Cheri Lynn Reeves


The Persnickety Word Nerd


Professional Freelance Writer, Editor & Researcher.

I Provide a Variety of Services to Fiction and Nonfiction Authors and Digital Writers


I can make your best work…



Bettering the World with Words

 Manuscript Evaluation & Critique

Professional editing and proofreading to prepare your manuscript for publishing Ensure your fiction and non-fiction work is impactful, error-free, and ready to publish, with our expert editing, constructive feedback, and careful proofreading.

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Plot Structure



POV (Point of View)

Character Development

one Trick Pony

I write for individuals, big & small companies, videos, printed publications, Blogs, and  Apps. Sometimes I even help companies build their content strategy, drive SEO, and create their entire information architecture.

What I Do



Extensive (approximately 40+ years) experience doing genealogical
research for my own family history and for other members of my church, as well as nonmember investigators, friends and extended family

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Developmental Edit

This type of edit may be needed for a first time author or a first draft of a novel. It can (and probably will) include a substantive and/or structural copy edit. 

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If you can’t type or do not have access to a computer, don’t let that stop you from writing. Some of the most prolific and highest-paid authors of the last century dictated their work to secretaries or assistants, or wrote their work out by hand using paper and pen.

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Content Strategy

If you want content marketing that really hits home with your target, if you want to ratchet up your ROI, if you want scalable local-to-global efficiencies, you want our Content Strategy Services guiding your brand.

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Product Reviews

Up to 85 percent of adults who research products and services online before making a purchase say they trust reviews on social and other platforms almost as much as they trust a personal recommendation from a friend. 

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I offer this service to authors with a manuscript that has already been edited and which is more or less ready for publication. This is the absolute last phase of editing and should be done right before the manuscript goes to publication. This is NOT another edit.

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Manuscript Critique

Free to new clients
During an evaluation of a sample of your manuscript (no more than the first three chapters), I will read and assess your manuscript with careful attention to detail, then provide you with a written critique. My evaluation will include comments regarding some, or all, of the following:

Ghostwriting and Copy Writing

 I am a writer in my own right, so I am always happy to provide this service to an author whenever we have identified some problem areas in a manuscript that may need additional text or extensive rewriting to improve the flow of the book or storyline.

Copy Edit

This is the workhorse of the editor’s repertoire and is the level of editing most commonly needed. deally, your written work should captivate your reader’s imagination and engage his or her mind fully, without causing frustration or undue backtracking for clarification. 


Engaging Blog Articles

Plenty of remarkable people fill their websites with unremarkable content. Don’t make the same mistake. Your blogs and articles are often the first points of contact between your customers and your brand.

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SEO Strategy

I have extensive experience writing about emerging concepts, technologies, and topics that require deep research and careful attention to detail.

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Legal Research

With an extensive background in legal research (paralegal), as well as historical and genealogical research, she provides extensive, in-depth fact-checking of any text she edits. 

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Make Your Content a Priority.

I certainly will.

Drive More Traffic

SEO and Digital Content Strategy development with focus on:

– SEO and Content Audit
– Keyword Research
– Competitor Analysis
– On-page SEO
– Content Strategy Development
– Link Building Strategy

Turn your traffic into loyal customers and return visitors. Don’t miss out!

Testimonials & Featured Clients

I would like to thank … Cheri Lynn Reeves, my legal editor. She worked meticulously to make sure that all the legal concepts were up to date, and helped me to format and organize the book into its current state. She is the owner and editor of The Persnickety Word Nerd, and true to the name of her company, Cheri’s attention to detail was flawless.

Sometimes I write About Writing

Genealogy: It's Not Always about the Past

None of us become who we are without our family. For good or ill, they help mold us into the people we are. And there is security and often great understanding and comfort in knowing what happened in the past that caused our parents to be the people they are.

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