Editing

At the Graduate Writing Center, your consultant may advise you on issues of style, but will not conduct line editing. Instead, consider hiring an editor from the list below; please note that these editors are not affiliated with the Center.

Local Editors

Most of these editors are either employed by Penn State or live in the State College area.

NameContactQualifications
Dr. Joshua Wretzeljiw10
@psu.edu
>Ph.D. in humanities
>10 years experience working with students and writers of all levels
>Vast experience teaching/editing with ESL students and researchers
>Expertise in technical writing
>Expertise in APA and Chicago writing styles; familiarity with most other major style guides
>Expertise in rules of grammar
>Available for editing/proofreading/indexing services.
>Reasonable rates
Aaren Pastoravp5573
@psu.edu
>2 years experience editing for Houston magazine My Table
>3 years experience as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, 2 teaching English 15, 1 teaching Business Writing
>Will conduct editing and proofreading
>Preference for shorter documents, especially personal statements, professional bios, social networking, letters of application, CVs, graduate coursework and article manuscripts
Christine Chichesterclc59
@psu.edu
>Five years of experience as a professional editor
>Familiar with APA and MLA formatting
>Will edit documents of any length including proposals, theses, dissertations, manuscripts, essays, conference papers, journal articles, chapters, CVs, etc.
>Experience working with ESL students
>Will conduct full edits including front and end matter, grammar and diction, headings and seriation, citations, References list, Appendices, and organization/flow
>Quick turnaround time
Laura Scottlal202
@psu.edu
>Can provide substantive editing, copyediting, or proofreading services
>Familiar with APA, CMS, MLA, and AP style guides
>Basic knowledge of The Bluebook for legal citations
>Accepts documents of any length, including manuscripts, dissertations, journal articles, conference proposals, and CVs
>Experienced with editing for ESL authors
>Specific rates available for grad students
Dr. Stephanie Scottsms6025
@psu.edu
Hello! I have over a decade of editing and teaching experience, working with both native and non-native speakers of English. I'm able to complete editing with a quick turnaround; have successfully edited papers for those in the hard sciences, social sciences, and humanities; and am glad to offer thorough suggestions for improving the logic and flow of arguments. Recent editing work includes various NSF grant proposals and Cambridge / Oxford-published book manuscripts. I've also edited numerous defended dissertations, theses, and published articles. Please see my professional website www.postmarkedllc.com for more information. I look forward to hearing from you!
Jayme Peacockjnp149
@psu.edu
>Editing and proofreading
>Preference for shorter (non-dissertation length) projects, but longer documents also accepted
Andrew Singerags15
@psu.edu
>More than 20 years’ experience with professional business, academic and technical English-language teaching, coaching, writing, editing and proofreading
>Please see website for more information: https://liquidbooksconsulting.com/ (the “Rates” page is the most relevant for academic writing)
Tina Haytmh1
@psu.edu
>More than 30 years' experience in editing and writing, including 22 years as editor-in-chief of the Penn Stater magazine
>Can provide proofreading, copy editing, and/or more substantive editing
>Available to edit theses, dissertations, journal articles, conference proposals and papers, essays, bios, and other material
>Have edited manuscripts across a variety of disciplines; especially familiar with the health sciences, psychology, sociology, business, finance, political science, travel, photography, and sports
Lin Misjadomfiello
@hotmail.com
>Fast, cheap editing of all kinds.
>Over 20 years experience.
>Dissertations, published journal article, theses, any kind of paper!
>Short notice is fine.
>Work is guaranteed or don't pay. ESL and international clients my specialty.
>All fields and any length.
>I edit a page free for you to decide if you like my work.
>Former English and ESL teacher at Penn State.
Dave Eggertdme154
@psu.edu
>Over ten years’ experience as professional editor / proofreader for the Hemingway Letters Project at PSU
>Experience as freelance editor for graduate theses and papers (in many fields, including science papers)
>Willing to work on longer and shorter papers, including on short notice if necessary

 

Non-Local Editors

These editors do not live in the State College area, though some have earned degrees from Penn State.

NameContactQualifications
Dr. Bethany Mannonbethany.o.
mannon
@gmail.com
>Former GWC consultant
>Experience with ESL writers
>Quick turnaround on projects under 2,000 words
Dr. Robert Birdwellrobert.
birdwell
@gmail.com
>PhD from Penn State's English Department
Laura Roselllmrosell
@gmail.com
>Graduated from PSU with dual-title M.A. in Sociology and Demography (2010)
>Trained in quantitative and qualitative social sciences
>Undergraduate training in the humanities
>Edited papers across a wide variety of fields: family sociology, migration, public health, statistical research methodology, education, philosophy, comparative literature, agricultural economics, labor economics, medicine, and nursing
>Experienced in working with ESL/ELL speakers (particularly from around East Asia and the Spanish-speaking world)
>Offers discounts for new clients, long-standing clients, dissertations, and other large projects
www.draftsavvy.com
Jonathan Lehtonenjond
lehtonen
@gmail.com
>7 years teaching writing and ESL courses
>5 years of editing social science and STEM articles and dissertations
>Also offers tutoring services
Josh Smithjss2109
@columbia.
edu
>Demonstrated experience editing essay, articles, and dissertations.
>Specializes in copy-editing and detail.
>Provides questions/comments when content needs clarification.
>Expert in Chicago, MLA, and APA styles.
>Rush jobs available upon request
Rich Black-Howellrich.
blackhowell
@verizon.net
>Freelance editor since 1998, helping more than 520 individual clients around the world to express themselves more effectively
>Editing experience includes approximately 188 dissertations, theses, and MBA professional reports as well as 395 journal articles, research reports, and other academic writing
>Particular experience working with international students
>Well versed in many subject areas and style manuals, especially APA, Chicago (both notes-bib and author-date), and MLA
Dr. Joy A. J. Howardjoyaj
howard
@gmail.com
>Graduated from Purdue
>Has held visiting and tenure-track positions at West Point, Saint Joseph's University, and New Jersey City University
>Is well published in the field of early American Studies
>Tutored in the Writing Center at Michigan State University as an undergraduate and in the Writing Center at the University of New Hampshire as a Master's student
>Is a full time editor and academic coach
>Has edited dissertations, articles, fellowship applications, book proposals, and books in theology, early American literary studies, African American literature, Theology, Political Science Wildlife Studies, forest ecology, Women's Studies, Education, Art History, Feminist theory, early American history, creative writing, and Native Studies
>Is comfortable with ESL writers and has been trained in developmental editing
>Can help students with APA, Chicago, MLA and other citation styles