Do a quick search all you’ll find thousands of editing services. When we started back in 1999, there were probably less than 100. So how do you sort through the clutter to find the best one? By considering this comparison checklist.
Who Owns the Editing Service? Our owner is Marc D. Baldwin, PhD, whose bio, credentials, and contact information are right on the website (http://edit911.com/staff). He also runs the Custom Service department, often answering emails and phone calls himself. The buck stops with him. Few other editing services are up front about their ownership and fewer still have the owner himself readily available for questions and clarifications. Dr. Baldwin puts his professional reputation and career as a college professor on the line with every single editing job his company does.
Who Does the Editing? Again, most other editing services don’t make it very clear who is editing your work, much less including staff names and bios (http://edit911.com/staff). All of Edit911’s editors are PhDs and published scholars in a wide range of fields and disciplines. Many on the Staff have been with Edit911 for 7-10 years.
How Dependable and Responsive is Their Customer Service? Dr. Baldwin has one or two assistants, depending on the day, but for the most part he—the owner—answers emails and phone calls. He likes it that way because it ensures that his clients receive the very best treatment and service. No client of Edit911 ever gets delayed or ignored. All questions, concerns, or issues are immediately addressed to our clients’ complete satisfaction.
Do They Have Accountability as Members of TrustE & the Better Business Bureau of America (BBB)? These two organizations warrant and certify that a company is reliable and trustworthy. Without their seals on the site—active and responsive when you click them—the editing service has no accountability. That is, to whom does an unhappy customer complain and report that complaint? Edit911 has perfect A+ rating with both companies, never having had one single complaint filed against it in 13 years of business. Few other editing services are members of these organizations, much less having a flawless record of zero customer complaints.
Does the Editing Service Have a Track Record of Successful Editing? Having edited over 22,000 documents since 1999, Edit911 has hundreds of stellar Testimonials and many delighted Published Clients. Few other editing services have anywhere near the amount of enthusiastic clients singing their praises.
Do the Editors Themselves Actually Write and Publish Their Work? When you think about it, isn’t it absurd to hire an editor who doesn’t actually write anything? All of our editors are published authors of their scholarly articles, books, and novels. They also write blogs (http://edit911.com/blog), books, white papers, and articles for Edit911. Few other editing services provide any information at all about their editors, much less whether or not their editors are published authors.
Do the Editors Offer Any Mentoring and Advice as They Edit? Since almost all of Edit911’s editors are college professors, they enjoy teaching and helping their clients in any way they can. So, they explain their editing and offer constructive suggestions. These two samples of our editing reports demonstrate our editors’ level of engagement with their clients.
Is Their Editing Comprehensive? Most editing services have several different rates, depending on what you pay for. If you just pay for proofreading, they ignore all other issues, regardless of how serious they may be, because you didn’t pay for them to correct anything but basic “errors.” That’s like asking a medical doctor to just check your pulse. She may notice that your eyes are blurry and you have a fever, but she doesn’t treat those symptoms because you didn’t pay for them. We at Edit911 believe it is unethical to do anything other than everything we can possibly do for you. Therefore, we have one low rate for our full-service editing (See Services, FAQs and Order Service).
In Conclusion? The difference between Edit911 and other editing services could not be greater.
We get a lot of unsolicited testimonials after our clients see the work we’ve done for them. Here are just 3 examples:
I’ve said thank you many times since I began business with you and your team. Now that the editing seems complete at last, I find that “thank you” doesn’t quite express my gratitude. You were right; there are a lot of editors out there, but not all of them are for real. I understand the importance of having a professional edit on a beginning author’s first novel. Without a thoroughly clean manuscript the writer is in danger of sinking in a sea of disapproval from readers everywhere.
At the start, your clout and obvious credentials scared me. What I mean to say is: It all seemed too good to be true! An editing company that has an A+ with the BBB? It’s all amazing to someone like me and I’m glad that I took the plunge. Even though it doesn’t say it all, thank you. Thank you for backing every claim and providing everything promised. In this world, that kind of service is priceless.
Author of The Kingdoms of Day
Edit911 made my books look like masterpieces by a prominent professor.
I am very fortunate that I met Edit911. I needed the best quality editing as my books are aiming for worldwide readers. Not only did I receive the highest quality work, their service is the best also. I always received an immediate reply to all my emails. Copy editing, substantive editing, factual data verification, and proofreading were all done flawlessly. The price was very low when the highest quality, authority, and peace of mind are considered.
Thank you very much. I wish you all the best until we meet again.
Author of God Revealed in Mark and God Revealed in John
Please pass my thanks to Dr. Robert for his excellent work. My book is now concise (he edited out about 6,000 words of flab!) the embarrassing flowery passages are gone, and my chapters seem more to the point. I also appreciated his suggestion to add a brief prologue.
