Thanks for visiting Acker Editing and Consulting! I’m a professional nonfiction editor and writing consultant, and I specialize in academic and business writing. You can view my resume/CV here and my LinkedIn profile here. Over the past ten years I’ve successfully edited thousands of application essays, term papers, business memos, reports, marketing materials, dissertation chapters, journal articles, poster presentations, resumes, cover letters, and grant/IRB proposals. I also offer consulting services for job applications, college and graduate school admissions, and academic project planning.

Since my own degrees are in English (B.A. 2006, M.A. 2008, Ph.D. 2017), I apply my expertise in writing and rhetoric to ensure that my clients’ prose is correct, consistent, and clear. Likewise, I use my extensive knowledge of academic/professional genres and audience expectations to help my clients send the right message in the right words. Many of my clients speak English as a second or third language. With my help, they have earned admission to prestigious academic programs, published their articles in high-ranking journals, won valuable dissertation awards, landed academic and corporate jobs, and even earned tenure.

Because I’ve edited complex documents representing dozens of disciplines and industries, I can understand and improve a wide array of technical arguments, with particular expertise in social science, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), and the humanities. To supplement my edits I can also offer practical feedback as an educated non-specialist, especially on documents targeting a mix of expert and non-expert readers. For more information on my editing and consulting services, please see the menu at the top of this page. You can also email me at john@ackeredit.com with any questions.