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How to Hire
a Freelance Copyeditor

Where to Start

  • If you’re a student, ask your professor or faculty supervisors for their permission to hire a copy-editor. UT has no official policies against hiring editors, but individual faculty members may object to this practice. Sec. 11-402. Academic Dishonesty of UT’s Institutional Rules does not mention copy-editing as a prohibited conduct. However, if your supervisor tells you not to use an editor and you hire one anyway, then this would be a violation of “failing to comply with instructions” (11-402(c)(2)). So, the best practice is to make sure your supervisor is OK with you hiring a copy-editor.
  • Read Wendy Laura Belcher’s overviewHow to Hire and Work with an Academic Copyeditor.
  • Send query emails early in your writing process, even before your project is ready to review. Ask editors about rates, time frames, and options for reviewing your chapters one at a time.

Standard Editorial Rates

“Rates vary considerably depending on the nature 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.” (source)

  • Editing
    • 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
  • Other services
    • Proofreading: 9-13 ms pgs/hr, $30-35/hr
    • Translating: 300-500 wds/hr, $40-50/hr
  • Wendy Belcher’s Suggestions
    • “The average rate at which copyeditors edit is 4 pages (or 1,000 words) per hour.”
    • “First, review the manuscript… If your footnotes have never been spell-checked, spell-check them. If your references are not standardized, fix them…. Once you have fixed what you can, identify exactly how many pages are in your manuscript (don’t guess, divide the total electronic word count by 250 words). Divide this figure by 4 (pages an hour) to arrive at the likely total cost of copyediting.”
    • 200-page dissertation = 50 hours x $30 = $1500.

Freelance Editors

Note: These editors are not affiliated with the UWC, and we are not endorsing them by including their contact information. If you are a freelance copy-editor and would like to submit or update your information on this page, please contact uwc@utexas.edu.

Lynn Cowles

Experience:

Fifteen years of writing coaching and thousands of pages edited for diverse writers and projects! I specialize in:

  • Academics: scholarly publications, dissertations, curricula;
  • Businesses: internal and external communications; web/social media content;
  • Professionals: books, industry pieces; and
  • Nonprofits: grants, reports, etc.

Experience includes working for academic journals, web development offices, and popular and academic publishers. Writing partnerships are unique—let’s see what ours looks like together! Please email with project details for pricing.

Education:

PhD and MA in English, UT Austin; BA in English, Virginia Commonwealth University

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cowles5966@gmail.com

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Melanie Haupt

Experience:

I earned my PhD in English at the University of Texas at Austin, where I taught literature and rhetoric and writing classes from 2005–2012. I have taught rhetoric and composition, American Studies, and Capstone at St. Edward’s University. I have extensive experience with proofreading, copyediting, and project editing and can help you get your college application letter, thesis, dissertation, monograph, and manuscript ready for submission.

Education:

PhD in English, UT Austin; MA in English, University of Colorado Boulder; BA in English, UT Austin

email

mkhaupt@gmail.com

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(512) 293-2853

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Sara Saylor

Experience:

I have 15 years of experience supporting academic writers as a consultant, editor, and teacher. I specialize in editing journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, and thesis projects in the social sciences, humanities, and education. I offer substantive feedback to improve your manuscript’s clarity, flow, and argumentation, as well as one-on-one consultations to support your work at any stage of the writing process.

Education:

PhD in English, UT Austin; MA in English, UT Austin; BA in English, University of South Carolina

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sarasaylor@gmail.com

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Stephen Dadugblor

Experience:

I am a PhD candidate in English and an Assistant Instructor in UT’s Department of Rhetoric and Writing. I have considerable experience in the editing and proofreading of scholarly articles, theses, and dissertations across multiple fields, including the humanities, social sciences, and engineering. I bring high levels of precision, promptness, attention to detail, and over seven years of editorial experience to your work.

Education:

PhD Candidate, English (Rhetoric), UT Austin; MA, Michigan Technological University

email

steve.dadugblor@utexas.edu

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Joanna Thaler

Experience:

Joanna earned her PhD in English Literature from UT-Austin in 2016. Since graduating, she has been working as a professional freelance editor and has edited dissertations, book manuscripts, short stories, and other long-form documents in addition to job and program application materials such as resumes, cover letters, and personal essays. She also works full time as a Course Coordinator for Rhetoric in UT’s Office of Strategy and Policy, coaching others on writing and research.

Education:

PhD in English, UT Austin

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joanna.thaler@gmail.com

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Lauren Issen

Experience:

I earned my Ph.D. in English from UT Austin in 2000. I have been editing a wide range of documents for over 20 years, including but not limited to academic articles, theses, dissertations, curricula, textbook copy, resumes, cover letters, and marketing copy. I have also been teaching college level courses as well as tutoring students and professionals for the same number of years. See my extended profile and client reviews at: http://austin.universitytutor.com/tutors/232306

Education:

Ph.D. in English in 2000 from UT Austin
B.A. in English with Honors in 1993 from UT Austin

email

laura.issen@gmail.com

Alexis Stratton

Experience:

With 12 years of experience as a professional academic editor, I’ve edited numerous dissertations, master’s theses, and journal articles for a variety of clients, including professors, researchers, and graduate students. I’m familiar with APA, Chicago, and MLA styles, though I can adapt to other styles as well. Recent editing projects include book- and article-length works in sociology, anthropology, political science, linguistics, comparative literature, art education, gender studies, and English literature.

