EditSharp offers a variety of writing and editing services, including custom professional editing of documents, articles, essays, academic papers, stories, books/book chapters and more, as well as tutoring, help with grammar and usage, and general writing coaching. With 25-plus years of experience in the field, EditSharp can help make your writing as clear, readable, correct and effective as possible.


My name is Stephen Leon, and I founded EditSharp in 2013 to create a platform to do what I do best: Help make other people's writing as clear, correct, compelling and effective as possible. I have been writing for publication since 1980 and have been an editor since 1986. I have trained dozens of young journalists and interns in the art and craft of effective writing, and I also have taught writing and journalism at the high school and college levels. Generally, my goal is to help make the written work clear and compelling, but I also am something of a grammar and style geek. I know my way around "that" and "which," the subjunctive mood, the dangling participle, etc. I can explain why two subject clauses in the same sentence almost always should be separated by a comma. I'll bet that if you use dashes frequently, some of them really should be colons. And I sometimes wonder if I am the last person on Earth (capitalized because I really am referring to the planet) who knows where in a sentence to place the word "only."

I can offer you anything from basic proofreading to more complex editing and rewriting, and I also can offer my services as a writing coach. All initial inquiries should be done by e-mail, but after that I can consult by phone as necessary. In-person consultation is possible if you live in the Albany, N.Y., area, or if you offer me a lot of money to fly to where you are.

In addition to my experience as an editor and teacher, I hold degrees from Princeton and Northwestern universities (the latter a masters in journalism). In fact, a now-famous person edited my first published essay in The Daily Princetonian, though we did not know each other at the time, and still don't.

  • Proofreading ..................... $0.02 per word
  • Editing .............................. $0.03 per word
  • 24-hour editing ................. $0.04 per word
  • Rewriting .......................... $0.04 per word
  • Writing coaching/tutoring ... $30.00 per billed hour

If you are interested in my writing and editing services, please e-mail me at stephenleon7@gmail.com. There is no charge for the initial consultation and estimate.

EditSharp • 401 Madison Ave., Albany, NY 12210 • 518.225.0780. • stephenleon7@gmail.com