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 and are listed alphabetically.

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-hour turnaround is requested.

Website: 7 Madronas Communications

Contact Information: Acadia Editing Services (acadiaeditingservices@gmail.com)

Experience: Ph.D. in Political Science; former professor in American politics, also specialize in quantitative/qualitative methods.

Services: Copy editing of dissertations/theses, journal articles, and books for faculty and graduate students, including standard proofreading, editing references/citations, and formatting to university or publisher guidelines. Extensive experience working with clients for whom English is a second language. I edit work in the social sciences, humanities, education, business, environmental science, nursing, and more. I also offer Spanish-English translation services and I consult on survey questionnaire design.

Cost Estimations: Between 4 and 6 cents per word for copy editing; custom packages for survey questionnaire design.

Website: Acadia Editing Services

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: $80/hour (manuscript dependent) for a 7-day return; rush response available as well.  See website for more pricing details.

Website: Advanced English Editing

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

Experience: 6+ years in-house academic publishing, 15+ years academic editing.

Services: Dissertation and journal article formatting. Copy editing, APA. Book proposal guidance and editing.

Cost Estimations: Cost is dependent upon turnaround time, service required, author skill level, and other factors. Average price for formatting is $250-500; copy editing averages $0.05-0.08/word depending upon writing level and document complexity.

Website: Allison L. Goldstein Writing & Editing Services LLC

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: Caroline E. Connor (ceceditor@gmail.com)

Experience: My experience includes scientific report writing, manuscript preparation, grant editing, and assistance with fellowship applications. With an advanced degree in the biological sciences, I can comprehend papers from a wide range of disciplines. I have published articles in peer-reviewed journals and chapters in textbooks. Since 2002, I have written scientific reports for a local contract research firm and assisted clients (both domestic and foreign) with editing, proofreading, and preparation of grants.

Services: Beyond reviewing for grammar and style, I can also comment on the science and highlight weaknesses or inconsistencies. I can improve the readability and flow of your document(s) and make sure your paper adheres to journal guidelines. Following article submission, I can work with you to address reviewer comments.  

When we work together, I will use “tracked changes” mode to make edits to your document and include comments throughout.  We can discuss concerns via email, phone, or the document itself.  

Cost Estimations: Cost depends on project and turnaround time.  Discounted rates available for PhD students.

Contact Information: Editor World

Experience: Editor World has an on-demand team of academic editors who are native English speakers with decades of editing experience. Our academic editors have earned a master’s and/or doctoral degree from top universities in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Services: We provide academic editing services for graduate students and faculty in a variety of disciplines, including social sciences, engineering, and physical sciences. Clients choose their editor and can communicate directly with that editor throughout the editing process.

Cost Estimations: Our fees for editing services are based on the document word count. Prices start at $0.02 per word. A list of prices with turnaround times and word limits can be viewed at www.editorworld.com/prices.

Website: Editor World

Contact Information: ellenmorgan823@gmail.com

Experience: B.A. in English; M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

Services: Specializes in helping education students deliver clear, effective, change-making messages. Experience in tutoring in a university writing center, copyediting for a small newspaper, and teaching English to non-native speakers. Expertise in APA and Chicago style and well-versed in MLA. Experience editing dissertations, masters’ theses, undergraduate essays, and creative, literary works. In addition to thoroughly editing grammar and formatting, offers helpful commentary as well as phone or Zoom sessions. No project is too large or small. Quick turnarounds and competitive rates.

Cost Estimations:$30/hour (between 2500 and 4000 words an hour, depending on what your paper needs) Before beginning, I’ll ask for a sample of your paper and a to-do list from you. With that, I’ll give you a price quote. The price quote includes how long I expect to spend on your paper in addition to the absolute maximum amount I’ll charge you; rush response available as well.  See website for more pricing details.

Website: Morgan Felton Consulting & Editing

Contact Information:  https://eloquenti.com/contact-us

Experience:  Eloquenti is an online marketplace that connects you directly with professional proofreaders, editors, and scientific consultants. Our community of native English language experts with PhDs from top institutions offers customized and transparent editing services without the price markup of traditional editing agencies. We vet all freelancers through a careful review process to verify their credentials and expertise.

Services:  You can search freelancers based on their subject matter expertise, experience, and client ratings and select your top picks depending on your budget and timeline (rush delivery available). Read through client reviews to choose the best freelancer for your manuscript for a worry-free editing experience. All freelancers sign a professional and confidentiality agreement, guaranteeing the highest quality of services with client confidentiality and intellectual property protection.

