[about jennifer yankopolus]

But words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling like dew upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think. —Lord Byron

Growing up, two of my loves were books and architecture. My mother tells me that as a toddler I would sit on a blanket with a pile of books and entertain myself for hours; when I discovered Nancy Drew in fifth grade I would gulp down a single book over a weekend. And I loved taking walks, not so much for the fresh air as for the chance to gaze at houses and image what they looked like inside. It took awhile, but finally I was able to combine both these loves.

During a brief detour in the corporate world, I was a docent for the Chicago Architecture Foundation, giving walking tours of the city. A cross-country move and two graduate degrees later (in heritage preservation and architectural history) I became an editor specializing in architecture and design publications. For 10 years I was the editor of the annual design reference publication the Almanac of Architecture & Design and numerous other design titles. During this time I also received a professional certificate in copyediting from the University of California, San Diego.

Today my passion is working directly with authors of all types, helping them to feel more comfortable with the writing process and coaching them to succeed with their writing goals. Whether editing an article to adhere to a magazine’s style guidelines or editing a book manuscript to ensure clarity, proper grammar, and punctuation, I always do so out of my desire to help people better express themselves and their ideas on paper.

Click here to download a PDF of my resume.

My Philosophy on Words
Words are an important way for individuals, companies, experts—anyone, really—to share their experiences, get new clients, or sell their products and services. In order to have this power, words must be well crafted. You want readers (potential clients, employers, consumers, or simply readers) to focus on your message, not on how it is worded. The more your readers have to work to understand what you are saying, the less likely they will connect with your message—or even continue reading.

When your words make sense, readers don’t notice. But when they are awkward or confusing, readers tend to flip back to reread passages, skim or skip over parts, or stop reading altogether. The more you make your readers work for the information you want to share, the more disinterested they will become.

Editing helps make sure your words are just right: sentences flow together, readers seamlessly transition from one paragraph to the next, and your ideas start implanting themselves in your readers’ heads. That’s powerful!

Website Credits
Because all fruitful endeavors are the result of collaboration, my thanks go out to the following people:

Website text edited by: Adria Frenzel
Website design by: Jessica Poole
All things technical: Andreas Yankopolus
Hosted by: Media Temple
Platform: Headway Themes