Academic Editing Services

Because I offer a range of editing services, I can intervene at any point in the writing process, from brainstorming to polishing text for immediate publication. Every project starts by assessing where it stands in the writing process and where it should end up.

The three broad paradigms of service explained below—developmental editing, stylistic editing, and copyediting—are places to start, but these approaches can be tailored to meet the needs of even the most idiosyncratic of academic writing projects. If you have needs not addressed by the services below, please contact me to discuss possibilities. I can tailor a package specifically for your project.

When you have an idea of the kind of editing you’d like or if you just want to chat about how I can help you polish off your writing project, the way to get started is to contact me: or (503) 877-2KVH.

My calendar is typically booked three to six months in advance for book-length projects, while shorter documents (e.g., journal articles) can often be worked into my schedule with less notice. So don’t wait to contact me until your manuscript is “ready” to be sent out for editing. It’s never too early in the writing process to start exploring the possibility of working together. I do offer rush rates for projects that require me to work overtime, but getting in touch with me early will help avoid that scenario.

For general policies, see the frequently asked questions.

Note that I’m not currently accepting projects written for degree programs, such as dissertations, theses, or coursework. I do still work with students on manuscripts for publication and other professional documents.

Tweed’s Clients Are …

Professors, independent scholars, academic publishers, advanced graduate students, other academic professionals

Tweed’s Projects Include …

Monographs, book proposals, journal articles, essay collections, job-search materials, CVs, grant proposals

Tweed’s Specialties Are …

Humanities and qualitative social sciences, such as literature, cultural anthropology, languages, history, religion, area studies, and philosophy

For examples of the types of academic documents I’ve developed and polished with authors, take a look at my Clients & Past Projects page. 


For the foreseeable future,
Tweed is only accepting projects in the
 HUMANITIES and qualitative, nonexperimental SOCIAL SCIENCES.

If your manuscript follows an ILMRaD format (introduction, literature review, methodology, results, and discussion), I will be happy to refer you to other capable academic editors who work on such projects.

Categories of Editing

Core service paradigms that can be tailored to meet the needs of your unique project

Developmental Editing

When you want thorough conceptual input or need better shape and direction—at any stage, from brainstorming to full draft


  • Working with you to develop manuscript from initial concept, outline, or draft (or some combination thereof) through any number of subsequent drafts
  • Making suggestions about content, organization, and presentation
  • Identifying and solving problems of overall clarity or accuracy: organizational weakness, lack of focus, redundancies, nonacademic tone, wordiness, triteness, vague generalizations, unsubstantiated claims, and weak sentence style

Developmental feedback is also available as an add-on to copyediting service.

More in-depth information about Tweed’s developmental packages can be found on the Crafting Your Book page.


Stylistic Editing

When your manuscript is well structured and basically grammatically sound but needs an injection of sophistication in terms of language and expression


  • Enunciating the thesis and key topics often and artfully throughout
  • Addressing patterns that undercut your argument: missing transitions, unclear concepts, extensive description, lost argument, uneven pacing, over-quoting, and so forth
  • Adding “breathing room” and picking up the pace where the rhythm is suffering
  • Ensuring consistent voice and assumed readership


When your document is complete and well shaped but needs polish


  • Clarifying sentence structure and tone
  • Checking for or imposing consistent style and format
  • Correcting grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax, tense, inconsistencies, and word usage while preserving the meaning and voice of the original text
  • Preparing a style sheet documenting decisions about style and format
  • Querying apparent errors or inconsistencies

Full copyediting necessarily involves multiple passes through the material. When a manuscript is not going immediately to typesetting afterward, a single pass of copyediting may instead be sufficient. I offer single-pass editing for a reduced fee. 

Specialty Services

Packages keyed to critical junctures on your scholarly path
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Visiting Editor Program

Individual Faculty Consultations at Your Institution

  • On campus or virtual
  • Consultations with faculty authors on publishing projects: manuscript checkups, book plans, strategy brainstorms
  • Short sessions spread over 1–5 days and based on short packets authors submit in advance
  • Possibility of additional components: editorial talk, revision workshop, follow-up work with select faculty, etc.

Past participants have rated the program highly, calling it a “great opportunity” and saying it is “helpful to learn more about the book writing and submission process from a developmental editor.” (Feedback and ratings gathered by host institution.)

Based on the format of Emory University’s Meet the Author & Agent event series, for which I was the invited editor in 2021.  Departments, career development offices, individual faculty—please contact me to discuss.

Book Proposals

To put together your book proposal for an academic press, you must anticipate the priorities of the acquisitions editor and present your manuscript as dynamic and timely. Tweed helps you make the pitch, including identifying your target readers and surveying the book’s market.

CVs & Applications

Whether the goal is an academic position, grant funding, or acceptance into your top-choice PhD program, strategic feedback is available for all types of academic application materials: cover letters, teaching philosophies, research proposals, CVs, and so forth.

R&R Support

When you are faced with the prospect of revising and resubmitting your journal article for publication, it’s key to understand clearly the feedback you’ve been given and proceed in a way that responds appropriately while making the most of your time and retaining the core intentions of your piece.

What Are You Working On?

I love answering questions about academic editing, and I’m curious to hear more about your upcoming writing projects.