Keeping You and Your Readers on the Same Page

If you are looking for a book coach, copyeditor, or proofreader, you have come to the right place!

Even the best writer needs another set of eyes to catch those mistakes that sometimes slip by, even after the most careful review. Your goal as a writer is to communicate with your readers, and for that you need an editor with both the eye of a hawk and the patience of a saint to help you clarify your words and ideas so you can entertain, inform, educate,  and inspire your readers.

Whether you are writing a college admission essay or a personal memoir, a how-to book or online text, I will give your prose the sharp perceptive eye that every manuscript needs. From simple spelling and grammar problems to larger issues of structure and development, I will help you achieve the clarity you need without the sacrifice of your voice.

I will always help keep you and your readers together on the same page.

I have copyedited nearly 100 nonfiction trade books, plus numerous college essays and thousands of pages of online

I have been a freelance editor since 2005, after certification in the U.C. Berkeley Extension Professional Sequence in Editing. Among my most significant projects:
Developmental editing/book coach for Mystery Man:Gangsters, Oil, Murder, and Mystery in Michigan by Robert Knapp (in press), U.C. Berkeley emeritus and author of the New Yorker-reviewed Invisible Romans

Proofreading of The SAT/ACT 50 Myths and Mistakes and A Parent's Guide to the SAT/ACT by David Benjamin Gruenbaum, handbooks for students and parents facing the daunting task of preparing for college entrance exams

Copyediting of Windham's Rembrandt by James Humphries, a compelling, posthumous memoir of an art teacher's experiences inside the Texas State Prison educational system

Proofreading of B2B advertising for Doremus, the oldest advertising agency in the U.S., for such clients as Hewlett-Packard and Corning

Copyediting and proofreading of over eighty books on science, politics, and popular culture for Chelsea House Publishers, the award-winning publisher of textbooks for high-school students. One of my projects for Chelsea House was the award-winning Oceans by Dana Desonie, cited as  as "One of the Top Ten Environmental Books for Young People" by Booklist, the publication of the American Library Association.

Copyediting of enormous sections of the Global Integrity Report, annual, worldwide surveys of political corruption and transparency, much of which was written by non-native English Speakers (also known as ESL writers). This project also involved working with a complex content management system.
I have also edited a vintage-car magazine, a poetry chapbook, college term papers, and many other kinds of documents.

My work is accurate and timely, and I offer my comments and queries in a patient and good-humored manner. My services include all levels of proofreading, copyediting, and, as an award-winning author and independent publisher, I also provide developmental editing, book coaching, and advice about navigating the new world of independent publishing.

You can find out more about me by e-mailing; or visit and type in the last name below for more information.

Here are some comments by a few of my clients:

"Just wanted to thank you for the incredible job with the book! I look forward to working with you on the next book!"--David Benjamin Gruen, author of "The 50 ACT/SAT Myths and Mistakes" (Ahead of the Class).

“Thomas is, quite simply, one of the finest copy editors and proofreaders I have ever encountered; to work with him is a joy. He's the sort of person who is always the first choice for particularly challenging and important projects.” Mary Ellen Kelly--Chelsea House Publishers

“Thomas is a pleasure to work with because he is a skilled editor (for everything from biographies to science texts) and understands the need to be flexible as publishing needs and deadlines change. He is always thorough and will adjust his level of editing depending on what is requested for various projects. Plus, his work is always on time and he is thoughtful when communicating concerns.” Justine Ciovacco--Chelsea House Publishers

"Thomas worked for me as an editor on a seasonal project over the course of several years. It was never a question of "Should I call Thomas to work on this again?" Rather, every year I thought, "Gosh, I sure hope Thomas is available." We were editing an extensive international report, mostly written by non-native English speakers. Some of it was fascinating, much of it was tedious and tremendously boring. Regardless, Thomas approached all of it with passion, editing savvy, and a critical eye. He is a thoughtful editor, going beyond the style guides to really question the logic and organization of the content he is reading. He was definitely an asset to this project, and I recommend him highly." Jennifer Orr-Project Editor, Global Integrity Project

I look forward to hearing from you! And best of luck!

Thomas Burchfield Editing and Writing

Oakland, CA
Keeping writers and readers on the same page