Trish Lockard, editor, writer, proofreader, and owner of Strike The Write Tone.


You have envisioned an ideal reader for your work. I promise to keep your ideal reader in mind at all times. You have written with a purpose. I won’t lose sight of that purpose as I edit your work.


My promise to you is that I will read every word of every sentence with the same degree of discernment you used when writing it.


Research says we read the back of the book or the inside flap, we peruse the table of contents, and perhaps read the first page or two of the introduction. The sad fact is, most folks take less than three minutes to decide if they are going to buy a book or not.


This is why my motto – Every word of every sentence matters. – is right on the money. The quality needs to start with the first word. 


I look forward to us working together to present your best work to the world.

Welcome. I'm Trish Lockard (formerly Richert). As Strike The Write Tone, I offer all levels of editing for a wide range of nonfiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, and self-help texts. I will proofread any manuscript, fiction or nonfiction. My writing services include nonfiction ghostwriting, blogging, and instruction and training materials. Visit my SERVICES page for details.


I am a member of:

Editorial Freelancers Association

ACES: The Society for Editing

National Association of Independent Writers and Editors


The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) is an organization I devote many hours to each month. I serve as the chair of the Maryville, Tennessee, board of directors, and am responsible for education and outreach, and serve as press liaison. I am a trained family support classroom educator. I have a deeply personal commitment to fighting stigma toward those with mental illness.


Long ago and far away... after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida in Tampa, I began a career as a technical writer of end-user software instruction manuals for telecommunications, insurance, cartography, and freight logistics companies, as well as corporate policy and procedure documentation and employee benefits handbooks.