Scholarly Writing Editors

Jennifer Acker

Education:
Amherst College, BA
Summary:
Assistant Managing Editor, Alfred A. Knopf Associate Editor, “Greenwood Encyclopedia of Latin Music” (2009) Project Editor, “Collins Q&A: Latino Culture” (2007)
Areas of Specific Interest and Expertise:
Latin American and Latino culture; creative writing; literature; philosophy; art history
Services Offered:

Coaching, developmental editing, light editing, heaving editing, copyediting, proofreading 

Process:
Initial consult by phone or email, whatever is convenient
Rates:

$35 per hour

Amy Benson Brown

Education:
PhD, Emory University, English (1995) MA, Rutgers University (1991) BA, University of South Carolina (1988)
Summary:
I’m a developmental editor and writing coach who works primarily with academic authors on books and journal articles through Academic Coaching & Writing.
Areas of Specific Interest and Expertise:
My own training is in literature, but I have worked with authors in fields that range from political science to sociology, nursing, geology, history, public health, education, and religion. I specialize in helping authors develop book proposals and journal articles, as well as respond to peer review feedback and modify their writing process to maximize their productivity
Services Offered:

Coaching on developing books and journal articles, as well as overcoming challenges related to the process of writing. I also offer editorial feedback on drafts.

Process:
Working through Academic Coaching & Writing, authors usually meet with me once a week for three months to achieve their writing goals.
Rates:

Please email questions about costs and payment to the Director of ACW, dr.sally@academiccoachingandwriting.org 

Claudia Castañeda

Education:
PhD, History of Consciousness, UC Santa Cruz 10+ years of teaching at undergraduate and graduate level Freelance editing and coaching with academics and grad students. Translation from Spanish to English.
Summary:
I provide assistance with writing “..from the glimmer of an idea to the final draft.” Tailored to your specific needs. I am especially adept at: synthesis, theory, and identifying key points and arguments that may be incipient or buried in your draft or ideas.
Areas of Specific Interest and Expertise:
I am particularly skilled in interdisciplinary and theoretical work, and have a special interest working with traditionally underrepresented groups and topics. Areas include but not limited to: Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Science and Technology Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Cultural Studies.
Services Offered:

Developmental editing: hands-on editing tailored to your needs – light or heavy Reviewing and providing extensive comments on drafts/manuscripts, including responding to referee reports Writing coaching Translation: Spanish and French to English

Process:
I tailor my work process to the needs of the individual, listening carefully and also offering suggestions as needed. My aim is to provide the resources that work best for you. Please email or phone me with your request and I will respond with a suggested plan.
Rates:

Please email me for further information on rates. 

Ruth Critcher

Education:
Hampshire College, BA Marlboro College Writing Program
Summary:
Freelance editor with over 10 years experience providing editing, copyediting, and proofwriting services to academic authors publishing articles for top-tiered journals, book chapters, dissertations, and books. I also provide document formatting, technical support, and web design and maintenance.
Areas of Specific Interest and Expertise:
I have extensive experience editing material in the fields of K-12 education, second language learning, higher education in international and emergency contexts, and social justice. I am interested in working with authors in all fields, particularly the Arts and Humanities (including fiction), Environmental Studies, Music, Psychology, and Technology
Services Offered:
  •  All levels of editing services, including proofreading, copyediting, content editing, writing, writing coaching.
  • Document formatting, including matching: APA or MLA styles (citations, references, tables); university or department guidelines for dissertations or grants; author guidelines for proposal or manuscript submissions.
  • Web design, image editing, technical support, and document design.
Process:
Submit project description, file to be edited (or a portion), with approximate total page count and deadlines. If my availability matches your needs, I will provide initial feedback or sample editing at no cost, along with an estimate.
Rates:

$35/hour -- The number of pages processed per hour depends on the level of editing required. Visit my webpage for more information.

Roberta Fountain

Education:
BFA; MS
Summary:
I've been editing a wide range of documents for over 5 years - from syllabi and cover letters to journal articles and books. My services have ranged from proofreading printers' galleys to developmental editing. Most of the work has been electronic, for some I've marked hard copy. I've worked on several projects for people who had English as a second language.
Areas of Specific Interest and Expertise:
Education, computer science, social sciences, art history, liberal arts, architecture and design
Services Offered:

Copyediting, proofreading, light and heavy editing, editing graphics and web pages

Process:
I am located in California but work with my clients via telephone and email.
Rates:

