Editing academic material can be an adventure. If you’re open to learning, not afraid of a little challenge, and not totally bored with non-fiction, you can learn a lot from clients. I have edited over 300 dissertations and scholarly articles for publication in diverse areas, such as the social sciences, humanities, medicine, and the natural sciences. Every paper provides an opportunity for me to learn about a subject I might not ordinarily and voluntarily read about. The different genres also provide an opportunity to expand my knowledge and expertise with the respective Style Manuals. I have acquired quite a bit of competence in the application of styles such as APA, Chicago, MLA, ACS, Vancouver, etc. because of my work, which involves providing research assistance to students and faculty. Not all my editing jobs are income-generating and even when it is pro bono, I ascribe the same level of care and detail to the job. Bottom line, I am in the business of helping people realize their dreams, and if communicating their thoughts is an obstacle then I am here to help.
The most difficult part of academic editing is sometimes the feeling of helplessness when clients are not well organized or unsure about their assignments. In these cases, empathy goes a long way but straight talk is also required if they’re to benefit fully from this editorial investment. In my business, I have been able to provide a unique service to my clients since I am also a researcher and doctoral candidate. As a result, I am very familiar with the jargon of academia, research methods, and the structure of scholarly works. I understand and can actually help with developmental editing when required.
Why not give EDIT119 a try? I think you will be pleasantly surprised.