alison j cantrell
Editing + Proofreading

alison j cantrell

editing + proofreading


Helping you and your stories grow

Hello! My name is Alison Cantrell. I'm an editor and proofreader based in Portland, Oregon. I've been working with writers for eight years in various forms, from tutoring student writers to editing book manuscripts. 

With a background in both the creative and commercial fields, I've worked with large editing projects, primarily in literary and young adult fiction, as well as with smaller projects, ranging from web and social media copy to academic papers and marketing/advertising materials. I have a master's degree in book publishing and two years of experience working with an independent press, so I understand the intricacies of the publishing process just as well as I know how to place a comma correctly.

I enjoy collaborating with storytellers to create beautiful stories, and I ensure that each editing project I tackle is thoughtfully considered and carefully completed. My goal is to help every writer I work with grow and develop their piece so that it meets both their vision and its full potential.

Learn more about the services I offer below.



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The tendency of the writer-editor to collaborate is natural, but he should say to himself, ‘How can I help this writer to say it better in his own style?’ and avoid ‘How can I show him how I would write it, if it were my piece?’
— James Thurber