$35 per hour

Rachel H Gordon

Education:
M.A. Law & Diplomacy, The Fletcher School, Tufts University (2012, M.A. Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning, Tufts University (2012), B.A. Macalester College (2003)
Summary:
10+ years of experience as an editor, writer, and researcher. My work has been primarily focused on the social sciences and social justice sectors, as well as non-profit editing, copywriting, and grant writing. I have written and/or edited journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, think tank reports, NGO/non-profit publications, blog posts and other media. My own work has been published in top-tier academic journals, and I have served as a journal issue co-editor, as well as a peer reviewer for journals and think tank publications.
Areas of Specific Interest and Expertise:
Political science, international studies/development, gender analysis, urban policy/planning, conflict/humanitarian studies, sociology, anthropology, law/criminal justice/security studies, environmental science and policy, food systems/policy, public health, English/literature, creative non-fiction, and education. Also specializing in editing/writing support to those for whom English is not a first language.
Services Offered:

Proofreading, line editing, developmental editing, and dissertation/thesis editing and coaching. I will help you express your ideas clearly and logically while adhering to necessary style guidelines and editorial policies, where applicable. No project is too small or too large!

Process:
If I have availability, I will ask you to provide (via email) a project description and a 500- 750 word sample of the work in Microsoft Word. I will then provide a description of the services I am able to offer, along with a cost estimate. Following mutual agreement, I will send a work agreement for your signature. My fee is based on actual hours worked, rounded (up or down) to the nearest hour. If it becomes clear that a project will take more than 2 hours beyond the original projection, I will immediately contact you to discuss next steps (but this is rare!).
Rates:

$35-$50/hour, depending on the complexity and urgency of the project.

Ellie Lin

Education:
MS, Environmental Microbiology, University of California Riverside BA, Journalism, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Summary:
I help authors communicate scientific ideas clearly. I specialize in editing peer- reviewed journal articles in medicine and the life sciences. I also edit proposals, dissertations, presentations, books, and educational and promotional materials. My clients include researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College, Smith College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and MIT, as well as publishers and medical communications agencies.
Areas of Specific Interest and Expertise:
Medicine, biology, microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, public health, bioengineering, biotechnology.
Services Offered:
  • copy editing
  • substantive editing
  • ESL editing
  • layout review
Process:
Initial consult by email or phone. Free sample edit and cost estimate
Rates:

$45 to $55 per hour

Carin McCormack

Education:
Miami University (Ohio), B.A., English University of Michigan, ABD, anthropology & history
Summary:
More than 20 years writing and editing, from developmental and structural/substantive editing to streamlining the MS or light copyediting. Generous guidance for scholars whose first language is not English. Recently: - Structural/substantive edit, Anupama Rao, The Caste Question (UC Press, 2009) - Developmental work-- book MS, exhibition text, related articles, Mina Marefat AIA, Paradise Lost: Frank Lloyd Wright in Modernist Baghdad (working title) - Copy edit, Interventions 10:1, 2008 - Substantive/detailed copy edit, Alioune Sou, 'Political intuition: two African autobiographies of childhood.
Areas of Specific Interest and Expertise:
Social sciences, humanities, arts; history (Western & nonWestern), social theory, ethnology/ethnography, historical anthropology, literary criticism, media studies, philosophy, law
Services Offered:

A writer's sensibility with an editor's attention to detail for: monographs, dissertation-to- book projects, book proposal development, journal articles, edited volumes

Process:
Dialogic: An initial look at the work and a talk by phone; then correspondence/conversation at the level we need to get it right Note: I’m located in Ohio, but work with many of my clients by email and/or phone. I currently have one UMass Amherst faculty client, and I look forward to working with others.
Rates:

$30-45 per hour, depending on level of editing

Frank Martinez Nocito

Education:
Tufts University, MS, Food Policy and Applied Nutrition University of Massachusetts, BS, Nutrition; BA, Anthropology Culinary Institute of America, AOS Culinary Arts
Summary:
Over 10 years of editorial, writing and research experience including peer reviewed journal articles, international reports, dissertations, corporate statements, press releases, policy statements, and educational CD-ROMs. Guest Editor for journal supplements to the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Public Health Nutrition. Liaised with Publishing Companies, authors and manuscript referees. Positions held at universities; international organizations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization; and non- profits.
Areas of Specific Interest and Expertise:
Areas of interest and expertise include nutrition, public health, food science, food policy, kinesiology, biology, anthropology, sociology, psychology.
Services Offered:

Editing of manuscripts for grammatical, structural, style, formatting (according to specific journal submission instructions/policies, when warranted), technical mistakes, and reconciliation of bibliographic citations. Copyediting and proofreading at all stages of writing. Review and correction of proofs for publication. Well- versed in Adobe Acrobat and InDesign programs.

