Editing

I enjoy editing!

I love to pick up a piece of writing and clean it up, to tie up loose ends, and present the matter so that it is just right.

I have several years of experience as a copy editor and a line editor, and I welcome collections of stories, non-fiction and fiction in all genres. I have particular experience working with authors with English as their second language, and also in editing material that has been translated into English.

With a background in science and technology, and a deep interest in world culture, health, fitness and humanities, I am equipped to edit non-fiction of all kinds.

I am also a copy-editor for Kitaab and Linguistic Data Services.

Don’t take my word for it – Read the testimonials!

“Shruthi is an extraordinary editor, the kind of editor a literary writer fastidiously prays for. The kind of editor who looks at every sentence with patience, and catches those plot conflict details you miss because you’re  too familiar with your work. Shruthi finds every little careless comma, spelling, or syntax error. An editor that asks you the harder questions, those that either make you more confident of your story or help you tweak it for the better.

Rheea Mukherjee,  Author

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“I have had the pleasure of knowing Shruthi through various writing groups we’ve both been part of, and I have always been impressed with her deep understanding of the nuances of storytelling. Besides, she is an extremely avid reader with an eclectic taste in books and is, therefore, comfortable with all genres of writing. So, when I needed an editor for my collection of short stories, I couldn’t think of a better person, and Shruthi has lived up to my expectations in every way. It has been a great pleasure working with her, and I hope to come back to her with future writing projects.”

– Vrinda Baliga, Author

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“I feel fortunate to have had a chance to work closely with Shruthi Rao on my anthology of short stories called “Nameless Lanes.” What I particularly admire about her editing is her keen intelligence to pick up the shards of incoherent ramblings that writers occasionally and unwittingly slip into, and shape them into something eloquent and beautiful.

Shruthi has the ability to infuse her creative skills to clip and trim wherever wordiness appears to ruin precision. She takes rigorous and thorough attention to detail which is not possible if the copy editor does not possess the instinct to catch the writer on the wrong foot.

In my entire teaching and writing career spanning more than thirty-five years, I have rarely met a meticulous proofreader like her. Her flawless editing skills have made her a pleasure to work with. I really can’t thank you enough, Shruthi!”

– Dr. Syed Sarwar Hussain, Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics and Translation Studies, College of Languages and Translation; King Saud University; Riyadh; Saudi Arabia

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Our company hired Shruthi to edit translations from mainly African languages into English. It takes a deft skill to be able to correctly edit for comprehension,
while also allowing the original language to shine through the text. Shruthi finds that balance. She is a meticulous editor, and we will gladly work with her again.

– Tanya McCullough, Senior Project Manager, Linguistic Data Services

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“I have had the opportunity to work with Shruthi on a variety of projects — from articles to essays to full-length books. She is a very talented editor with a great range, and extremely easy to work with. She has a great degree of integrity and does her work within the agreed time limit. I endorse her editorial skills with complete confidence.”

– Zafar Anjum, Author, Publisher and Film-maker, and Founder of Kitaab

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“As a copy editor, Shruthi did not limit her sharp observations to spelling, grammar, semantics and formatting. Her remarks and suggestions on the creative aspects were insightful. She is an avid reader, and a widely published short story and children’s book writer. I guess this helps her look at manuscriptsfrom all possible lenses.

I am glad to have her as my copy editor!”

– Shruti Dasgupta Johri, author.

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“When I was the travel editor of Mint Lounge, I had the opportunity to work with Shruthi on some interesting travel stories. Her research was well-done and thorough, and the effort she put into details was commendable. Her interest in the subject was evident in her writing. She never missed a deadline. It was a pleasure working with her.”

Shamanth M. Rao, Director of Growth at PuzzleSocial, former Travel Editor of Mint

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