There’s nothing better than positive feedback to put a spring in your step and a glow in your day.

I cannot believe the results and very heart-warming comments from all three examiners who gave the Recommendation A to my thesis.

Especially I would like to tell you the comments from one examiner as follows:

“The thesis is tidy in terms of its editorial matter. It is practically free of unnecessary errors.”

I believe that such outstanding comments are thanks to your sincere and hard editorial work. I very much appreciate you and your work. I would be delighted if there are any opportunities to work with you again.

Ready to add value to your PhD thesis? I’d love to hear from you at jane@accessediting.com.au

Did you know Access Editing edits blog posts?

Content creation is huge right now. A massive portion of the words on the web is actually generated by freelance copywriters.

These content creators are paid directly by businesses to generate content, or by agencies who manage marketing and PR material for clients. Check out Writtent for an example.

Either way, content creators help businesses to stay current, relevant and front-and-centre in the minds of their target audience.

But we all know that quantity doesn’t equate to quality.

If you’re into content creation, I can help make sure your posts are:

  • error-free
  • clear
  • concise
  • relevant
  • pitched to your audience
  • full of your chosen keywords to help with SEO
  • representative of your unique voice.

Contact Access Editing at jane@accessediting.com.au to discuss your project, and to hear about some of my success stories.

Thesis editing – what’s in and what’s out

As a professional academic editor, it’s my privilege to work on documents that PhD students have spent years carefully planning, researching and writing. It’s a big responsibility, and I don’t take it lightly. I think about the sacrifices those authors have made in their higher education journey – long hours at the desk, time away from family, declined social events, missed professional opportunities.

I try to remove some of the unknowns at this end of the long process of publishing a thesis. I always make sure everyone is on the same page (ha ha) by referring students to IPEd’s Guidelines for editing research theses . The guidelines rule out substantive editing for student work.

What does that mean?

  • I don’t make changes to the ideas in the paper.
  • I don’t fix problems with structure – but I do point them out.
  • The author must review each change – my track changes are suggestions only.
  • I don’t complete incomplete references – but I do point out the omissions.
  • The student must tell their supervisor their work is being edited.
  • The student should mention the editor in the acknowledgements section of the paper.

So what do I do?

Well, I copyedit or proofread, depending on what the paper needs.

Access Editing provides a comprehensive editing brief and quote before taking on any project – including a time line.

I’d be happy to assess your work. Email me at jane@accessediting.com.au

Dread of the red pen

Back in the day, when I was a junior editor at Commonwealth Hansard, I used to dread seeing my work thrust back at me covered in red track changes. Of course it made me a better editor. And my senior editors skilfully (but not always kindly!) showed me how to back up my changes with authority and reference to the appropriate source.

These days I’m the bearer of the digital red pen – but I always wield it tactfully!

Rachel Smith from fabulous freelancing blog Rachel’s List shares her experience with the vicious red pen here.

Jane Aylen of Access Editing is always happy to explain and back up her editing changes and suggestions, and to gently guide clients through the red-pen quagmire! If you have an editing question, get in touch at jane@accessediting.com.au

I joined the Canberra Society of Editors for a networking lunch recently. There’s a certain kind of buzz that comes from being with a group of like-minded professionals working hard to advance the editing profession. I always get a kick out of it.

(I also get a kick out of being at Tilley’s in Lyneham – one of my favourite places in Canberra.)

Consistency is key, and style sheets can help

I had the pleasure of meeting Dr Lisa Lines, AE at a recent meeting of the Canberra Society of Editors. Dr Lines presented about style sheets, a tool that professional editors use to:

  • keep track of editing decisions
  • ensure consistency in documents
  • help authors understand the changes that have been made
  • help other authors or editors apply those decisions if there’s more work to be done in the publication process.

Access Editing always provides clients with style sheets to explain decisions made in the editing process. And I’m always available to answer any of your questions or provide further explanation. Get in touch at jane@accessediting.com.au