Choose an editor soon and wisely
Academic editors often feel as if in a battle: deep in the trenches, straight in the firing line. And truth be told, editors like to be in the backrooms, quietly working away.
Why the battlefield? Well, doctoral students and advisors often expect miracles from academic editors. Good editors are extremely reliable, but they are only one cog in a very complex wheel and have no say over what a school requires.
It is a good idea to choose an editor right at the beginning of your writing process and work together for the full number of years it takes to complete your studies.
A good editor will want to know what a school requires so that school guidelines can be included in an edit. Nothing more satisfying for a flexible editor than providing a student with an integrated edit that includes the basics of good English, academic style, strict formatting (like APA), and a school’s house style.