10 Signs You Should Invest in Editing

  1. Your supervisor says you should invest in editing.

I’m a thesis editor employed by the University of Canberra, and I’m an approved editor at several other Australian universities. Pick me!

  1. English is your second language – or your third, or fourth. You’re on solid ground with your ideas and your arguments. You don’t want writing errors to get in the way of your message.

I’ve worked with many ESL authors – students, researchers, members of remote Aboriginal communities giving evidence to parliamentary inquiries. It will be my joy and privilege to make your work shine.

  1. You try reading back your work, and you realise it’s full of words you’d never use in conversation – and some of them you can’t even pronounce.

Plain English editing is what you need, my friend!

  1. You’re out of time to triple-check your reference list, and you know your potential publisher will roll their eyes at any missing full-stop, comma, bracket or quote mark.

I’m a pro at APA. I’m a pro at author, date. I’ve used Chicago and MLA. I have a graduate diploma in library and information management, and my favourite unit was cataloguing. I’m all over it.

  1. You can’t decide whether to use ‘e-mail’ or ‘email’, so you’re using a bit of each just for good measure.

I can make your style decisions and apply them consistently!

  1. Problems with formatting are stressing you out. You can’t figure out how to generate a list of figures, your tables won’t stay on the same page, and the page numbers are mysteriously restarting midway through the document.

I’m an advanced Word user! Stop faffing about and let me sort it.

  1. You suspect you’ve repeated yourself, but the document is so long and you’ve looked at it for far too many hours. You just can’t face figuring out where the problem is – or if there is a problem at all.

To my fresh pair of eyes, your document is new and exciting – let me at it!

  1. You’ve loaded your post with keywords, and you suspect it sounds stilted.

I’m committed to finding and maintaining the author’s voice – I’ll weed out anything that doesn’t sound like you.

  1. You’ve spent so much time trawling Grammar Girl posts that her perky ponytail is starting to get on your nerves and you still can’t figure out if your writing is in the passive tense or whether your commas are from Oxford.

I’m an Accredited Editor. I sat an exam made up by Distinguished Editors of the Institute of Professional Editing. Grammar is my thing. I can fix your sentences. And if you like, I’ll stick around to explain how I did it.

  1. You’ve compiled a government report or annual report for your business, and lots of different people have contributed to it. You need the writing to have one voice with a consistent tone and style.

I’ve edited research papers and annual reports for large organisations, documents that are always written by numerous authors. And I’ve worked on transcripts with a team of editors who scrupulously stick to a style and commit to relaying the speakers’ different tones. It’s all about consistency.

Does any of this sound like you? Email me! jane@accessediting.com.au