College students who are required to submit their essays would normally hire a freelance editorial service to develop their essays. If you want to add college essay editing to your freelance services, you should have enough background in college writing; for someone who already went to college, this could be a cinch. Familiarize yourself with the different styles such as APA, MLA and Chicago. Before you accept any editing project from a college student, try to ask for details and instructions. Ask specific information as it would help you go through with your editorial services.
College essays vary in style and required number of words or pages. Thus, it is better to know this before you begin editing. As an editor, you should consider the style of college writing, which is academic and serious. If the essay is improperly formatted and edited, you will have a bad reputation with your student clients.
Since you are editing a college essay, you should also have enough background with the topic being discussed. If your client writes about air pollution, it is better to check the data he presented with your resources. Once you have looked into the authenticity of these data, you can format the paper and start editing for minor errors such as sense and style. The usual format for college essays is double-spaced and typed in 12 pt. Times New Roman, or Arial, depending on the instructions of your client’s professor.
The content of the essay should have the basic parts: the introduction, body and conclusion (in simpler sense, the beginning, middle and end). Unless instructed, a thesis statement should end the beginning of the essay. The thesis statement is essential for college essays. It is a declaration of what the essay is all about. As an example: “Since the increase of population in Brooklyn, more people in New York are complaining of overcrowding in the subway than ever before.” To edit the thesis statement, you should check its consistency with the over-all discussion in the essay and it should have appropriate and accurate citations.
Once you have edited the essay, re-edit it. Take a closer look at the grammar and punctuation, and then the syntax. Then, review the essay as a whole. Ensure that it will sound intelligent and is formatted appropriately.
In venturing into editorial services for college essays, you should have a large vocabulary in the context of academic writing. When you poorly edit college essays, it will have a negative effect on you as an editor.
Master the usage of transition elements such as furthermore, moreover, additionally, etc. You can ensure coherence and organization of the college essay if you would familiarize yourself with different techniques, most especially in academic writing.
In any type of editorial services, you should have an open communication with your client. Review the essay and when you have noticed some awkward or doubtful parts, call your client and clarify the part. It is easy to edit a college essay if you have the full details and clarifications from your client.
In establishing your reputation for your editorial services, focused on college essays, you can have a lucrative business, since students would like to seek help and pay the right price if they are satisfied with the service. It is also a good networking ground for your business, since the students would love to refer you to their classmates or friends, if and only if, you have done your job well.