Editing Services

From now to June 4th, 2018, I am open for editing jobs.

Rates:

Proofreading (spelling, punctuation)—US$1.50 per page*

Copy Editing (grammar, clarity)—US$3.00 per page*
Content Editing (accuracy, plot development)—US$4.00 per page*
—Copy/Content with length reduction—US$ equal to 1% of the necessary word count reduction (ex. if the document needs to be reduced by 1000 words = $10)**

* One page is defined as Times New Roman, 12pt, double spaced, with 1” margins, or roughly 250-300 words

** Incidental word count reduction from normal copy/content editing does not apply, only editing with intent to reduce word count.

Procedure:

1) Client sends a Word document (.doc or .docx) via email (brentstypczynski at gmail.com).
2) I proofread, comment, etc., rename the file (usually add “A1”) to prevent file replacement confusion, and return the file.
3) I wait 24 hours for acknowledgement of receipt and feedback.
4) After 24 hours, I send an invoice via PayPal.

Turnaround time depends on file length, services, and volume.  I attempt a 48 hour or lower turnaround time for most documents (5k-6k word length or lower, proofreading or copy editing).

Experience:

I have experience working on grant proposals, dissertations, academic articles, magazine articles, operations manuals, user manuals, novels, and a host of other documents.  I have extensive knowledge of MLA formatting, significant experience with APA and CMS, minor knowledge of AMA and ASA formatting.

Credentials:

PhD in English Language and Literature

11 years experience teaching (and marking/grading) college composition
4 years experience as a college writing tutor covering composition, business, history, psychology, philosophy, biology, MHAD, SAHS, economics, computer science, and a variety of other fields
16 years of freelance editing experience, including a brief stint with a NASA contractor

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Editing Services

From now to January 22nd, 2018, I am open for editing jobs.

Rates:

Proofreading (spelling, punctuation)—US$1.50 per page*

Copy Editing (grammar, clarity)—US$3.00 per page*
Content Editing (accuracy, plot development)—US$4.00 per page*
—Copy/Content with length reduction—US$ equal to 1% of the necessary word count reduction (ex. if the document needs to be reduced by 1000 words = $10)**

* One page is defined as Times New Roman, 12pt, double spaced, with 1” margins, or roughly 250-300 words

** Incidental word count reduction from normal copy/content editing does not apply, only editing with intent to reduce word count.

Procedure:

1) Client sends a Word document (.doc or .docx) via email (brentstypczynski at gmail.com).
2) I proofread, comment, etc., rename the file (usually add “A1”) to prevent file replacement confusion, and return the file.
3) I wait 24 hours for acknowledgement of receipt and feedback.
4) After 24 hours, I send an invoice via PayPal.

Turnaround time depends on file length, services, and volume.  I attempt a 48 hour or lower turnaround time for most documents (5k-6k word length or lower, proofreading or copy editing).

Experience:

I have experience working on grant proposals, dissertations, academic articles, magazine articles, operations manuals, user manuals, novels, and a host of other documents.  I have extensive knowledge of MLA formatting, significant experience with APA and CMS, minor knowledge of AMA and ASA formatting.

Credentials:

PhD in English Language and Literature

11 years experience teaching (and marking/grading) college composition
4 years experience as a college writing tutor covering composition, business, history, psychology, philosophy, biology, MHAD, SAHS, economics, computer science, and a variety of other fields
16 years of freelance editing experience, including a brief stint with a NASA contractor

Editing Services Available

From now to January 22nd, 2018, I am open for editing jobs.
Contact: brentstypczynski at gmail.com

Rates:

Proofreading (spelling, punctuation)—US$1.50 per page*

Copy Editing (grammar, clarity)—US$3.00 per page*
Content Editing (accuracy, plot development)—US$4.00 per page*
—Copy/Content with length reduction—US$ equal to 1% of the necessary word count reduction (ex. if the document needs to be reduced by 1000 words = $10)**

* One page is defined as Times New Roman, 12pt, double spaced, with 1” margins, or roughly 250-300 words

** Incidental word count reduction from normal copy/content editing does not apply, only editing with intent to reduce word count.

