Editing Services



I have some 20 years of experience in professional Editorial Departments at various advertising agencies, newspapers and magazines, and in medical and business.

Most of my editing experience is in areas of medical copy and fact checking, advertising and business copy, and now fiction.  For fiction editing I use the following reference books: Chicago Manual of Style, Words Into Type, The Careful Writer, Fowler’s Modern English Usage, The Grammar Bible. And for story content/developmental editing: Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway, Story by Robert McKee, The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass, The Art of Character by David Corbett, Getting into Character by Brandilyn Collins, The Art of Fiction by John Gardner, Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King, and many more.

For nonfiction editing, I use Chicago Manual of Style, Words into Type, AP Stylebook, AMA Manual of Style, MS English Usage, A Dictionary of Contemporary American Usage.

I edit for grammatical correctness, clarity, consistency, context, and aesthetics as well as for rhythm. I make every effort to remain conscious to preserve the author’s style. I love the realities of fiction and the basics of good storytelling.



Freelance Editing 1995 to present (line editing and proofreading)

Fiction Editing


Servant of the Red Quill  by Terry M. West (short story) published by Pleasant Storm Entertainment.








Flash by Dan Frazier (short story)

Witchy Magic and Me, Maggie by Cynthia Wetzler (novel, middle grade )

One If  by Carol Allen (novel, Young Adult)




Copy Editor—The Art of Vanitas, Rodney O’Dell Davis  (art book)








Copy Editor—Images of Terror, Philip  Jenkins, Aldine de Gruyter Publishers, Hawthorne, NY.  (nonfiction book)






Staff Copy Editor—American Health Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Pleasantville, NY







Medical Editing

Senior Editor—Staff Position, LLNS (Lyons, Lavey, Nickel, Swift/Omnicom), New York, NY 2003 to 2010. Medical/Pharmaceutical: DTC and DTP materials. AMA Manual of Style

Editorial Director—Freelance, Regan Campbell Ward, New York, NY
Senior Editor—Staff Position, Stratos Communications, Norwalk, Connecticut 2000 to 2002
Copy Editor—Townsend Inc. San Diego, California
Copy Editor—Torre Lazur West, San Diego, California
Managing Editor—International Meetings & Science, Stamford, Connecticut
Copy Editor—Q. E. D. Communications, Hawthorne, NY


Copy Editor—Ryan Partnership, Westport, Connecticut
Copy Editor—J. Brown LMC Agency, Stamford, Connecticut
Copy Editor/Proofreader—Cendant Incorporated, Stamford, Connecticut
Copy Editor/Proofreader—RXR Group, Inc. Stamford, Connecticut


Yale University, Summer Writing Program, Nonfiction, New Haven, CT

Sacred Heart University, B.A. English, Fairfield, CT


See the Contact Me tab above to inquire about my

editing services, fees, and availability.

You can find more information and testimonials at my editing web site at paulacappaedits.weebly.com


“In the several years we worked together, Paula was always very thorough and provided valuable suggestions to make the copy better. The result is an improved product that communicates clearly and concisely.” —Matteo Alioto, Freelance Medical Writer

“Paula Cappa is a consummate professional who has worked with me on numerous projects over the years. She is a writer’s best friend, digging into the meat of the communication and finding ways to make it stronger, clearer. She sees the big picture and never misses the details. A piece is always better when Paula has been part of its making.” —Alice Ruvane, Strategic and Creative Marketing Communications Specialist, Lewiston/Auburn, Maine 



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