"Writing Tip
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When you think you've got the final version of your manuscript; read it aloud. Reading it aloud will be like you're hearing it for the first time; because you are. "Hearing it", that is.
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The Author's Blog

The opportunity for profit coupled with the relative ease of online publishing has led to the proliferation of "predatory publishers" Don't get fooled by them - it can hurt your career and your work will not get the attention or dissemination it deserves.
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Mentored Reviews

Manuscripts

Mentored reviews help you improve the manuscript you are working on AND become a better writer. The review includes a telephone call to walk you through recommendations so that you will understand the rationale for them and be able to apply them to future manuscripts. The goal is that you will be able to critically read and revise your own work and produce well-crafted manuscripts with a high likelihood of publication. You can become a more productive writer once you understand basic craft and organizational guidelines and feel less intimidated by the writing process.

The review includes:

  • Does the structure and format meet accepted guidelines for the type of manuscript you are writing (i.e. research report or quality improvement project)?
  • Is the focus of the manuscript clear?
  • Does the “so what” message come across clear and strong?
  • Is the introduction engaging and does it strongly establish significance?
  • Is the manuscript well-organized?
  • Is information covered in the appropriate section?
  • Are there grammatical errors or problems with sentence structure?
  • Is there synthesis of information?
  • Are style and language consistent with good writing?

The review does not include checking accuracy of information or statistical analysis. It does not include detailed checking of the formatting of the reference list. Line editing is included.

Dissertations

A mentored review of your dissertation is designed to improve your dissertation AND help you become a better writer. Writing is an essential skill if you plan on being in academia where so much rides on publication. The review includes a telephone call to walk you through the recommendations so that you will understand the rationale for them and be able to apply them to all those publications in your future!

The review includes:

  • Does the structure and format follow dissertation requirements?
  • Does the introduction make a case for the study?
  • Is the manuscript well-organized?
  • Is information presented clearly and concisely?
  • Is information presented in the appropriate section?
  • Are there grammatical errors or problems with sentence structure?
  • Does the literature review synthesize information?
  • Are style and language consistent with good writing?

This is NOT a comprehensive edit. It does not include checking accuracy of information or statistical analysis. It does not include detailed checking of the formatting of the reference list. Line editing is included.

It is your responsibility, with the guidance of your dissertation committee, to ensure that research questions, theoretical framework, methodology, and ethical considerations are appropriate. This review does not include commenting on the study itself, however it will point out where there is lack of clarity or questionable accuracy because of the writing.

Individual Mentoring

One-on-one mentoring is available in person in the greater New York City area or via internet conferencing for those outside the New York City area. The Scholar’s Voice can help you with many types of writing – essays, opinion pieces, narratives, poetry, or writing for health care consumers.
If you would like to discuss an individualized writing mentoring program contact Karen at thescholarsvoice@gmail.com