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
email is preferred method of communication

  • Basic copy editing:  $18 per hour 
  • Formatting:  $3 per page  
  • Reference pages and cross-checking in-text citations:  $25 per reference page.  
  • Prices may increase if unusually fast turnaround is needed.

Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from WMU. Ten years as university writing teacher, and seven years of editing experience (university press, journals, and textbooks). More than five years’ experience with WMU dissertation formatting and very knowledgeable of APA, MLA and Chicago styles.


Linda K. Judy

Graphic Artist
Kalamazoo, MI 49008 
Web: (269) 779-6659

  • Formatting:  $3 per page or $20 per hour
  • Graphics:  $3 to $5 per page (no editing)
  • Proofreading:  $2 per page 

Currently a Freelance Graphic Designer/Typesetter for ARC Humanities Press and Medieval Institute Publications and others. Thirty plus years experience in academic book publishing in typesetting and book design (text  and cover). Degrees: A.A. in Graphic Design, B.S. in Painting. Language Experience: English, French, German, Latvian, Spanish, Latin, Greek, Old English and Old Norse. Style Manuals Used: Chicago Manual of Style, APA, MLA and WMU Guidelines. Software: MS Word, Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Lightroom.


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: $20 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
Home: (269) 349-8152

  • Formatting and copy editing:  $22 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.


Rebecca Straple (RES Editing)

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 ten years of experience editing scholarly articles, monographs, and dissertations. M.A. in Medieval English Literatures from the University of York and B.A. in Publishing Studies from Illinois State University. Skilled in Microsoft Office, MLA, APA, and Chicago styles, 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.