October 3 2018

Working with a freelance writer

Freelance writing can be a successful endeavor for both the writer and the client. Outsourcing writing to a skilled professional can benefit the client in many ways, allowing him or her to entrust content development to someone capable of developing engaging, effective, SEO-driven content.

But, what does the relationship between the freelance writer and the client look like? How can it succeed?

Recently, I participated in a Scripted survey to discuss ways to maximize success as a freelance writer. Check out the blog post, which includes my input as well as ideas from other freelancers!

March 9 2018

Website updates coming soon

by Barbie in Company News

Hello out there! The first two months of 2018 have been busy for Carpenter Doc. I’m jumping into some new long-term projects and working with new clients on their academic manuscripts. At the same time, I’m revamping the website to better reflect the services that are currently offered. So, stay tuned for more updates later this month! In the meantime, contact me at barbie@carpenterdoc.com to schedule a project.

December 18 2017

2017 writing recap

by Barbie in Company News, Web Writing

The Carpenter Doc business model has certainly expanded since its launch in 2008.  Since then, I’ve discovered a variety of writing opportunities on the web. What began as writing informational articles for sites like eHow.com and TheBump.com has evolved into serving as a content writer and retail copywriter for a variety of notable, long-term clients.

Here are just a few of the writing tasks we tackled in 2017:

  • Product description writing: When you’re shopping online, chances are you want details on what you’re buying. Product descriptions give specific insight into the product, explaining its uses, dimensions, and features. I developed tens of thousands of product descriptions for several retail clients, including Hayneedle and REI.
  • Category page content: Your search for a specific product on any retail website takes you to a category page, where a collection of similar items are organized. Often, these pages feature content that explains how to use the products, differentiates between products, and offers shopping tips. This year, I developed category page content for Shutterfly, StubHub, Lumens, Wayfair, and Joss and Main.
  • Blog posts: Blogs are another way retailers can engage with customers over the web. I worked with Uber, ServiceMaster, and Merry Maids to develop interesting and relevant blog posts that targeted their consumer demographics.

These are just a few of the examples of writing work completed in 2017. Several of these projects will continue into 2018, and I have already committed to two new long-term projects with popular retailers and hotel chains.

For more information about content writing and retail copywriting services, contact Barbie today!

December 13 2017

2017 editing recap

by Barbie in Company News

It’s hard to believe the end of 2017 is upon us. It’s been a busy year both personally and professionally, and I’m happy to share that Carpenter Doc enjoyed great success this year. I edited 200 projects in 2017! Our editing schedule remained full at least a month in advance throughout the year — and we’re already scheduling projects for January ’18 and beyond!

This year, I worked with students from universities across the country. As usual, we’ve maintained relationships with DNP programs at Barry University and Frontier Nursing University, working with dozens of students every semester. However, our editing client base expanded in 2017, allowing us to work with students and professors from the following schools:

  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • University of Kentucky
  • UNC Greensboro
  • University of North Florida
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Maryland
  • George Washington University
  • Walden University
  • Drexel University
  • Central Michigan University
  • University of Phoenix
  • Florida International University
  • University of South Florida

Most of our new clients found us thanks to referrals from current and past clients, colleagues, and friends. Thank you for the referrals and continued business. Here’s to more in 2018!

For inquiries about 2018 availability, contact Barbie today!

October 4 2017

Hello out there!

by Barbie in Company News

Hey there! My absence on the blog might indicate that Carpenter Doc has fallen by the wayside, but I’m happy to report quite the opposite. 2017 has been an incredibly busy year, full of ongoing projects with long-term clients as well as many new writing and editing projects.

Carpenter Doc has connected with many students at new schools, including Frontier Nursing University, Walden University, and George Washington University. I continue to work with students locally at Eastern Kentucky University as well as Florida-based clients at Barry University, FIU, and other schools.

There’s more than just editing, however. This year alone, I’ve written tens of thousands of product descriptions for popular web-based retailers. If you’re an avid online shopper, chances are you’ve read my work!

The fall schedule is filling up quickly, with November projects already on the calendar. I schedule two editing projects per week due to ongoing writing commitments. So, shoot me an email at barbie@carpenterdoc.com today to see how I can help you this semester and beyond!

November 10 2016

Wrapping up Fall 2016

by Barbie in Academia, Editing, Grad School

We’re nearly halfway through November, and Thanksgiving is just two weeks away. Once you return to campus after the holiday break, you’ll be in the midst of final exams, dissertation and thesis revisions, and, in some cases, graduation. Before you walk across that stage and earn your degree, there’s work to do, and we’re here to help.

We have several projects lined up for our clients who are graduating this semester. We’re helping them polish their dissertation proposals before their defense and editing the final draft of their capstone projects. Others are writing manuscripts to submit to peer-reviewed journals. We have some availability for the remainder of 2016, so now is the time to get on our schedule.

Email barbie@carpenterdoc.com today. Happy writing!

