Thank you for allowing me to edit your work. The below policies are intended to ensure your satisfaction:
For Professional Writers 1. My goal is to help authors achieve manuscripts that are as close to error-free as possible . . . and as compelling, worthwhile, and provocative as they are. 2. Payments (cash or check) and timelines are negotiated at the start of a project and specified in a signed contract. 3. Project costs and timelines are estimated based on pages per hour. 4. Fact checking is not included in the services I offer. However, as part of Editorial Feedback, I note facts for the author to check. I also provide feedback on any written claims that seem overstated, understated, or insufficiently qualified. The author corrects any errors. 5. All editing and proofreading changes are presented using Microsoft Word's Track Changes feature or Google Docs. Authors approve or reject all changes. Writing Consultations can be scheduled to discuss suggested edits. 6. I ask that authors kindly inform me if they plan to credit my name as an editor or proofreader. 7. Prior to determining a contract and setting a budget, I require any thesis or dissertation writer to produce a signed letter from the chair of his or her committee indicating which editing services are approved and which are prohibited. I also ask that this letter specify whether and how my name shall be credited in the final manuscript. If approved, I provide Editorial Feedback and Proofreading for thesis and dissertation projects but not for other coursework. For any advanced coursework, including theses and dissertations, I encourage the use of Writing Consultations.
For Student Writers 1. For pedagogical reasons, I offer only Writing Consultations to high school and undergraduate writers. (Graduate and doctoral writers, please see 7. above.) 2. No contract is necessary for a Writing Consultation, but I ask that the writer pay in cash or check prior to the start of a session. 3. By providing positive encouragement, asking constructive questions, and tailoring Writing Consultations to individual skill-building needs, I aim to help writers become excited about their work and abilities. 4. In a Writing Consultation, I offer verbal feedback and refrain from writing on student assignments. I ask writers to make their own notes and corrections to aid their learning processes. 5. In a one-hour consultation, a writer can expect to receive feedback on 1–2 major topics, 2–3 writing skills, or 7 pages of writing. Half-hour and 45-minute appointments are also available, prorated by minute, with session length determined in advance. 6. I do not read student work in advance of a Writing Consultation. 7. I ask writers to bring their assignment requirements with them to all Writing Consultations. 8. In a consultation, I use a student's piece of writing to ask questions and teach skills that s/he can apply throughout the assignment and to future assignments. I focus on higher order concerns (HOCs: fulfilling assignment requirements, developing and organizing ideas) before later order concerns (LOCs: spelling, grammar, punctuation). If writers wish to address LOCs, I recommend scheduling 2–3 Writing Consultations for a given project. 9. I ask writers to read their work aloud to help them find their own errors and generate their own ideas for enhancing their work. Thus, I do not correct all errors in student papers as part of a Writing Consultation. Rather, I teach students about patterns in their writing and ask them to identify and correct similar patterns. Through conversation and questioning, I model how to think about writing and guide students through their own thinking and writing processes, to support them in becoming stronger writers over time.