Editing samples

When I work with a writer, I think of the piece as a shared project — ours for the time being, never mine, and ultimately yours. I am the kind of editor whose client says, “Thanks for everything you did; this is so much better.” I am not the kind of editor whose client says, “Why did you do that?” Writers are pleased with my work because I establish rapport with them and discuss changes as I go.

Notes on editing three writers’ works:

Donald Hutcheon

Screen shot 2014-06-28 at 9.31.44 AMSenior psychologist
at Riverview Psychiatric Hospital
in suburban Vancouver,
British Columbia

Book: Psychogenic Polydipsia: Treatment
Strategies & Housing Options

American College of Forensic Examiners International, 2012. Dr. Hutcheon presents a blueprint for group-home treatment programs for people who have psychogenic polydipsia, a compulsion to seek out and over-drink any and all fluids.


A core tenet of psychosocial treatment programs is that all interactions between staff and clients have the potential to be therapeutic. Staff are expected to deliver high rates of verbal and nonverbal praise in response to appropriate client behavior, thus reinforcing these behaviors and encouraging their continued occurrence. Development of new adaptive behaviors is accomplished through modeling and direct instruction.

Testimonial from Dr. Hutcheon:

I am very pleased to offer a recommendation on Mr. Peaco’s editing of my book published in 2012. The text, Psychogenic Polydipsia (i.e., excessive fluid drinking), has received international acclaim that was in part due to Mr. Peaco’s superb editing ability and patience with a first-time author. Thank you, Ed, for your perseverance with both me and the manuscript — it truly paid off.

Sincerely with regard,
Dr. Donald “Don” Hutcheon C. Psychol. (UK)., R. Psych. #1421
Assoc. Fellow – British Psychological Society
Fellow – American Psychotherapy Association


Marie Shadden

Screen shot 2014-06-28 at 11.10.35 AMWater decontamination training lead
with CSC, a global leader in
next-generation IT services and solutions

Article: Water sector faces bioterror: Voluntary standards serve as a model for progress

Inside Homeland Security®, Spring 2011


By taking the threat seriously and accepting many recommendations of DHS, the industry succeeded in establishing professional credibility and a unified approach, and it maintained independence in setting reasonable standards for achieving water security throughout the nation. The final security measures were palatable and viable for large urban utilities as well as smaller rural districts.

Testimonial from Ms. Shadden:

Ed Peaco was remarkably insightful and patient while assisting me with the preparation of a lengthy and detailed article on resiliency and preparedness in the water industry for Inside Homeland Security. His editorial expertise most certainly improved the clarity and flow of a complicated piece that covered a review of security, preparedness, and continuity improvements in the critical water infrastructure. I was totally pleased with the professional manner in which he suggested changes that ultimately improved the article immensely. As the work was for a peer-reviewed professional journal, he facilitated the review process and interpreted reviewer comments with diplomacy and mindfulness. The result was a very readable piece in which I was able to take great pride. You can count on him!

— Marie Shadden, MPA, HSEEP, CHS-IV


Terrance Lichtenwald

Screen shot 2014-06-28 at 11.26.18 AMClinical psychologist;
independent researcher
on terrorism and homeland security issues

Article: A Maritime Threat Assessment
of Sea Based Criminal Organizations
and Terrorist Operations

Homeland Security Affairs, August 2012


This study supports the position that the strategy of South American traffickers developing submarines is to attempt to use the submarine technology to leap ahead of sea-based interdiction methods. The authors contend that behavioral indicators suggest a non-terrorist strategy as part of South American DTO sea-based smuggling.

Testimonial from Dr. Lichtenwald:

Mr. Peaco contacted me and asked if I would write a letter recommending him as an editor. I informed Mr. Peaco I welcomed the opportunity. Mr. Peaco requested that I mention his work editing my article “A Maritime Threat Assessment of Sea Based Criminal Organizations and Terrorist Operations.”

The Maritime Threat Assessment project was a complex project. Prior to contacting Mr. Peaco, I had spent several years gathering and cross-referencing information from multiple sources into a report that organized maritime threat assessments into topic areas such as semi-submersibles and submarines, also referred to as narco-submarines. The original findings of my research and analysis had resulted in a ninety page report. However, my goal was to publish the findings in an open source peer review journal.

I asked Mr. Peaco for his editorial assistance on the Maritime Threat Assessment project because he had prior experience serving as the editor of Inside Homeland Security, a peer review journal which published on homeland security issues. My previous experience with Mr. Peaco assured that I could trust his knowledge as an editor and his skill incorporate changes that many individuals who work in national security had made prior to my submitting “A Maritime Threat Assessment” for journal review.

Mr. Peaco did an outstanding job deleting material, incorporating the views of the different agencies, and assuring that the article flowed from one topic to the next. He was patient as multiple rewrites were completed. Mr. Peaco’s knowledge of the American Psychological Association publishing format was instrumental.

The article was submitted to Homeland Security Affairs for peer review. Mr. Peaco remained a trusted editor following the submission of the article and continued to provide assistance as I made additional changes to meet the recommendations of the journal’s peer reviewers and editor.

I continue to ask Mr. Peaco to review my articles prior to my submitting them to peer review journals.

— Terrance G. Lichtenwald, Ph.D.


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