A text must be written to suit the audience who will be reading it, whether it is a news release, a funding application, advertising copy, an academic thesis, a letter to your local council, or a specific-interest newsletter.
This has included successful funding applications (including service operating and research grants), brief biographies, annual and specialist reports, academic papers, policy documents, newsletters, advertising copy, web content, prospectuses, petitions, submissions and much more.
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You may already have drafted text but want somebody to read it through with an editorial eye. This will help to ensure it ‘flows’ smoothly, is clear and grammatical, meets any word limits, and is targeting its intended audience. If your text has been written by two or more authors, or has been compiled from other types of different sources (i.e., cut and pasted from several documents or other media), editing will help to give the final version a consistent ‘look and feel’.
I will also read your text for typographical errors, misspellings, punctuation and formatting consistency. If needed, I can help in the process of bringing a text to publication.
My practice is guided by the standards developed by the Australian Institute of Professional Editors.
Academic texts must adhere to strict formats that may be different between disciplines but which all require clarity, conciseness, and effective use of written language to explain what you did, why you did it, and why your results matter. Common to all academic writing is the need to meet rigid word limits and it can be very hard to decide which parts of your carefully crafted paper must be jettisoned to satisfy publication requirements. Editorial assistance may help you let go of some detail that is, perhaps, interesting but not vital to your argument – I speak from experience in reducing 80,000+ words to a 20-minute presentation paper in which only the fundamentals, and little of the nuance, could be discussed in the time available.
Thesis editing is largely limited to presentation issues of, for example, clarity, grammar, spelling, formatting, and consistency. As described in the AIPE guidelines, an editor may draw attention to possible problems in the report itself but cannot resolve these for the student. This is because a thesis must be the student’s own work, to be submitted for examination of her or his academic competence and original contribution to the relevant discipline.