.Editing Services

Strong editing helps make your words sing.

Non-Fiction and Magazine Editing

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ou have completed your manuscript and are ready to submit it to an agent or publisher, but your chances of getting published increase when your work is polished. Together, we decide the level of editing you require and discuss any concerns you may have with the manuscript. My job is to address those concerns in a way that amplifies your writing and makes my presence disappear.

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he final push to get all of the stories finished and laid out for publishing is the busiest time on a magazine editor’s schedule. Copy needs to be reviewed for content such as potential slander, cohesion, and clarity. An experienced editor who can quickly turn stories around with comments, corrections and fact checking makes publication easier.

Rhonda taught me how to cite the endnotes, space out the reference numbers for the text and construct the bibliography. . . . She then completed the referencing and in addition made many useful suggestions regarding the actual text. I greatly appreciated both her diligence and her skill. . . . Rhonda’s edited citations and bibliography were accepted without criticism or significant changes. Rhonda’s own literary skill and her excellent command of English along with her promptness in completing the tasks with minimal delay deserve special mention.

Allan Sherwin, Professor Emeritus, McGill University
Bridging Two Peoples: Chief Peter E. Jones, 1843-1909  
(Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2012)

When our magazine (The Yards) needed a copyeditor pronto, I turned to Rhonda and couldn’t have been happier. Not only did she return all the manuscripts with lightening speed, they were carefully edited—truly the work of a close reader—and whenever it was called for, she pushed me and the writers for the last details or attributions that were overlooked. In short, Rhonda covered our arses.

Omar Mouallem
Editor, The Yards Magazine

Dissertations and Academic Editing

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he most important requirement graduate students must fulfill is the final written thesis or dissertation. You must have a sound thesis that is consistently argued; use formal, concise language that meets the standards of your university and supervisor; and submit a publishable copy that is free of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. Professional editing can help get your dissertation to that final stage.

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ournal submissions, grant proposals, and graduate student proposals require special editing. This type of work often must adhere to strict guidelines or you risk rejection. Additionally, writing such documents requires that ideas be laid out concisely and clearly in a small amount of space. Professional editing can help pare your prose down and ensure that you present the best possible article or proposal.

Rhonda has served as a peer-editor throughout our shared experiences in the graduate History program at university. She was critical in helping me edit my dissertation’s many drafts. She not only has an excellent grasp of grammar, but Rhonda’s particular skill as an editor is in her ability to see gaps in building an argument. Her sense for how to structure a strong piece of writing means that she can provide a writer with insight and suggestions beyond the more mundane placement of commas. This almost intuitive feel for how to develop writing means that she has been able to point my work in valuable directions I may never have considered otherwise. Because of her extensive experience reading and writing as a historian, she helped me develop my thought process in writing at least as much as she pointed out technical errors. I have trusted her with one of the most important documents of my professional life, and I highly recommend her to anyone looking for professional editing!

Kathyrn Steinhaus, Professor, Seminole State College
“Valkyrie: Gender, Class, European Relations and Unity Mitford’s Passion for Fascism” (McGill University Press, 2012)

Diversity and ESL Editing

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ords have the power to inspire or to hurt. When you write about groups based on ethnicity, sexuality, racism, or any other way people identify themselves, you must be conscious of harmful language and stereotypes. Most often, this creeps into our writing with no intent to do harm, but some phrases and words have become so integrated into our language that we neglect to consider their impact. Editing for diversity helps ensure that your words provide inspiration.

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f English is not your first language, grasping its complexities in written work can be challenging. It is difficult to know how to use idioms, choose the correct verb tense, or write in the appropriate tone. Hiring a native English speaker to edit your work gives you confidence that your final submission will meet written English standards.