Exceptional Editing by Leslie

Hello Authors and Web Content Writers!

I am a freelance proofreader and editor who has been in business since 2007.

I worked in editorial capacities at publications for more than 20 years prior to that.

I offer editing services at competitive rates:

Copyediting: finding grammar, spelling, punctuation and other mechanical or style issues.

Also, checking of facts, verifying the spelling of obscure words or brand names

and matching editorial style with the client's voice.

Proofreading: the last edit to find any errors missed during the copyedit,

as well as to make sure formatting is consistent.

I look for widows and orphans (broken lines or paragraphs), consistent paragraph indents,

identify errors in placement of graphics, page numbers, and more.

Additional services: typing and transcription: hand-written copy, manuscripts or audio files.

Please contact me for more information:

Leslie Manes

[email protected]


Free sample edit

Paste or attach a short piece of your writing in an email to:

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Your returned edit will include writing suggestions, if applicable and a quote.

Client Testimonials

"Leslie is a dependable and thorough proofreader. I always feel confident sending out my work after Leslie has gone through it. Leslie offers what proofreading software doesn’t: an intelligent, curious mind."

— Ian Brill, Author, Editor and Screenwriter 

"We’ve been using Leslie’s services for many years now. She is very professional, a great communicator, and gets the job done with high quality and in a timely manner."

— Alonzo Simon, Senior Editor, Graphic Novels & Collections, IDW PUBLISHING

 “Leslie is one of the most thorough proofreaders, transcribers, and copy-editors I’ve ever worked with, all of which is why we’ve worked together for years and I hope to continue doing so for many more to come. She’s managed the rare trifecta of being fast, accurate, and pleasant to work with, and I highly recommend you give her a shot so you can experience the same."

— Chris Ryall, former President & Publisher/Chief Creative Officer, IDW PUBLISHING

“Leslie provides timely, insightful and accurate proofing/editorial services that have served us well for years. She reviews a considerable amount of our yearly output.”

— Justin Eisinger, former Editorial Director, Graphic Novels & Collections, IDW PUBLISHING


Résumé for Leslie Manes

Summary of Qualifications


Owner of Leslie's Editing since 2007. More than 15 years as a freelance editor and proofreader.

Prior Experience

More than twenty years’ experience in varied capacities within the printing and publishing trades, with emphasis on computer skills, editing and writing.
Versed in MLA, APA, Chicago and Associated Press styles.
Good eye for detail.
Instinctive and trained proofreader.
Works with both Mac and Windows environments. 
Adept at finding ways to expedite tasks. 
Creative upon request.

Background Highlights

• Freelance Editing and Proofreading, 2007 to present.

• Advertising and Production Graphic Artist, San Diego Reader, (2005 to 2010)

• Production Editor and Staff Writer, The Log Newspapers, a bi-weekly boating publication with editions for San Diego, Orange     and Los Angeles counties in Southern California (2002 to 2005)

• Editorial Assistant and Staff Writer, The Log Newspapers, (1995 to 2002)

• Hiatus: worked in sail-making and marine canvas fabrication (1991 to 1995)

• Typesetter for job printing and small publications at Diego & Sons Printing, National City; 1990 to 1991)

• Typesetter at Paragon Designs Inc., under contract for U.S. Navy; formatting scientific publications and for Naval Ocean Systems Center (NOSC, now NRaD); D.O.D. security clearance, (1989 to1990)

• Page Layout Artist and Typesetter, San Diego Log and Log Newspapers, (1989)

• Staff Writer, Legal Notices and Production Manager, San Diego Weekly News, (1987 to 1989)

• Freelancer: provided temporary support services for San Diego area printers, (1985 to 1990)

• Production Artist, The Daily Californian, El Cajon; typesetting, pasteup, camera; (1983 - 1985


BA, English, California State University, East Bay, Hayward, California

AA, English, Merritt College, Oakland, California


SDPEN: San Diego Professional Editors Network

Business License: B2011018183, City of San Diego, California

Further information furnished upon request.