Freelance writer and editor

A. J. (Alyssa Jessica) Smuskiewicz is a freelance writer and editor with more than 30 years of professional experience. She specializes in science, health/medicine/osteopathy, transgenderism and other sexuality topics, history, world/current events, music, and cultural issues. She especially enjoys working on educational articles and books at the high school, college, and general adult levels, as well as such products as memoirs/autobiographies and biographies, novels, and college theses. She also helps English-as-a-second-language authors convert their text into proper English.

A. J. is known for her personalized editing style, guiding and collaborating with each writer in an individualized approach designed to help that writer achieve his or her best. She is also known for her careful, thorough, intelligent approach to all assignments, for her reliability, and for usually getting work completed ahead of schedule. 

In addition to her regular work, A. J. is an eclectic essayist, a visual artist, and a musician.

Whether you are an individual or a company—and no matter what your writing or editing needs—A. J. will work with you to achieve greatness. Please check the Testimonials, Writing Samples, and A.J.'s Essays links at the top of this page.

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AJ's resume

AJ's Genetic Literacy Project articles

AJ's artwork  



Book Writing Projects

Some of A.J.'s book writing projects:

World Book Publishing

  • Endangered Animals (series of eight books)
  • Forests and Wetlands
  • Mercury and Venus
  • Mars


  • Women Who Revolutionized Medicine
  • The World's Tallest Skyscrapers
  • Roberto Clemente—Hero and Humanitarian
  • Frank Gehry—Architecture as Art

White–Thomson Publishing

  • Earth's Resources
  • Properties of Water
  • Magnets and Electromagnetism
  • Light


Article Writing Projects

Some of A.J.'s article writing projects:


  • Numerous educational articles for high school-level online databases, covering sexuality and gender issues, medical topics, current events, biography, and other subject matter

Willie Nelson and Friends Museum, Nashville

  • Series of biographies of country music stars

Windy City Times

  • Series of articles summarizing scientific research related to LGBT issues

World Book Publishing

  • Numerous articles for World Book Year Book, Science Year, and Health & Medical Annual


Editing Projects

Some of A.J.'s editing projects:

  • Butterflies Among Us, novel by Sheila Corneil, Crystal Dreams Press, 2014
  • A View From the Inside, memoir and short stories by Augustine Perrotta, DO, Keith Publications, 2015
  • Osteopathic Medicine: Holonomic Keys for Treatment, osteopathy textbook by Patrick Van Den Heede, DO, Elsevier, 2015
  • Experimenting on a Small Planet, second edition, climate change textbook by William W. Hay, PhD, Springer, 2016
  • Science Discovers Spirituality, philosophical text on science and religion by George Wilson, 2021
  • Numerous articles for JAOA—The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
  • Several theses for students at the Canadian College of Osteopathy


As a first-time author, I was extremely anxious about putting my work into the hands of an editor. I knew that choosing the right one could make or break my confidence as a writer. Alyssa Smuskiewicz was recommended to me by a colleague. She offered to edit a small sample of my work for free, and we corresponded about the direction I was heading with my writing and my book. Despite the fact that her area of expertise was far outside the genre in which I wrote, I felt right away that we were going to establish a very mutually beneficial relationship. The months I spent working with Alyssa on my novel produced a product far better than I imagined. Her talent as an editor forced me to grow as a writer. She is skillful in her art and I am grateful for her mentorship.

— Sheila Corneil, author, fitness and lifestyle coach and therapist

A.J. Smuskiewicz edited my book, A View from the Inside. Not only did she do a superb job, but I learned a great deal from her about writing, punctuation, and grammar. This has held me in good stead for subsequent compositions and oral presentations. She has a very sophisticated knowledge of medical topics and understanding of the biological sciences. As such, she has a unique gift for medical editing. Her editing services were timely and reasonable, and I would recommend her without reservation.

— Augustine L. Perrotta, DO, MACOI

A.J. was instrumental in writing content for the health database we are launching in March 2017, and she is one of the best freelancers I've ever had the pleasure to work with. Her writing is clear and engaging, and she followed my instructions exactly. She always met deadlines, and usually completed assignments well ahead of them. She's an excellent writer and I look forward to hiring her in the future for other projects.

— Maxine Taylor, senior acquisitions editor, health and psychology, ABC-CLIO, Inc.

I worked with Alyssa extensively for a year while doing a database redesign and continue to send her our freelance projects. In that year of the redesign, I depended on her to write an enormous amount of content, and I was so grateful that I could send her these writing projects and not have to worry about them getting done on time and done well. Her work is high quality—from the research to the content and writing style. And she always produces content on time or even early. Alyssa was and continues to be our most dependable freelance writer.

— Julie Dunbar, manager, editorial development, ABC-CLIO, Inc.

