Alana is a wonderful copyeditor. She read my academic book manuscript with care and precision. She has a keen eye for those small errors that are so difficult to find. And she has a talent for getting inside the text itself.
Indeed, what I appreciated most about working with Alana was her editorial touch: she posed thoughtful questions and built a dialogue with me about my text. She was always respectful of what was on the page already, but at the same time, she wasn’t afraid to politely push me to account for my language. My book is certainly better for her efforts, and I look forward to working with her again.
Something else I want to note:
Alana is a kind person. She’s prompt and clear in her communication. She knows the trials and tribulations of navigating university bureaucracies. When I had to explore the red tape surrounding my research funding, Alana was nothing but patient, understanding, and helpful. This is part of what made my experience so enjoyable. If you’re looking for a copyeditor, then I cannot recommend Alana enough.
—Steven Cody, PhD
I recently worked with Alana Dunn on an academic book manuscript. Alana is an extraordinary copyeditor. She is extremely meticulous, discerning, and has an astounding eye for detail. At the same time, Alana never imposes her own language choices on the text. Instead, she works with the author to bring forth the most accurate writing and verbal expression, all the while remaining faithful to the original style and ideas of the text. Beyond this, Alana is highly professional, efficient, and communicative. It was an absolute delight to work with Alana, and I will most certainly seek her help again in the future.
—Olivia Landry, PhD
I got in touch with Alana because I needed a reliable copyeditor for a research article and a review, both intended for high-quality academic publishing venues. She responded immediately and suggested a suitable time frame that accommodated my schedule. She is an incredibly fast and efficient worker and returned the edited pieces to me in no time (she even worked on a holiday weekend!). As a copyeditor, she is extremely thorough and careful, and she offered excellent suggestions about wording and phrasing that were helpful to me as a nonnative speaker of English. I was struck on both occasions by how quickly she read herself into the subject matter and terminology of the pieces, and how she was able to help me improve both the details and the overall consistency of my work. I highly recommend her for any kind of academic copyediting.
—Christina Hoenig, PhD
Over the years, our projects have consisted of poetry and prose, ranging from highly compressed stories to sprawling poems, with only one real constant: we're usually running behind deadline.
Alana Dunn has consistently provided copyediting and proofreading services that are timely, affordable, and most importantly, accurate. She has that uncanny attention to detail that allows her to find inconsistencies across an entire document or that extra space lurking in the unlikeliest place. Alana reads not only to ensure that the "rules" are being met, but to ensure that our authors are communicating their intentions clearly. I think every one of our readers is, without knowing it, grateful to Alana.
—Ross White, executive director,
Bull City Press
The best copyeditors don't just look for simple mistakes. The best copyeditors question every page, every line, every word, for clarity, concision, and truth. Alana Dunn is just such a copyeditor: professional and prompt in her communications and reliable when it comes to deadlines. She offers more than just a quick proofread. Through her deep understanding of the text, she assists the author in his or her intent, working not only to make sure everything is punctuated as it should be, but that the manuscript as a whole is consistent and meets her exacting standards of excellence.