Procedure:

1) Client sends a Word document (.doc or .docx) via email.
2) I proofread, comment, etc., rename the file (usually add “A1”) to prevent file replacement confusion, and return the file.
3) I wait 24 hours for acknowledgement of receipt and feedback.
4) After 24 hours, I send an invoice via PayPal.

Turnaround time depends on file length, services, and volume.  I attempt a 48 hour or lower turnaround time for most documents (5k-6k word length or lower, proofreading or copy editing).

Experience:

I have experience working on grant proposals, dissertations, academic articles, magazine articles, operations manuals, user manuals, novels, and a host of other documents.  I have extensive knowledge of MLA formatting, significant experience with APA and CMS, minor knowledge of AMA and ASA formatting.

Credentials:

PhD in English Language and Literature

11 years experience teaching (and marking/grading) college composition
4 years experience as a college writing tutor covering composition, business, history, psychology, philosophy, biology, MHAD, SAHS, economics, computer science, and a variety of other fields
16 years of freelance editing experience, including a brief stint with a NASA contractor

Editing Services

From December 11th, 2017 to January 22nd, 2018, I am open for editing jobs.

Rates:

Proofreading (spelling, punctuation)—US$1.50 per page*

Copy Editing (grammar, clarity)—US$3.00 per page*
Content Editing (accuracy, plot development)—US$4.00 per page*
—Copy/Content with length reduction—US$ equal to 1% of the necessary word count reduction (ex. if the document needs to be reduced by 1000 words = $10)**

* One page is defined as Times New Roman, 12pt, double spaced, with 1” margins, or roughly 250-300 words

** Incidental word count reduction from normal copy/content editing does not apply, only editing with intent to reduce word count.

Procedure:

1) Client sends a Word document (.doc or .docx) via email.
2) I proofread, comment, etc., rename the file (usually add “A1”) to prevent file replacement confusion, and return the file.
3) I wait 24 hours for acknowledgement of receipt and feedback.
4) After 24 hours, I send an invoice via PayPal.

Turnaround time depends on file length, services, and volume.  I attempt a 48 hour or lower turnaround time for most documents (5k-6k word length or lower, proofreading or copy editing).

Experience:

I have experience working on grant proposals, dissertations, academic articles, magazine articles, operations manuals, user manuals, novels, and a host of other documents.  I have extensive knowledge of MLA formatting, significant experience with APA and CMS, minor knowledge of AMA and ASA formatting.

Credentials:

PhD in English Language and Literature

11 years experience teaching (and marking/grading) college composition
4 years experience as a college writing tutor covering composition, business, history, psychology, philosophy, biology, MHAD, SAHS, economics, computer science, and a variety of other fields
16 years of freelance editing experience, including a brief stint with a NASA contractor

Freelance Editing Services

From December 11th, 2017 to January 22nd, 2018, I am open for editing jobs.

Rates:

Proofreading (spelling, punctuation)—US$1.50 per page*

Copy Editing (grammar, clarity)—US$3.00 per page*

Content Editing (accuracy, plot development)—US$4.00 per page*

—Copy/Content with length reduction—An additional fee of US$ equal to 1% of the necessary word count reduction (ex. if the document needs to be reduced by 1000 words = $10)**

* One page is defined as Times New Roman, 12pt, double spaced, with 1” margins, or roughly 250-300 words

** Incidental word count reduction from normal copy/content editing does not apply, only editing with intent to reduce word count.

Procedure:

1) Client sends a Word document (.doc or .docx) via email: brentstypczynski @ gmail.com
2) I proofread, comment, etc., rename the file (usually add “A1”) to prevent file replacement confusion, and return the file.
3) I wait 24 hours for acknowledgement of receipt and feedback.
4) After 24 hours, I send an invoice via PayPal.

Turnaround time depends on file length, services, and volume.  I attempt a 48 hour or lower turnaround time for most documents (5k-6k word length or lower, proofreading or copy editing).

