Carolyn Elerding at Sophia Editing, LLC

Let’s work together to transform your writing project into a publication.

My name is Carolyn Elerding, and my freelance business is called Sophia Editing, LLC. I am a former assistant professor of women’s studies, and currently I am a managing editor at a university press. For rates, project list, or resume, contact me at!

Your research and criticism deserve the highest quality presentation, regardless of the pressures of caregiving, a teaching-focused position, or working multiple jobs. Let Sophia Editing, LLC support you, whatever you do with your hard-earned credentials! Whether you need a conceptual sounding board, organizational advice, line editing, or proofreading, I can work with you to develop a customized plan that serves your priorities as well as your schedule and budget.

Editing and business philosophy:

My business is organized in accordance with feminist, anti-racist, and queer values, as well as trauma-awareness. I offer reasonable rates as well as a reparations-based sliding fee scale. Adjuncts receive an automatic 25% discount.

My editorial philosophy is process-oriented and acknowledges that each writer works differently and that every text involves power relations. Since no editor’s perspective is universal, clients’ writing styles and differences of opinion are respected as situated knowledge, and their texts are engaged with on their own terms.

The responsibilities of teaching, service, and caregiving can make it difficult to protect one’s writing time. Today’s academic authors need support, which is why I’ve worked hard to become the editor I wish to see in the world.

About me:

An award-winning writer and former tenure-track professor, I have been supporting fellow writers for more than fifteen years. As an undergraduate and graduate student, I worked in writing centers as a tutor/consultant and led dissertation-writing groups. I have taught numerous university-level writing classes, co-edited special issues of scholarly journals, and provided academic peer-review. Most recently, I have begun publishing for the popular press in journalism venues such as Ms. Magazine and The Real News Network. In October 2021, I became Managing Editor at the University of North Texas Press, where I am also the acquisitions editor in women’s studies, music, and other areas.

My scholarly expertise is deeply interdisciplinary, with specializations including:

  • cultural studies
  • critical theory
  • feminist, queer, and anti-racist studies
  • cinema and media studies
  • science and technology studies
  • humanities and humanistic social sciences
  • arts (particularly music, both popular and classical, including notation)

Services offered:

  • copyediting
  • proofreading
  • developmental editing
  • acquisitions editing (freelance)
  • proposals
  • job application documents
  • indexing

For patrons who contract me for more than one service simultaneously, I offer a 25% discount on the least expensive item.

Please note that I do not offer services on student assignments such as essays, term papers, or theses.

Member, Editorial Freelancers Association.

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