Founder and CEO, Editor-in-Chief, Developmental Coach
Sandra Barkevich has been writing and editing professionally since 2003 and 2011, respectively. As an alumna of SUNY Empire State College with a Master of Arts in Learning and Emerging Technologies and a Bachelor of Science in Business, Management, and Economics, Barkevich understands what a professionally written and edited piece entails. Her business and management skills also make her the ideal editor-in-chief, ensuring WriteType Editorial Services continues to deliver the best product to our authors.
Barkevich’s passion for the written word began when she was sixteen-years-old. She read her first romance novel, Gentle Warrior by Julie Garwood, and became hooked. Years later, when she attended her first Romance Writers of America (RWA) National Conference in 2006, she got to speak with the woman who ignited her love of reading and nearly melted on the spot.
Barkevich thoroughly enjoys developmental coaching. Her eye for plot and character development is unparalleled. Being able to help authors craft their vision into reality is what makes editing worth it. Whether for first-time authors or established, Barkevich winds her way through the story to find what works and what doesn’t. She isn’t shy about telling authors where she laughed or sighed, but she also isn’t afraid to help authors strengthen their plots, structures, and characters.
Barkevich reads more than romance. Her favorite genres include science fiction, fantasy, young adult, action adventure and mysteries. Give her a genre novel, and she’ll likely find something to love about it. Some of her favorite authors include: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Clive Cussler, Christopher Paolini, J.K. Rowling, R.G. Alexander, Dana Marie Bell, Moira Rogers and so many more, the list could go on for pages.
Samantha E. Williams
Copyeditor and Director of Marketing
Samantha Williams has been editing and writing professionally since college. As an alumna of SUNY Oneonta with a Bachelor of Science in English, Williams possesses a keen eye for writing and literature. She’s also of a marketing mind, once heading one of the “best blogs for field service” for Jolt Consulting Group, and now working on all things marketing for WriteType Editorial Services.
Williams, always a lover of language, is gearing up to obtain her master’s in TESOL at Portland State University. She also intends to pursue a Certificate of Advanced Proficiency in Russian. As part of her program, she will study the structure of language, keeping her copyediting skills sharp. In her free time, she volunteers as a RISE tutor at David Douglas High School in Portland, OR, where she helps students with limited English-language skills do their homework and practice their speaking skills.
Williams thrives to copyedit. Concise, polished writing, for her, is the means to a well-articulated story. Grammar is important, but should serve the story and the reader’s understanding more than the grammar-fanatic’s. With an eye for grammar and spelling, Williams will polish your story to ensure readers aren’t tripped up by missing or added commas, misspelled words, etc.
Williams’ favorite literary icon is Fyodor Dostoevsky. She eagerly awaits the day she can read Dostoevsky in his native language: Russian. A fan of stylistic writing, she also worships Vladimir Nabokov, Raymond Carver, Anton Chekhov, and George Orwell.