What We Look For in Your Essay

Writing is an art. It takes talent and creativity to get your story onto the page, and the sense of accomplishment that comes from communicating your ideas makes all the work worthwhile.

But the creative process doesn’t end with the first draft. It takes multiple revisions to truly bring out your ideas, to communicate that message to your readers. And it’s the unfortunate truth that, in the process of all these revisions, inconsistencies and unclear writing might sneak in.

Which is why it’s so important to have a second pair of eyes to look over your short story, your book, or your manuscript. You need a professional, impartial perspective to tell you where your story isn’t working. You’re too close to your own creation to be a fair judge of whether it’s succeeding in communicating what you meant. Friends are too likely to offer their reassurances without truly considering whether your work succeeds at doing what you wanted it to.

Our professional editing staff can help clean up your text, clarify your intent, and generally improve your writing. Sure, we’ll correct the typos and grammatical errors, hunt down the inconsistencies that arose in your drafting process, and make whatever other corrections stand between your prose and your readers. But, more than just these nitty-gritty details, we’ll also offer constructive criticism on the overall execution of your work.

Our professional editors have studied literature, creative writing, publishing, and literary theory—and they’re prepared to share this knowledge with you in their efforts to help you succeed as an author.

As Authors and Editors This is What We Look For:

  • Consistency in narrative
  • Clarity of message
  • Punctuation, capitalization, spelling and grammar
  • Errors in word usage
  • Subject-verb agreement
  • Adherence to established standards of style and formatting
  • Accuracy and completeness of citations, references, notes, tables, figures and charts.
  • Ambiguity, incorrect statements, lapses in logic, libelous comments and so on.
  • Inconsistent line, word or page spacing
  • Mis-numbered list items and mislabeled captions
  • Improper word breaks
  • Page break problems like widows and orphans
  • Irregularities in the use of the books type fonts
  • Accurate and consistent page headers, footers and page numbers
  • Consistent use of abbreviations and acronyms