FAQ

1.) Why should I hire you and not some thesis-editing company?

Unlike some other thesis and dissertation editing services out there, I’m not some abstract collection of nameless editor working for a company whose website features cheesy stock photos of happy people holding books and wearing graduation caps. My name is Melissa and I’m a real person. You can Google me. You can read my thesis. You can see my dog. If you email me, I will respond to you personally, and I promise not to spam you.

2.) You aren’t an expert in my field. Why should I trust you to edit my work?

No matter what area you work in (within the humanities/social sciences, broadly construed), my editing services will ensure that what you write is grammatically correct, error-free, and flows logically, which makes you look smarter. However, only you can truly ensure that what you’re saying is accurate, worthwhile, or important. That’s why you get the degree, not me!

3.) What happens if I don’t like the editing you provide?

Contact me to see about getting a free one-page sample edit. This will give you a sense of my overall approach before you commit!

4.) Can you do some of my writing/research for me?

I don’t do ghostwriting. The most I can do is rearrange sentences, paragraphs, or sections, and make word-choice suggestions to improve flow and clarity. I also don’t do any of your research for you. Once again, this is the hard work that gets you (and not me!) the degree. If you’d like to know more, Editors Canada has prepared “Guidelines for Ethical Editing of Theses/Dissertations.”

5.) Why is editing/proofreading so expensive?

A careful edit/proofread takes time. I go through your every sentence and citation in order to give you the kind of detailed feedback that your supervisor (or institution’s writing centre) simply doesn’t have the time to provide. This kind of service is a highly valuable tool, and one that can help you submit your work weeks, months, or even years earlier than you might have otherwise. For more information, visit Editors Canada, “What Do Editors Charge?” and the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, “Suggested Minimum Rates.” Also see my page on editing costs.

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