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Todd L

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Accurate Editing & Typing
Watertown, Massachusetts
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I have 22 years of editing a wide variety of documents — business plans, dissertations, essays, letters, memoirs, nonfiction books, novels, poetry, resumes, short stories, website texts, etc. — and edit all equally well with my eagle-eye for grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax, structure, and respect for the author's style. I FIX YOUR WORDS TO MAKE YOUR POINTS...so that your printed copy, Web content, speech text or PowerPoint presentation is presented with power to clearly convey your content to your target audience. I can help you with the following, and more: • Spelling • Grammar • Punctuation • Use of clichés • Clarity of thesis • Stylistic wordiness • Sentence structure • Awkward phrasing • Imprecise word choice • Logical development of argument • Paragraph construction and transitions • Introductory paragraph with thesis at end • Summary and conclusion at end of paper Editorial guidelines I follow: • APA Style • MLA Style • Turabian Style • Chicago Manual of Style • Strunk & White's The Elements of Style • AP (Associated Press) Stylebook & Libel Manual • "Polishing Your Prose" by Steven M. Cahn & Victor L. Cahn English instructors to whom I am indebted, for showing me how: "Cut, cut, cut. Cut words, cut phrases, cut letters." — Victor L. Cahn, Professor of English, Bowdoin College (now at Skidmore College) "Don't overstate your case. A clear, short argument is always best." — Barbara J. Kaster, Harrison King McCann Professor of Communication Emeritus, Bowdoin College "This sentence needs to be broken down, simplified, and clarified." — William D. Geoghegan, Professor of Religion Emeritus, Bowdoin College "This clause says nothing extra, and could therefore be omitted." — Denis J. Corish, Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Bowdoin College "Try to improve your style of writing and to be more critical about your choice of words." — Vlada Petric, Founding Curator, Harvard Film Archive, Harvard University "Get to the point more quickly," and "Put the deeper sections first." — Abigail Erdmann, Brookline High School "Watch consistency," and "Be terse and precise about what exactly your examples are proving." — Beth Thompson, Brookline High School "Try to be simple and straightforward," "Be more specific," and "Try to vary the lengths of your sentences more." — Ellen Goff, The Park School "Try during your revision to keep as many of the author's own words and sentences as possible." — Jonathan Shaw, The Park School

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