• Amy Cherie Copeland

Editing for Academic Writers

Updated: Apr 2, 2019

An editor is NOT a ghost writer, and hiring someone else to write your academic papers is both academically dishonest and unethical. In fact, it can get you expelled. Here's what is expected of you, and what to expect, if you hire me to edit your academic papers.

Public School and Undergraduate Students

I do not edit undergraduate and public school papers. At this level, your job is to be learning how to write, the craft and the technical skills to communicate effectively.

What I can do is offer high school or undergraduate students a consultation and/or a critique, in which I will identify what skills you have and which ones you lack, then suggest some free or inexpensive ways to improve. You may wish to schedule a few focused one:one coaching sessions with me while you work on mastering the skills you need, but you will only improve by submitting work you have edited yourself, taking the grade it earns, and learning from your mistakes.

Graduate Students

I think most graduate students need a good editor; however, it is a waste of everyone's time and the student's money if the student does not have a reasonable level of writing skills and the technical knowledge to work with digital files.

Assuming the student is ready, I offer critiques of whole documents/first drafts, as well as copy editing or proofreading in MLA, APA, or whatever academic style you specify. From an ethics standpoint, this level of editing does not do the heavy lifting of research or writing for which the student is responsible, but helps the student to refine their hard work into something that really shines.

To gain a better understanding of what each level of editing entails, read my blog post: My Editing Services.

What if you evaluate my work and I'm not at the level I need to be?

You got this far, and you can do this, but first, you must do some homework.

In my free 30-minute consultation I will tell you which skills you need to remedy in order to make the most of your college experience. You then have the option to hire me for a limited number of one:one coaching sessions to improve your writing until I am satisfied you can do your share of the work.

If you want to read more about how to determine if you are ready to work with an editor, check out this blog post: Are You Ready for the Next Level?

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