Whether it’s with scholarly writing, nonfiction, project and grant proposals, reports, periodicals, or web content, here are the ways I can help:


Light copyediting deals with errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation; ensures consistency in stylistic matters; cross-checks the contents page with chapters, citations with bibliography, and the like; and calls out factual inconsistencies and passages where the meaning is unclear or the expression is problematic.

In addition to the above, heavier copyediting involves more intervention on my part: errors are still corrected, but unidiomatic or awkward expressions are also pointed out, and revisions suggested. The organization and logical framework of the document are scrutinized, and changes proposed where necessary.

Developmental editing

Developmental editing is a collaborative process that shapes the structure, content and voice of a document. In this role, I combine a sympathetic and careful reading of your draft with close consultation to find out what’s at the heart of a piece of writing—and then help you find the structure and the language that do it justice.


When compiling an index, I work closely with you to understand the priorities of your work and the likely expectations of your readers, in order to produce a clear, concise, and helpful guide to your book’s contents.


In proofreading I look for agreement of contents and formatting among the various parts of a book or other document; examine the text for and any errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, and styling of references, as well as problematic word breaks; check pagination, note and figure numbers, and cross-references; and flag up any other issues that may need attention in the final stages of production.


As a writer I work from your notes, or from conversations or correspondence with you, to translate your ideas into text. 



Costs vary according to the individual demands of the text and the type of service requested. I typically propose a flat fee per project, based on an estimate of time needed and the hourly rates below. Fees for indexing are based on a variable per-page rate; please inquire for more information.

Proofreading and copyediting: $40

Developmental editing and writing: $50

Contact me to discuss your project in detail. Initial consultations, proposals, and estimates are provided free of charge. For new clients, a free sample edit (up to six hundred words) can be included with the proposal upon request. Payments are accepted by check and PayPal.



With years of experience writing and editing in academic settings, I bring a friendly, critical, and well-trained eye to clients’ projects. I am equally at home providing an efficient review of grammar and style; stepping in to help with the development of structure, content and expression; or drafting new text on the basis of input from clients.

I am a sympathetic reader with a strong organizational sense and a sharp eye for detail. My writing and editorial skills are rooted in my scholarly background. I hold a PhD in the history of eighteenth-century science from King’s College London and have developed, drafted, edited, and published my own work as a historian. As a postdoctoral research associate at the Yale Center for British Art, I gained valuable experience drafting and editing grant proposals, exhibition prospectuses, gallery text, and other documents relating to exhibitions and museum displays. I am a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and am familiar with the current editions of The Chicago Manual of Style and the New Oxford Style Manual.

I welcome inquiries from all over the world—from both native and non-native English speakers—and enjoy opportunities to engage with a wide range of subject matter. I am available to correspond with clients by email or to discuss their manuscripts by phone or Skype. My personal areas of interest include the history of science and technology, art history, contemporary art, museums, crafts, industrial processes, essays and travel writing, local history, and old cars.



Please email to discuss your project, or to request a proposal and estimate. I am based in Western North Carolina.

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Selected projects


Perpetual Revolution: The Image and Social Change. International Center of Photography, January 27–May 7, 2017.

Edmund Clark: The Day the Music Died. International Center of Photography, January 26–May 6, 2018.

For Freedoms: Where Do We Go from Here? and Your Mirror: Portraits from the ICP Collection. International Center of Photography, February 8–April 28, 2019.



Source: Notes in the History of Art

West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture


Other publications

Droth, Martina, and Michael Hatt, eds. “The Greek Slave by Hiram Powers: A Transatlantic Object.” Special issue, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture 15, no. 2 (Summer 2016).

Droth, Martina. “Sculpture: Method, Practice, Theory.” In Oxford Bibliographies. Oxford University Press, April 26, 2018.

Hunter, Ian, and Richard Whatmore, eds. Philosophy, Rights, and Natural Law: Essays in Honour of Knud Haakonssen. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2019.

HoSang, Daniel Martinez, and Joseph E. Lowndes. Producers, Parasites, Patriots: Race and the New Right-Wing Politics of Precarity. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2019.

McCoy, Mary E. Scandal and Democracy: Media Politics in Indonesia. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2019.

McNamee, Megan C. “Imaging and Imagining Solidity.” In After the Carolingians. Edited by Beatrice Kitzinger and Joshua O’Driscoll. Boston: De Gruyter, forthcoming.

Mendez, Michael Anthony. Climate Change from the Streets: How Conflict and Collaboration Strengthen the Environmental Justice Movement. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2020.

Monroe, John Warne. Metropolitan Fetish: African Sculpture and the Imperial French Invention of Primitive Art. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2019.

Orr, Emily M. Designing the Department Store: Display and Retail at the Turn of the Twentieth Century. London: Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019.