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Welcome to
MyFinalDraft.com                       Jan Ryder, Ph.D.

                           Academic Editing Services

         Proofreading, Copyediting, Substantive Editing

                  Manuscript Analysis and Critique

      Journal Articles, Books, Theses & Dissertations, and More

                 APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian, AAA, AMA


Professors, Researchers, and Independent Scholars:

  • Do you need help polishing an article, conference paper, or book manuscript?
  • Could you use some critical feedback on a writing project?
  • Do you need a document formatted to APA, MLA, Chicago, or another style?

Graduate Students:

  • Do you need help polishing up your thesis or dissertation?
  • Do you need your thesis or dissertation formatted to a particular style?
  • Are you already feeling the pressure to publish but just don't quite feel ready?

ESL Students:

  • Are you struggling to write in a language that doesn’t always make a lot of sense?
  • Do you feel at a disadvantage compared with your native-speaking classmates?
  • Would you like to improve your command of English grammar, spelling, and punctuation?


Good writing is vital to your academic success. Whether you are laboring over a conference paper, dissertation, or book, you need to be able to express yourself clearly and concisely. Grades, degrees, scholarships, publications, promotions—all depend on being able to communicate your ideas successfully. And to make a good impression, your manuscript must be free of typos, misspellings, and other errors. But good writing doesn’t always come easily, either for students or for faculty. And if English is not your native language, you may face special challenges getting ahead in the academic world.

That’s where I can help. As an academic editor, I will edit your writing projects by correcting errors of grammar, spelling, and punctuation; clarifying ideas; improving organization; polishing writing style; formatting to APA, MLA, Chicago, or another academic style; and more. I offer different levels of editing, depending on your needs and budget. I am also available for consultation on writing projects. And for those of you living in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts, I can work with you in person to get your manuscript into tip-top shape.

Your satisfaction is also guaranteed. You will find my rates to be quite competitive among academic editors. And I will be happy to perform a free sample edit so that you know in advance what you're getting. Because I value you as my client, I'm willing to go the extra mile to make certain you're happy with my work. If anything is not to your liking, I will continue to work with you at no extra charge until my editing meets your expectations. I simply won't be satisfied until you're satisfied.

Remember, good writing can help get your dissertation approved, enhance your prospects for getting published, and do much more. And by taking the time to study the changes I make to your documents, you can sharpen your own writing skills and feel more confident about your work. As a former professor who has graded literally thousands of student papers over the years, I know what it takes to earn the top grades. I also have extensive experience editing ESL documents of all types. You will find academic editing to be an excellent investment of your time and money.

I invite you to take a moment to look around my site. If you have any further questions, I will be happy to answer them. Just e-mail me anytime at editor@myfinaldraft.com.

I am committed to your academic success.