Welcome to Swallowtail Editing Services!

I'm a freelance editor specializing in academic writing. As a scholar, you want your prose to express not only what you know, but who you are: a competent professional and expert in your field. No matter what you're writing--a journal article, a thesis, a grant proposal, a job application--you want to convey your ideas clearly and effectively, and you want your writing to reflect your intelligence and hard work. Spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors can distract the reader and muddle your meaning, disrupting the flow of an otherwise sound argument. As an editor, it's my job to find and fix those errors so the reader focuses on your ideas, not your mistakes.

I offer two levels of service:

Proofreading: When you spend a lot of time working on the content of your writing, it's easy to overlook basic errors. However, minor mistakes can make a world of difference when it comes to meaning (see, for example, the difference between the phrases "Let's eat Grandma!" and "Let's eat, Grandma!" Or check out this cartoon). At this level, I correct basic errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, and usage, and eliminate verbiage. Choose this option if you're confident in your writing abilities but would like a professional to look for errors you might have missed.

Editing: Editing is considerably more involved than proofreading. The type of editing I do is called "light copyediting," or sometimes just "copyediting." This means I correct errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, and usage, eliminate verbiage, rewrite particularly awkward phrases, and offer advice on larger issues such as consistency, logic, and tone. If you struggle with writing or have concerns about the overall quality of your manuscript, choose this option. Non-native English speakers often (but not always) require this level of service.

Prices are based on the service you choose. I offer a discount for graduate students.

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