Education:

MFA in Creative Writing, University of South Carolina; Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies, University of South Carolina; BA in English, University of South Carolina

email

alexis.stratton@gmail.com

Amy Vidor

Experience:

5+ years of editing experience. Prior work in: English literature and language, French literature and language, history and social sciences, specializing in adherence to style guides, grammar, and maintaining a consistent voice.

Education:

PhD in Comparative Literature, UT Austin; MA in History and Literature, Columbia University; BAs in English and French with Minor in Art History, University of Southern California

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amyvidor@utexas.edu

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Britta Jensen

Experience:

Fifteen years experience editing academic papers, books, short fiction and teaching writing for the Department of Defense Education Activity. I provide developmental and substantive/line edits, edit dissertations, book-length manuscripts and layout/formatting for publication. Previously, I judged the UT Austin Flag Writing Award, the Writer’s League of Texas Manuscript Contest and freelance edit at The Writing Consultancy. I offer a thirty-minute free phone consult. Please email me with a description of your project and a sample, if available. I look forward to working with you!

Education:

MA, Columbia University (Teaching of English Literature); BA, Fordham University

email

britta@britta-jensen.com

Caroline Barta

Experience:

Taught and edited English literature and writing to high school, college, and graduate-level students for 7+ years. Worked in academic marketing and publishing—4+ years. Available for copywriting, copyediting, style guide help, and proofreading. Expert in assisting non-native English speakers find fluency and greater ease with their writing. Specialist with application essays, dissertations, book chapters, journal articles, and academic job materials. Contact me for a quote.

Education:

PhD in English Literature, University of Texas (2020); MA in English Literature, Boston College; BA in Great Texts and Classics, Baylor University.

email

carolinebarta@utexas.edu

G. Renee Gray

Experience:

I have served as a dissertation coach and editor for four years. In addition, I wrote a book, No More Holding Cells: A Guide for In-School Suspension Facilitators to Promote Success Among At-Risk Students. And, recently, I was awarded a grant to create and facilitate an after-school storytelling program for 2nd and 3rd grade students.

I provide a free 30-minute phone consultation. After the consultation, I will look at your draft and provide fee information. If interested, please email me to schedule your phone consultation.

Education:

PhD (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies), MS (Educational Psychology), and BUS (Liberal Arts) – All from the University of Tennessee

email

greneegray@howdarewenotbebrilliant.com

Helen Novielli

Experience:

I have over seven years’ experience as a proofreader/editor, and 15 years’ experience with editing, proofreading, and content creation in a business setting. My areas of expertise include Social Sciences, Humanities, Business, and Education. Focus is placed on spelling, grammar, punctuation, and accuracy of vocabulary. Suggestions are made on style, sentence construction and flow, and overall readability. I’ve worked with many ESL students and am always happy to work with more!

Education:

MA, Texas Woman’s University

email

helen@personalproofreading.com

Jaime Deblanc-Knowles

Experience:

I’m a professional freelance editor who works with clients to prepare dissertations, book-length manuscripts, and white papers for publication. I’m a former copy editor/fact-checker for The Austin Chronicle, fiction editor for Bat City Review, and copy editor for E Magazine. I offer thorough, precise, and timely editing services. Rates depend on project complexity and turnaround time. For a personalized quote, please email me with a description of your project.

Education:

MA in Creative Writing, UT Austin; BA in English and History, Tulane University

email

freshinkconsulting@gmail.com

  • Academics: dissertations, etc.
  • Organizations: Internal/external communication, email, web & social content
  • Professionals: books, newsletters

My tenure includes: Director of Media & PR for a top-five U.S. Olympic sport, marketing a museum, winning an Emmy award for producing/writing. I am also a published author. Please email with project details for pricing. I look forward to working with you!

Susan Williams

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 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 service provider for the University of Georgia and am happy to provide excellent references upon request.

Education:

BJ (Bachelor’s of Journalism) and MPAff

Bachelor of Architecture, Carnegie-Mellon University; MBA Finance, University of South Florida; TESOL

Certification, An Introduction to ESL/EFL and Teaching ESL/EFL Grammar, University of Georgia.

email

susanwilliamswriting@gmail.com

Akiko Yamagata

Experience:

I am an academic editor with 10+ years of experience with theses and dissertations, scholarly articles, and academic books in fields across the humanities and social sciences, especially in anthropology, art history, East Asian studies, Japanese studies, museum studies, and sociology. I support scholars and students as both an editor and a writing coach: I help you produce an elegant piece of writing that conveys a clear and compelling argument in your unique voice; I also work with you to build your skills and confidence as a writer. I offer editing help at all stages of manuscript development: feedback on organization, clarity, and flow to bring shape to your argument in an early draft; deep sentence-level edits to polish language and bring out your stylistic voice; and meticulous final draft edits to eliminate errors and inconsistencies. I have additional expertise in APA stylistic editing, citation editing, and editing the work of EFL writers. 

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