You’re doing your part-time residency master’s degree while you’re working full time and raising a family. Not only do you need to ace every day as an employee and parent, but you also have to research, write, take courses, and complete assignments.
You’re also expected to learn the APA manual’s style preferences well enough that your thesis or graduate project is passable!
But think again! You don’t have to. Someone already has the manual memorized and knows how to meticulously read and edit your thesis or project for APA style and formatting. And that someone is me!
Many people think that APA is for citing and referencing only. They don’t realize that the APA manual covers formatting of tables and figures, grammar, wording rules, punctuation, heading styles, abbreviation rules, and so much more.
In fact, there is so much to know! While I worked part time, I studied the APA manual with a mentor for one year in order to be able to produce an amazing product. I practiced loads of reference lists and chapters, became proficient at using Microsoft Word’s tricks and shortcuts, and prepared theses and graduate projects for submission. My mentor provided me feedback and gave me more training than I thought I would possibly need to learn this 270-page manual. Sometimes I’d redo my work and re-submit, only to learn that I’d still missed issues.
You don’t have time for all of that. You might have already submitted your paper and have been told that you need to get an editor—and fast or you will have to pay an extension fee. Or maybe your research was delayed, and you’re finally starting your writing, but your submission deadline is looming.
Nobody deserves that much stress! My job is to reduce that stress—dramatically.
Many universities allow graduate students to hire an APA academic editor; however, the role of the academic editor is quite strict. The editor can only edit and comment for APA-specific issues.
To do this, an editor should provide explanation and even page numbers from the manual to show you what needs to change and where. The editor might add a comma, space your ellipses, inform you that “while” is not acceptable when you mean “although,” and format your headings.
Your editor, however, cannot rewrite your passive voice to the active voice, cannot re-organize your paragraphs or even explain how to do it, but she or he can say this: “APA rules state that ‘such as’ be used for examples and ‘like’ for comparisons. See p. 69 for more information.”
That might not seem like a lot, but it is!
You’ll be amazed by how many small things you have overlooked. Everybody needs a second set of eyes.
I’m an editor: even I need a second pair of eyes on my writing. And how can you be expected to know everything that the APA manual wants you to know?
Think of it this way. You can absolutely hand in your thesis or paper without the help of an editor. Your reviewers will make comments here and there about what APA wants along with their requests for content changes, but it’s up to you to find all the occurrences of this APA issue. And your reviewers may have offered many, many similar suggestions. You might get to read your thesis another 20 times, but you have only one or two weeks to do the work and return it.
Or go this route:
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Meet the Editor
I'm Coreen, and I am a copy editor, writer, instructor, digital marketer, and student of PR and Communications for organizations doing positive work in the world.