University style guidelines: Our editors have extensive experience with American and International universities, including many distance learning education programs (e.g., Argosy, Capella, Kaplan, Northcentral, Nova Southeastern, Touro, Union Institute, University of Phoenix, and Walden).
Academic editing specialists know how to prepare your document so that it conforms to generally accepted academic standards for verbiage and format.
To properly adhere to format specifications
The freelance copy editors and format specialists posted on this site have passed a series of editing and formatting exams. The entry score is 100%!
To go from a C to an A
Besides spotting and correcting English errors, our thesis and dissertation editors will "tighten" your writing by reducing wordiness; check for sexist, slang, or first-person language; and properly arrange your reference material. You will be alerted if a direct quote appears without proper citation or if citations in the text have been omitted from your reference section. (Note: we will not write your paper.)
To obtain additional help, when needed
Additional services include content clarification, statistical analysis, restructuring, and assistance with modifications required by your thesis/dissertation advisor or committee.
Reliable and affordable service
It's dangerous to shop by price, and it's dangerous to presume that an online editing service is U.S.-based (many services that advertise "lowest price" are not U.S.-based and their sites are deceptive). We do not accept editing applicants willing to offer a lower fee for subpar work.
Why use our editors?
Suzanne Manness: “I have worked for two editing services on the Internet, and there’s a real difference. Editing-writing.com is a screening service. Here, all freelance editors must pass comprehensive editing exams, and the pass rate among so-called professional editors is very low: 2%. At the other service, those who claim to be editors just have to pay a fee to belong. They quoted low prices and offered low-quality results. There’s nothing to stop nonqualified individuals from offering ‘editing services’ through other networks or personal sites, there’s nothing to stop non-U.S. sites from misrepresenting themselves as U.S., and there’s nothing to stop them from fabricating credentials, testimonials, and American-sounding ‘staff’ names. Only the most qualified editors are posted here. You will get a fair price and excellent service.”
Editors Available 7 Days a Week
BRANDY COOPERis an APA guru who specializes in editing scholarly work. Brandy holds a Master’s in English and has been helping other writers produce their very best work since 2001. Her clients appreciate not only her excruciating attention to every detail, but also the fact that as she edits their documents, she explains to them why certain errors need corrected. Through the editing process, Brandy’s clients become better writers.
Brandy is a Lecturer in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at a Midwestern university, where she teaches technical communication. She emphasizes clarity, concision, precision, logic, and organization throughout the editing process because simply correcting grammar and sentence mechanics often fails to address the requirements of the writing task. She will ensure 100% compliance with the assignment requirements and your institution’s formatting guidelines.
In her many years as an editor, Brandy has helped thousands of writers with:
Successful Grant Proposals
Resumes and Cover Letters
Brandy has worked with students and scholars from around the world, and specializes in working with clients for whom English is not their primary language.
Brandy is a published scholar, and understands the complexities of academic writing. She specializes in the following fields:
Engineering and Computer Science
Brandy prides herself on meeting even the tightest deadlines, and she is available 7 days a week.
DEBRA FISHER is president and owner of an independent education, learning, and communications consulting business. She graduated summa cum laude with majors in English and education from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. With a minor in philosophy, critical thinking permeates all her work as a writing consultant and instructional designer for online learning. She holds a post-baccalaureate certification in instructional design from the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instructions (IBSTPI) and a secondary education teaching certification in English from the State of Arizona.
Debra is completing a graduate degree in education with specializations in instructional design and online learning through Capella University. Her research activity reflects her desire to improve the adult learning experience. Her scholarly investigations are focused on theories of cognition and metacognition as they apply to strategies for increasing retention of information, managing cognitive load, and capitalizing on the benefits of computer-based technology to personalize the learning experience in both the on-campus and online environment. In addition to her consulting practice, she maintains an active role as a research associate for the Canyon Institute for Advanced Studies.
Val Gerard retired in 1999 after 30 years as a scientist and professor. With a strong record of publications and successful research funding, she now uses her skills to help others achieve similar successes.
Past and current clients from Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Patagonia, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Thailand, Uganda, the U.K., the U.S., and Venezuela.