October 9 2016

Perfect your PowerPoint presentation

by Barbie in Academia, Design

One of the final steps of the capstone project or dissertation process is the defense, the point at which you present your study to your committee, field their questions, and share the contribution that your study adds to the larger body of research. Most students rely on a PowerPoint presentation to share their findings, and we edit many of those presentations for our clients.

Follow these tips to create an effective and convincing PowerPoint presentation.

Minimize Text

Your presentation should outline the topics you will discuss without reiterating everything you plan to say. Use each slide to provide an overview of the topic, and use the notes section to remind yourself of all the information you want to mention during your defense. Simply put, the less text, the better.

Use a Cohesive Design

PowerPoint offers many design options, but don’t get too excited and add too many elements to each slide. Instead, stick to a cohesive design from slide to slide. Use the same background color or pattern on each slide. Establish heading levels, and stick to the same font throughout. Implement these design features from your first slide to your last, and you’ll ensure that your design won’t distract your audience.

Add Visual Interest

Graphics engage your audience more than text, so use those well-designed figures and tables from your manuscript in your presentation as well. Choose those design elements that effectively convey your findings, and your findings will be more impactful during your presentation.

Look at your PowerPoint as a supplement to your presentation. Remember, your knowledge of the subject surpasses anything that your PowerPoint can convey.

September 12 2016

Currently accepting fall projects!

by Barbie in Academia, Company News

Now that you’re back in the routine of the fall semester, review your syllabi and decide which papers require an edit. Whether you’re writing a short manuscript or composing your thesis, dissertation, or capstone project, we’re here to help! Once late September hits, our schedule for the remainder of the year fills quickly, so now is the perfect time to get your project in for a quick edit. Or, if you know when you’ll be submitting a paper this semester, it’s never too early to get on our schedule.

Simply contact barbie@carpenterdoc.com for all of your editing needs this semester. Happy writing!

August 28 2016

3 benefits of working with an editor this semester

by Barbie in Academia

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Why do you need an academic editor? Is it worth the investment? How will you benefit from the writer-editor relationship?

If you’re considering working with an academic editor for the first time this semester, you’re not alone. Each semester, we work with more than 50 students at universities across the country, helping to edit everything from 5-page manuscripts to 250-page dissertations — and everything in between.

Here’s why our clients always keep coming back.

1. Writing improvement

Working with a comprehensive (or developmental) editor is more than just having someone check your spelling and punctuation. This intensive editing process identifies consistent flaws in your writing, allowing you to improve them. For example, perhaps you often forget to add transitions to your paper to improve the flow of the manuscript. We’ll identify those problems and work with you to build stronger transitions and, as a result, a more readable piece.

2. Grammar brush-up

If you’re matriculating through higher education, chances are that your last grammar class was in high school … or even earlier. Everyone can use a brush-up on grammar. Our edit includes a complete grammar check, and we will point out any consistent problems, complete with an explanation of the grammar rule, so that you can apply this rule next time you write.

3. Open communication

When you use our services, you can contact Barbie via email at any time for quick questions about your project. Wondering the best way to cite a new source? Want her to review a new sentence you added to your introduction? Need help formatting the table of contents? Barbie is always on call to answer your questions, and minor revisions and formatting fixes are available at no additional charge with every edit.

Working with an editor is a smart investment that can improve not only your grade but also your writing.


August 22 2016

4 writing tips for Fall 2016

by Barbie in Academia, Writing

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If you’re not back on campus, you will be soon! Colleges and universities here in Kentucky are kicking off the fall semester this week. As you collect your syllabi and prepare for a busy semester ahead, follow these tips when writing those academic papers.

1. Don’t procrastinate.

Effective academic writing requires outlining, drafting, and revising. If you wait until the last minute to write that paper, you simply won’t have time for these key steps. Start your paper at least a week before the deadline, which will give you time to adequately research the topic. Then, you will be able to step away from the paper and return to it with a fresh mind, which will improve the revision process.

2. Know your style.

Professors have different requirements for the style and format of the paper. Read the requirements closely to ensure that you are following the appropriate style guide, whether it be APA, MLA, or Chicago. Look for any tweaks to the style — for example, APA prefers abstracts of 150 – 250 words, but some schools permit their students to write abstracts up to 350 words.

3. Cite carefully.

Unintentional plagiarism can have serious consequences. Always cite any content that is not your own, whether it is a direct quote or a paraphrase. Use both in-text citations and a detailed bibliography. Many professors use plagiarism checkers when grading your paper, so proper citations can be the difference between passing and failing.

4. Build in proofreading time.

Hastily writing a paper the night before it is due will likely result in plenty of typos or poorly phrased sentences. Set aside a few hours before your deadline to proofread the paper, focusing on the concision of your sentences, the overall flow of your paper, and adherence to proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling. If that task sounds too overwhelming, we’re here to help!

Here’s to a successful fall semester!