I’m Cheri Lynn Reeves

 The Persnickety Word Nerd


About Me

About Me


Cheri Lynn Reeves is an independent writer/publisher, copyeditor, and genealogist. She has approximately 40 years of experience writing and editing legal and business documents, procedure manuals and governmental publications. She has written and edited both fiction and non-fiction publications, and has re-written and edited scientific technical manuals, corporate contracts and other business documents, including ESL documents which were translated from both Mandarin and Cantonese dialects, as well as German.

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Cheri is a native Californian who loves to travel, and has always described herself as a “perpetual gypsy.” Cheri’s mother passed away when she was only six years old. Her father was a carpenter and he moved around the state wherever his work took him. Her stepmother and she followed him, which meant changing schools often and exploring new areas. This lifestyle instilled in her a desire to see new places and meet new people.

In addition, she has designed computer generated (MS Word and WordPerfect) court documentation templates and macros for use in government agencies and law offices. She has written and edited technical/procedure manuals teaching government agency employees how to use networked PCs, various computer programs, as well as employee and managerial  procedure manuals. She has been involved in several computer program and process redesign committees throughout her governmental career. 


Although she has a wide range of interests and experience within the governmental and business realms, she enjoys writing and editing fiction (in particular historical, sci-fi and fantasy genres). 

She provides particular expertise with creative non-fiction, journal/diary/autobiographical  writing, biographies, local histories, and general historical non-fiction.  She especially adept with memoir and family history writing, which she also teaches to seniors and young adults at her local library. 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. 

She is also experienced in producing ebook publications for Kindle, iBooks, and other epubs. She may also be hired to transcribe from audio dictation or typewritten manuscript into digital text formats. She writes copy for websites and blogs and is familiar with WordPress website design. She will soon be available as a narrator for audiobooks.  No matter the project, Cheri works diligently and professionally to help authors produce their best and most accurate work product.


Editorial Freelancers Association, National and Sacramento area
The California Writers Club, Sacramento
The Davis Writers Salon 

SPARK-Freelancers Union (National) Facebook
The Studious Wordsmiths Workshops, Davis.
Volunteering: Yolo County Community Cat (Ferals) Project


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The Story behind “The Persnickety Word Nerd: View PDF 

“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.”


-Teresa Anne Power, Author of  The ABCs of Law School: Diary of a First Year Law Student .

My Skills

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.

I am a writer, developmental and copy editor, genealogist, historical fact-checker and legal researcher. My main focus is in providing those services to authors of non-fiction books, specifically those with a legal or genealogical purpose, but I am always interested in editing fiction. I also help authors with self-publishing their books.

  • Copy Writing
  • Copy Editing
  • Content Strategy
  • Product Reviews

I’m a sucker for fine words. The World needs more of them. You can help.

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