High rate of client success with manuscripts submitted to scientific and medical journals, and with grant proposals to various funding agencies, including NIH and NSF (largest successful grant to date, $120 million).
Assists clients in developing written materials for commercial websites, brochures, etc.
Specializes in organization, interpretation, and clear presentation of complex information.
Helps clients improve their own writing skills for future projects, including non-native English speakers.
Provides rapid turnaround. Helps you submit your grant proposal, manuscript, book, chapter, or report on time.
More than fifty publications (see publication list, below) and one million dollars worth of successful grant proposals of her own.
Past experience as associate editor and/or reviewer for over two dozen scientific journals, including Science, and government funding agencies.
“Dr. Gerard is a wonderful writer. She took something that was a bit dry and made it engaging and easy for regular people to understand. Also, she is lovely to work with.” Vanessa Spann, associate editor, Healthy Travel Media
“Dr. Gerard help was the key for the success of my PhD thesis. She right away picked up my writing flaws and worked with me so I could understand the right way to write. Also, her suggestions about structure and comprehension were right on the mark. My committee was very impressed with the quality of the work presented and I have already recommended Dr. Gerard work to some of my colleagues.” - Successful Ph.D. Candidate in immunology, 2010
"DONE!!! The paperwork is signed and submitted, the after-defense party has been held, and I am feeling very good!!! As far as congratulations go - you deserve MUCH credit. Thank you once again, Val. That mock defense was incredibly helpful, as at least 2 questions were nearly word-for-word! Your assistance with the talk was also of great benefit, as [my advisor] said that it was one of the best defense presentations he had ever witnessed! I can put this project on the 'finally finished' pile. Your help in all this has been pivotal. I will never forget it. I have neverin my lifeeverreceived such targeted, useful professional advice, and productive feedback. It has been a true pleasure working with you, and learning a new way of writing and putting together a scientific story."Successful Ph.D. candidate in Ecology, U.S. 2007 (contact information on request)
"I had completely given up on the Masters, I emailed my tutor again this week and he said he would chase it up. He has just emailed back saying it has not only passed but been awarded a distinction! I owe this to you over and over, I would have given up but you just kept pushing me on." M.Sc. in Medical Education, UK, 2009 (contact information on request)
JEFF KARONis a writer, teacher, proofreader, and consultant who has helped students and professionals for over twenty years. He has edited, revised, and proofread publications that include reports, theses, dissertations, textbooks, proposals, essays, stories, and articles. His Ph.D. is in English with a specialization in Rhetoric and Composition, a choice that signals his devotion to clarity and power in language. Prior to his years as an English professor, he studied and taught philosophy, critical thinking, and logic, publishing in these fields as well as in literary studies. He also is a published poet and essayist; he was a finalist in the Sandhill Review/St. Petersburg Times 2010 essay contest. He has led writing and editing workshops for students, teachers, business people, and artists. Currently, he is leading creativity workshops and developing ways to build honor in the classroom and workplace.
As a writer and teacher, he believes that we should strive for excellence by practicing effective and fair techniques at all times. He has combined a life-long interest in the martial arts with writing: if you choose to work with him, he will ensure that your writing is powerful, not merely competent.
HOLLY MONTY, MA MAC ELS
APA format, Chicago Manual of Style
Since operating as a freelance editor and writer, Ms. Monty, a Microsoft Word and LaTeX expert, has worked on books and articles published by many of the world’s leading publishers, including Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, MIT Press, W. W. Norton, Sage, John Wiley, Springer, Lawrence Erlbaum, Pearson-Prentice Hall, Praeger, Greenwood, Blackwell, and other top names in academic and nonfiction publishing. To date, she has edited more than 2,000 published journal articles, more than 150 nonfiction books, and a wealth of dissertations and theses. Ms. Monty is proud to have worked with a diversity of students and academics from a broad range of our nation's universities. Given her wealth of experience, she is adept at working within the precise terms of your university's thesis/dissertation guidelines or with the publication guidelines of any peer-reviewed journal.
"Holly was FANTASTIC. She was SO thorough and submitted everything back to me earlier than I needed it! Even after she was done with the edit, I had some questions, and she was very speedy in her responses. I appreciate that she took time to answer my questions. She really went above and beyond! My paper not only needed to follow APA guidelines, but my university had guidelines as well. She did both perfectly."
