Are you a poet or novelist looking to polish your book manuscript stanza by stanza, line by line, or word by word? A scholar in need of an extra pair of eyes to look over your article or monograph? I will provide feedback and suggestions on the nitty-gritty of style and syntax (including scansion and sound quality).
Are you a poet or scholar with a French- or Spanish-language manuscript in hand? I will translate your finished essay, article, book, or blog post into clear, readable English prose … or your poem(s) into English lyric verse.
Medieval Romance Vernaculars–Modern English
I will translate your primary-source text from Old/Middle French, Old Occitan, early Italian, Old Castilian, or Galician-Portuguese into Modern English prose.
Are you writing medieval-themed fiction or poetry but unsure where to begin? Do you need a crash course on courtly love, King Arthur, or Joan of Arc? I will provide a survey of the topic that interests you and locate any additional sources you may need. I can also compose brief prose passages and verse stanzas in imitation of Middle French or Middle English.
“You would not believe how helpful (and fun!) this is. … The examples/alternatives [in Middle French] you provided are perfect … exactly what I was looking for.” —C. E. Bernard, award-winning author of historical fantasy fiction
“Samantha Pious has worked with me on my scholarly books and articles since 2018. She is a superbly skilled line editor, copyeditor, developmental editor, and project manager. Well-versed, efficient, organized, thorough, fully professional, and brilliantly insightful, Samantha Pious makes my projects fit for the public eye. It’s always a pleasure to work with her.” —Kathryn Hellerstein, Professor, Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pennsylvania
“Samantha, you did a great job synthesizing and distilling a lot of information. You strengthened [our article] and asked all the right questions all along the way. Thank you very much!” —An independent scholar of women’s history
“My sincere thanks and admiration for the passion you put into your work. We made a great choice in seeking your help.” —An emerging science-fiction writer
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