Freelance Editors

This directory lists editors who have expressed a desire to take on freelance editing work. Any contract for work is between you and the editor. The Writing Center does not accept any responsibility for the result of such contracts.

Lezlie Branum


Lezlie Branum has BS and MA degrees in Literary Studies. She worked as a Rhetoric Associate for two years and co-taught the tutor-training seminar during her second year. She worked for Georgetown University's Asian Studies Department as an editor for two years, and edited Korean Comfort Women of World War II by Dr. Bonnie Oh and Dr. Margaret Stetz. While working at Dongguk University in Seoul, she worked as an editor for the English Language Research Center. She has done freelance editing work (including creative, academic, and ESL texts) for faculty and private clients for over twelve years. She teaches academic and persuasive writing.

Madison Neuner


Madison has a BS in English from Utah State University and an MPS in Publishing from George Washington University. She worked as a tutor and supervisor for the Utah State University Writing Center for six years. Madison also completed a writing and editing internship for the Liahona magazine—a monthly print and digital publication produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Over the last several years, Madison has worked as a freelance editor and has recently started her own editing business. She also works for esteemed editing and publishing company, Eschler Editing. As an editor, Madison has had the privilege to perform different types of editing on a variety of manuscripts and is prepared to help get your project successfully to completion. 

Robert Heaton


Robert has over ten years of experience as a freelance editor, writer, and translator. He has an MA in English and a BA in English and Spanish translation and has worked with a wide range of content, from creative writing and other classroom assignments to corporate technical patents and non-native speakers' dissertations. Robert is willing to work on any stage of a project, from planning and writing to editing and proofreading, with reasonable rates determined on a per-project basis.

Caitlin Houlihan-Kawamoto


Caitlin attained a Master of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and worked in a variety of settings including laboratories at GlaxoSmithKline, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard. She authors and edits in-house or external projects for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, as well as for other small businesses and startup companies. Caitlin is also experienced in authoring and editing academic publications.  She looks forward to working with you on your projects.

Jackson Bylund


Jack has experience editing over half a dozen published novels as well as nonfiction and textbooks. He has also edited several as-yet unpublished works, including graphic novels, fantasy, romance, and historical fiction. He has a degree in English literature from Utah State University and will attend graduate school for English starting in the fall of 2022. He loves the art and science of stories and storytelling, and also enjoys working with writers in the planning/outlining stages of a novel's creation. When he's not ghost-writing for local authors, Jack enjoys reading, both for the joy of fiction and improving his own craft. Having delivered over thirty presentations on creative writing topics, Jack specializes in fiction and nonfiction. 

Krissy Barton

Contact:; Phone: (801) 901-0640

Krissy Barton earned a BS in English from USU in 2005 and a holds a Certificate in Copyediting from UCSD Extension. She specializes in editing fiction and creative nonfiction, working primarily in Chicago Style. She has worked on a variety of projects, including personal and family histories, fantasy novels, and memoirs. As a part-time freelancer, Krissy is able to dedicate time and attention to each individual project. She also offers free sample edits! She is a member of ACES: The Society for Editing and the League of Utah Writers.