—Nicole Foster, Trinity International University.
JAMES N. POWELL, with MA degrees in both English Literature and Religious Studies, is a former Professor of English Literature. He has been editing, coaching, and tutoring writers and students for years. He was inhouse APA proofreader of doctoral dissertations at the Fielding University. He excels at working with international / ESL students. Specializing in APA and MLA styles, he has proofread hundreds of doctoral dissertations and papers. He is an internationally published writer, with books issued by major houses: Prentice Hall, William Morrow, and Hosei University Press (Japan).
If you have a book, dissertation, or paper that needs to be in APA format, rather than attempting to master the 272-page Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, turn your manuscript over to an editor with years of APA experience. I have edited doctoral dissertations published at the following universities, to name just a few: Adelphi University, Adler Graduate School, Alliant University, Antioch University, Argosy University, California Institute of Integral Studies, California State University, Capella University, Century University, City University of New York, Concordia University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Fielding Graduate University, Grand Canyon University, Harvard University, Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, Hunter College, John F. Kennedy University, Kwangwoon University, Leiden University of Social Sciences, Liberty University, Longwood University, Medaille College, Morgan State University, Northcentral University, Nova Southeastern University, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Pepperdine University, Regent University School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship, Regis University of Professional Studies, Rider University, Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, Saint Mary’s University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, University of California, University of Florida, University of Hartford, University of Kansas, University of Miami, University of Oslo, University of Phoenix, University of Texas, University of the West Indies, University of Wisconsin, Walden University, Warren National University, William Howard Taft University, Yeshiva University, and York University.
NANCY ROSENBAUM (BA, English Literature, Mt. Holyoke College) is a deadline-driven Chicago/Turabian, MLA, AMA, IEEE, and APA style expert who specializes in proofreading, fact-checking, copyediting, and formatting:
comprehensive exam essays
master’s thesis, capstone, and doctoral dissertation proposals
final theses, capstones, and doctoral dissertations
scholarly articles and textbooks
fiction, nonfiction, and self-help book manuscripts.
As an academic editing and scholarly writing specialist, Nancy:
double-checks online texts to ensure completeness and accuracy of direct quotations (wording, punctuation) and publication details (author(s), title, publisher, date, page), as well as mirroring of parenthetical references to complete entries in the references section;
marks and searches for sources corresponding to citations for which details were not included in References;
marks unused sources in References, allowing students to choose whether to cite or delete them;
corrects grammar and punctuation;
marks too-short paragraphs;
corrects presentation of numbers, fonts, and run-in and stand-alone list elements;
checks word or page limits, as appropriate to EDT or journal guidelines;
ensures gender neutrality and absence of bias in text;
formats tables according to type;
ensures completeness and accuracy of sources in References, including confirming the need for issue numbers, edition numbers, digital object identifiers, database names, URLs;
applies styles to headings and subheadings, allowing her to create automated tables of contents that are readily updated if the document’s contents change;
automatically numbers table and figure captions to generate readily updated lists of figures and tables;
corrects section/page breaks to ensure page numbering follows APA or university-specific schemes;
explains the nature of the errors made (in comments and/or cover memo notes).
Subject experience includes business administration, computer science, diet, education and learning, finance, history, information technology, industrial technology, marketing, medicine and health care, nursing, religion, philosophy, politics, social science, and psychology. Nancy also edits self-help books, works of fiction and nonfiction, children’s books, and peer-reviewed journal articles.
"Nancy went above and beyond heavy editing, putting my 70 page, 15,000
word Capstone in APA compliance. Her ability to understand the material and
translate into higher level English is very impressive. The feedback from my
professor was ‘exceptional work’ and he turned it back to me with no corrections.
Her work was PERFECT. I can’t thank her and the editing network enough. Well
done!" - Brian Bowman, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical, Deputy Group Commander,
"She is simply fantastic! I was simply astounded at her attention
to detail. That, coupled with her delivery before schedule and careful explanation
for all changes, instilled in me an incredible amount of confidence in her work.
