Welcome to Schaefer Wordsmithing

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Do you need help with your writing, editing, resume, or translation?

Schaefer Wordsmithing can help you edit your writing, offer style and usage guidance, and make your writing more accessible to a broader audience. We can also provide translations of your document into and from several languages. If you want to improve your writing and your words to shine, Schaefer Wordsmithing can help.

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About Schaefer Wordsmithing

About Mark Schaefer

I’m a professional wordsmith and a lifelong scholar of language. Throughout my career as an attorney, minister, teacher, and published author, language and its communicative power have been a central passion.

I am certified by the International Association of Professional Writers and Editors (IAPWE) as a writer and editor and am a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association. I have edited everything from school essays to academic papers to book manuscripts for publishing.

About the Process

There are a number of ways to begin our work together:

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I offer a number of services, including editing, writing, and translation. See the chart below for standard rates.


My prices are reasonable, and I am willing to make need-based adjustments or use a flat-fee structure based on word count rather than by the hour. My rates are as follows:

Work TypeHourly RateRate per Word
Developmental Editing$75
Translation $7512¢

Please note that I DO NOT accept Contract Writing work intended to be passed off as original academic work. If you are a student struggling with a writing project, I am happy to help you develop your ideas into an acceptable written form, but I will not do your homework.

I also provide résumé revision and drafting services. All résumé services are a flat fee based on the level of work experience:

Resume LevelRate
Entry-Level (0–2 years)$70
Mid-Level (3–8 years)$90
Senior-Level (8+ years)$125
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Some reviews from previous customers:

Exceptional service

Sue B.

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Exceptional service. Esoteric academic essay cleanup, including content. Mark is kind, professional, patient, and detail-oriented. The turnaround was same-day (only a few hours!).

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