CollaborWrites
Proofreading & Editing
CollaborWrites provides proofreading, editing, and formatting services for dissertations, theses, and manuscripts. You don't have to be a doctoral student, but many of my clients are. Services include:

  • Proofreading for spelling, punctuation, typos, and grammar (i.e., sentence structure, subject-verb agreement, verb tense, word choice).
  • Editing (i.e., logic, style, voice, organization, coherence). NOTE: I DO NOT REWRITE! I will only  note deficiencies and make suggestions. your dissertation needs to reflect your work, not mine.
  • Document formatting both for consistency and compliance with various style s (i.e., APA, Chicago, and university-specific style manuals).
  • Formatting for in-text citations, reference lists, and bibliographies.
  • Reconciling in-text citations with reference lists and bibliographies.
I also assist students and academic professionals with journal publications and special projects. 

I advocate for students to work with editors/proofreaders earlier in the process rather than later. The dissertation process is arduous enough without having to "learn" a new style manual or document production techniques as part of that process. In addition to editing and proofreading, I have experience with document production/desktop publishing and the final dissertation is a production, even if it is only word processed.

I am most familiar, and work most often with, APA (5th and 6th editions). I also work with MLA. I have dabbled in the Chicago Manual of Style, have worked previously in AP. Style manuals are like computer programs, once you know what you want them to do, you can figure out how to work with them.

As for institution specific requirements, my clients are from colleges and universities located across the U.S. I work with each individual college/university style manual as needed. Each manual has its quirks and I pay careful attention to what is required.

"I feel good that we are able to work together. I understand why some people in my group finished years ago. They obtained an editor right away. It really does help."

 

"I could not have got this far without your help; the best thing about working with you was knowing that I never had to worry about you not coming through."

 

"You have no idea how good you are with formatting--it is like second nature to you! Thank you--it would have taken me much longer to do."

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