Clients report that Joy Howard's editing and coaching is effective and empowering.

Joy is amazing! She is a patient reader and generous editor. For almost ten years, I have relied on her to edit dissertation chapters, my first book manuscript, and several journal essays. She always approaches the copy with kindness and an astute critical eye.
— C. S., PH.D. & TENURED ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH AT AN R1 UNIVERSITY IN THE SOUTH 
Joy saved my dissertation & made it possible for me to finish! What my dissertation chair had not been able to identify, she, within a short period of time, was able to target my problem and offer helpful suggestions to make it flow more meaningfully.  I wish I had approached her months earlier.
— G.H., ED.D., PROFESSOR OF EDUCATION AT A MIDWEST LIBERAL ARTS UNIVERSITY
I am so thankful to have benefited from Joy Howard’s editing. She has edited my journal article and interpreted reader comments in a way that helped me so much. Joy is a generous and kind editor who has helped my writing immensely.
— -C. W., PH.D. ASSISTANT PROF, COMP/RHET, STATE SCHOOL, NEW JERSEY
For nearly 15 years, I have benefited from Joy Howard’s editing expertise. She has edited my dissertation, post doc work, journal articles, research reports, as well as very specific, page-limited grant proposals. She does much more than check grammar.  She knows the differences between scientific genres and targets the language and organization accordingly. She keeps the overall goal of the writing in mind. But more than providing only technical expertise, Joy provides targeted, kind feedback. She always builds the writer up and is interested in how the writing and the writer intersect. I never feel torn down or discouraged after working with her; in fact, she has gotten me un-stuck on numerous occasions by providing insights about my writing when I was too close to my work to see ahead clearly on my own. Simply put, Joy is both effective and compassionate.
— L. H., PH.D., TENURED ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY AT A PRIVATE UNIVERSITY IN THE MID ATLANTIC
In reviewing my application materials, Joy provided detailed and helpful feedback on my essays. She reads and edits for clarity, grammar, and persuasiveness. I found that my essays were stronger upon Joy’s feedback. She is also very friendly and encouraging to work with, and fast in her response time! I highly recommend her services.
— C. C., NOW LAWYER,  WITH B. A. IN POLITICAL SCIENCE, YALE AND A J.D. & M.S.W., UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
Joy helped me with every step of the academic market, from reading my documents and sharing hers, to running a mock interview. I was grateful for her insight and help, especially because her feedback directly impacted the shape my documents took and my interview preparation, and I’m quite sure it helped me ultimately find a position. I would recommend her help to anyone.
— -H.H., RECENT PH.D. & NOW A TENURE TRACK ASSISTANT POSITION PROFESSOR AT A STATE SCHOOL IN TENNESSEE
Dr. Joy Howard brings to the table an exceptionally strong background in the mechanics of writing and research and a deeply held passion for bringing out the best in others. As an editor, she consistently provides thoughtful, meticulous feedback that strives to maintain and enhance the writer’s own voice. Joy’s guidance offered an important critical perspective that empowered me to write more precisely and more authentically.  I am grateful for her compassionate approach, and I am most certainly a better writer for it.
— -E.T., PH.D., DIRECTOR, CARPENTER MUSEUM, REHOBOTH, MA
It was my first time writing a grant proposal. I was not at all familiar with the format. Joy not only helped me create the outline, but also gave the best suggestions which strengthened my proposal all the more. I am happy to say that I have received the grant.
— U.A., PH.D. [SCHOLAR ORIGINALLY FROM BANGLADESH], NOW AN ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, ENGLISH DEPT., LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE IN ILLINOIS
I am so happy to be working with you!
— B.H., PH.D., EDITOR, ASIA PACIFIC CAREER DEVELOPMENT JOURNAL

Projects Joy has copyedited

Many authors choose to use editing services quietly. Joy understands and honors that choice by keeping her clients confidential. The authors below offered Joy permission to use their names.

  • Organizing Academic Colleges: A Guide for Deans by Bret S. Danilowicz and Anne-Marie McCartan (The Council of College of Arts & Sciences Board Director & Former Executive Director, respectively)

  • Stripped and Script: Female Loyalist Writers of the American Revolution by Kacy Tilman (under review) 

  • The Asia Pacific Career Development Journal (on going, Joy is one of the journal editors that copyedits all articles)