University of Oklahoma Press editor to speak at Stillwater Writers' meeting

stw writers small(STILLWATER, OKLA. / Oct. 2, 2014) ––Literary expert Steven Baker will join the Stillwater Writers at the October 18 meeting to share his editing knowledge. Baker, managing editor at the University of Oklahoma Press, will provide writers with information on the editing and publishing process. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. and will be held at the Stillwater Public Library.

Baker, a native of Oklahoma, started on a path to become an attorney, attending law school in Chicago and Norman before realizing law was not for him.  After law school, he taught school in California. During his teaching stint, Baker began working as a freelance editor, working directly with authors to help clean up drafts and provide guidance in the final revision stages. 

In 2004, Baker returned to Oklahoma and joined University of Oklahoma Press as a Freelance Copyeditor. He advanced quickly to become an Associate Editor the next year, and then was named Assistant Managing Editor in 2005.

After serving temporarily as the Acting Manager, Baker became Managing Editor in 2007 and now oversees the Manuscript Editorial Department. His department provides proofreading, copyediting and developmental of manuscripts.

Baker was responsible for the production of numerous important Oklahoma historical books including “Historical Atlas of Oklahoma” and the second edition of “The Story of Oklahoma.”

Anyone interest in writing or editing is invited to attend the program. Membership in Stillwater Writers is not required. For more information, contact the Help Desk at (405) 372-3633 or email   

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