Nancy has succeeded in playing a major part in one of my most significant accomplishments
so I feel a very special kindred spirit with her. "
Nancy is proud to have supported the needs of students and professionals from institutions that include Alliant University, Argosy University, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), Athabasca University, Aurora University, Benedictine University, Berklee College of Music, Boston University, Brigham Young University, California Coast University, California School of Professional Psychology, California State University-Dominguez Hills, California State University-Los Angeles, California State University-Sacramento, Capella University, Case Western Reserve University, City University Seattle (Calgary), Claremont Graduate University, Clemson University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dominican University, Duke University, Eastern Kentucky University, Embry-Riddle University, European Business School, Excelsior College, Florida Atlantic University, Florida State University, Fordham University, George Washington University, Georgian Court University, Grand Canyon University, Helsinki University of Technology (Finland), Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Johns Hopkins University (Sinai Hospital), Johnson & Wales University, Kent State University, LaVerne University, London School of Economics (England), Loyola University (Chicago), National Chiagi University (Taiwan), National-Louis University, National University, New York University, North Central University, North Dakota State University, Northern Arizona University, Nova Southeastern University, Nyack College, Ohio Northern University, Old Dominion University, Oregon State University, Pacific Oaks College, Purdue University, Rocky Mountain University, Royal Roads University, Rush University, Samford University, Simmons College, Sonoma State University, St. Thomas University of Law, Stanford University, Suffolk University, Texas A&M University, TUI University, Union University (Germantown), Union Institute & University (Cincinnati), University of Alabama-Birmingham, University of British Columbia (Canada), University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Santa Cruz, University of Central Florida, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, University of Florida, University of Hartford, University of Hawaii, University of Miami, University of Minnesota, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of North Texas, University of Phoenix, University of Pittsburgh, University of Rochester, University of the Rockies, University of South Florida, University of Toledo, University of Virginia, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Virginia Commonwealth University, Walden University, and Weill Cornell Medical College.
"Nancy was unbelievably fast in her work. Her knowledge of APA is beyond any other I’ve seen. She is a master of APA and of the English language.I would recommend her to anyone needing editing. I cannot thank her enough!" Jasey Kolarik, Aurora University
"Seriously, you saved my life. English is my second language. I was desperate looking at all the words I had to put together so that it would flow nicely using APA style. This was an immense mountain to climb. I decided to search the web to see if I could find help. I did not know about your network but I figured I would search for APA Editor and there you were. I also thought it would be too late since there was only 5 days before my paper was due. I sent the email anyway out of desperation....and ding! I got a response right away. I could’t believe it and was afraid it was a scam. But I had nothing to lose.
Nancy took by messy words and made a wonderful essay with it. She rearranged the headlines, wrapped it all up in APA, check my reference list to make sure I had quoted everyone. I received an amazing final product. I now can carry on working full-time doing a Master knowing that there is someone who can help me at the most difficult times...editing. My husband also wants to thank you since I was so much easier to live with once I found you! Ha!
Thank you so much!
Academic editing and scholarly writing consultant: theses and dissertations
APA format and Chicago Manual of Style
A.J. is an editor, proofreader, and writer with wide experience both in fiction and in nonfiction, the latter with specialties in business writing, business methods, business history, communication, and literary analysis. He also writes both nonfiction (primarily articles on business-related topics and book reviews in various areas of fiction and nonfiction) and fiction and has won several minor awards for his short stories.
As a freelance editor, he enjoys the challenges of working with both fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. His specialty is science fiction (and he edited the four-volume Magill’s Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature), but he moves easily among genres. Although he thrived as an in-house editor, he decided in 1997 to pursue freelance work, primarily to be able to work more directly with authors and to have greater flexibility and choice among projects. He prides himself on helping authors write so that they convey exactly what they want to, polishing their work and exploring with them the best ways to tell their stories or to present their facts and theories while maintaining the authors’ own tone and style.
His career in the publishing industry, spanning more than 25 years, began at SAGE Publications. While pursuing graduate work in economics at UCLA, he taught at California State University, Northridge, and other colleges in the Los Angeles area. After deciding that the publishing field suited him better than academia, he took a position at Salem Press, earning promotion to the position of project editor within several months. He worked in-house at Salem Press until starting work as a freelance editor, and Salem Press remained a client until it went out of business.
