I am Evelyn Duffy, owner of Open Boat Editing.
I have been editing and transcribing in the D.C. area for over 10 years. Since 2007 I have been a research assistant for Bob Woodward and have helped research, edit, and produce his three latest New York Times best-sellers. His latest book, The Last of the President's Men, will be published October 13, 2015 by Simon & Schuster.
Through Open Boat I've collaborated closely with a variety of nonfiction authors on politics, history, military affairs, current events, science, creative nonfiction, and business projects.
I have also worked extensively with indie fiction writers - including Kindle Scout winner Rob Blackwell - and other novelists, playwrights, and short fiction writers.
I especially enjoy and frequently perform edits of small scale but great importance. Reviews of websites, resumes, business plans, syllabi, menus, and wedding invitations and programs are all available upon request. I also have a great deal of experience with theses, dissertations, and other academic works.
I'm a graduate of George Washington University in Washington, D.C. I majored in English and Creative Writing and enjoy reading and writing fiction, plays, and creative nonfiction.
I take great joy in helping to improve already excellent work. The collaborative process between writer and editor is extremely rewarding. I know from my own writing experience how vital a trusted editor can be, and what a profound difference their work can have on the writing process.
I took my company's name from one of the best-written (and best-edited) short stories in the English language, Stephen Crane's The Open Boat. It comes from the expressive first sentence of a startlingly stark and beautiful paragraph:
"A night on the sea in an open boat is a long night. As darkness settled finally, the shine of the light, lifting from the sea in the south, changed to full gold. On the northern horizon a new light appeared, a small bluish gleam on the edge of the waters. These two lights were the furniture of the world. Otherwise there was nothing but waves."