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 Formatting Service


You might be surprised at how much the way your words look can affect the way they sound. No matter what stage your manuscript or document is in, it should be formatted according to standard guidelines. It will pass in front of the eyes of many people throughout its production life: professors, publishing representatives, literary agents, your friends and family, business associates, clients, designers, legal professionals, policymakers and other decision-making entities, researchers, students, all who need to read it without being distracted by substandard format.

The high quality Formatting service helps ensure that your work shouts to all who need to read it, "I'm a professional!" Dr. Pryor will professionally prepare your work according to standard publishing guidelines or your particular style guide* by:

  • Setting consistent margins, line spacing, and font styles
  • Formatting chapter starts, headers and footers, and page numbers
  • Creating and applying special formats for block quotations, lists, and works cited or references pages, etc.
  • Inserting a copyright page, a table of contents, and other front or back matter, if applicable
  • Inserting appropriate section breaks and page breaks
  • And more, to help you perfect your project and show off your best!

"Some" Examples of Errors, Issues, or Problems Looked For According to Professional Editing Service Requested For Your Particular Project:

Proofreading/Light Editing And Other Projects
Subject/verb agreement
Proper use of periods, semicolons, commas, etc Comma splices and sentence fragments
Commonly misspelled words (embarrass; receive) Usage mistakes (here for hear; principal for principle) Consistency throughout (boo-boos or booboos) Typos
Basic Formatting
Same-level headings capitalized consistently Standardized format used for dates, numbers, etc. Conformance to style guidelines*(see examples of style guides supported below)
Copyediting/Heavy Editing And Substantive Editing/Rewriting Projects (Errors, issues, or problems described above plus the following examples of style and grammar problems.)
Ambiguous References
Original: Tracy cut the article out of the magazine and tossed it in the recycle bin.
Revision: Tracy tossed the magazine in the recycle bin after cutting out the article.
Awkward Transitions
Original: Dr. Jellinger's legs hurt from walking all day. He sat on the bench.
Revision: Dr. Jellinger's legs hurt from walking all day, so he sat on the bench.
Passive Voice
Original: He was gratified by their praise.
Revision: Their praise gratified him.
Original: Many of those ideas Jennifer barely understood and they sounded absurd since it felt to her that no one in their right mind would ever have thought such a thing without being told to. [34 words]
Revision: Jennifer barely understood many of those ideas and felt no right-minded person would think such absurd things without prompting. [19 words]
Substantive Editing/Rewriting Projects (Errors, issues, or problems described above plus the following examples of content problems.)
Is the meaning clear at first reading?
Flow of Ideas
Do thoughts flow logically? Would paragraph 7 make more sense if it were above paragraph 4?
*Style Guides Supported by Dr. Barbara K. Pryor
American Psychological Association (APA)
Modern Language Association (MLA)
"Bluebook:" Uniform System of Citation (Legal Citation)
Chicago Manual of Style
Style Guide Preferred For Your Particular Project (if any, please request**see more details in How to Order & Rates section)


Other Professional Editing Services
Proofreading/Light Editing
Copyediting/Heavy Editing
Substantive Editing/Rewriting
Manuscript Critiques
Legal Proofreading/Light Editing
Legal Copyediting/Heavy
Editing Legal Substantive Editing/Rewriting



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