So, what has all this philosophy got to do with a modest English editing company? Well, some of the writing we receive is well below the standard acceptable to a university. We know that even careful editing will not improve the document sufficiently to pass. What to do? Take their money and do a ‘meatball’ edit? After all isn’t the saying “buyer beware” appropriate in this situation? Well no, in several of our assessments for potential customers we have to make a decision that in the best interests of that person we decline to do an edit and offer the following advice:
We advise you to revise this document, rewriting where you can, check with peers and consult with your tutor, only then should you consider paying for editing. AE is not a money only company and hopefully you see the advice we offer is genuine, realistic, and helpful. We have dealt with many students like you and know very well how much time and effort goes into dissertations and how important it is to get a final paper worthy of presenting to a tutor.
Do we lose money sometimes? Yes. Do we sleep better at night? You betcha.
Until next time.