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Blazej Szpakowicz, PhD
I'm an editor and writer with a BSc in Computer Science and a PhD in History. I specialize in academic editing, including for non-native writers.
It will be my pleasure to polish your writing until it shines, and to help you communicate your ideas in the clearest and most eloquent language. My main areas of specialization are on academic writing and science fiction and fantasy, but I can copy-edit across all fiction and non-fiction genres. Short story? The next great Canadian novel? Position paper? Scientific article? Doctoral dissertation? Whatever you need, I've got you covered!
I have a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Ottawa, and have also completed Editors Canada professional development seminars in copyediting. I spent over fifteen years in academia as a student, teaching assistant and professor, and have extensive experience correcting students' papers not only for grammar and spelling but also for clarity of expression and strength of logical argument. I have critiqued or copy-edited an array of fiction and non-fiction writing, ranging from science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories to economics essays to corporate position papers. My leisure interests include such diverse topics as the history of the English language, Japanese anime and manga, British television, video games, and professional wrestling. I have also completed TESOL/TEFL certification, and have worked extensively with writers for whom English is a second language.
As a writer, I have over fifteen years' experience in academic writing, including an award-winning Master's thesis in History at the University of Ottawa. I've also been writing science fiction and fantasy for about as long as I can remember. As a writer of fiction, I've critiqued and been critiqued—so I personally know how painful it can be to put your work out there and how important it is to treat authors with tact and respect.
"Meticulous edit and very fast delivery. I appreciate that he is so prudent in figuring out the context of a phrase and trying to identify the meaning that the author would have tried to convey. The comments he adds are insightful while keeping a reserved distance from his own opinions. Definitely recommend."
-“mn2405jp”, Fiverr.com customer
"Thank you for your excellent editing. My co-authors and I love your work."
- Ho Kim, ServiceScape.com customer
“The editor provided with not only grammatical corrections but also with thoughtful advice regarding the content of the text. It really helped me and I cannot recommend him highly enough.”
- "kulstick", ServiceScape.com customer
"What an exemplary editor, proofreader and advisor! I have been using Servicescape for quite a long time and have asked many different editors and I can assure that Dr. Szpakowicz is certainly one of the few who goes beyond just editing. He offers valuable and detailed comments and ways to improve my writing. Also, he is very professional and fast! Thank you so much. looking forward to working with you again."
- "cnarbro", ServiceScape.com customer
"Blazej's edits were insightful and informative. Exactly what we were looking for. We're excited to be at the beginning of a long-term working relationship with him. As a matter of fact, we've had him edit two other full-length books since [the first] one. :-)"
- Tara R. Alemany, author, speaker and owner of Emerald Lake Books
Feel free to contact me with any questions or to arrange a sample edit!
(email contact preferred)
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- Copy editing
- Stylistic editing
- Academic books and monographs
- Academic materials, general
- Academic papers and essays
- Books, general
- Conference materials
- History, Canadian
- Social sciences
- United States