The Virtual Schoolmarm, a college student and graduate line from Sunny Words Writing Services

The Virtual Schoolmarm

Fixed-Cost Packages for Postsecondary Students
and Recent College Graduates

College students and recent grads have unique writing needs. The Virtual Schoolmarm, a special line of services from Sunny Words, keeps preprofessional writing goals and budget in mind.

Please note: Sunny Words believes in the educational value of student writing assignments that are actually completed by students. Therefore, Sunny Words does not offer or condone essay-exchange or writing-for-hire services for students. UPDATED 6/1/2017: If you’ve landed on my site by way of an online listing from a student essay site, please click here to read more about my stance on this issue.

Sunny Words is happy to work with students or recent grads to improve academic papers and job application materials they have already drafted and edited at least once.

Undergrad Writing Review Package
Undergrad Writing Review and Mini-Editing Package
Graduate Thesis Editing Package
Résumé/Curriculum Vitae or Cover Letter Makeover Package
Résumé/Curriculum Vitae or Cover Letter Proofreading Package


The Virtual SchoolmarmUndergrad Writing Review Package

This package is designed to guide the unsure student toward overall writing improvement rather than simply providing static corrections.

What you provide:

  • your complete draft that has been self-edited at least once, including references, footnotes, and/or works cited or endnotes pages if research or quotation is involved
  • a copy of or link to the course instructor’s guidelines for the paper
  • a list of any specific concerns you have about the assignment

What Sunny Words will do:

  • provide comments on the overall relevance and effectiveness of the writing in terms of the instructor’s requirements
  • list suggestions for improvement of the writing in general
  • note any specific language, grammar, spelling, and usage errors that tend to be a recurring problem in this paper, if applicable
  • address the student’s listed concerns directly, with examples, suggested resources, and recommendations provided as applicable

Additional details:

This package applies to personal essays, opinion or persuasive papers, and research reports only. Poetry, short stories, scripts, or other forms of creative writing are not eligible.

Although undergrads of any level are welcome to engage Sunny Words for this package, it is designed primarily with a student completing a freshman-level writing course in mind.

Package cost: US$8 per 100 words


The Virtual SchoolmarmUndergrad Writing Review and Mini-Editing Package

This package combines surface-level proofreading and writing center-style individual composition assistance.

What you provide:

  • your complete draft that has been self-edited at least once, including a references page if research or quotation is involved
  • a copy of or link to the course instructor’s guidelines for the paper

What Sunny Words will do:

  • provide comments on the overall relevance and effectiveness of the writing in terms of the instructor’s requirements
  • list suggestions for improvement of the writing in general, if applicable
  • provide editing comments relevant to content, completeness, accuracy, organization, and focus
  • proofread and provide corrections for specific punctuation, spelling, grammar, dialect conformity, usage, and typographical errors

Additional details:

This package applies to personal essays, opinion or persuasive papers, and research reports only. Poetry, short stories, scripts, or other forms of creative writing are not eligible.

Please note that this is a “mini-editing” package. Sunny Words will provide full proofreading, which is not the same as full editing. Editing input is limited to developmental suggestions, other questions and viewpoints to consider, approaches and methods for presenting information, and source recommendations intended to guide the student toward creating a thorough, clear piece of writing. Students are strongly advised to consider and/or implement editing comments and suggestions, then sit down and perform another round of editing before submitting the final draft of the paper to the course instructor.

Students who then complete a second revision are welcome to resubmit the writing to Sunny Words for a second review, at no additional charge.

Package cost: US$12 per 100 words


The Virtual SchoolmarmGraduate Thesis Editing Package

This is a full-service thesis editing package, including foreword, narrative, charts, appendices, etc.

What you provide:

  • your complete draft that has been self-edited at least once, including a complete references/sources/endnotes/bilbliography section
  • any separate figures, tables, charts, appendices, or indices that are intended to be included in the final thesis

What Sunny Words will do:

  • fully edit thesis for completeness, clarity, sentence structure, organization, diction, and accuracy of language
  • note any sections that are slim in content, and recommend what type of content would be helpful (examples, definitions, anecdotal evidence, statistics, charts, etc.)
  • check in-text statistics and figures against included tables, charts, etc., for consistency
  • proofread entire work and provide corrections for punctuation, spelling, grammar, dialect conformity, usage, and typographical errors
  • proofread references for consistent formatting according to your field’s preferred style guidelines (MLA, APA, etc.)
  • review entire work for consistency of format including typography, pagination, margins, etc.

Additional details:

Although Sunny Words will note apparent surface inconsistencies in numerical data within the document (e.g., accurate cross-referencing between tables and in-text explanations), this package should not be assumed to include a check of statistical calculations, or a check of numbers quoted in from external references.

Package cost: US$350


The Virtual SchoolmarmRésumé/Curriculum Vitae or Cover Letter Makeover Package

This thorough, full-service package is perfect for the student or recent (within the past year) graduate who needs an honest, impartial review of application materials.

What you provide:

  • your complete draft(s) that has been updated and self-edited at least once, plus any leftover segments or notes from older drafts you might like to incorporate
  • a copy of or link to the description of the job or internship for which you are applying

What Sunny Words will do:

  • edit document to include standard résumé or letter components
  • edit all text for completeness, conciseness, and relevance to target position
  • reword, if possible and necessary, to include keywords or phrases sought by résumé scanning software
  • reorganize to best highlight your skills and emphasize your strengths
  • reformat as necessary to improve readability and reduce bulk and “busy-ness”
  • edit entire work for consistency of format including typography, spacing, pagination, margins, etc.
  • proofread and provide corrections for punctuation, spelling, grammar, dialect conformity, usage, and typographical errors

Package cost: US$75 per document, OR US$l25 for the résumé/cover pair if ordered at the same time


The Virtual SchoolmarmRésumé/Curriculum Vitae or Cover Letter Proofreading Package

This package is for the student or recent (within the past year) graduate who has complete confidence in the application material’s form and content but wishes to have a final proof performed by a sharp, fresh eye.

What you provide: your complete document(s)

What Sunny Words will do:

  • edit entire work for consistency of format including typography, spacing, pagination, margins, etc.
  • proofread and provide corrections for punctuation, spelling, grammar, dialect conformity, usage, and typographical errors

Package cost: US$30 per document, OR US$50 for the résumé/letter pair if ordered at the same time