Process:
Contact me by phone (preferred) or email for initial assessment of project.
Rates:

Rates are $35- $45 per hour, dependent on the level of editing required.

Margaret Puskar-Pasewicz

Education:
Indiana University, Bloomington, PhD Carnegie Mellon University, BA
Summary:
I have worked in academia and the copyediting industry for fifteen years. I was employed for three years as a copyeditor and proofreader for the American Historical Review. Recent clients include university professors and presses, such as Columbia University Press, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, and University of Tennessee Press. I have a thorough understanding of proper grammar and spelling and am familiar with Chicago style and other writing styles.
Areas of Specific Interest and Expertise:
My background is in the humanities and social sciences, and I have worked with scholars in a variety of related disciplines, including history, anthropology, food studies, sociology, women’s studies, political science, archaeology, religious studies, and philosophy.
Services Offered:

I specialize in professional copyediting, indexing, and coaching for academic writers. I’ll work with you to provide the type of editing that best fits your scholarly project. In addition to basic copyediting, I can also provide detailed feedback regarding issues such as voice, flow, and clarity. The goal is to create a clean, clear document that demonstrates your best academic writing. I also provide expert indexing for book manuscripts. Unlike editing software that merely looks for word repetition, I will carefully read your text and identify the most important terms. I also provide useful & detailed cross- referencing. As a writing coach, I have worked with scholars for fifteen years on how to improve the quality and productivity of their writing. Whether you're having trouble getting started or finishing up, your academic writing can benefit from professional coaching.

Process:
I offer a free consultation (via email or phone) and sample edit for all new clients as well as a “good faith” estimate. You can contact me directly at margaret@margaretedits.com or submit a short form at http://www.margaretedits.com/contact.html .
Rates:

I offer very competitive rates to current market prices. 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

Robert Redick

Education:
M.F.A., Warren Wilson College; M.A., University of Florida; B.A.S., University of Virginia
Summary:
From Devil’s Den to Licking Water: A History of the Mill River and its People by John Sinton (Ecological History Book, Levellers Press, forthcoming) “The Commercialisation of Counterinsurgency: Battlefield Enemies, Business Bedfellows in Kachin State, Burma” by Kevin H. Woods, (PhD dissertation, Univ of CA Berkeley), 2017 School for International Training (Brattleboro, VT) course catalog entries, 2017 This One Weird Trick: A Novel by Russell Seyfert, 2016 “Dagoll Dagom’s No hablaré en clase, a Postdramatic Response to Francoism” by David Rodríguez-Solas (academic paper, Umass, 2016)
Areas of Specific Interest and Expertise:
Novels, short stories, creative nonfiction, international development, international ecological & social justice,
Services Offered:

Developmental editing, technical editing, story development and coaching, structure and revision

I have over 20 years experience working with native and non- native English speakers, both as an editor and as a teacher of writing. I am fluent in Spanish and have lived and worked extensively in Latin America. As a freelance editor, I’ve worked with writers and academics on their dissertations, theses, professional papers, novels, short stories, promotion cases, and numerous other texts. I’m open to all sorts of editing, from strictly technical to developmental and creative.

Process:
Patient, rigorous, flexible according to client’s changing needs
Rates:

$50/hr individuals without institutional support, $60/hr others. I’m very efficient.

Daniel Robb

Education:
B.A. English – Middlebury College. M.A. English - Breadloaf School of English.
Summary:
Author of Sloop (Simon & Schuster), and Crossing the Water (Simon & Schuster). Editor at Robb Literary, providing editorial services for clients such as the Harvard School of Education, Simon & Schuster, Inner Traditions, Adobe Inc., Microsoft Press, Teacher Magazine, and for authors of diverse academic and trade manuscripts for publication. In the past I was the managing editor of twelve academic journals (such as The British Journal of Sociology, and History Workshop Journal), at Routledge and Kegan Paul (London), with responsibility for both editorial and production oversight.
Areas of Specific Interest and Expertise:
I am interested in making almost anything well- written. Particular areas of interest include teaching and coaching writing, academic manuscripts for publication, memoir, fiction, creative non- fiction, poetry, theatre, history, and screenwriting. I have a deep interest in African- American literature, and the literature of those under-represented in literature, generally. I also have a deep background in science and welcome manuscripts based in science. I am at home in many genres, and will help an author at any point in the creation of her or his work.
Services Offered:

Coaching of writing, Proofreading; Copy- editing; Editing; Thinking outside the box; Writing.

Process:
I work flexibly, depending on the needs of the client. I am willing to help an author begin a book or article, to rewrite or restructure an existing work, or to hone and polish a manuscript already completed.
Rates:

Initial consultation is free. Rates slide from 30 to 50 dollars per hour, depending on the extent and nature of the work.

