I received my PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. I have experience
editing scholarly journal articles, book chapters, theses, dissertations, class syllabi, conference
presentations, grant proposals, and other academic documents. I am grounded in social scientific
methods, literature, and statistics, and have a strong background in grammar and writing organization.
As a former PhD student, I understand the pressures of academic writing and am flexible, working with
you to meet your needs. I am willing to work closely with you to understand your goals and fit academic
editing services into your budget, large or small.
Nothing is more satisfying than to write a good sentence.
I have always loved words and writing. I was that kid who looked up a word in the
dictionary and then read the definitions of all the words on the entire page.
My mother didn't hesitate to correct my grammar when necessary and I benefited from
those early lessons. During college and graduate school I found that I loved the process
of writing—taking a group of rough ideas and shaping them into a clear and eloquent piece
of prose that efficiently communicated my knowledge and ideas. To me, that final polished
product is a thing of beauty. I learned that revision (and revision and revision) is an
essential facet of the writing process—and I fell in love with my red pen! I edited my own work,
and fellow students often asked me to edit their papers as well. After graduate school I decided
to focus solely on editing as my career path. Since starting Word-by-Word Editing, I have enjoyed
the luxury of focusing on writing and revision, and the opportunity to delve more deeply into matters
of grammar and style. It is gratifying to work with clients and help them with a process that
is often overwhelming. It is a pure pleasure to work with writers to improve the readability of
their text and allow their ideas to shine through more clearly.
~ Barbara Tuchman