Abigail Johnson

Abigail Johnson - Editor

Princeton, NJ, USA

Editor at a world-renowned University Press. Experienced working with agents and comfortable editing across a wide variety of genres.

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Overview

I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors of the Arts in English Literature and have worked in the publishing industry ever since. I currently acquire books in the Physical Sciences (Physics, Astronomy, and Earth Sciences) at Princeton University Press. In my day job, I provide editorial support for scholarly authors, and I work on a variety of books aimed at researchers, students, and the general population alike. While at Princeton Press, I have supported authors of over 100 peer-reviewed books in the following disciplines: Natural History, Biology, Neuroscience, Physics, and Astronomy. Prior to this, I worked as writing tutor at the University of Virginia, where I edited undergraduate and graduate students' writing across all genres. I can offer the perspective of an acquiring editor at a world-renowned University Press, who brings years of experience drafting/negotiating book contracts and working with agents. I have a keen sense what makes a book proposal attractive to a publisher, particularly in the non-fiction space.

To all of my clients, I promise a high level of professionalism, immaculate attention to detail, and prompt, helpful feedback. I am not afraid to be blunt, but I do believe that a good editor must offer encouragement alongside honest criticism. I am comfortable editing across all genres, including non-fiction, technical monographs, contemporary literary fiction, drama, and poetry. In particular, I have soft spots for popular science, speculative fiction, stage plays, and environmental literature. I can work with most word processing softwares - including LaTex.




Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Computers & Internet
Earth, Space, & Environmental Sciences
Life Sciences
Nature
Physics & Chemistry
Writing & Publishing
Fiction
Magical Realism

Work experience

Assistant Editor, Physical Sciences

Princeton University Press
July, 2021 – Present (12 months)

Editorial Associate, Nature

Princeton University Press
May, 2020 – July, 2021 (about 1 year)

Editorial Assistant, Biology and Natural History

Princeton University Press
July, 2019 – May, 2020 (10 months)

Editorial Intern

Princeton University Press
January, 2019 – June, 2019 (5 months)

Writing Center Tutor

University of Virginia
January, 2017 – January, 2019 (about 2 years)

Unsolved Problems in Ecology

Dobson, Andrew, Tilman, David, Holt, Robert D.

The Second Law

Johnson, Abigail

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S. Lucia Kanter St. Amour
Abigail was friendly, responsive, efficient, knowledgable and took the laboring oar of the editing work - which is what I'd hoped and expected. That is, rather than making suggestions and then leaving it to me to figure out how to modify content, she made suggestions AND modified the content (using tracking so I could accept or reject). After just 2 rounds or back and forth, it was done and dus...
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S. Lucia Kanter St. Amour, May 2022

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