Louisa and John

November 15, 2011

I am writing because I want people to know

that Louisa is an absolutely amazing editor.

I first meet Louisa two or so years ago when – in a bit of a panic and faced with a looming deadline – I needed to find someone to help me tighten up and flesh out my dissertation. Through that entire experience I knew I had met someone who was a truly gifted editor. Not only did she catch things I never would have seen in a hundred years, but she was someone I could bounce ideas off of to get a sense of whether the ideas I was putting forward hung together (this in my experience is rare…) Ultimately, that dissertation won a national award for being the best dissertation in its field – something that I very much doubt would have been possible without Louisa’s help.

Let me highlight two remarkable editorial traits that really stood out for me during this process. First, Louisa does not blindly read what she is working on. Rather, she develops a real feel and sense of the material she is working with. This had a very real and consequential impact for me – it allowed me to gain a sense of confidence in my work that would otherwise not have been possible. That self-confidence – which she helped foster – mattered when it came time to defend the dissertation. (That is to say, if you are thinking about presenting your work in public, she is an excellent person to work with.) Second, she just was a real joy to work with – available, kind, thoughtful, someone, in short, who had a real gift to facilitate intellectual and creative work. In fact, my experience with Louisa has been so positive that I have continued to work with her on a host of other academic projects: papers for journals, presentations at conferences, career and grant materials.

So, this is all to say, if you need an editor who is superior, and intuitive, someone who can help advance your work, do not think twice about working with Louisa. This is, full stop, the person you want to work with.
– Patrick

February 6, 2012

Louisa is a very nice English teacher

At the beginning of Jan, I was going to have an interview, and I need someone to help me with English conversation. That’s why I found Louisa. We met at a coffee shop downtown Seattle several times. She was really patient, she helped me with both general conversation and interview questions, and she helped a lot with my wording problems. I really appreciated her job.
– Jill

February 12, 2012

Louisa has been a great tutor for me

and I very much enjoyed the time editing my application essays with her. As a non-native speaker, I did not have any communication problems with her. She is really patient and thoughtful: She would read through my writing and make sure to grasp my main arguments points before we get started to make any edits. In this way, I felt confident that my essays would convey my original points. Also, I learned a lot on how to improve my essays to become more concise, coherent and interesting to read. Besides editing grammar mistakes, she takes time to correct word choice, sentence structure and the whole paragraph structure. She really helped me on getting my ideas across the board. I would recommend her to other non-native speaker students who wants to improve their writing skills in English. You would spend a good time working with her.
– Julia

April 6, 2012

I found Louisa’s tutoring services very helpful

and insightful. I’m a Ph.D.student in psychology writing on challenging topics and Louisa was able to provide me sound, constructive feedback on my writing. Some simple exercises during our sessions provided me tools and new ways to approach the writing in creative ways. I think Louisa has a good ability to evaluate a writer’s ability, and then apply the appropriate techniques and lessons to bring the writer along. She did this for me.
– Jason

September 13, 2012

I don’t remember how I stumbled across Louisa,

but what a find. She has a very quick turn around on papers and an extremely reasonable fee. She corrected my grammar, improved my sentence structure, made the entire paper more concise and conformed it to APA, 6th edition. I consider myself a decent writer and have published several books, but I pale in comparison to Louisa. This is her main job and she is good at it! She was extremely easy to work with and, best of all, my committee was very happy with my dissertation after her editing. I could not have done it as well without her help.
– Vonda

June 3, 2013

Louisa was recommended to me by a friend of mine

who got into the Masters program she wanted with Louisa’s help, and I’m glad that I chose Louisa over any other services out there for my Personal Statement editing. She makes writing a personal affair; she wants to know your stories, and she can help you discover the logic behind all the evidence you provide. Her skill is far beyond picking out grammatical mistakes in your essays; she knows what the committee is looking for in your writing, and she helps you tailor your essay to meet and exceed the expectation.

And best of all, I got the offer from NYU, and Louisa definitely deserves some credits.
– Sydnie K.

June 18, 2013

Louisa Peck is an extraordinary editor.

Over the course of six weeks, she edited my dissertation and took my mundane, error-ridden work from boredom to brilliance! Louisa incorporated university requirements and current writing standards, without compromising my writing style or voice. She is easy to work with and offers specific, technical writing changes that quickly improve the readability of your writing. Louisa works quickly and her services are economical in comparison to other editing services. I couldn’t be happier with my finished doctoral dissertation and owe it all to Louisa!
– Shawnta B.

March 2, 2014

I had such a great experience working with Louisa!

I was so nervous beginning my grad school applications and overwhelmed by the numerous essays I had to write. But with Louisa’s help in the process, from brainstorming to editing, I was able to confidently submit a final product that I feel accurately represents who I am. Louisa’s expertise and support helped to make my application process a success! I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone!
- Annie K.

October 31, 2014

I had a great experience working with Louisa.

She helped me edit my essays for graduate schools. As a non-native speaker, I was worried at first because I was not sure an American editor could understand my sense immediately. However, Louisa is very patient and professional. After a bit of discussion, I was amazed that she got a sense of my perspective so quickly and helped me to explore the thoughts I wanted to express. In the process, she also taught me a lot of useful info on grammar and sentences. I am so appreciative of her help! For sure, Louisa is the person you want to work with!

- Hui X.

October 31, 2014

I had an amazing experience working with Louisa as

the editor for my doctoral dissertation. Her expertise and advice in simple edits, formatting and communicating a clear message was done in a respectful and professional manner. I greatly appreciate the level of care and time she invested into understanding my topic and how to best deliver my message/material. I highly recommend Louisa!

- Sarah G.

April 30, 2015

Louisa gave a presentation

entitled “Effective Email Communication” at our company meeting. She was very flexible and helpful in working with me to tailor this presentation to our needs, and was a very engaging speaker. Somehow she managed to keep a roomful of construction guys interested in the finer points of writing emails (not an easy task I assure you). I highly recommend her.

- Nathan F.


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