Writing, Editing, and Proofreading Services

WORDSWORTH™, as part of our services, has provided writing, editing, proofreading, typing, and formatting services to clients since 1983. The “queen” of this department is Margie Wilson.
Who is she?

Margie Wilson received her B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of California in Santa Barbara in 1972 [with minors in Humanities (emphasizing History), Math, and Russian]; she helped create and was the first to graduate from U.C.S.B. with a major in Comparative Literature. She received her Elementary Teaching Credential from U.C. Santa Barbara in 1973. In the early 1970s, she taught 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grades and served as a Reading Specialist. Since 1995, she has worked as a guest teacher for West Sonoma County schoolteachers who must miss a day of school.

She served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Jack London Foundation from 1990—1996 and was drafted to once again serve on the Board (in 2017), and she continues to serve in various capacities for the Foundations annual Jack London Birthday Banquet. Since 2003, she has also served as the editor for the annual Civil War Days Souvenir Program for the event in Duncans Mills, California. She is the author of five published works, the Jack London Coloring and Activity Book, 500 Ways To Say Said, and The Wit and Wisdom of Jack London [click here for more information about The Wit and Wisdom of Jack London]. She also co-wrote Mastering the Art of Scratchboard with Master Scratchboard Artist Norman Gaddini. Click here for more information about the Scratchboard book. Her latest endeavor complements Mike Wilson’s new musical, “The Queen of the Oyster Pirates”. Its title: Oyster Pirates on San Francisco Bay / A Brief History of San Francisco Bay plus An Overview of Oysters including their Historical and Cultural Significance. Click here for more information on her Oyster Pirate book.

From 1987—1995, Margie was both the editor and the major contributing writer for EVENTS magazine, a bimonthly publication having the highest distribution [125,000] of any publication in Sonoma County, California. Since 1995, she has been hired to edit, proofread, and copywrite for a variety of clients including Kodansha International Publishers headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Nolo Press (Berkeley and Occidental, California), Metamorphic Press (Occidental, California), and numerous self-publishing authors. She has been a professional writer, proofreader, and editor since college, her news and feature articles appearing in more than 175 publications. She has also enjoyed helping innumerable writers edit their books before self-publishing and has ghost-written speeches for local community leaders.

Her most recent honors have been her inclusion in: Who’s Who in America (2013, 2014, and 2015); the Biltmore Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals (2011); the International Biographical Centre [IBC]’s International Professional of the Year (2009); 21st Century Award for Achievement (2009); the IBC International President’s Award for Iconic Achievement (2009); the year 2009 Dictionary of International Biography; the years 2005—2012 editions (including the 25th Silver Anniversary Edition) of Who’s Who of American Women, the years 2004—2009 editions of Who’s Who in American Education; the 2000 editions of Who’s Who in the West, The Dictionary of International Biography; the 2001—2002 edition of Strathmore’s Who’s Who; and, her nomination for inclusion in the next published editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in The World, Outstanding People of the 20th Century, Who’s Who in the 21st Century, and Outstanding Intellectuals of the 20th Century. She was also chosen by the International Biographical Centre Editorial and Advisory Board as: an “International Woman of the Year” for the years 2000 and 2001, and “International Personality of the Year” for 2001, and was awarded the “20th Century Award for Achievement”. Margie has also been included in the IBC’s editions of “2000 Outstanding Women of the 20th Century”, “2000 Outstanding Scholars of the 20th Century”, the Cambridge Who’s Who among Executives, Professionals, and Entrepreneurs, and the 2004 edition of “2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century”.

Margie has an unusual approach to editing manuscripts. She believes in retaining a writer’s style and form, correcting and editing only spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors. She is also meticulous and very detail-oriented (important qualities for a proofreader!). Of course, any phrase that is awkward is corrected. And, we might add, she types 104+ w.p.m. [Really!]




For more information on her fees and services (which are reasonable!), or if you desire references,

you can write Margie at: P.O. Box 7132, Santa Rosa, CA 95407 U.S.A.

or FAX her at her studio at (707) 829-2316

or e-mail her at: margiewilson@getyourwordsworth.com

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updated January 2018