December 31 2013

2013: The Numbers

by Barbie in Company News

Today, we’re breaking down 2013 by the numbers. Long story short, this year was our most successful one yet!

  • Editing projects: 170 (a nearly 30% increase from our 2012 project load)
  • Schools: 13, including 5 Florida schools (Barry University, UCF, FIU, FAU, and Nova) as well as schools from across the country, including Harvard Continuing Education, University of Utah, and Eastern Kentucky University
  • Writing projects: More than 750 articles written, including 204 for Demand Media Studios partners and 565 for private clients at Constant Content
  • Words: With those writing projects averaging 400-500 words per article, we wrote more than 337,000 words this year!

Thanks to all of our clients who helped us make 2013 our best year yet. See you in 2014!

December 30 2013

2013: The Details

by Barbie in Company News

As we reflect on 2013, we are excited by the breadth of our work. While we work with many DNP students at Barry University, our client base far exceeds this program. Here’s a look at some details of our writing and editing projects in 2013:

  • Academic disciplines: We edited academic papers in nursing, business, theology, sustainability, American sign language, and education this year.
  • Nationwide client base: We edited projects for clients local to us here in Kentucky, in our original base in Florida, and as far reaching as Utah and Texas.
  • Journals: We worked with teams of professors writing articles for journals such as The Journal of Business Venturing and the Academy of Management Journal.
  • Busiest quarter: Fourth quarter (fall semester) with 55+ editing projects. The first quarter (spring semester) was not far behind with 47 projects.
  • Slowest quarter: Third quarter — summer is the perfect time to get on our schedule!
  • Not just dissertations: We also edited cover letters, resumes/CVs, poster presentations, business marketing materials, continuing education online courseware, and promotion and tenure documents for academic faculty.
  • We write, too. We continued to develop existing relationships with long-term clients and discovered some new opportunities as well. In addition to writing a great deal of retail content for many well-known websites, we contributed to The Bump, GlobalPost Parenting, ModernMom Parenting, and

Come back tomorrow as we break down the numbers and look at our project load for 2013.




December 23 2013

Happy holidays!

by Barbie in Company News

Our busiest semester yet, fall 2013, is behind us, and our academic clients are enjoying a well-deserved break for the holidays. Here at Carpenter Doc, we’re taking a break for the rest of the year as well. If you’re still writing, feel free to contact us via email over the holiday break. Although response time might be slower than usual, we’ll get back to you to discuss any 2014 projects.

We wish our clients and readers a happy holiday season!

P.S.: Stop by the blog later this week for our 2013 breakdown. Here’s a preview: 2013 was our most successful year yet!

December 12 2013

Congrats, Barry DNP students!

by Barbie in Academia

Today is the dissertation/capstone project submission deadline for our Barry DNP clients. In other words, today is a day that many of our clients probably had circled on their calendar for months (or years)! In the fall 2013 semester, we worked with 25 Barry DNP students on their dissertations or capstone projects. We’ve enjoyed an ongoing relationship with the students and professors in this program for years now, and we look forward to working with more students in coming semesters. Congrats to our fall 2013 graduating clients — it’s been a pleasure working with you! Contact us anytime as you continue to write and publish.

November 28 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

by Barbie in Company News

Wishing a very happy Thanksgiving to our blog readers and clients! It’s a busy time of year for Carpenter Doc and our clients, thanks to the holidays and the approaching end of the semester. We hope our clients enjoy a break from dissertation writing and revising to celebrate the holiday!

If you have a project in with us, you can expect it back sometime next week. Enjoy your holiday!

November 7 2013

November: Looking ahead

After our crazy October, which included 15 dissertation edits, we’ve entered November with even more academic projects to work on. Currently, we have dissertations on our schedule up until Thanksgiving week, when we might get a brief respite before the onslaught of end-of-the-semester projects land in our inbox. We encourage any clients who will need our assistance between now and Christmas to contact Barbie now so that we can get you on the schedule.

Even when our editing workload is heavy, we continue to maintain a number of ongoing writing projects with some long-term clients. Recently, Barbie has started writing for the Style section of Demand Media Studios’ family of websites, along with the Parenting section, which she’s been writing for for much of 2013. Check out a few recently published articles:

November 1 2013

Off-the-charts October

by Barbie in Company News

October is a historically busy month here at Carpenter Doc, but this October proved to be busier than any month in the company’s five-year history! We worked on 15 dissertation proposals, capstone projects, and dissertations for 15 clients, not to mention a few other non-academic editing projects thrown in for good measure. With these projects ranging from 60 to 200 pages, it’s safe to say we edited more pages this month than we ever have.

While some of these clients were putting the finishing touches on their post-defense revisions, many were gearing up for their dissertation defenses. So, we expect to see more projects like these in the next month as students frantically prepare for December deadlines and commencement. Good luck to our clients defending and revising in the coming weeks, and we’ll be here to help you complete your dissertations and capstone projects by the end of the semester.

October 28 2013

What’s your deadline?

by Barbie in Editing

When we receive a project from a client, we need a deadline. Not only does a deadline help us manage our schedule, it also ensures that you’re able to submit your project on time. While coming up with your deadline might seem simple, consider these tips before answering that simple question:

  • How long will you need to revise? You’re going to receive an edited document that’s full of tracked changes and editorial comments. You don’t want to cut your deadline so close that you don’t have time to adequately revise.
  • What does your schedule look like? Building off of the previous point, consider how much time you can dedicate to revising in the days leading up to your deadline. Ideally, you want to make your revisions your top priority as your deadline quickly approaches.
  • How much collaboration is needed? You might receive your edited document, implement our changes and comments, and be ready to submit. Or, you might have questions, want us to review your revisions, or need a quick formatting fix. Building in some time for editorial collaboration is a smart move when establishing your deadline.

So, if you’re defending your dissertation on November 15, don’t give that date to us as your deadline. You need time to revise and collaborate before you submit. Whether you need a few days or a week to revise depends on your schedule, efficiency, and availability.

October 16 2013

Fall semester update

by Barbie in Academia, Company News

October and November are typically our busiest months, so it’s no surprise that we are inundated with dissertation proposals and dissertations this month. In fact, we are working on our 133rd editing project of 2013, which means we’ve already exceeded our project total for 2012! So, we are headed for a record-breaking year at Carpenter Doc!

We currently have four dissertations in work, and we are expecting at least four more that are due before the end of the month. We are completing projects on a first-come, first-served basis, so the earlier you get your project in, the higher it is in our queue. Even if your dissertation isn’t ready to be edited just yet, please contact Barbie ASAP so that we can plan for your project.

Good luck to our clients that are defending this semester — we have many of them!

September 24 2013

Typo hunting

by Barbie in Around Town

Typos are everywhere, whether you spot a sign at the grocery store, catch a punctuation error on television, or see a major misspelling on a social media site. We share the typos and grammatical errors that we catch around town on our Facebook page, and from time to time, we enjoy sharing them with our blog readers as well.

Here are a few finds from our recent typo hunting:

Complimentary, meaning free, is correct here.

Missing apostrophe, courtesy of Today

A jumbled mess at the grocery store