A. J. has edited nonfiction work, both books and papers (including more than a dozen successful theses and dissertations and dozens of articles published in academic journals), in a variety of fields, including various social sciences, technical research, and medical research. His work includes dozens of books and more than 50 journal issues in the social sciences, research methods, mathematics, political science, psychology, business and management, history, and health and medicine, among other topics.
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"You were absolutely correct!! My advisor accepted my proposal after I incorporated your changes and recommendations and it is now in the hands of my committee. When I finish Chapters 4 and 5, I will contact you – I very much appreciate your guidance and counsel. It changed a frustrating situation into a success!"
"I did it! I passed! It was an unconditional pass from all faculty members! The head of my department said it was one of the top 3 defenses he has ever seen and probably one of the most professional presentations ever... and he has been doing this for over 20 years!!! Talk about feeling good!!!! I am so very happy!!!"
DONALD WELLS has more than 18 years experience as an editor and writer. He has edited for and written with accountants, agriculture researchers, economists, educational researchers, educational psychologists, engineers, historians, lawyers, Master's students, nurse researchers, nutritionists, PhD candidates, philosophers, political scientists, psychiatrists, psychologists, sociologists, soil scientists, UN experts, university professors, and veterinarians. He has edited more than 200 published journal articles, some of which have won awards, many dissertations and theses, annotated bibliographies, reference books, textbooks, and academic, engineering, government, and scientific reports.
He is an expert in APA style, Chicago Manual of Style, and MLA format and is familiar with AMA. He has extensive experience with ESL writers. Don is dedicated to maintaining the individual voice of the writer, and he follows two rules of style: A document must be clear and concise. He has found that these two rules of style produce documents that are elegant and professional.
Lynda Lotman has worked with graduate students here at the University of Texas at Arlington for about 25 years. I never had any concern about referring our thesis/dissertation students to her for formatting and English coherency guidance in meeting our admittedly strenuous T&D requirements. Several times a year I also referred faculty members to her (sometimes forwarded to her professional network of freelance editors and advisors) for aid in their research papers. I always have a small cadre of T&D editors but none ever compared to Ms. Lotman in every aspect of formatting and language coherency. She is the best!
Don Myrick, Thesis and Dissertation Coordinator, Research and Graduate School, University of Texas at Arlington
"Debra Fisher is a remarkably skilled writer and editor who has the ability to work with information and material that is either highly conceptual in nature or practical in application. Our readers from both the public and scholarly sectors benefit greatly from her writing talent, editing skills, and professional commitment to excellence at every level of service." — Dr. Bill Williams, Director, Canyon Institute for Advanced Studies (writing consultant: Debra Fisher)
"Choosing an editor online is a leap of faith, as one cannot tell those who are experts and those who are not. I read the bios very carefully and decided to use my reference section as a test. I thought my APA was in good shape but Carol found all the things that I actually did miss." — Contact info on request (editor: Carol Levine)
"You have done a very good job on a topic and area which must be unfamiliar. Thank you very much." — Dr. M. Croarken, Visiting Research Fellow, University of Warwick
"I am half way through my thesis and I can't believe my eyes!! It sounds fantastic! Thank you so much for taking the time to fix this for me." — Mike Lu
"I received 315 out of 315 available points. I couldn't have done that without your help. Thank you again for your help." — Keith Rogers
"Most of the copy editors that I've worked with let many things 'slide' that would never escape A.J.'s sharp eye. He really has very high standards and is, by far, the most competent copy editor with which I've worked. " — John Antonakis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Management, HEC, University of Lausanne, Switzerland (editor: A.J. Sobczak)
"Holly is a consummate professional. My project involved the editing and formatting of a submission for an academic journal. It was completed almost 3 weeks ahead of my original schedule! Great editing skills, and a thorough knowledge of style requirements. It’s refreshing to find someone who does quality work like this. Thanks, Holly!" —P. Moroney, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
"I was a little leery about putting my entire academic life in the hands of someone that I didn't even know. Don saved me countless hours of editing so that I could focus on what was truly important—writing!" — Annise Mabry, Capella University (editor: Donald Wells)
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2. It is the client's responsibility to review all work completed to ensure accuracy and adherence to specifications.
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