Louise Michelle Vital, PhD



In addition to being a PhD holder, I have edited several dissertations and dissertation proposals along with manuscripts that have been published in peer-reviewed journals and chapters in published books. I have also edited grant/fellowship applications, curriculum vitae, résumés, cover letters, and personal statements for graduate applications.

My range of editing services include:

  • Proofreading: checking for basic grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors

  • Editing: reviewing for clarity and consistency, reorganizing, restructuring, light revisions, and suggestions for rewriting work

  • Document formatting: as per the writing project’s stated guidelines

  • APA formatting: as per the 6th edition of the Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association

  • Reference and in-text citations check: noting missing items 

If you require more intensive support with your writing project, I encourage you to consider my coaching services.

Editing Services Details

Project Length – The amount of time it takes for me to work on your writing project depends on the quality of your writing and the number of pages I need to review. After submitting your materials for review, I will offer you an estimate of how long it may take to complete the project.

Costs – I charge *$40 per hour for standard editing services. Rush projects—those that require a less than a ten-day turn-around—will be charged $80 per hour. Depending on the size and the scope of the project, the rush fee can be negotiated.

*My fee for institutions and corporations is a different rate. Please contact me for further details.

Editing Timeline

After receiving your initial email, I will follow up with you to get a better sense of what your writing project will entail. The follow-up will include receiving from you a copy of your writing project, the requirements of your writing project, and your timeline and deadlines. Based on this additional information, I will offer you an estimate of how long it may take to complete the project. 

If we agree to work together, I will require an $80 non-refundable deposit, which will ensure that my writing will be completed based on our mutually agreed upon due date. Your deposit will be applied to the final cost of your project, with any extra amount returned to you.

After completing your editing project, I will email you an invoice that reflects the time I worked on your project. You will be required to pay this balance (less the $80 deposit) prior to receiving your completed document. Payment is received via PayPal, with instructions included in your invoice.

After your payment is received, I return two versions of your document to you. The first version is labeled “edited with comments” and includes the track changes and comments I made throughout your document. The second version is labeled “clean with comments,” meaning all the track changes have been accepted but the comments have remained for your review.

A note about plagiarism…

I assume that all work submitted to me for review and edit is written entirely by the individual I am working with. I do not check any content against a plagiarism checker nor do I conduct additional research to confirm that all references (in-text or in reference lists) accurately convey what the citations appear to convey. In other words, I assume that the individuals I am working with have factually, accurately, and ethically cited their sources, including authors, publication dates, and page numbers. Any evidence of plagiarism will result in the termination of my services and no fees collected to date will be refunded.

Please note: My roster of projects is full. You are invited to send me an email so that I can add you to my wait list.