny weather, to prevent their skin from becoming dark or freckled. These days, much to their detriment, it has become fashionable to soak up the rays and become fashionably dark

In the movie “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” the very tanned Jude Law, upon seeing the very UNtanned Matt Damon, remarked disparagingly“You are sooooo!”
It was not a compliment

Unfortunately, the societal pendulum which has swung in a decidedly darker direction does not bode well for tan seekers. Note to sun worshippers everywhere: skin becomes dark under the sun's rays as a negative reaction to being poisoned by the ultraviolet rays of the sun!
People! This is not a good thing!
One of the supreme ironies of life is that all those things that we need to survive (such as the sun) alsous! The sun is not something it's particularly wise to expose your skin to. It can lead to all kinds of radiation poisoning that wrinkles the skin, causesand decreases longevity

The next time you are tempted to lie in the sun and get a tan, spend eight bucks, get an umbrella, and shade yourself from the celestial orb which is doing its utmost to shorten your time on planet Earth

When Words Can Mean Anything by Steven W Rodgers I don’t know what anyone is talking about anymore!
I hear people referring to a good friend as “bad,” a thin girl as “phat,” a great movie as a “bomb.” Any time I lament the decline of the English language, however, and complain about the confusion that results from people using language incorrectly, someone will invariably chime in with the obvious cliché: “language changes!”
Well of COURSE language changes! That’s obvious, but saying this is a little like cutting off your nose, and when asked why you did it, you respond by saying “Hey, people change!”
Not only DOES language change, it MUST change, but there is a real difference betweenchange, and smart change. Smart change is modifying the language to help express things that could not have been expressed before, such as ‘email,’ ‘cyberspace’ and ‘software.’ There were no terms for these just a few decades ago, and they had to be invented … which is a bad thing. (And by ‘bad’ I really mean ‘good’)
change, on the other hand, is using words to mean the opposite of their known meaning, or taking words that already have a meaning, but changing it to the point where no one knows what you are talking about

Take for example, the word ‘vegetarian.’ A perfectly good word (here I really do mean ‘good meaning one who eats only plant-based food: no fish, beef, milk, eggs or cheese. Tragically, this perfectly fine word has been misused so often that it has come to mean a non-meat eater, although since most people don’t consider fish to be meat, they can actuallyanimals and still feel as if they are morally superior to those whopoultry, pork and beef. Theword ‘vegan’ has now come to mean what vegetarian has always meant to begin with: one who doesn’tanimals or anything that comes from an animal. Now, I really have no idea when someone says she’s a vegetarian because I don’t know if she is using it in its original context, the modified and incorrect modern use, or some kind ofhybrid. This has not enhanced communication; it has obfuscated it

‘Decimated’ is another fine word that is falling by the wayside. From the root meaning ‘ten,’ the word ‘decimated’ means to10% of something. If a tornado wiped out 100 houses out of 1000, you could correctly say that the neighborhood or village was decimated. Today, however, so many people use decimated to mean ‘destroyed’ or ‘obliterated’ that I have no idea what they’re talking about now when they use the word.change

A few weeks ago I had a conversation in a bar with a young man on the subject of rap. I don’t have anything against rap, and I even like some of it, I just don’t call it ‘music’ because it’s not. There is no music there. There is no tune. They are words recited to a beat; It is poetry, some of it very good poetry, but poetry, not music. My young friend, however, said that rap is music because they call it music, which reminded me of the Abraham Lincoln quotation: “If you call a tail a leg, how many legs does a dog have? 5? No … 4 … because calling a tail a leg does not it make it one.”
“Yes,” the young man insisted. “‘High’ is ‘low’ and ‘low’ is ‘high’… Words can mean anything you want them to mean.” Unfortunately, he doesn’t get it. When words can mean “anything,” they cease to have any meaning at all

You’re Getting Warmer! by Steven W Rodgers We’re not in the ice age anymore my friends. The evidence is overwhelming. The ice caps and glaciers are melting, the oceans are rising, average temperatures of the air and water continue to increase, bizarre weather patterns have become the norm. And still, there are detractors. Of course, that is part of what makes the world go around. Someone is going to always disagree with what seems obvious to most. There are those who still believe the earth is flat, that men never walked on the moon, that the pyramids were constructed by aliens from outer space, and that Donald Trump is a good choice for president. And, of course, there are those who say that global warming is just another liberal scheme to get citizens dependent on the government. They say that temperatures have always gone in cycles, and even if the earth is getting warmer, we had nothing to do with it, and cannot change it anyway. Never mind the fact that 90% of all scientists affirm that global warming is a fact. And let’s ignore for a moment a still more obvious fact, that humans can and have contributed to the phenomenon. Still … are the proposed solutions really that unpalatable? Would it cause anyone great harm if we were to comply with the very logical recommendations set forth by the scientific community? What exactly would it take to help slow the rate of global warming?cutting down factory emissions, creating increasingly fuel-efficient cars, encouraging the use of alternative modes of transportation (including bicycles and electric vehicles), reducing the use of electricity, using alternative, cleaner forms of fuel and energy such as tidal and wind power, reducing coal emissions … and the list goes on. The way I see it, the question of whether global warming is a fact … doesn’t matter in the end. The solutions that will help slow the process