Approved Word Processing Editors

WMU Graduate College Approved Word Processing Editors List 

Dana Barnes

Lake Forest, CA
Cell: (949) 939-6743

  • Formatting:  $3 per page  
  • Proofreading and light editing:  $2 per page

Senior editor at major publisher for 20+ years. Skilled in Microsoft office; MLA, APA and Chicago styles; and WMU guidelines. Experienced freelance editor, writer and proofreader with MA in Professional Writing, B.A. in English and Written Communications.

Natalie Giarratano

Fort Collins, CO 80525 
(269) 929-8144
(Please note that email is my preferred method of communication.)

  • Formatting:  $3 per page  
  • Basic copy editing:  $25 per hour 
  • Reference page correction and cross-checking in-text citations:  $25 per reference page
  • Prices may increase if an unusually fast turnaround is needed
  • Discount is offered if student uses more than one of the above services

I have a Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from WMU, as well as 10 years as a university writing teacher, over 15 years’ editing experience (university presses, journals, books), and more than 14 years’ experience with WMU dissertation and thesis formatting. Very knowledgeable on APA, MLA, and Chicago styles.

Tara Marion

Portage, MI 49002
Home: (269) 321-8997
Email preferred method of communication

  • Copy editing: $2 per double-spaced page
  • Proofreading: $1 per page
  • Reference pages: $5 per double-spaced page
  • No formatting 
  • Prices may increase for short turnaround times

Experienced freelance writer and editor providing word-processing and editorial services according to WMU guidelines. Familiar with APA, MLA Chicago and AP styles and willing to learn others. Advanced computer skills in Microsoft Word and WordPerfect; experience with templates. M.A. in Organizational Communication and B.A. in English, Western Michigan University. References available upon request.

Julie Rickert, Ph.D.

Richland, Michigan

  • Copy editing and/or formatting: $24 per hour or $2.50 per page whichever is higher (including verifying and cross-checking references)
  • A premium may be charged if unusually fast turnaround requested

Expert proficiency in MS Office (Word and Excel), APA and Chicago manuals of style. Retired from WMU, 16 years experience working in the WMU Graduate College, including ten as dissertation and thesis coordinator. Six years experience as typesetter and editor for university press. Language experience: English, French, German, Old English.

Hope Smith

Kalamazoo, MI 49001

  • Formatting and copy editing:  $24 per hour (approx. $3 per page)

MS Word; APA formatting, light grammatical editing, citation/bibliography check; English teacher and university instructor; 30 years dissertation experience.

Janeé Steele

Write On Solutions
PO Box 19173
Kalamazoo, MI 49019
(618) 303-2985

  • Citation review: $25 per page of reference list 
  • Creation of tables and graphics: $3 per table or graphic
  • Editing: $12 per hour
  • Formatting: $3 per page
  • Proofreading: $10 per hour
  • Prices may increase for short turnaround times
  • Credit cards accepted

Ph.D., Counselor Education, Western Michigan University. Experienced editor of dissertations and student papers. Published author of book chapter and peer-reviewed articles. Expert in APA Style, and able to format dissertations and theses according to the WMU formatting guidelines. Good knowledge of statistics and how data should be presented.

Becky Straple-Sovers, Ph.D.

Kalamazoo, MI 
Cell: (708) 925-6759

  • Formatting, proofreading: $25/hour
  • Copy editing, editing reference pages, and cross-checking in-text citations: $30/hour

Detail-oriented editor and proofreader with over a decade of experience editing scholarly articles, monographs, theses, and dissertations. Ph.D. in English from WMU, M.A. in Medieval English Literatures from the University of York, and B.A. in Publishing Studies from Illinois State University. Proficient in APA, Chicago Manual of Style, MLA, and WMU formatting guidelines. References available upon request.

Lisa Thorne

Dowagiac, MI 49047
Call or text: (269) 861-7565

  • Citation cross-reference: $25 per reference page only (includes in-text citations)
  • Editing: $3 per edited page
  • Formatting: $3 per page
  • Table and graphics development and transcription also available for a custom quote

We will work together to make reaching the finish line as fast and painless as possible for you.

  • 15 years of experience providing excellence to graduate students
  • A step-by-step process to help you achieve your goals
  • Flexibility in services, approach and pricing.