July 1 2015

Mid-year update

by Barbie in Academia, Company News

Hello, July! The first half of 2015 has been busy at Carpenter Doc! We’ve completed 105 editing projects so far, and our July schedule is nearly full — even before the month begins. We’ve worked with students from 15 schools in 2015. In June alone, we secured 13 new clients and completed 17 editing projects!

The second half of the year is shaping up to be just as busy. During the fall semester, our schedule fills up quickly, as many of our graduate student clients prepare for end-of-the-year dissertation defenses and commencements. If you’re graduating in 2015, now is the time to line up your editor. Many schools require that theses and dissertations go through a professional editor before final submission, and you don’t want to be scrambling at the last-minute to find someone to review your project.

We can put you on our schedule today, even if your editing project is a few months out!

June 22 2015

100 projects in 2015

by Barbie in Company News

Over the weekend, we wrapped up our 100th editing project of the year! Our 2015 pace is a full two months ahead of our project load for 2014 — we hit the century mark on August 20, 2014 and on June 20, 2015. We’re excited to see how business blossoms during the second half of the year.

We’re in the midst of a busy summer season! Since the spring semester ended in early May, we’ve completed nearly 30 editing projects and secured 10 new clients (…and counting!).

Thanks to our loyal client base for helping the business grow. Referrals are a big part of our business, thanks to you!

June 7 2015

Is the majority really a majority?

by Barbie in Academia, APA Style

Demographic data and research results are often presented in percentages. Fifty percent of the respondents were female, 19% had a bachelor’s degree, or 72% showed an improvement in their health after the clinical trial. 

Many writers vary how they present this data by introducing some subsets of the data as a majority. But, in some cases, defining the data as a majority simply isn’t accurate.

Merriam-Webster defines majority as:

a number that is greater than half of a total

So, if more than 50% of your data falls into this category, go ahead and use the term majority. But if the dataset falls under 50%, nix “majority” and simply present the data as the percentage.

June 4 2015

Book review

by Barbie in Academia

Did you catch our recent post about a great resource for graduate students?

Check out our review of Noelle Sterne’s forthcoming book, Challenges in Writing Your Dissertation: Coping With Emotional, Personal, and Spirtual Struggles on the Rowman & Littlefield website! Click the Reviews tab to see it.

June 1 2015

June availability

by Barbie in Company News

Summer (or summer semester, at least…) is here! We are working through the summer along with our many clients!

Our schedule is currently full through Friday, June 5. We’ll be traveling from June 6-June 8, but we’ll be resuming work on Tuesday, June 9.

We have plenty of room in June and July for new projects, so don’t hesitate to send us your writing or editing project.

May 2 2015

Helpful guidance for dissertation writers

by Barbie in Academia

Writing your dissertation can be an overwhelming process, from selecting your committee members and drafting your proposal to defending your work and making final revisions. Investing years of your life into the dissertation-writing process — not to mention having your degree hanging in the balance — certainly creates significant stress.

While your school might have the resources in place to help you with your writing and research, where should you turn for additional support? How do you cope with the emotional, interpersonal, and even spiritual struggles that writing a dissertation may present?

In the forthcoming Challenges in Writing Your Dissertation: Coping With the Emotional, Interpersonal, and Spiritual Struggles (Rowman & Littlefield Education, September 2015), Noelle Sterne, Ph.D., tackles these often overlooked but vitally important struggles that doctoral candidates face. She taps into her wealth of experience in coaching graduate students and offers real-life examples that students can certainly relate to. From resetting your life and prioritizing your dissertation to preparing your loved ones for this challenging process, Sterne offers valuable advice far beyond what your committee members may offer.

Supplementing your dissertation-writing experience with this book, along with guidance from your committee and your editor, can help you stay focused and excel during this challenging process.

April 28 2015

A busy spring

by Barbie in Academia, Company News

Another semester is winding down, and Spring 2015 certainly kept us busy. We tackled 70 editing projects this semester, working with students from more than a dozen schools across the country. Our projects were varied, ranging from dissertation proposals and journal manuscripts to capstone projects and post-defense dissertation revisions.

Several long-term clients will be graduating this semester, and while we’re sad to end our editor-writer collaboration (for now…), we’re happy that they have successfully submitted that final draft of their dissertation. Many other clients are just beginning the writing and research process, and we look forward to continuing to work with them for semesters to come!

What’s Next?

As a busy spring ends, we’re now focusing on filling our summer schedule with more editing projects. If you’re drafting a dissertation proposal, taking summer classes, or trying to get published, we’re here to help! Summer is a great time to get on our schedule, as we typically face a lighter load and, as a result, can offer quicker turnaround times!

March 26 2015

Graduating this spring?

by Barbie in Company News

It’s hard to believe that the end of the spring semester is mere weeks away! If you’re graduating this spring, you’re running out of time to get your thesis, dissertation, or capstone project professionally edited before final submission.

Our April calendar is nearly full. We are currently accepting projects with deadlines after April 20th!

Contact Barbie today!

March 4 2015

Happy Grammar Day!

by Barbie in Grammar

It’s National Grammar Day! We’re celebrating by editing a dissertation. How about you?

In honor of this occasion, we’re sharing some of our most popular blog posts. Check out some of our favorite writing tips along with some major grammar fails that we’ve found over the years.

Here’s to a grammatically perfect day!

February 16 2015

Snowy day resources

by Barbie in Academia

If you’re caught in the mid-south snowstorm Octavia like we are, you’re probably looking for things to keep you occupied while you hunker down. Lucky for us, this week’s schedule is filled with capstone projects and dissertations, keeping us busy as the snow falls. Here are some great resources that can help you as you write your academic manuscripts, theses, and dissertations. If you’re enjoying a snow day, check them out!

Happy reading — and stay warm!