Cost Estimations: You can find the best freelancer for your document using our intuitive search filters, which allow you to select the price range that fits your budget.

Website:  https://www.eloquenti.com

Contact Information: Emily Bowles

Experience: I am a professional copy editor specializing in academic writing in the arts and humanities, as well as the field of education. I have a BA from Wellesley College and masters degrees from UCLA and Hunter College–CUNY.

Services: I provide various levels of editing—from proofreading to developmental editing—for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members. I edit academic papers, masters theses, dissertations, journal articles, and book manuscripts. 

I also regularly edit statements of purpose and essays for applications. 

I have a great deal of experience working with clients for whom English is an additional language.

Client testimonials are available on my website.

Cost Estimations: I determine a project’s price by its word count, the timeline, and the level of editing needed (light to heavy). Rush jobs are often possible, but may require additional fees. Payment accepted via Venmo, Wise, or Zelle.

Website: emilybowlesedits.com

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.

Contact Information:  Heartful Editor

Experience: We are a diverse team of over 50 doctorate-educated academic writing coaches and editors who provide support on APA, including grammar, the mechanics of style, citations and references, and more, in addition to guidance on flow, structure, organization, and other academic writing standards.

Services: We provide academic writing coaching and editing support to graduate and doctoral students in the other social and behavioral sciences.

Cost Estimations: Heartful Editor’s graduate and doctoral student rate is $45.00/hour. The editing process can take a few days to several weeks or months, depending on the scope and complexity of the project. We work with each client to determine a project timeline that incorporates each step of the editing process and the student’s deadlines.

NOTE: The total cost of a project depends on the length of the paper, the technical complexity of the project, and the condition the manuscript is in when we receive it.

Website: Heartful Editor

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

Experience: PhD in English literature (concentration in 19th century American literature, the novel, and critical theory); 10 years of experience teaching academic writing at the undergraduate level; 7 years of experience as a full-time professional academic editor.

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: $0.095/word and up for line/structural editing; flat fee ~$2000 for book proposals; flat fee (TBD) for intensive developmental edits. Coaching is $750 for a 4-6 session package.  Turnaround time varies; for line edits, ballpark 2 weeks for a journal article, 3 weeks for a book proposal or sample chapter, 4-6 weeks for a book-length manuscript. Rarely, I can fit shorter projects in on short notice, but I am usually booked out 3-6 months in advance.

Website: Heath Sledge Writing and 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, Google Docs (though less powerful than Word), and Adobe InDesign. Experience in applying the University of Missouri Graduate School Office theses and dissertations guidelines. Adept at adhering to various style guides, especially the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th and 7th editions, and the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition. More information.

Cost Estimations: Discount of $10/hr for students. Copy editing is $37/hr ($47/hr without the discount). Proofreading is $31/hr ($41/hr without the discount). More information.

Website: Horizon26

Contact Information: Joel Looper(jblooper@gmail.com)

Experience: I have a Ph.D. and two M.A.s in religion and a B.A. in English. My career started in journalism, and, in addition to teaching at the college level, I’ve taught English to 6th and 10th graders and written quite a few popular articles. My editing experience ranges from books published by academic presses like Oxford University Press to work from students still mastering the English language.

Services: I copy edit papers, theses, dissertations, and books in the humanities and social sciences, broadly construed. Fluent in MLA and Turabian/Chicago, but APA works too.

Cost Estimations: $30 per hour flat rate. Rush charge: +$10 per hour. Turn around time depends on the size and difficulty of the document. Any project with a turnaround time of under 60 hours will incur a rush charge (2 weeks for larger projects). Paypal and Venmo accepted. Deposit of $10/1,000 words required.

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.

Contact Information: Dr. Megan Hall

Experience: 10+ years of academic editing.

Services: Dissertation and manuscript editing; personal statement editing; grant editing; writing coaching; distilling thesis chapters into academic papers. Developmental and copy editing for native and non-native English speakers. 

