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Laurie Stephenson

Phone: 303-651-9967

After receiving my Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts English I began my career as a technical writer for corporations involved in design and production of aircraft training equipment, air monitoring equipment, and medical software. I wrote and updated hardware and software user manuals and corporate procedures, tested and documented new features for medical software, and compiled and maintained medical indexes for pharmacology software products.

I transitioned from technical writing to technical editing and worked in the consulting engineering field. Significant contributions for my employers included reducing publication costs by discontinuing print vendor services and assuming in-house responsibility for all aspects of technical manual reproduction, assembly, and distribution. I also designed and applied document templates for hardware and software technical manuals, reports, and corporate procedures.

In search of a change from the corporate world, I signed on as a front desk volunteer for a local public radio station and was eventually hired as staff. Initially my duties involved revising underwriting copy and promos for broadcast, as well as assisting with website content and database records. I was ultimately assigned the position of radio traffic coordinator, responsible for all scheduling of radio traffic orders and inventory management. I retired from broadcasting in 2015.

In the mid-2000s I secured my first freelance assignment, applying publisher’s styles to a draft book manuscript in preparation for submittal. Since then I’ve worked steadily as a dissertation/thesis editor, proofreading, editing, and formatting academic papers for doctoral students. I’ve completed more than 60 projects for students at more than 20 schools across the country.

My volunteer activities in the last 20 years have included billing and data entry for a community radio station, collection management assistance for an independent radio producer and a postgraduate educational institution, and music library assistant/cataloger for various nonprofit groups and public schools.

Joy A. J. Howard, Ph.D.

Phone: 734-476-5149

Joy A. J. Howard is a writing coach, editor, and academic writing consultant for faculty and graduate students. She has over 15 years of professional writing, coaching, editing, and publishing experience. Dr. Howard specializes in editing for the humanities, but she also has experience editing science writing especially ecology and environmental studies (excluding genetics and engineering). Dr. Howard offers writing coaching, job market coaching, copyediting, and developmental editing.  Fees depends on the project, timeframe, and student needs. Editing fees begin at 4¢ per word; coaching begins at $150 per hour. Students should email and explain what they need and how quickly they need it. 

Editing Press


Editing Press is a small company of published academics from Oxford and Cambridge Universities who provide editing, proofreading, and translation services of the highest standard to postgraduates and fellow academics. Clients vary from professors with major book projects to master's and doctoral students who are looking for bespoke editing services for their dissertations and theses. All work is covered by an Infinite Revisions Policy, which guarantees as many rounds of editing and proofreading as necessary to take the manuscript to its final and polished form. This policy is particularly useful if, for instance, thesis examiners or journal referees require changes to a manuscript. References available upon request.

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