Here's what my clients say:
I have worked with Allison Deventer for three years, during when I completed my dissertation, weathered the heated competition in the academic job market, designed my first course, submitted my first several articles, and applied for a number of grants. As a non-native English speaker and a recent immigrant to the US, I cannot imagine myself accomplishing any of these tasks without Allison’s help. She’s a careful, sensitive, encouraging, and sometimes critical reader. She not only edits my grammar, but also offers helpful suggestions with regard to the style and structure of my writing. She is also a great person to work with and has always tried her best to accommodate my sometimes ridiculously tight time frame. She has never missed a deadline by when she said she would return the work to me. I respect her work and her person and sincerely wish our collaboration will last forever.
– a professor of Asian literature
Allison worked with me on the preparation of my manuscript for a major university press. She did everything I'd expect of a top quality copy-editor - scrupulously checked and corrected hundreds of footnotes, and a whole book manuscript in under a month. She also, and more importantly, gently suggested stylistic tweaks and pointed out ways in which I could make my points more clearly and bring out my argument. Her keen eye for style and content improved my work enormously and Allison's careful editing gave me a morale boost and helped me meet my deadlines. In my case her translation skills were also required to check my translations of archival material. I have recommended her work highly and will continue to do so.
– a professor of history
Allison saved my sanity. Her edits are among the best I have come across in my years of writing and editing. Her academic edits rival those of my most engaged colleagues in their clarity and succinctness, and are lightning fast in comparison to other professional editors with whom I have worked. Allison's ability to quickly understand both my writing goals and writing tics helped me to not only meet deadlines, but also to learn how to become a better writer. As a non-native speaker, I believe my writing grew more in six months working with Allison than in six years of concentrated effort. Her in-depth and sensitive edits reflect a deep respect for your work that is hard to find.
– a PhD candidate in Romance languages
Allison is a phenomenal editor! She gives you extremely thorough feedback on structure, content, grammar, and overall flow. I was impressed by her ability to interpret the original intent of the writing and her knowledge of my field (history). She edited 3 of my papers all of which are published, thanks to her. I would definitely trust her with any of my academic writings, and I am looking forward to working with her through my dissertation writing process.
– a PhD student in history
Working with Allison has been a true pleasure. Her attention to detail and stylistic instinct as an editor are outstanding. I will not submit anything for publication or a fellowship competition without consulting Allison first.
– a PhD candidate in sociology
The edit work was excellent from the beginning to the end, and in all dimensions of the work. Throughout my job market, I have requested Allison's work many times. She edited my statement of purpose, job market paper, CV, cover letter and slides. Her outputs were always carefully prepared, pointing out inconsistencies at different parts of the text, and her responses were quick. I have asked for other editors to do similar work, but Allison was so good that I got used to her style, and it is now hard to ask for anyone else. I hope I can continue to rely on her work through my academic career.
– a PhD candidate in economics