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Adam Rosen

Adam Rosen - Editor

Asheville, NC, United States

Scholarly and nonfiction editor with nearly a decade of experience in digital and print publishing. Reader advocate and prose polisher.

Overview

I'm a freelance developmental editor and copy editor who has worked on the editorial side of print and online publishing since 2008. Before I became a full-time freelancer, I held in-house positions at HarperCollins, Oxford University Press, and Soomo Learning. I'm also a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course, the six-week publishing certificate program administered through the Columbia University School of Journalism. I'd love to help make your writing stronger.

I began my career at the late, great Collins nonfiction imprint of HarperCollins, where I worked directly under the publisher on mass-market titles including Bill Russell’s memoir Red and Me; CNN correspondent Suzanne Simons’s profile of Blackwater CEO Erik Prince, Master of War; Elizabeth Marshall Thomas’s The Hidden Life of Deer; and the Sarah Palin–inspired humor title Terminatrix.

I moved into scholarly publishing in 2009. As an associate editor at Oxford University Press, I commissioned and edited contributions to the press’s flagship online references, Oxford Biblical Studies Online, Oxford Islamic Studies Online, and the Oxford African American Studies Center, a collaboration with Harvard University’s W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute.

In 2012, I left New York City for lovely Asheville, North Carolina, where for four years I worked as an editor and course designer at Soomo Learning, an independent online educational publisher. At Soomo, I created interactive digital anthologies in early and modern world literature and international development from scratch.

I’ve also done freelance copyediting for Columbia University Press, the Center for American Progress, the Eurasia Group, Volunteering Untapped, and other organizations. I’m proficient in Chicago, MLA, and AP styles, and I’m conversant in Adobe InDesign.

For the past decade I’ve been moonlighting as a journalist and essayist. Some of the places I’ve contributed to include the Atlantic (online), the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Awl, the Wilson Quarterly, Mental Floss, Atlas Obscura, Literary Hub, the Baltimore Sun, the Onion, and the Forward. I contributed an essay on pulp literature to the 2013 book Pulp Fiction: The Complete Story of Quentin Tarantino’s Masterpiece (Voyageur Press), and I've authored two titles for Open Road Integrated Media's condensed e-books imprint Worth Books (2016). I summarized Ron Chernow's 2004 Alexander Hamilton biography, Alexander Hamilton, and Mary Roach's 2003 bestseller, Stiff.

Services
Fiction
Classics Cultural & Ethnic Themes Humor & Comedy
Non-Fiction
Education & Reference History Politics & Current Affairs Sports & outdoor recreation Transportation

Certifications

  • Columbia Publishing Course

Work experience

Editor-Owner

Adam Rosen is self-employed

August, 2016 – Present (4 months)

My services include developmental editing, copyediting, proofreading, and course design.

I’ve been working on the editorial side of print and digital publishing since 2008. Whether you need help with a manuscript, blog post, journal article, book proposal, online course blueprint, section of your website, or something else that contains words from the English language, I have the training to make your prose do what you want it to do. (Poetry, alas, not so much. Probably better to look elsewhere.)

Development Editor

Soomo Learning

July, 2012 – August, 2016 (about 4 years)

• Developed and managed the following interactive online humanities anthologies: Early World Literature, Modern World Literature, and Understanding Development
• Commissioned magazine feature-style commentaries, managed academic advisory board, and supervised acquisitions for Early World Literature reference
• Curated and acquired excerpts from diverse articles and publications, including New York Times-bestselling books, for inclusion in Understanding Development reference

Associate Editor

Oxford University Press

June, 2009 – June, 2012 (about 3 years)

• Acquired and edited contributions to Oxford’s flagship online reference titles: Oxford Islamic Studies Online, Oxford Biblical Studies Online, and the Oxford African American Studies Center, a collaboration with Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute
• Managed Oxford African American Studies Center homepage
• Created and commissioned bimonthly photo essays for Oxford African American Studies Center
focusing on black history and culture

Editorial Assistant

HarperCollins Publishers

April, 2008 – Present (over 8 years)

• Evaluated agent-submitted nonfiction book proposals
• Worked directly under Collins imprint publisher to provide editorial support for the following nonfiction books: Bill Russell’s memoir Red and Me; CNN correspondent Suzanne Simons’s profile of Blackwater CEO Erik Prince, Master of War; Elizabeth Marshall Thomas’s The Hidden Life of Deer; and the Sarah Palin–inspired humor title Terminatrix

Portfolio (2 selected works)

Summary and Analysis of Alexander Hamilton: Based on the Book by Ron Chernow

Worth Books

So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of Alexander Hamilton tells you what you need to know—before or after you read Ron Chernow’s book. Crafted and edited with care, Worth Books set the standard for quality and give you the tools you need to be a well-informed reader. This short summary and analysis of Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow includes: Historical contextChapter-by-cha... read more

So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of Alexander Hamilton tells you what you need to know—before or after you read Ron Chernow’s book. Crafted and edited with care, Worth Books set the standard for quality and give you the tools you need to be a well-informed reader. This short summary and analysis of Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow includes: Historical contextChapter-by-cha... read more

Pulp Fiction: The Complete Story of Quentin Tarantino's Masterpiece

Jason Bailey

When Pulp Fiction was released in theaters in 1994, it was immediately hailed as a masterpiece. The New York Times called it a "triumphant, cleverly disorienting journey," and thirty-one-year-old Quentin Tarantino, with just three feature films to his name, became a sensation: the next great American director. Nearly twenty years later, those who proclaimed Pulp Fiction an instant classic have... read more

When Pulp Fiction was released in theaters in 1994, it was immediately hailed as a masterpiece. The New York Times called it a "triumphant, cleverly disorienting journey," and thirty-one-year-old Quentin Tarantino, with just three feature films to his name, became a sensation: the next great American director. Nearly twenty years later, those who proclaimed Pulp Fiction an instant classic have... read more

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