Cost Estimations: Copy and developmental editing of academic texts/grants: $0.08/word; Writing coaching and research: $120/hour; Editing statements of purpose/personal statements: $120 (includes 1 follow-up edit); Copy and developmental editing of non-academic texts: $0.045/word 

Website: meganhallphd.com

Experience: Professional academic editor with over 15 years of experience in copyediting, proofreading, and formatting. BA in English and MA in Library Science. Fluent in APA, MLA, and Chicago formatting styles and line and developmental editing to improve the grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, organization, and clarity of your document. Experienced in editing dissertations, theses, capstone projects, personal statements, research papers, case studies, and literature reviews. No project is too big or small!

Services: I provide line and developmental editing according to APA, MLA, or Chicago formatting styles. Editing is focused on improving the grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and organization of your manuscript. Once the editing process is complete, I will deliver two copies of your final edited manuscript: one showing all tracked changes and one clean copy with all changes accepted, ready for publication!

Cost Estimations: Editing is $6 per page, based on the industry standard of 250 words per page. This also includes full style guide formatting and reference-to-text verification. Fees for more in-depth developmental editing depend upon the extent of editing required. Turnaround time is typically 7–10 days, depending on the overall quality and length of the manuscript.

Website: http://www.editoo-services.com

Contact Information: Melissa Haskin


Experience: Professional academic editor with 15 years of experience. MS in journalism. BS in economics with a minor in business. Expert in APA and Chicago styles. Ability to edit in the fields of social science (economics, anthropology, sociology), education, health (nursing, public health), business, and finance.

Services: Proofreading and copyediting of theses, dissertations, research articles, presentations, job application materials, and more.

Cost Estimatations: Please reach out for a free quote and sample edit. On average, clients pay $.06-$.08/word. For documents with less than 2 weeks of lead time, there is a $175 rush fee.

Website: melissa-haskin.com

Contact Information: Miriam Tepper (miriam.tepper@gmail.com)

Experience: Certified editor with publishing certification from the Toronto Metropolitan University. B.Sc. in biology (entomology), Masters in museum studies. Specializes in copyedit, proofreading, plain language, substantive, and stylistic edits. Familiar with APA, MLA, and Chicago Manual of Style. Currently edits academic articles in biology, genetics, natural history, evolution, ecology, and similar fields, but I am comfortable with humanities and other studies. Excellent at checking and cross-referencing citations. Three years experience editing for academic institutions. Also experienced in editing theses, books, papers, and long manuscripts. Finally, I also perform full edits for genre fiction (fantasy, horror, etc.).

Services: Substantive, stylistic, and copy editing. Proofreading. Citation and bibliography checks. Plain language writing, especially for complex concepts. Cleaning, clarifying, streamlining, and tightening.

Cost Estimations: A sliding scale from $0.05/word (or $20/hour) to $0.08/word or ($30/hour), depending on manuscript length, complexity, turnaround period, and level of editing required.

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

Contact Information: David Martin (davidmartin@onlineeditorialservices.com)

Experience: Educated in the arts and humanities, I’ve always enjoyed working with words, perhaps because of the elements that make writing a fine craft: unity, structure and organization, precision and style.

Services: Editorial services at all levels for science writers whose second language is English.

Since 2004, OES has earned the trust of researchers in the life and physical sciences. Specializing in comprehensive reviews of scholarly works and grant proposals, I look for evidence of proper syntax, logical and coherent structure and organization, control over subject matter and economy of expression.

Cost Estimations: Pricing is not scaled to word count; instead, I perform an initial review and quote a flat rate based on time. Please email the address above for fee quote and submission instructions before submitting material for review.

Website: Online Editorial Services

Contact Information: Patrick Lane (patricklane42@gmail.com)

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.

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 $25 per hour. Basic editing is billed at $30 per hour. Style guide formatting and more in-depth developmental editing pricing depends on the project and services needed. 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

Contact Information: Kirsten Pinto (kirsten@pintoediting.com)

Experience: BSEd and former teacher working with writers on a wide variety of projects including marketing materials, website copy, academic reports, application essays, books, and more.

Services: Proofreading, copy editing, and developmental editing. Whatever goal you have that requires writing, I’m here to help you reach it. Whether you’ve got an important email, a personal statement for applications, a book, or anything in between, I’m happy to team with you to add strength and power to your writing.

Cost Estimations: Pricing is based on a number of factors such as length, type of editing, writer’s experience, and turnaround time. Please email or visit the website for a free quote.

Website: Pinto Editing

Contact Information: Joann Bryant (joann@qualityeditingservices.com.)

