Having been an international student myself, I know how daunting the task of penning down that SOP for a UK university seems; where do you start? How creative can you be? What are the necessary elements that are to be included? What can be shortened or cut out to fit that word count?
While an SOP conveys your achievements, a winning one, reflects your individuality, your passion and your ethos. My aim when editing your SOP, will be to retain your voice and tell the story of your achievements and aspiration in the best way possible. After reading your draft, I will connect with you over a call to discuss further changes or specific content that may be required; any particular areas, projects or internships, meaningful (and relevant) moments from life that can be included. Following this, I will edit the piece for structural changes, flow and will tighten the narrative. In the final stage, I will copy edit and proof the document for grammar, spelling and punctuation.
Did you know T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland had initially been titled 'He Do the Police in Different Voices'? Many critiques suggest, had it not been for Ezra Pound's intensive editing, Eliot's magnum opus would not be what it is today.
Having worked in literary publications, and published fiction of my own, I understand the tedious journey a narrative must undergo before being sent to a publication. As a writer, you may have beautiful stories but having an editor who is not personally attached to the writing work on it, can help a narrative realise its true potential. For this, here are the types of editing I provide:
Developmental Editing: This is usually the first stage of editing after you have put a draft together. Here I will work with you on structural changes, focus on the story arc or loopholes within the plot, character building, inconsistencies, any political incorrectness issues, the voice and style of your writing. The suggestions will be marked out against the document which will be discussed over a call and an overview of the narrative will be given. Developmental edits can be extensive. To see two of your favourite paragraphs cut down to 3 lines or a secondary character removed altogether, can be hard but it always makes the narrative stronger.
Copy editing and Proofreading: In this kind of editing, I will go through the narrative for sentence structure, word choice and expression, clarity, grammar, spelling errors, formatting and punctuation. This is usually the last stage of edit.
Developmental Editing: Starting at Rs.5,000 for 3,000 words
TIME: 1 week - 3 weeks depending on the content
Copy Editing & Proof Reading: Starting at Rs 2,500 for 3,000 words depending on the content
TIME: 1 week depending on the content
Often freelance articles or feature pieces land up in the rejected pile not because what you're saying is not worthwhile, but because of how you're saying it. Sometimes a work, though relevant, needs a little too much time to be polished. This may include structural changes, adjusting the logical flow, clarifying or elaborating on certain points, correcting grammatical and spelling errors, etc.
Depending on the scope of the changes, I will edit the document and work with you to arm you with the best chance at being published. I also help with creating pitch documents for articles and recommending relevant publications for your genre of work.
I proofread and design one-pagers :
social media templates
I also provide flatplans for reports/magazines & design the same on a case to case basis.
1. Crafting a Personal Statement
(a.k.a Statement of Purpose)
2. Short Story & Prose
(Building a narrative)
3. Blogs, Features, Articles & Reports
4. Cut through the noise with designed one-pagers