About byGosch Editorial Services
Whether you’re publishing a book or brochure, manual or newsletter, I can help you communicate more effectively in print. Depending on your needs, I will analyze and edit your manuscripts and documents and:
- offer suggestions or revise your document for more impact,
- remedy lapses in clarity and organization,
- repair awkward word use and misshapen metaphors,
- check for accuracy and consistency, and
- improve punctuation and grammar.
From your project description (such as word count) and from sample pages of the document(s), I will offer you an estimate of my fee. Once we agree to work together, I will draw up a contract that confirms the project terms, including my hourly rate or project fee, time frame, resources, and arrangements necessary for the success of the project.
Most of my clients e-mail me their document or manuscript and then I edit it electronically. We may have questions back and forth, and then I return the edited document to you by e-mail or other means desired. My final step is to ensure that you are satisfied with my work.
Ann Gosch has been an editorial freelancer for 27 years, first as a writer, contributing more than 350 articles to sewing-related consumer and trade publications such as Sew News, Consumers Digest, Crafts Plus, and McCall’s Patterns magazine. In 2001 she switched to the editing desk, working with authors and publishers, commercial and nonprofit clients, inside and outside the sewing industry.
With an extensive background in consumer education and sales promotion, Ann specializes in books and periodicals on fashion-sewing and quilting, business communications and management. Her editing experience also includes websites, brochures, newsletters, and other text on a wide range of business- and lifestyle-related subject matter.
Ann was an active member of the Northwest Independent Editors Guild for 12 years, serving on its steering committee from 2003 to 2007. She was a presenter at the EdsGuild’s first conference in 2007 and then chaired the Guild’s second biennial conference in 2009. Along the way, she also served on the advisory board of the University of Washington Extension’s Editing Certificate Program and shared her expertise in a seminar in the program.
Herself a graduate of Oregon State University, Ann started her business career in retail management for Gap and Liberty of London. She later managed consumer education and dealer training for Swiss-Bernina (now Bernina USA).
When away from the editing desk, Ann is active in her community. She volunteered as newsletter editor for City Club of Tacoma for three years before being named president of the civic organization for the 2009-10 fiscal year. She now serves the Oregon 4-H Foundation as vice president of its board of trustees and is an observer with CourtWatch, a program of the King County (Wash.) Sexual Assault Resource Center. She's also proud of her 15-year affiliation with the RAGS Guild, which produces an annual wearable art fundraiser that supports YWCA Pierce County’s domestic violence prevention and intervention programs.