You want to craft a clear, compelling manuscript that precisely conveys the nuances of your discoveries & thoughts. But it’s hard to get the distance you need to edit your own work.
I can bring fresh eyes to your project. As your editor, I will likely be your most careful reader. Depending on your desired level of edit, I can provide thoughtful feedback on structure & argument or home in on sentence-level details to tighten your prose and ensure logical connections. I also do language editing focused on clarity & grammatical correctness.
I’m Ellen Tilton-Cantrell, Ph.D. As an editor, I am inspired by William Germano’s call to be “attentive, objective, compassionate, relentless.” My mission is to help you realize your vision for your work: I respect your unique voice as I assist you in expressing complex thoughts clearly.
My love of deep, engaged reading and wordsmithing drew me first to academia and later to editing. I earned my Ph.D. from Yale University in Japanese literature and my editing certificate from UC Berkeley Extension. As an academic editor, I draw on both my editorial training and on my understanding of the academic research and writing process.
I named Tilia Editorial after the linden tree (genus name Tilia). Linden trees are everywhere in the area of Minneapolis where I work. Also, I think of editors as being like arborists for manuscripts—pruning, shaping, & helping them grow into their fullest potential. I edit to help your writing project flourish.
Credentials & Experience
Ph.D., M.Phil., & M.A. in East Asian Languages and Literatures, Yale University
Editing certificate, UC Berkeley Extension, Professional Sequence in Editing
B.A., magna cum laude, in English and Japanese (double major), Carleton College
Visiting assistant professorship in Japanese language & literature, Carleton College
Position as creative writing instructor, The Blake School
Writing consultations with students as campus writing center tutor, Carleton College
Experience doing professional Japanese-to-English translation, both freelance and as part of a job at the Aomori Prefectural Government in northern Japan
Professional development (coursework on academic developmental editing) through the Editorial Freelancers Association and Ideas on Fire