English professor: thesis and dissertation editing
Book editor: poetry, creative nonfiction, biographies/memoirs, and martial arts
Manuscript Evaluations | Organizational and Developmental Editing Substantive Editing | Copyediting | Proofreading | Writing Assistance Ghostwriting | Book Proposals | Web Content and Blog Development
JEFF KARON, Ph.D. is a former English professor, writer, editor, poet, teacher, and consultant with over 25 years of experience working with writers of all skill levels. While part of this editing network, he has edited over 100 books, articles, stories, and poems across a broad range of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and business. His specialties include general fiction, biography/memoir, literary criticism, philosophy, poetry criticism, creative writing (including poetry), business writing (including reports, web content, résumés, and cover letters), journal articles, and scholarly books.
Jeff holds a Ph.D. in English and has been a college professor and owner of an academic tutoring service. He has worked as a private freelance editor and consultant for seven years, and for over twenty-five years has guided a few thousand students in courses including creative writing, technical writing, literature, philosophy, rhetoric, ethics, and logic, among other subjects. He is a website designer and webmaster for two literary presses and a published writer, poet, and scholar in subjects such as literary criticism, linguistics, and ethics. He is a published expert on how to help students and teachers prevent plagiarism and academic dishonesty. One writer he worked with summed up Jeff Karon’s mission: "He showed me how beautiful written language can be and reinvigorated in me the writing spirit I had nearly lost." He has used his life-long interest in the martial arts when collaborating with clients to increase the power, effectiveness, and beauty of their work.
Areas of Assistance:
- Guide, develop, revise, proofread, and copyedit manuscripts through all writing stages;
- Understand you as a writer and thus ensure that you will be proud of our collaboration;
- Provide a detailed critique/evaluation of your manuscript;
- Help you develop a topic;
- Organize content;
- Edit and revise for development;
- Edit and revise for clarity;
- Increase the economy, precision, action, and rhythm of your writing;
- Proofread and copyedit;
- Ensure format consistency;
- Develop blogs, website, and general web content;
- Collaborate and mentor as both editor-to-writer and writer-to-writer.
Selected titles he has edited include fiction such as Alfonso, Fat Tam, Dance of the Paper Lanterns, The Tin Alamo; self-help such as Intrigue Theory: Love Dynamics and Chasing the Artificial Rainbow; history such as The Legacy of Women Yiddish Writers and Celebrations in New Haven: 375 Years of Elm City History; textbooks such as Homeschooling: Critical Thinking, Reading, Writing, Math, and Other Challenges and Human Rights, Human Value: Volume I, A Semi-quantitative Model and Methodology; philosophy such as Contesting Nietszche and Hume and Hutton: The Intersection that Inaugurated Modern Science and Detached Religion; memoir such as Shakespeare Just for Fun: Some Old-Timers Revisit the Bard; and theses and dissertations such as Dynamic Mediated Interaction: An Approach To Study The Role Of Media Use In Team Interaction, Healing the Effects of Medical Errors: A Vision of Justice as Wholeness, Burton and Orientalism, Analysis Of The Marketing Efficacy of the Arts: The LG Group, A Study of the Relationship between Teacher Use of Benchmark Assessment Data and Student Math Grades, and Reconfiguring the Narrative of Subject Formation in Postwar Korean Fiction.
Feedback / Testimonials
"Jeff Karon was a real pleasure to work with, and he contributed significantly to the quality of my final draft. He was also very prompt and precise in his communication. I should also say that I chose Jeff as my preferred editor because of his background in philosophy, rhetoric, ethics, and logic (besides being a Ph.D. in English), because my manuscript requires that the editor be able to follow an argument." - Frank Armstrong
"Jeff brought a fresh perspective, was easy to talk to, and is comfortable addressing different types of writing, and different levels of the editing process. Jeff did exactly what I asked him to do to my manuscript, in a timely manner." - Laura A. Macaluso, PhD Candidate
"I am very satisfied with Dr. Karon's work. Maybe most noteworthy, he clearly understood the content of the article, which is not at all self-evident and was very helpful. I accepted practically all of his changes to the article." - Professor, Northwestern University
"I contracted Dr. Jeff Karon to copy edit my doctoral dissertation on philosophy and ethics. Not only was the quality of his work outstanding, his enthusiasm about creative writing and his encouragement carried me through very difficult times at the end of my program. I truly appreciated his comments and suggestions, many of which I will continue to work with as I am preparing a manuscript from my dissertation to be published as a book. Without reservation, Dr. Karon has my highest recommendations. He showed me how beautiful written language can be and reinvigorated in me the writing spirit that I had nearly lost in the strategic aspects of the dissertation process. It was a perfect fit both in terms of the topic and personality." (Contact information on request)