The academic editing services described below can be tailored to meet the needs of writers working on projects in the humanities and social sciences. I work with clients on documents including book proposals, book manuscripts, and articles. Please note that I do not edit dissertations.
While I can usually accept copyediting projects on short notice, I am normally booked 6-8 weeks in advance for developmental editing and manuscript evaluations. Please try to contact me as early as possible if you need either of those services.
Developmental Edit I: An edit for authors with a draft in need of substantive revisions including but not limited to reorganization, thesis modification, and argument restructuring. This service works well for writers who have received a revise and resubmit from a journal.
Developmental Edit II: This if for authors who do not have an existing document but need to write one. For instance, you may want to transform your dissertation proposal into a grant proposal, or your dissertation into a book, develop a book proposal, or begin writing after data collection. After a close reading of a draft or outline, we will discuss ideas and your timeline, go over literature, data, etc in order to develop an outline and writing plan.
Do you want to learn more about developmental editing? Read this blog post.
A close read of a complete manuscript, followed by an extensive memo addressing the document’s strength and weaknesses. I will identify flaws in analysis, lapses in logic, structural problems, inconsistencies in tone. I will also address any problems about which you as the author address concern. You may request a manuscript evaluation as a prerequisite to developmental editing or as a standalone academic editing service.
Copyediting I: An edit of a complete manuscript that focuses on grammar, style, punctuation, spelling, and consistency. This is a service for clients whose documents are ready to submit but need one last read.
Copyediting II: An edit that focuses on the overall content, organization, and structure of the manuscript. I will address tone, pacing, style, flow, and the “substance” of the work, making sure that the tone is appropriate for the intended audience, the sections flow smoothly, and there is consistent argumentation throughout.