Alyssa and I have worked together on both personal and professional projects. In every situation, she has exhibited tremendous listening skills and knowledge of a wide variety of subject matter. The end result is ALWAYS a text that is articulate, accurate, and understandable to the casual reader. Alyssa's intellect is hard to match. She has the ability to make complicated subject matter interesting while at the same time using her illustrative talents to enhance the project's visual interest. Highly recommended!

— Cari L. Biamonte, artist at Silver Tap Studio

I worked with AJ on several academic papers for JAOA—The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. She is a superb editor. Her style is polished and professional without being pushy and elitist. This means that she works more as a partner and less as a conventional editor. This was always refreshing for me as a physician who is not a natural writer. I really enjoy working with AJ. She can turn a mediocre piece of work into something very good.

— Todd R. Fredricks, DO, COL MC SFS WVARNG

AJ was able to intuit the essence of what I was trying to express and put it into words better than I could. I felt profound gratitude for the beauty and sincerity with which she captured my thoughts. She is an exceptional editor with a great gift at writing. 

— Edward Schroeder

For over a decade, Alyssa Smuskiewicz edited the numerous articles on the Middle East and North Africa I published in The World Book Year Book. She did a superb job, not only in editing the text, but also in summarizing sections that exceeded the word limits, checking facts and dates, and updating the articles.  Her attitude throughout was professional, cooperative, and collaborative.  I felt I was working not only with an editor,  but with a friend I could trust to make my work the best it could be.

— Mary-Jane Deeb, PhD, Middle East expert and author

Although I may consider what I have written to be clear, feedback from Alyssa Smuskiewicz has consistently enabled improvement in my communication skills—without losing my style. I always feel confident in the ability of Alyssa Smuskiewicz to help me focus my articles and make them more professional.

— Edward H. Tobe, DO

I have known and worked with Alyssa Smuskiewicz for over a decade. For many years, she was the reviewer-editor of my contributions on geology and related topics for the Year Books of World Book Encyclopedia. The Year Books are generally written for high school students who have limited familiarity with scientific terminology. Alyssa did an excellent job of rewriting my draft text for students at those levels, knowing which terms they would be familiar with, which would need to be explained, and which words might have potentially confusing meanings.

For my book Experimenting on a Small Planet, the publisher, Springer Verlag, hired her on my recommendation to rework the complex text of several chapters into a more readable, easily understood form. Her knowledge and understanding of scientific terminology is impressive, and she made very significant improvements to the text.

Over my many years of writing for various publications, she has been the best editor I have known.

— William W. Hay, PhD

When it came to writing a thesis, I could not expect any colleague to take on the task of proofreading and editing, and since I kept hearing how important editors were from other thesis writers, I went searching for one. Miss Smuskiewicz was listed in an email by our college as a recommended editor, so I quickly called her before the other students would see the listing and tie her up. Since I had already read my first chapters several times, I assumed that I was giving her an easy job. I assumed wrong. It was only when Miss Smuskiewicz returned my work did I start to realize the deficiencies in my writing style and writing habits. I admit that I had to check my ego when my first document came back scratched up from top to bottom. After that humbling experience, I started to realize the importance of an editor. Not only were the corrections done properly, I felt I started to slowly improve my writing based on her suggested corrections. 

Miss Smuskiewicz is not just any editor. Through her compassion, understanding, and goodwill, not only did I realize her dedication to her work, but I also found a reliable friend. She always responded to my emails, always gave her work back to me on time, and could always handle anything I gave her. I told Miss Smuskiewicz on several occasions that for what she does, she charges too little. In the end, my thesis read so well that I could hardly believe it was my own paper. It actually was my content, but somehow expressed in a way that I could never have done myself. The greatest satisfaction came when the first words from the first juror was, "This thesis read really well. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it."

Good-hearted, honest, profound, reliable people such as Miss Smuskiewicz are a rarity. I am eternally thankful for her intense contribution to the most important document I ever wrote. As such, I would never hesitate to recommend her work to anyone trying to make their work—and, in-turn, themselves—even better.

— Nancy O., B.H.K.,(R.Kin), D.Sc.Ost., D.O.M.P.

As the managing editor of annuals at World Book Publishing, I worked with Alyssa Smuskiewicz for several years on the World Book Year Book and Science Year annuals. She is an accomplished writer and a superb editor. After leaving World Book, Miss Smuskiewicz very effectively co-managed Science Year as a freelance editor. I recommend her work whole-heartedly.

— Scott Thomas

Alyssa is passionate about science editing and writing, and it comes through in her work. As a freelance editor for The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, she always turned around her assignments promptly—often days before deadlines. She is a talented, reliable editor.

— Audrey Lusher, managing editor of JAOA—The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association