Saturday, October 3, 2009

Accolades

As Scripture might have said, "A gifted editor—who can find her? She is more precious than pearls." That's our Betsy!

—Robert P. George
McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence
Princeton University


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Betsy was a pleasure to work with, and she improved our manuscript in more ways than I can count. All authors should be so fortunate!

—Christopher Tollefsen
Professor of Philosophy
University of South Carolina

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Betsy Stokes is that rare professional who is exacting in her work yet easygoing in temperament. She is a pleasure to work with, and the end product—your piece of writing—will make you proud.


—Elizabeth Marquardt
Vice President for Family Studies
Institute for American Values


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Betsy Stokes has helped me become a better writer and thinker. Whether working on an opinion essay, a scholarly article, or a grant proposal, she has provided the perfect feedback and helped improve my prose every single time.

She is conscientious and intuitive; she works and thinks hard, and her work is of the highest professional quality.

—Michael Lindsay
President of Gordon College



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Betsy is a pleasure to work with. She's creative, helpful, thoughtful, content to do as much or as little as you need, and she delivers a fine product. She pores over a text looking to make it something that anyone could enjoy reading.

—Mark Regnerus
Associate Professor of Sociology
University of Texas





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Betsy Stokes offers a deft pen and a sharp mind to scholars who are looking to make their writing more accessible to a wider audience. She also has a superb command of Chicago style. For these reasons, and many others, she is a priceless editorial asset.

—W. Bradford Wilcox
Professor of Sociology
University of Virginia
Director of National Marriage Project

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In one word, Betsy is stupendous! She has carefully edited academic research articles, grant proposals, and a book manuscript for me. On each of these projects, her professionalism and sensitivity to the editing process were beyond compare.

She discusses project goals until she understands perfectly what the author wants and then works side-by-side through each step of the editing process until she gets it just right. All without changing original meaning or intent. Betsy's keen intellect and careful editing hand have only made my work stronger.

—Elaine Howard Ecklund
Associate Professor of Sociology
Rice University





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I send her a draft of a journal article or a chapter filled with jargon, poor grammar, and generally dull prose, and before long it is transformed into clear, grammatically correct, and even interesting writing. She is easy to work with, responsive to requests, and quick to determine the type of writing needed for a particular audience. I enthusiastically recommend her!

—George Holden
Professor of Psychology
Southern Methodist University


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I owe a large part of my books' success to Betsy's skill as an editor. She fixes my jumbled sentences and turns my technical work into prose. I consider her a master at her craft and quite frankly wouldn't want to start a project without her.

—Rodger Murphree, DC
Birmingham, Alabama



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Betsy is by far the best editor I have worked with. She caters her work to the needs of the author and always returns feedback that I consider highly personalized and comprehensive. I was extremely impressed that with each new chapter she edited (sometimes months apart) she referred to the previous chapters, helping me strengthen not only the chapter she was working on but the entire dissertation. 

Not only has she helped me with the mechanics of writing, but her feedback has also helped me think like a writer. I highly recommend her to all those want to take their work to a higher professional level.


—Tony Tian-Ren Lin
Postdoctoral Fellow
Institute for the Advanced Studies in Culture
University of Virginia

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Great editors combine technical skill with intuitive savvy. Betsy Stokes is such a combination—a rare combination, I might add. She also supports clients with warmth and empathy, incredibly helpful traits as one navigates the audacious terrain of completing a dissertation. 

In completing my D.Min. dissertation for Princeton Seminary, Betsy was a wonderful, competent colleague who helped me tell my story in a more accurate, compelling way. I recommend her highly.

—Paul Mundey, Senior Pastor
Frederick Church of the Brethren
Frederick, Maryland