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Students: Do you need help with college papers or essays, or alternatively, could you use some assistance with personal statements for graduate or professional school applications?
Is English a second language, but you want your papers or grad school application essays to read as if it were your first?
Contact Gram at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm a graduate of an elite liberal arts college and a top 10 law school. (I was a corporate bankruptcy lawyer and commercial litigator for nearly two decades, but am no longer a practicing attorney.) I will proofread and edit your written work, paying attention to organization, sentence structure, grammar and word choices. I'm sensitive to, and can address, the problems of students for whom English is not their native tongue. I'll turn your first draft into a polished, finished product, ready to be submitted to your professor.
I'm equally comfortable with all sorts of papers: (i) shorter "think" pieces, where you're being asked for your impressions of, or response to, a particular story, essay or article; (ii) those requiring close textual analysis and high-level critical thinking (particularly in philosophy and related subjects); (iii) longer papers, usually 10-15 pages, requiring outside research.
I do a lot more than just check for spelling errors or mistakes in punctuation: using my legal background, I also read your entire paper to look for logical inconsistencies, weaknesses in your argument and sentences that -- whether due to deficiencies in language or holes in logic -- simply don't hold up to careful review. I make sure that your paragraphs follow naturally from one another, and that the final version of your paper or essay reads smoothly.
Price for editing/proofreading depends on the extent of the editing required and the time I spend, but starts at $20 per double-spaced page for papers; major rewrites, complete overhauls for ESL students and rush jobs cost more.
(Please note: the foregoing price per page DOES NOT apply to graduate or professional school personal statements or application essays. Instead, personal statements for grad school/professional school [law/medical/M.B.A.] applications are priced according to the amount of work and time required to make your prose shine. If you want me to write a personal statement for you from scratch -- as opposed to working from a draft you have already prepared -- the average essay will cost $600 or so, depending on its length and complexity.)
Please e-mail (at email@example.com) with your name, contact info and a short description of the project (subject, number of pages, due date) and I'll get back to you promptly. Thanks! Gram at firstname.lastname@example.org.
do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers