While the Writing Center is not able to provide editing services for your work (including dissertations, masters theses, or articles for publication), we are frequently asked by editors to list their contact information. All of the individuals below are for hire and unaffiliated with the Writing Center. Please contact them for their rates.  (This list is presented in alaphbetical order and does not reflect any Writing Center’s preferences.)

7 Madronas Communications

Contact Information: JoAnne Dyer (joanne@7madronas.com)

Experience: BA in Communications, certificate in copy editing, advanced education in editing from The Poynter Institute and ACES

Services: Copyediting and proofreading. Experience with disability issues, education, communications, engineering, sociology, population health, and hearing loss.

Cost Estimations: $35-50 an hour, depending on the level of difficulty of the text. Payment plans are possible; rush fees may be asked if <48-hourturnaround is requested.

Website: 7 Madronas Communications

Advanced English Editing

Contact Information: advancedenglishediting@gmail.com

Experience: B.A. in English, B.A. in Environmental Science, Ph.D. in Chemistry

Services: Affordable science, technical, and business editing for manuscripts, pitches, white-papers, peer-reviewed papers, slides, proposals, dissertations, research statements, books, chapters, and other academic publications, specializing in working with clients for whom English is a second language. Manuscripts and slides related to science, social science, and business are all welcome for submission.

Cost Estimations: $0.06-0.09/word (manuscript dependent) for a 7-day return; rush response available as well.  See website for more pricing details

Website: Advanced English Editing

Allison L. Goldstein Writing & Editing Services LLC

Contact Information: Allison Goldstein (ALG@AllisonLGoldstein.com)

Experience: Magna Cum Laude from the University of Rochester with a double major in English and Brain & Cognitive Science.  Coming from an academic publishing background, I’m a “jack of all trades” editor. This means I can walk you through the steps of crafting your dissertation proposal, make suggestions to improve the flow of a journal article or clean up grammar mistakes in a book chapter.

Services: Developmental editing, copy editing, and proofreading for biological sciences, social sciences, and humanities.  Working with dissertations/theses, research articles, review articles, books, book chapters, promotion statements, grant applications, reports, newsletters.

Cost Estimations: Cost is dependent upon turnaround time, type of editing required, author skill level, and other factors. Average price for copy editing is $50 per 1,000 words.  5 business days turnaround for documents of 7,500 words or fewer; longer projects and rush projects are negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

Website: Allison L. Goldstein Writing & Editing Services LLC

Ann Volin

Contact Information: Ann Volin (annvolin@gmail.com)

Experience: MEd in TESL, MA in English, PhD in English

Services: Wide range of editing and writing services, predominately for dissertations, thesis and research papers.  Examples include editing a novel, critiquing textbooks, proofreading articles, and creating a copy from interviews and drafts for professionals in academia and private sector occupations. Many of my clients (but not all) are non-native English speakers finishing their master’s or doctoral degrees.

Cost Estimations: Fees are based on a double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font page, with rates ranging from approximately $3.00 a page to $8.00 a page; a single fee for a project is possible depending on the level of writing.  Fees are determined by a preview of the writing and an agreement between the writer and the editor.  Turnaround time depends on the amount and depth of editing needed, but often within a week.  Currently no rush policy.

Brushcase Editing

Contact Information: editor@brushcaseediting.com

Experience: PhD and MA, University of Missouri-Columbia

Services: Professional editing for all types of writing needs. Academic editing services include work on dissertations, theses, journal articles, and books. Business editing services cater to newsletters, press releases, brochures, and reports.

Cost Estimations: The pricing is determined by the word count and the overall complexity of the project. Discounts are available for students, repeat clients, and long-term project contracts.  Accommodates to the writer’s schedule. Most projects involve email exchanges, so the writer should factor in several days. Rush jobs are accepted.

Website: Brushcase Editing


Contact Information: Tracey Westfield (tracey@horizon26.com)

Experience:  Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Truman State University; Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University

Services: Copy editing and proofreading, as well as designing and formatting documents in Microsoft Word.  Experience in applying the University of Missouri Office of Graduate Studies guidelines to theses and dissertations. Adept at adhering to various style guides, especially the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition and the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th EditionMore information.

Cost Estimations: Base: $35/hr for copy editing and $30/hr for proofreading; Discount: $7/hr. discount on copy editing and proofreading for MU students; Rush charge: $5/hr. added to the base or discounted rate. Turnaround time depends; a mid-sized paper (~50 pp) a week and a dissertation-sized paper (~150 pp) two weeks. The time it takes to edit a document depends on the quality and complexity of the writing and illustrations. More information.

Website: Horizon26

Eric Russell

Contact Information: Eric Russell (russe2em@cmich.edu)

Experience: PhD in English from the University of Missouri. Currently, a lecturer in English at Central Michigan University, teaching literature and writing courses.

Services: Experience editing graduate-level dissertations, theses, and articles for grammar, punctuation, content, and citation. Welcomes undergraduate and international student work.

Cost Estimations: $30 per hour. Turnaround time is typically less than one week, but can be quicker depending on the length of submission.

Heath Sledge Writing and Editing

Contact Information: Heath Sledge (heath@heathsledge.com)

Experience: PhD in English literature, concentration in 19th century American literature, the novel, and critical theory

Services: Experience working across disciplines ranging from computer science and astrophysics to literary theory and anthropology.  Multiple levels of services for all stages in the writing process: coaching for stuck dissertation students or faculty; developmental editing for book projects or articles; substantive editing, line editing, copy editing for book projects, articles, job materials, or grant applications; reference verification and formatting. Can work in Word or natively in LaTeX

Cost Estimations: $0.05/word for light copyediting to $0.16/word and beyond for complex developmental edits. Coaching is $85/hour.  Turnaround time varies, line edit of a 100,000-word book manuscript can be done in 3 weeks if necessary, though there are premiums for rush jobs.  Heath books out quite far in advance, so can’t always take on long manuscripts as rush projects, but is open to it when my schedule allows.

Website: Heath Sledge Writing and Editing

In the Write, LLC

Contact Information: Amanda Sewell (info@in-the-write.com)

Experience: Ph.D. from Indiana University; staff of editors with graduate degrees

Services: Proofreading, line editing, developmental editing, reference and citation editing, dissertation formatting, indexing.

Cost Estimations: $0.03-0.04 per word on most projects; dissertation formatting starts at $2 per page. Rush services (less than 72 hours, depending on project length) require an additional fee.

Website: In the Write, LLC

Mary Jo Muratore

Contact Information: Mary Jo Muratore (Muratorem@missouri.edu)

Experience: PhD in Literary Studies. I am on the editorial board of numerous academic journals and am the author of several books, textbooks, and articles.

Services: Strengthen the effectiveness of any and all documents, from a sensitive e-mail to a carefully worded response to an official summons or letter, to a book-length scholarly manuscript or novel.  Available on the MU campus help tailor projects or answer questions regarding the completed document.

Cost Estimations: $20.00 an hour. $30.00 an hour if turnaround time is under twelve hours.

Ocean Editors

Contact Information: contact@oceaneditors.com

Experience: Most OceanEditors have advanced degrees (Ph.D. M.A.) and most are native English speakers. You can choose your editors directly.  A variety of context experts are available from psychology to law to biology and more.

Services: Students: Resumes, Scholarship essays, Personal essays, University applications and more.  Scientists & Academics: Academic manuscripts, Journal articles, Books, Grants, Dissertations.

Cost Estimations: Currently our price and turn-around time are particular to the editor. They’ll quote you a price. OceanEditors will always have competitive prices because we are a worker cooperative. This means we don’t need to turn a large profit; instead more of our revenue is invested in our people and the quality of our services.

Website: Ocean Editors

Patrick Lane

Contact Information: Patrick Lane (pplvxf@mail.missouri.edu)

Experience: Ph.D. in English, Univ. of Missouri

Services: Dissertations, articles, papers, resumes and application letters; MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian citation systems; working in a broad range of disciplines, but particularly in psychology, social sciences, and medicine.

Cost Estimations:  $20 per hour.  Turnaround is generally within a week or faster for article-length projects.

Personal Proofreading

Contact Information: Helen Novielli (helen@personalproofreading.com)

Experience: Bachelor’s degree in English; Master’s degree in Library Science

Services: Expertise includes Social Sciences, Humanities, Business, and Education. Focus is placed on spelling, grammar, punctuation, and accuracy of vocabulary. Suggestions are made on the consistency of style, sentence construction and flow, and overall readability. Edit/proofread term papers, theses, dissertations, articles for publication, personal statements, and novels.  Happy to work with ESL students.

Cost Estimations: Proofreading is billed at $24 per hour. Editing is billed at $27 per hour. Style guide formatting is billed at $30 per hour.  2-3 week turnaround time, though it depends on the length of the project, as well as the type of service needed. Any project that needs a turnaround time of less than one week will incur a rush fee.

Website: Personal Proofreading

Quality Editing Services, LLC

Contact Information: Joann Ferguson (qualityeditingservices.jf@gmail.com)

Experience: BSEd and 10 years of grant writing and editing experience; social/behavioral and hard science disciplines

Services: Focus on academic writing. Editing for grammar, punctuation, clarity, flow, and style, as well as reviewing for compliance with relevant guidelines, and formatting.

Cost Estimations: $35/hour. Each project is unique and time worked is dependent upon the quality of the writing, the length of the paper, and whether formatting is included. Speed ranges from 5-10 double-spaced pages per hour.  Project turn around is within a week; longer projects may take slightly longer. No rush policy.

Website: Quality Editing Services, LLC

Sarah B. Johnson

Contact Information: Sarah Johnson (sbahnj@gmail.com)

Experience: PhD in English from the University of Missouri, and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University. I have taught undergraduate courses in introductory English, English literature surveys, and creative writing (poetry). My work has been published in the Minnesota Review, Four Way Review, and Tellus.

Services: Writing, editing, and copyediting services for all types of projects. College-level teaching experience in general English and creative writing courses, with a special interest in poetry.

Cost Estimations:  See the website for a free quote.

Website: Sarah B. Johnson

Taryn Aldrich: Professional Editing & Writing Coaching

Contact Information: Taryn Aldrich (taryn@tarynaldrich.com)

Experience: B.A., French Language & Literature; B.S., Psychology; M.A., Professional Writing (Composition & Rhetoric); M.S., Human Development & Family Studies (Couple & Family Therapy)

Services: Comprehensive language editing and copyediting services to graduate students and academic faculty, many of whom are non-native English speakers. I focus on editing scholarly manuscripts and dissertations along with grant and research proposals, academic job applications, and similar materials. Authors’ disciplines span the social sciences and STEM, including animal studies, biomedicine, business management, computer science, economics, education, engineering, psychology, psychiatry, and tourism and hospitality.

Cost Estimations: Services are priced according to word count and turnaround time, generally starting around $0.035/word. Rates include a 3-part edit and email/phone support Monday–Friday. Depending on length, documents can usually be returned within 3–7 days. Faster turnarounds may be available upon request.

Website: Taryn Aldrich: Professional Editing & Writing Coaching

Write Works, LLC

Contact Information:  Tanya D Whitehead (tanya.d.whitehead@writeworksllc.com)

Experience: 10th years of operation

Services: Focus on graduate school dissertation and thesis editing for any graduate student. Experience with expertise in first generation grad students, multi-cultural grad students and those who need mentoring as they make their way through the process.

Cost Estimations: $5 per page for new students, and $4 per page for returning students. Payment is due upon receipt, through PayPal. Each edited paper is returned in both ‘Track Change” and “Print View” styles making it easy for the student to see the changes. A second edit is provided at no charge as I work with each author on preparing the best possible submission for each of the many stages of dissertation creation. We offer a fast turn-around, working out an arrangement with each student for the timeline, including drafts, revisions, and payment. In general, an edited paper is returned in 3 or 4 days.

Website: Write Works, LLC