Students, especially doctoral students, have the difficult task of choosing an academic editor. Decisions, decisions, decisions. What to look for? How to decide?
I can tell you the 3 most common questions that come my way.
- How much does the editing cost?
- How long will it take?
- Does the editing come with any guarantee?
How can the replies help you? Well, you need to know what you are looking for.
- Are you shopping for the cheapest and fastest turnaround?
- Are you assessing who will give your work respect and help you polish the final product?
Know what you want and respect the outcome. If you buy a hamburger, do not expect a steak.
Always interesting to see how students view their work: is it a mere product or a creative process. A product approach usually wants the editing done cheap and fast. A creative approach understands that the process is actually dynamic and flows and could take longer.