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Natalie Nyquist

Freelance Editor | HarperCollins Publishers

Instructor, Course Developer | UC Berkeley Extension

Copyediting . . . requires attention to every word and mark of punctuation in a manuscript, a thorough knowledge of the style to be followed, and the ability to make quick, logical, and defensible decisions. . . .

A light editorial hand is nearly always more effective than a heavy one. . . . An author’s own style should be respected, whether flamboyant or pedestrian.

– Chicago Manual of Style 2.48, 2.51

Editing Services

Substantive Editing
Cites & Bibliographies


BS Biblical Studies, Moody Bible Institute
Editing Certificate, University of Chicago

Freelance editing for traditional publishers since 2012
Teaching editing courses for UC Berkeley since 2018
Projects completed for publishers: 800+
Pages Proofread: 50,000+


Subject-matter expertise: biblical studies, ancient Near East, trauma recovery, mental health and therapy, martial arts, ballet, elementary education
Genres: memoir, biography, self-help, leadership/business, Christian living/trade, academic and textbooks

Expertise and Top Skills

Expert in the Chicago Manual of Style and applying house style guides
Extensive experience in creating and formatting notes and bibliographies
Cleaning up manuscripts received from proofreaders and authors
Reducing word count while retaining author's voice
Fact-checking, detecting plagiarism, and related research 




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Natalie Nyquist