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for scholars

Developmental editing, manuscript editing, proofreading, consultations

for publishers

Manuscript editing, proofreading


What people say about working with me...


When I was starting out in faculty development, I found the easiest way to get to know a college faculty member was to ask, “What are you working on?” Then they were off! It was not only painless for me, but a great way to find out what they were passionate about, whether it was their research, their teaching, or a service project.

I have worked with faculty in disciplines from anthropology to zoology (okay, not really zoology), many were not native speakers of English. My strengths are in the arts and humanities, but I am fluent in science, as well.

Do you have a 50-page draft that needs to be a 20-page article? Notes for a chapter and a looming deadline? A dissertation that you want to pitch as a book proposal?


No matter what stage your project is in, we can design a package for you to take you to the next stage.

What you’ll get from me:

  • Encouraging feedback

  • Honest, clear, and prompt communication

  • Active listening

  • Knowledge of academic publishing

  • Understanding of your field of study



From copy editing to proofreading, I’ll bring your project in on time and on budget. My editing projects have ranged from small presses (Love, West Hollywood) to academic publishers (Isherwood on Writing).

See the "Scholarship" page for more titles.


“Dr. Berg’s intellect, warm regard for others, and deft sense of humor give him a natural and effective style.”

Sociology Professor, California

“Jim is a gifted communicator, both orally and in written communication. We worked together in a mutually respectful manner to ensure that my communications were accurate, thorough, and culturally respectful. My ability to write and speak grew as a direct result of observing the communicative processes of Jim Berg! I have successfully presented at conferences, published journal articles, written reports for quality assurance, achieved tenure, and am now enjoying retirement.”

Education Professor, New York

"Jim creates equitable and inclusive spaces for ideas to develop and flourish. He has a progressive vision that is future focused and deeply humanistic. Jim’s balanced perspective and insightful feedback have also made our team’s work more effective and helped us get the job done. His friendly, collegial approach has made it a pleasure."

College Professor, Faculty Learning Leader, New York

"I worked with Jim twice as an editor, and I can say unequivocally that he made my writing better and my argument clearer.  He has a rare quality of collaboration as an editor: he never imposed his own perspectives or stylistic preferences but helped me enhance both my voice and the argument I wanted to make." 

English Professor, Mississipi