Experience:

I have experience working on grant proposals, dissertations, academic articles, magazine articles, operations manuals, user manuals, novels, and a host of other documents.  I have extensive knowledge of MLA formatting, significant experience with APA and CMS, minor knowledge of AMA and ASA formatting.

Credentials:

PhD in English Language and Literature

11 years experience teaching (and marking/grading) college composition
4 years experience as a college writing tutor covering composition, business, history, psychology, philosophy, biology, MHAD, SAHS, economics, computer science, and a variety of other fields
16 years of freelance editing experience, including a brief stint with a NASA contractor

Tips & Techniques: Self-Editing

I’ve been back to work in the writing center for a couple weeks now, tutoring, so I thought I’d put together a few posts of tips and techniques that seem to crop up a lot with the students I see.

 I figured I’d lead off with self-editing.

For editing my own work, I’ve used a few different techniques and I’ve had students tell me about others that work well for them. So, without further ado . . .

 1. Print versus Screen

I find the difference between print and screen reading is often helpful in identifying errors and putting a different spin on what I’m reading. This is especially the case since I can take the print copy into different environments, if I don’t want to tussle with iOS to get it transferred to my tablet.

2. Magnify on the Screen

Many students have told me that a trick they use to good effect is magnifying the text on the screen. In these cases, they’ll type in Word at 100% magnification, then do their editing at 125 or 150% magnification. The size change of the document helps them spot proofreading errors and missing words.

3. Read Out Loud

This is one of my favorite recommendations for students who come into the center. Reading the document out loud is helpful on a couple levels. First, reading out loud is slower than reading silently, so the mechanism forces us to read slower and more carefully. This, of course, helps us pick out missing words and typos. Second, reading out loud causes us to process the text more than reading silently. When we read silently, we process the words once. When we read out loud, we process the words visually, then convert them to vocalization, then hear them . . . so we process the words three times instead of one. And our ears often tell us when something sounds wrong, which usually indicates a missing word, problematic phrasing, or an incorrect word choice. Reading aloud to someone else can be especially helpful in this regard, as an extra set of ears.

4. Cover Passages (good for checking commas and pronouns [I vs. Me])

Physically covering up phrases can be very effective in determining a few issues. This is primarily useful, in my experience, for comma usage and first person pronoun usage. The short version: if the sentence makes sense without the covered phrase, then the phrase should have commas around it (because it is an interjection or bonus detail). If the sentence doesn’t make sense, then the commas are in the wrong place. Likewise, the use of I and me tends to confuse people. We are often told that the proper construction is “my sibling and I”, but this isn’t always true. What we have to do is read the sentence with “my sibling and” covered up, so reading it as I or me and determine which makes grammatical sense. For instance, “My brother and I ate sandwiches” is correct (“I ate sandwiches”), but “Our mom gave my brother and I sandwiches” is incorrect (“Mom gave I sandwiches”) and should be “Our mom gave sandwiches to me and my brother” (“Mom gave sandwiches to me”).

5. Read Backwards

A lot of things I’ve seen have also suggested reading the document backwards, e.g. starting at the last sentence of the last page and working toward the first. I’m not entirely sure of the effectiveness or usefulness, but apparently some swear by it. Could be worth a try.

Learning New Things

Still under the weather, so not a full post this week.  Instead, a few things I learned this week:

  1. Muslims have been part of the U.S. military in every major war the U.S. has ever been involved in.  Several were documented as members of the colonial army fighting the British in the Revolutionary War and nearly 300 died in the American Civil War (Captain Moses Osman was the highest ranking in the Civil War).
  2. Sikhs have been part of the U.S. military since WWI.
  3. Until 1980, men in the U.S. military were allowed to have beards while on active duty, Reagan changed that policy until it was reversed in the early-1990s.
  4. I really, really hate third person present perspective, especially when it shifts between limited and omniscient (editing job; more on this later).
  5. Being congested sucks, especially when you do your best fiction writing by hand . . . oops, sorry, already knew that.

Anyway, writing largely on hold as I’ve shifted back to handwriting all my fiction.