I work with writers (topics include criminology, criminal justice, terrorism, corruption, genocide, and true crime) to help ensure their documents are clean and ready for submission or publication. These may be anything from papers to articles to books.
Trust that your project is being worked on by a trained and experienced professional. With a master’s degree in crime and justice studies, I’m highly familiar with the field’s concepts and vocabulary. I’ve worked with public and private organizations, as well as independent authors, such as nonprofit directors and research analysts.
Why should you hire an editor?
Documents that are wordy, unconvincing, unclearly structured, or incohesive look unprofessional and can damage your credibility. Errors can distract and turn off the reader. You can also save time and money by outsourcing to an editor.
If you’re submitting a paper or manuscript for publication, careful editing can help prevent rejection. A large majority of papers submitted to journals are rejected before they even reach the peer-review stage, one of the top reasons being poor writing (e.g., jargon, issues with syntax and grammar, not clear and concise).
It can be tempting to edit your own work (if you have the time and resources), but did you know that spell checkers do not catch missing words, misused words, incorrect punctuation, and some misspellings, nor do they check that your writing is consistent and coherent? Do you really want to solely rely on a spell checker for such an important project? If you think hiring an editor is right for you, take a look at the services below.
I offer a fresh pair of eyes to review your project and suggestions for improvement. I first determine the level of editing needed. I then edit the manuscript thoroughly, corresponding with you throughout the process, and fix any errors so that the writing informs, engages, and inspires the target audience.
Standalone services (Customizable packages available)
Copyediting/Mechanical editing—Starting at $0.03 (3 cents) per word (includes two rounds of editing)
Sentence-level edit that checks for grammar and punctuation, spelling, clarity, syntax, language usage, awkward sentence construction, paragraphing, and wordiness.
Line editing/Substantive editing—Starting at $0.05 (5 cents) per word (includes two rounds of editing)
Sentence-level edit that goes a bit deeper than copyediting/mechanical editing, clarifying meaning, ensuring coherence and flow, and refining the language. This edit does the following:
points out and suggests solutions for factual inconsistencies, faulty logic, and awkward or unclear passages; simplifies long, complicated sentences; and edits redundant passages
ensures smooth transitions between paragraphs and sections
simplifies technical language, eliminates jargon, and proposes or introduces definitions (if applicable)
ensures consistency in multi-author works
replaces passive constructions with active verbs (when appropriate)
removes excess words that don’t advance arguments
ensures overall consistency
suggests alterations to chapter or paragraph structure
offers improvements to readability and tone
edits tables and figures so they illustrate their point and present similar data consistently (includes eliminating text that does nothing more than repeat the data in tables or figures and examining complicated tables to see if they can be simplified)
Structural editing—Starting at $0.06 (6 cents) per word (includes two rounds of editing)
Big picture edit that
looks at your piece as a whole and assess what works, what doesn’t, and why;
looks at structure, organization of information, logic and flow of arguments, and ideas;
assesses the organization, content, style and tone, language, meaning, coherence, and flow of the piece;
reorganizes, adds, or deletes content as needed; and
ensures the material is suitable for the intended audience.