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Editing Services

Developmental Editing, Copyediting, Proofreading, Formatting

With Dr. Vanessa Claus

The Editing Process

Substantive Developmental Editing

  • I evaluate your document as a whole, correcting problems of structure, organization, coherence, and logical consistency
  • Sentences, paragraphs, and blocks of text may be deleted or added, condensed or expanded, moved, or rewritten

Copy Editing

  • I correct problems of inconsistency, repetition, word usage, and jargon
  • I check that your facts are accurate, and names and dates are correct
  • I ensure your dissertation is cohesive and complete


  • I correct grammar and style (e.g., verb tense, units, numerals)
  • I correct capitalization and punctuation (e.g., use of commas, semicolons, colons, periods, dashes)
  • I correct spelling and word usage (e.g., to/too, affect/effect)

Dissertation Formatting

  • I amend your document text to ensure that it complies with the format required by your specific program
  • Formatting, layout, content, best practices

APA Formatting

  • I ensure your literature citations appear in the text as well as your bibliography, and vice versa
  • I correct citation formatting to conform journal style requirements

My Unique Approach

I have a Type A personality

I am a Type A personality, to a fault. While being a perfectionist has its disadvantages, it has certainly benefited the many students I have worked with throughout the years. As mentioned by one of my students, “Dr. Claus finds issues that have gone overlooked by hundreds of people.” I ensure that the work provided to my clients is detailed, accurate, and most importantly will aid in client growth from a writing, academic, and professional standpoint. Furthermore, in addition to reading through your document many times, I also use various programs to ensure that the components of academic writing, scholarly voice, and formatting consistency are applied and are of the highest caliber.

I have been in your shoes

During my undergraduate and master’s programs, I worked alongside many faculty members and was able to publish in various conference proceedings. I graduated from Texas A&M University with under three years, which was a feat that many said was impossible. Throughout my doctoral journey, I used a number of resources to aid in my success and achievement. Besides learning a great deal from world-renowned academics, I also studied and utilized tips and techniques found in 50+ dissertation books and guides, which aided in expediting my rapid completion of my and have proven to be successful when utilized and applied by my students. Whether I am editing, proofreading, or formatting your work, or coaching/guiding you to reach your goal, I approach the educational process in a manner that not only makes but aids in the timely completion of your journey.

I understand the cost of success

While my fee may be slightly higher than other editors and coaches, I hold a and have been a Dissertation Chair and committee Subject Matter Expert for many years. I have achieved academic success, in a quick timeframe, thereby allowing me to successfully guide many students to the finish line (i.e., the completion of their advanced academic journey). My knowledge of academic writing, ability to convey information using scholarly voice, strong research abilities, formatting expertise, in-depth understanding of thesis/dissertation components, etc. will help you to achieve your goals!

Considering the monetary and time investment that you have made in your educational journey, I take great care to assure that your work is the best it can be.

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