If you’re like many nonfiction authors, online course creators, eLearning companies, and small business owners I’ve met, you know you need your content edited before you get it into the hands of your audience.
And if you’re reeeally like them, even if you know what needs to be done, you just don’t have the energy or desire to do the editing yourself!
Instead, you wish you could find someone you could rely on to help you make it happen.
Someone who will…
- …understand what you’re trying to say,
- …help you make sure you’re saying it in your content,
- …ensure it’s happening in a clear, consistent, concise, and correct fashion,
- …and keep it all in YOUR voice, following YOUR preferred style guidelines.
Incredible news! Your wish has been granted.
Hi, I’m Bonnie Boden.
I’m an editor who helps nonfiction authors, online course creators, eLearning companies, and small business owners like you make your content shine.
Taking your expertise and putting it into a format to help others understand your knowledge and knowhow requires careful consideration, and it’s not always easy. With all of the details that are involved, it can feel like navigating through a chaotic landscape of information, making it challenging to maintain a clear perspective.
As a seasoned editor with over 25 years of experience, I’ve found ways to help my clients find clarity in the chaos. I understand the frustration of being so close to your work that it becomes difficult to see it objectively, and to also just not want to deal with the details. Sometimes you just want to be d-o-n-e, to hand it off to someone else to help you finish it up.
What gives me a bit more insight into these struggles?
I’ve been there, too. I know exactly how it feels to have spent a lot of time and effort pulling together content, getting to the point where you know it backwards and forwards, but at the same time feeling like you just can’t see it anymore. That’s when you need a fresh set of eyes, someone with the perspective and expert editing skills to help you see your work more clearly while guiding you through the steps involved to refine your content.
That’s where I come in.
Highlights of What My Clients Have to Say
The Path to Now
It started in middle school, high school, and undergrad…
My extracurricular activities always seemed to involve some sort of editing, often in the role of editor for the school newspaper, yearbook, or art and literary magazine. I enjoyed pulling together the content, making sure everything was in good shape and ready for printing.
Continued to grad school…
In addition to my interest in editing, I’ve always been intrigued by computers and learning. My history with computers goes back a long way, starting with our first family computer that ONLY HAD UPPERCASE and I had to say “SORRY, I’M NOT SHOUTING!” when interacting with my online friends. I’m a lifelong learner, and I like being involved with helping people share what they know so that others can learn it, too.
So when I discovered a graduate program that combined computers and learning, I went for it. After I graduated with my master of science degree in instructional technology, I went to work as an interactive multimedia developer at an eLearning company.
Developed a bit more at work…
When I became more familiar with what was involved with my job, I started creating training documents for other developers to help them understand how to do the work that needed to be done. When I was promoted into other positions (first as lead developer, then as project manager/team leader), I was also tasked with supporting our clients, providing them with instructional materials to know how to work with the eLearning courseware we put together for them. All along the way, I had responsibility for performing quality assurance reviews on the materials we created.
Grew in my free time…
While working at the eLearning company, I became interested in creating websites (I’d been introduced to the World Wide Web for the first time while in grad school), and I taught myself how to do that. Once I’d put together a handful of sites, I started a freelance business creating websites for small business owners, where I would typically help them edit their content to be in an appropriate format for their new online audience. I enjoyed the challenge and the variety in that work, and over the coming years, I kept that freelance business active while also working full-time jobs.
And then branched out even more…
After leaving the eLearning company, I held various positions within the development office at a nonprofit. In those positions, my editing skills were strengthened even further, especially in my role as editor for a print magazine and as website director. I also provided copyediting and proofreading support for collateral materials produced by my colleagues in the office.
What happened next was big.
Once it came time for me to move on from the nonprofit, I decided that I wanted to make my freelance work my only work.
I wanted to be a freelance editor.
Why? Well, for a lifelong learner with an eagle eye for details, I can’t imagine a better way to spend my time. I get to work with experts on all different topics, helping them share their knowledge with the world—making sure it’s clear, consistent, concise, and correct in the process.
My decision to become a freelance editor was over 16 years ago, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
That brings us to now.
I’m thrilled that I get to help content creators communicate their messages to enable others to learn about what they have to say.
Over the years, I’ve worked with nonfiction authors, online course creators, eLearning companies, and small business owners. I’ve helped them refine all different types of content, including interactive courseware, workshop presentations, How To books, user manuals, storyboards, marketing materials, and more.
What does this mean for you?
Well, after some initial planning and communication, I’ll dive in and you’ll finally have the editing tasks taken care of—so you can go from spinning your wheels to getting the traction you need when it comes to refining your content and getting ready to share it with the world.
Are you ready to get that traction?
Whether you’re looking for copyediting, proofreading, or something in between, together we’ll find the solution for your editing project.
Your next step is a bit like a Choose Your Own Adventure book. (I used to love them.) Depending on what you’re ready to do, choose one of the options below.
Some Fun Facts About Me
When I’m not helping my clients with their content or working on my business, I can often be found:
- Learning how to co-exist with paranormal beings and exploring the ways of alternate societies [I love to read, and often enjoy urban fantasy and dystopian fiction novels],
- Revisiting my youth while playing with lines, shapes, colors, and shading [I relax by drawing with fineliner pens, markers, graphite, and more],
- Capturing tiny critters and natural life without touching them [I like to take close-up photos of insects and flowers and other elements of the outdoors—see: Jazzy Cricket],
- Straining my brain to help strengthen it [I like working on (and eventually solving!) logic puzzles], and
- Exploring the notes and beats of a unique American creation [I’m learning to play a (cardboard) mountain dulcimer—love it!].