James Hansen


About me

My name is James. I’m an editor, proofreader, and writing coach specializing in nonfiction work, particularly academic and particularly in the humanities, but I’m happy to work on just about anything. I am available for independent writing consultation, editing, and proofreading services. My goal is to help writers express their ideas as clearly and compellingly as possible.


Do you need help with a piece of writing? I offer a variety of skills covering everything from the big picture (argumentation, reasoning, use of evidence) to the minuscule (semicolons and citations).

Please email me at jamesdanielhansen@gmail.com to inquire about any of the following services:

  • Developmental editing, substantive editing, content editing
  • Line editing
  • Copyediting
  • Proofreading
  • Chicago footnotes and bibliography support

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Thank you for serving as the style and format editor of my dissertation. Your review was thorough and provided very helpful insight into improving the work. It was all much appreciated. Take good care.

Essentino L.

Working with James on my project was straightforward and immensely helpful. He was thorough and insightful in his edits, knowledgeable in his suggestions, clear in his communication and feedback, and timely in his work. My project is significantly better now, thanks to James!

Amanda H.

Writing tips and resources

Click here to view my library of writing tips and templates available for download.

descriptive vs. analytical writing

(This was originally written for and published by the Azusa Pacific University Writing Center.) My professor said I need to “do more analysis” in my papers. I don’t know what she means. I thought I was analyzing, i.e., giving a detailed examination, but she says my writing has been mostly summaries, or descriptions, of what…

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