Abigail Christian

Abigail Christian – Editor

A line editor/copyeditor for books on library and information science, history, nature writing, general essay collections, and poetry.


I provide an expert eye in copyediting, thoughtful developmental commentary, consistent style and source checking, and manuscript formatting and preparation for layout. Whether your project needs an outside perspective for clarity, some smoothing of rough patches, or that final polish to make it sing, I can help you say what you need to say and say it best.

I have 10+ years of experience working in nonprofit and small press publishing, and I've contributed to more than 50 book projects and have been the managing editor for two peer-reviewed journals. I’ve copyedited scholarly and creative books on the topics of

-library/archives science,



-professional development,


-poetry, and

-essay collections.

I'm familiar with Chicago Manual of Style and APA 7th edition.

I'm also a writer myself and an avid reader. I hold an MFA in poetry, and I've published a poetry collection and essays. I'm drawn to work that plays with form and blurs genres.

I'm also a fan of swoon-worthy contemporary and historical romances and cozy, small-town mystery novels. If you have such a project, let's talk!

“I appreciate your edits and comments. Your expertise and insight make *me* look so much better.” —JULIE THOMAS, author of Teaching Primary Source Research Skills

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English (US)

Work experience


Oct, 2023 — Present

Provide editorial services for scholarly and creative books in the disciplines of library and archives science, botany, poetry, essay collections, and creative nonfiction, as well as peer-reviewed journals, and provide services shepherding and managing book-length projects from draft to publication.

New England Botanical Society

Aug, 2023 — Present

Copyedit and format accepted manuscripts for quarterly issues of Rhodora, a peer-reviewed journal on botany.

Society of American Archivists

Nov, 2015 — Sep, 2023 (almost 8 years)

- Managed production for 30 manuals, essay collections, and histories for archival and library science.
- Managed production of the semiannual, peer-reviewed journal American Archivist, and bimonthly magazine, Archival Outlook.

Lettered Streets Press

Sep, 2015 — May, 2020 (over 4 years)

Development editor and copyeditor for 10 poetry, short story, and essay collections, including:
-Setting the Wire: A Memoir of Postpartum Psychosis (memoir),
- Theories of Performance (poetry),
-Regret (essays), and
-Way Elsewhere (short stories).


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