Experience: BSEd and 15 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: $44/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 10-15 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

Contact Information: Rose Ernst (rose@roseernst.net)

Experience: Former Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science. An Academic Editor since 2018.

Services: Journal article developmental and stylistic editing.

Cost Estimations:  $1000 flat rate for dissertation editing; $80-$90 per $1000 words for developmental editing; $65-$75 per 1000 words for stylistic editing; $90/hr writing coaching and consulting.

Website: Rose Ernst

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

Contact Information: Susan Weiner (susanweinerediting@gmail.com

Experience: I am a former professor of contemporary French Studies (9 years on the Yale faculty) and former Fellowship Advisor at the University of the Pacific.

Services: Working with me entails an intellectual conversation about your work, and making it publishable. I provide substantial developmental editing for graduate students and junior faculty in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who wish to revise their dissertations for publication (book or articles). Past and current authors include anthropologists, musicologists, professors of Religious Studies and urban studies/architecture who are publishing with Duke University Press, Medical Anthropological Quarterly, Planning Perspectives, Cambridge University Press, Disability Studies Quarterly. I also work with people who are not native English speakers and write in English.

Cost Estimations: My rate is $90.00/hour. 

Website: susanweinerediting.com

Contact Information: Susan Williams (susanwilliamswriting@gmail.com)

Experience: TESOL Certification, An Introduction to ESL/EFL and Teaching ESL/EFL Grammar,
University of Georgia, Athens, GA; MBA Finance, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL; Bachelor of Architecture, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

Services: As a freelance editor, I work with clients who are preparing papers for conference presentations and publication in various academic journals. I have extensive experience editing for tenure-track professors seeking publication in top-tier peer-reviewed journals. I also have experience editing application essays and personal statements for students seeking admission into various academic programs. I specialize in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related fields including, but not limited to statistics, finance, MIS (management information systems), architecture and engineering. I edit using the track changes feature in both Microsoft Word and LATEX (LyX). I have TESOL certifications and enjoy working with non-native English speakers. I pride myself on providing exemplary and timely editing services. I am an approved vendor for the University of Georgia, the University of Texas, and Columbia University and am happy to provide excellent references upon request.

Cost Estimations: Rates vary considerably depending on the type of the work, the time frame of the assignment, the degree of special expertise required, and other factors. The industry standard for a manuscript page is 250 words.

Basic copyediting: 5-10 ms pgs/hr, $30-40/hr
Heavy copyediting: 2–5 ms pgs/hr, $40–50/hr
Developmental editing: 1–5 pgs/hr, $45–55/hr
Substantive or line editing: 1–6 ms pgs/hr, $40–60/hr
Rush fee: 10%

Website: Susan Williams Editing Services

Contact Information: Tammy Cloutier

Experience: Managing editor for a small team of editors, as well as my own freelance editing. Experience includes thesis/dissertation support, scientific report writing, journal articles, and manuscript review, among other writing projects. I have published articles in peer-reviewed journals, and although my background is in biological sciences (PhD in Environmental Studies, MWS in Wildlife Science, and BS in Psychobiology), I enjoy working with a variety of disciplines.

Services: Copyediting, proofreading, and formatting. The majority of my work utilizes APA formatting, but I do have some experience with MLA and Chicago.

Cost Estimations: $35-$55 per hour, depending on the type of service requested. An additional fee may be charged if rush turnaround (<72 hours) is requested. Total cost of each project will vary depending on the length of the document, type of service, and extent of editing required.

Website: https://tammycloutier.com/editorial-services/

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 $0.07/word. Rates include a 3-part edit and email/phone support Monday–Friday. Rush service may be available for an additional fee.

Website: Taryn Aldrich: Professional Editing & Writing Coaching

Contact Information:  Virginia Trauth (Virginia Trauth Consulting)

Experience: B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Missouri with five years of experience in grant writing, project, and competition review for both native and non-native English speakers. Focused primarily on technical and scientific work but also projects in other areas, such as business.

Services: Offers a wide variety of editing and writing services with a focus on content, readability, flow, logical order, and proper grammar while keeping in mind the technical aspects or focus of the project. Project types include grant proposals, essays, scholarship applications, theses, dissertations, articles, and resumes. Happy to work with undergraduate, graduate, and international students.

Cost Estimations: $30/hour, turnaround time varies depending upon project length and specifications but is usually less than a week.

Website: Virginia Trauth Consulting