Amanda Sewell

Education:
Ph.D., Indiana University
Summary:
contract editing for W.W. Norton, Connect for Education, and Scribendi; individual dissertation, thesis, article, and book clients in most disciplines
Areas of Specific Interest and Expertise:
music, cultural studies, history, ethnography, African American and African diasporic studies, gender studies, LGBT and queer studies, education, social work
Services Offered:

proofreading, line editing, developmental editing, and dissertation/thesis coaching

Process:
proofreading, line editing, developmental editing, and dissertation/thesis coaching
Rates:

$40/hour

Ramón Solórzano Jr.

Education:
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst Anthropology B.S., MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Social Sciences and Engineering Dual Degree
Summary:
12+ years professional editing / writing experience in industry prior to academic career. Published author. Recent projects: Article (Creole Educational Reform); Diss. (Japanese Family Dynamics); M.A. Proposal (Urban Park Redesign); Book (Surrealist Film Studies); Journal Article (Clinical Judgment in Nursing); Article (Middle Eastern Architecture); Article (Medieval European Nobility); Chapter (Superradiant Lasers)
Areas of Specific Interest and Expertise:
Social Sciences (incl. anthropology; sociology; media expertise studies; sociolinguistics). Humanities (incl. art; history, comp. lit., music, philosophy). Science/Engineering: (incl. computer science; physics; civil/mechanical engineering, biology, chemisty). Interdisciplinary Studies (incl. education; critical race / ethnic studies; woman's studies; sexuality; globalization studies; science, technology and society) Comfortable with both theory and applied.
Services Offered:

Journal Articles, Grant Proposals, Dissertations and MA Theses, Research Reports and Papers, Tutorials and Handbooks, Technical Manuals and Reports, Brochures, Essays. APA, MLA, Chicago, CSE style formats. Editing at all levels: copyediting; proofing; stylistic and substantive editing/writing; developmental editing for deeper structural adjustments. Close attention to detail.

Process:
No charge for an initial evaluation and quote. We establish a clear and reasonable plan for the job and develop a professional working relationship. Not a coach, but can anchor a project to keep it moving. Diversity respected. Eager to let your work shine.
Rates:

$35-$50 per hour, also per-project pricing

Jon Wallace

Education:
M.A. (ABD), History, UNC- Chapel Hill
Summary:
I am the managing editor of the Future of Children project at Princeton University; before that, I was the in-house academic editor at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education; I have 20 years’ experience as a freelance academic editor, 20 years’ experience as a newspaper copy editor and editor, and five years’ experience as a writing center tutor and interim assistant director. I have also taught editing at UNC’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and I am the coauthor, with Anne Langley, of A Practical Writing Guide for Academic Librarians: Keeping it Short and Sweet (Oxford: Chandos Publishing, 2010).
Areas of Specific Interest and Expertise:
More through happenstance than anything else, I have worked most often with writers in Anthropology, Chemistry, Ecology, Education, History, Nanotechnology, and Public Health. But I’m happy to work with writers in any discipline.
Services Offered:

Copy editing for clarity and readability, including grammar, syntax, and style (APA, Chicago) Developmental editing for organization, logic, and audience Coaching, including overcoming writer’s block and procrastination. Checking and formatting citations and references (APA, Chicago, Vancouver); I can also help you conform to journal-specific guidelines Proofreading

Process:
For editing, proofreading, or formatting, send me a five-page sample and I’ll give you an estimate. And please feel free to call me anytime.
Rates:

$40 per hour

Aaron Winslow

Education:
PhD, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University MA, English, University of Massachusetts-Amherst BA, College of Charleston, South Carolina
Summary:
Since 2008, I have offered professional indexing, proofreading, copyediting, line editing, research, fact-checking, manuscript-preparation, and archival consultancy services. As someone who holds a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, I have extensive expertise in scholarly publishing in the humanities and social sciences. I also regularly work with trade fiction and non-fiction manuscripts, and arts publishing. I am willing to consider projects of any size and complexity, and I am prepared to work with authors to meet any deadline.
Areas of Specific Interest and Expertise:
British and American Literature Poetry and Poetics Film Studies Literary Theory Art History Continental Philosophy European, US, and Latin American History Sociology Anthropology Economics
Services Offered:
  • back of the book indexing
  • proofreading
  • copyediting
  • manuscript preparation and formatting
  • line/content editing
  • research and fact-checking
  • archival research and consultancy
  • Chicago, MLA, APA, CSE styles
Process:
When you contact me I will ask you to provide a sample from the manuscript. I’ll provide you with an estimate, free of charge.
Rates:

$25-$45/hour