I can help with your academic undergraduate/graduate/professional paper. I have two years of experience as a professional academic copy editor and am familiar with the latest versions of most academic styles: APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian, Vancouver, as well as some less often used formatting styles. I also taught college composition at several levels for over 25 years.

I have worked extensively with both ESL and native English-speaking writers in all academic areas and levels, including professors.

I use Track Changes in the Review feature of Word. I correct errors in spelling, syntax, and grammar; in Track Changes I indicate areas that are not clear and give you a suggestion about what I think you mean that you can then plug in to your paper or revise as necessary. I also provide an overall assessment of the positive aspects of your paper as well as the general aspects that need improvement. I return to you a digital copy where you can see all the changes I’ve made and suggested; you will also receive a “clean” copy.

I charge $7.50/per 250 words of text, not including end references, which are $10/page. If you use a footnote-style, I charge $1 extra per page with footnotes. Even if you use one of the reference-creating programs, it is my experience that there are almost always errors; therefore, I go through your in-text and end references line by line to make sure everything is formatted in accord with your chosen academic style. (If you do not have references or do not want me to check them, you may always submit a paper without them.)

I can usually return a document of ten double-spaced pages or less, plus references, within 48 hours. The time may be longer if you have a longer document or if your document requires an extensive amount of editing.

If you need an express job–a document returned within 24 hours–I can usually accommodate you. However, the price for your job will double.

Please use the “Contact” form on the last page of this website to describe your project and any special requests. I will respond to the email you provide as soon as possible. Once we are in agreement as to your needs, you may send me your article by Word doc (no pdfs.). I will provide you an estimate, to be paid in advance through one of the methods listed on the “Pay for Mentoring or Editing Services” page (checks not accepted). If revisions are needed, I will make them without charge.

I cannot ensure you a perfect grade, but I do ensure that your paper will be free of error and formatted in accord with the requirements of the assignment or the journal you are writing for.

Let me help you to become the professional writer you long to be!

Kathleen A Dale: Curriculum Vitae
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. English. Modern American Poetry. Dissertation on Wallace Stevens. “With Distinction.”
MA, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). English Language and Literature.
BA, Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, OH) English. Phi Beta Kappa. “Magna Cum Laude”
Work Experience:
Current: Free-lance editor/mentor for writers of all kinds with various academic
and non-academic projects.
Past: University Lecturer in English Composition:
Adjunct Assistant Professor. College of Professional Studies
(for returning adult students). Marquette University. Milwaukee, WI.
English 001, English 002, and Introduction to Research Writing
in blended (online and face-to-face) format for adult students.
Senior Lecturer in English. Academic Opportunity Center
(for students not regularly admitted ). University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
English 90, Basic Writing
English 95, Fundamentals of Composition
English 101, Introduction to College Writing
English 112, Writing and Critical Thinking
English 102, Writing and Research (partly online-service learning)
English 233, Introduction to Creative Writing (partly online)
English 192, Freshman seminar “Images of Passage: Coming of Age in Contemporary America”
English 201, Strategies of Academic Writing (service learning)
High School English Teacher. New Trier High School. Northfield, IL