I absolutely get it — you’ve been researching, writing, editing and fine-tuning your masterpiece, and finally, it’s almost ready for publication. But having read over your work for what seems like the hundredth time, you know it makes sense to find an experienced, professional academic copyeditor to ensure your work meets the highest publication standards.

Whether your manuscript needs a light touch to add shine or a heavier hand to improve flow, the Detail Devil can help. After years of working with academic researchers — early, mid and late career — I’ve carefully designed the following options with your needs in mind. Scroll down the page for details of each option. For details of the process of submitting a manuscript to me, see the FAQs.

Option 1 Copyedit (one pass)
Option 2 Copyedit (two passes)
Option 3 Proofread
Option 4 Page proof
Option 5 Manuscript/thesis format
Option 6 Reference format

Pam assisted me to finalise submission of a book manuscript of over 130,000 words [Assessing Mathematical Literacy: The PISA Experience, 2014, Springer]. She has an excellent command of English, including the finer points of grammar. She set up the styles for our Word program to simplify the formatting task and to deal with references, figures, tables and indexing. Pam is a master of academic style manuals and finds answers to complex referencing questions quickly and accurately. She is indeed good at detail and tracks it through the manuscript. Best of all, Pam is able to achieve just the right balance between making a decision and referring a decision to you. A pleasure to work with.

Emeritus Professor Kaye Stacey (Mathematics Education), University of Melbourne, Australia

Pam efficiently and expertly copyedited my PhD thesis prior to submission. She provided professional and respectful suggestions that improved my writing style and structure. I learnt a lot from Pam as her corrections/suggestions were clearly explained and justified. Pam is kind, accommodating, and has brilliant communication skills. I will definitely be recommending Pam’s services to peers and colleagues.

Jessica Zanuttini Doctoral Candidate (Education and Social Work), University of Sydney, Australia

I am writing to express my gratitude to your patience in giving suggestions in detail and to let you know that your job is appreciated. I can absolutely understand the pressure of doing such a job because I was an English teacher before I started this research and I used to mark my students’ compositions for Chinese College English Test. Each time after marking their work, I felt I could not breathe for several days. So many tiny mistakes and inappropriate usages! Your work reminds me about those days and reminds me to reflect myself and to be a better teacher, with more patience and understanding. You are an amazing person.

Yu Han Doctoral Candidate (Chinese Teacher-Researcher Education), Western Sydney University, Australia

We need to acknowledge our copyeditor Pam Firth of The Detail Devil. We have endless appreciation for her unwavering contribution to this project, where her professionalism shone through immeasurably. No doubt our readers will witness Pam’s editorial acumen contained in this book [The globalisation of higher education: Developing internationalised education research and practice, 2018, Palgrave Macmillan].

Dr Tim Hall, A/Prof Tonia Gray, Dr Greg Downey, Prof Michael Singh (Eds.), Western Sydney University, Australia