English is obviously not my native language, and I believe my book was given a chance by Dr. Robert.
Author of The Dreamer
Do you have an academic text, such as a scholarly journal article, a thesis, or a dissertation that needs editing? Check out our comprehensive method of editing your work. No other editing service can match our method, diligence and rigor. We publish this method for the world to see knowing that–just a gourmet chef is unconcerned about people stealing his recipes–our process is so demanding and painstaking very few other editing services would be able to follow it even if they tried. Excellence isn’t easy because few people are willing to put in the hard work and time to achieve it. Our editors are excellent because they do put in the hard work and time in editing every academic text we are honored to receive.
Prospective clients sometimes ask me why they should have their book editing, thesis editing, dissertation editing, academic editing, or other copyediting done by a PhD. They wonder why someone with a B.A. or M.A. degree can’t copy edit their work just as well. Well, those are good questions and I’ll be happy to explain why every copyeditor on my Staff is a PhD.
Before I make the case for PhDs, allow me to readily acknowledge that many excellent editors all over the world are not PhDs. I certainly would never disparage anyone without a PhD or mean to suggest that one cannot be a professional editor without a doctorate degree. That claim would be ridiculous and insulting. Likewise, I have personally interviewed, tested, and declined to hire hundreds of PhDs who are not good editors at all! In fact, even worse, I have had to fire approximately 70 PhDs over the years whose work was clearly not up to our corporation’s exceedingly high standards. Good editors are hard to find, PhD or not.
That said, there are four main reasons why Edit911’s Staff of PhDs are excellent dissertation editors, thesis editors, book editors, and copyeditors in general.
- A PhD has undergone an intensive and rigorous training as a thinker, scholar, reader and writer. In every one of 10-15 doctoral courses, the student—who already possesses an M.A. degree—must write several fully researched and documented academic papers, from 10-20 pages apiece. Then, the PhD candidate must take nine or more hours of comprehensive written essay exams that are graded on the quality of their composition and writing, as well as their content. Finally, the candidate must write a dissertation, which is a fully researched and documented book-length study. Throughout the process, the candidate’s writing is scrutinized by a committee of PhDs, who demand excellence before awarding the coveted doctorate degree.
- Our PhDs have taken and passed with a 100% score a very tricky and demanding little test. Fully 75% or more of our applicants fail the test because we demand a score of 100%.
- Our PhDs are all published scholars and/or authors of books.
- The editing our PhDs perform must include both grammar, formatting, and content. For example, when editing a doctoral dissertation, the PhD must attend to a) standard English issues; b) style guide formatting (APA, CMS, MLA, etc.); and c) content evaluation, feedback, and guidance. They are assigned their dissertation editing jobs based on matching their doctorate discipline with that of the client’s. Thus, the client is receiving not just good editing and proofreading; the client is receiving doctoral advice from an expert in his or her field. To take another example, 17 PhDs on our Staff have published novels or non-fiction books. They are also matched closely with the genre of book they must edit. Again, they edit not just for grammar and the like; they also give valuable advice about the genre’s conventions and requirements. Their content, structural, and developmental editing is informed by their own experience as writers who have successfully become published.
As Batman said to his would-be imitators when one asked him the difference between him and them: “I’m not wearing hockey pants.”
What do Toyota, DHL, Black & Decker, Transitions Optical, and Hanson Robotics have in common? They’ve all employed us on a variety of editing tasks. Thousands of business professionals, scholars, academics, and regular folks have also asked us to edit their journal articles, dissertations, books, and a wide variety of other important documents. All told, we’ve edited over 11,000 texts for over 7000 clients.
When I founded www.edit911.com, Inc. in 1999, I did so by drawing upon three main lessons learned from my degree in Business Administration and my 5 years of experience in sales: 1) Provide clients the very best service and value at the lowest possible price; 2) Stand behind our work 100%; and 3) Treat every editing job as an opportunity to develop a lifelong business relationship.
To that end, we provide business document editing, dissertation editing, book editing, and all copyediting for a modest fee and with the industry’s fastest turnaround. You’ll receive precise, concise, and correct copyediting, on time every time.
In assembling my Staff of 85 PhD’s, I’ve applied what I’ve learned from my own PhD in English and from my 37 years of experience in teaching writing to both high school and college students. I know how to fix bad writing and so does my Staff. They don’t need any babysitting from me because they’re all consummate professionals and extraordinary wordsmiths. I’m confident in asserting that I have the best team of editors in the world, bar none.
Take note of our membership in TrustE and the BBB. Read our Privacy Statement and peruse our Testimonials. No other editing service can match us—period.
Give us a try and we’ll try our very best to earn your business for life.