Dave Nelsen

The Grammar Geek, LLC





Academic, Nonfiction


I'm a word guy. A grammar guru. A geek. I turn commas into semicolons, semicolons into em dashes, 25-word messes into 15-word declarations, and abstract thoughts into clearly communicated ideas. Ask me about dependent and independent clauses, misplaced modifiers, active and passive voice, parallelism, plurals, and the evolution of the English language, and two hours later, you'll wish you hadn't.I've proofread and copyedited a wide variety of materials for clients around the world. I’ve had the opportunity to work on high school curriculum, university promotional materials, self-help books, cookbooks, mystery novels, technical articles, travel memoirs, white papers, master’s theses, doctoral dissertations, advertising brochures, press releases, websites, dating guides, parenting blogs and children’s books. I specialize in nonfiction and academic work, but I can handle anything you throw at me.

I remain up to date on the latest modifications to major publishing styles, including Associated Press, Chicago Manual of Style, American Psychological Association and Modern Language Association.


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