Sarah Jaymes

Substantive editor, line editor, copy editor, writer, educator, researcher

Sarah JaymesSarah’s Specialties: academic articles, books, dissertations and dissertation proposals, reports, papers, and theses in APA, MLA, or Chicago style; educational materials, including course texts, instruction manuals, and web tutorials; fiction and nonfiction books; and technical documentation for businesses and agencies.

Current clients include the American Psychological Association (Style and Books Division); Aspiring Minds Inc.; edCount LLC; NASPA–Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education; independent authors, including fiction and nonfiction authors, some of whom self-publish their works via Amazon’s CreateSpace; and undergraduate and graduate students in the humanities and social sciences. Many of the students Sarah works with as a substantive editor, line editor, and copy editor are ESL students.

APA style and formatting experience: articles, books, dissertations and dissertation proposals, research papers, and master’s theses in the fields of business, criminology, economics, education, geography, interior design, politics, professional development, psychology, public policy, and social science. Social science dissertations, research papers, and theses have discussed topics such as crisis management, democracy and democratization, the economics of international education, feminist writing, gender inequality in Saudi Arabia, immigrant crime, international student migration, jury trials, organizational management, political geography, Saudi culture and politics, Saudi labor markets, Sharia law and women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, terrorism, theories of revolution, war narratives, women’s public policy issues, and more.

Additional subject experience or expertise: Alternative medicine, American and British literature, American and European history, American foreign policy, American politics, business leadership, composition theory and practice, higher education, investment banking, personal finance, qualitative and quantitative research methods in the humanities and social sciences, and Western philosophy.

Sarah earned an MA in English: Teaching Writing and Literature and an MFA in fiction writing from George Mason University, where she also completed a certificate in professional writing and rhetoric and won an “outstanding graduate student” award. She earned a certificate in professional editing from the University of California, Berkeley.


“You did an absolutely lovely job on this project. Thanks so much!” –Book publisher

“We highly value and appreciate your excellent work.” –Corporate client

“We appreciate how consistently awesome you are!” –Book publisher

“This layer of editing has proven to be a value add, and our customer has reacted positively.” –Technical editing

“Sarah really helped me sharpen my point of view. She has a great understanding of everything from plot issues to character voices. Her keen eye also caught many inconsistencies that I had missed. My novel is much better thanks to her touch.” –Kevin Troutman

“Sarah served as a beta-reader and editor for a collection of short fiction I recently compiled. Her keen eye for detail caught errors in my text I otherwise would not have found, and her insights into what each piece in my collection needed in order to come together as a complete whole were spot on. Sarah pointed out patterns in my collection that helped me to better shape each narrative, and her recommendations provided me with unique ways to approach my revision process. In addition to her quality work, Sarah’s turnaround time for reviewing my collection was very quick and ensured I met my deadline. I recommend Sarah as a beta-reader and editor.” –Chrystine Kern

“Sarah edited my academic writing while I was in graduate school, and I can testify that she is an excellent APA style editor. I could have hired an editor who was willing to edit the work more cheaply, but Sarah’s work was higher quality, I trusted her, and I knew I could count on her to work quickly and meet my deadlines. I am not a native English speaker, so expressing my ideas in written English can be difficult. Sarah was able to edit what I wrote so that all my ideas were expressed clearly. She was also always available by email or phone to answer my questions. She knows all about high-quality academic writing. I highly recommend her substantive editing, line editing, and copyediting services.” –Manal Almutlaq

“Sarah was my editor while I was working on my master’s degree. I would not have finished my thesis without her editing help. She can take even very disorganized writing and turn it into something orderly and coherent, and she knows exactly what kind of information belongs where and how to use APA style. Usually, I sent her my documents by email, and she returned edited versions by email; but sometimes we used the telephone to talk about and solve problems in my documents. It was always easy to reach her, and she was often able to edit my writing quickly enough that I could meet my deadlines. I felt that she really cared about my work, and I knew she would do an excellent job because she cared. I have recommended her to all my friends.” –N. Altamont

“Sarah is the best editor I’ve ever had. She has expert knowledge of academic writing in general—she is especially knowledgeable about literature reviews and APA style research reports—and she always does a fantastic job. I’ve also learned a lot from her. After I found her, I never considered looking for another editor. She does really, really good work!” –D. Mansour

“I think Sarah is wonderful–careful, deliberate, patient, individually attentive, and with a natural scholarly bent.” –Copyediting client

“Sarah did a fantastic job on our book project. I thought her fine tuning was spot on and extremely helpful for the author.” –Book publisher