I love writing
I started proofreading and editing theses when I finished my first postdoc. The reason? I have always loved writing. Hearing about friends’ awful experiences with unqualified proof-readers (not all are unqualified) I knew I could help. Imagine a master’s student trying to proofread a thesis of 90,000 words when they are more used to shorter documents. You can see why issues arise. Plus there is a big leap from a MA to a PhD.
A lack of qualified proofreaders
What I felt was needed, were targeted PhD editing services by someone who has gone through a proof read and edit of their own work. A doctor, like me, who has read, researched and written a 90,000 word PhD. Who understands the thesis format and how to proof read a thesis. And who also understands the pressure you are under during those final months.
I had the qualifications
Therefore (oh and check out this article on ‘therefore grammar’), I realised that my time spent as an MA creative writer, working in the business world and returning to university provided a grounded perspective. A view point from which I could aid people finish their thesis, and to the best possible quality. I know what words to cut from your writing to make it read well and be more concise. Also, I understand academic writing having, since 2017, proof-read social science theses. Contact me if you would like to know if I have experience in your area (as I also have experience with business, economics and biology, for instance, as well as sociology and politics).
My proofreading portfolio consists of my clients who have consistently given five-star reviews. Even better, they then recommend me to others. I have helped many people learn how to structure their work, I have assisted writers with dyslexia, for example, to polish their prose. Grateful to have read many wonderful theses for my thesis copy editing service, I would not change my job. Formatting confusion? Not a problem!
A proofreader you can trust
So if you are looking for proofreading and editing services at an advanced, or even a typo level, please get in touch.
Who is Emma Parfitt?
Emma Parfitt is a proofreader with +20 years of writing experience with businesses, academics and creative writers. She obtained a Creative Writing MA (St Andrews University) and a PhD in Storytelling (Warwick University). Then set up her own proofreading business and became a published author of fiction as well as academic literature such as Young People, Learning & Storytelling (Palgrave Macmillan).
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