We, Ludovic M. Kovalik and Doina L. Kovalik, the co-founding partners of AWoNC, are academics with PhDs in English (Teaching English as a Second Language & Linguistics) with 20+ years of experience in writing and editing documents in sciences – particularly, in social sciences and humanities. We provide high-quality academic editing and proofreading services to the entire spectrum of clientele, including students and faculty, domestic or international, whom we can assist in academic writing – e.g., essays, theses, dissertations, research papers/reports, journal articles, etc. – and businesses or offices, whom we can help with ads, flyers, pamphlets, and texts of like nature. The services we provide assist authors of all calibers who desire to have their texts polished.
The services we offer are as follows:
improvement in terms of linguistic accuracy of academic or business documents of all kinds – grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and sentence structure
improvement in terms of organization of academic or business documents of all kinds, along with improvement thereof in terms of clarity and cohesion
Our editorial assistance and recommendations will not affect the author’s writing style, i.e., his/her voice.
Your privacy is of maximal importance to us; that means that texts or information collected on this site will neither be sold nor in any way shared with third parties.
What are your credentials?
We are college professors with PhDs in English (Applied Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language) obtained from Oklahoma State University. We have more than 20 years of experience in writing and editing documents in sciences, particularly in the social sciences and the humanities.
Where are you located?
We are located in Winston-Salem, NC.
What services do you offer?
We provide high-quality academic editing and proofreading services to students and faculty alike (both domestic and international) with theses, dissertations, research papers, reports, journal articles or any professional documents. Our services are also intended to assist businesses, professionals, and any other entities interested in having their documents/manuscripts polished.
Are editing and proofreading different processes? If yes, in what way(s)?
As defined here, the term editing refers to the process of arranging, revising, and/or preparing a text/document in view of ultimate clarity and straightforwardness; in order to ensure the high quality of a text, the process is typically carried out by a third party—an editor—other than its author him-/herself. The purposes of editing normally include as follows: (i) detecting and fixing grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors; (ii) clarifying obscure, hard-to-process passages; (iii) eliminating parts (potentially) not suitable for targeted audiences; and (iv) bettering overall flow of discourse/narrative.
The term proofreading describes the final stage of the editing process, during which focus is (mostly) on surface errors within a text—e.g., mistakes in grammar and punctuation. In order to avoid wasting one’s time, one is normally urged to proofread only when one has completed one’s editing revisions.
How long will it take to have a text proofread?
The time it will normally take us to proofread a text will depend on (i) its length, (ii) the difficulty of the proofreading process, measured in the amount of time we spend doing it, and (iii) the turnaround you opt for, where shorter turnarounds will be conducive to somewhat higher costs. A discount may apply for a text that tends to be adequately written; for us to establish whether or not you qualify for such a discount, it is important that you submit to us the first four paragraphs of the text you would like to have us proofread for you before actually submitting the entire text.
The table below summarizes our proofreading charges per one-hundred words of text, or fraction thereof.
|Length of text
|24 hrs.||48 hrs.||72 hrs.|
|3,000 or fewer||$2.49||$2.19||$1.89|
|3,001 – 6,000||n/a||$2.49||$2.19|
|6,001 – 8,000||n/a||n/a||$2.29|
|8,001 – 9,999||n/a||n/a||$2.49|
|10,000 or more||n/a||n/a||Subject to negotiation|
How long will it take to have a text edited/proofread?
The time it will normally take us to edit/proofread a text will depend on (i) its length, (ii) the difficulty of the process, measured in the amount of time we spend editing and proofreading it, and (iii) the turnaround you opt for, where shorter turnarounds will be conducive to somewhat higher costs. A discount may apply for a text that is generally well written and tends to flow nicely; for us to establish whether or not you qualify for such a discount, it is important that you submit to us the first three paragraphs of the text you would like to have us edit and proofread for you before actually submitting the entire text.
The table below summarizes our editing/proofreading charges per one-hundred words of text, or fraction thereof.
|Length of text
|24 hrs.||48 hrs.||72 hrs.|
|3,000 or fewer||$3.24||$2.99||$2.74|
|3,001 – 6,000||n/a||$3.24||$2.99|
|6,001 – 8,000||n/a||n/a||$3.24|
|10,0008,001 or more||n/a||n/a||Subject to negotiation|
Which styles do you prefer?
In our own research, we mainly use the American Psychological Association (APA) style. However, we are practically equally familiar with the Modern Language Association Style (MLA Style). Whichever of those two styles will work for us.
What file formats do you accept?
We accept Word documents, whether .docx or .doc.
Will my information and/or texts be kept confidential?
By all means! Your texts and your privacy are both of maximal importance to us, which means that texts submitted by you or information relative to you collected on this site will be not be shared with third parties—except, if need be (and even then, strictly in keeping with the provisions of US laws), with law enforcement agencies.
Will my text(s) be available for anyone to use?
As indicated in our response to Question 11 above, your text(s) will neither be shared with nor in any way made available to a third party.
Will my text(s) be used with other clients?
No, your documents will not be used with other clients.
How much do you charge for proofreading services?
Our proofreading costs are made available to you in the table above.
How much do you charge for editing and proofreading services?
Our editing and proofreading costs are made available to you in the table above.
Do you provide any rewriting services?
No, we do not.
Can you provide English tutoring?
Yes, we can. We can meet with you face-to-face at some convenient time(s) at a mutually agreed-upon public place (e.g., a public library) in Winston-Salem, NC.
You may contact us over e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org