Alana Joli Abbott

Alana Joli Abbott - Editor

New Haven, CT, USA

Editor, proofreader, author, and game designer with 20 years experience specializing in science fiction, fantasy, and children's nonfiction.

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Overview

As an editor and author, I've been on both sides of the table, and I know how it feels to receive critiques—which means I do my very best to make receiving my comments a positive experience, whether I'm working with you on line and developmental editing, copy editing, or proofreading. In my position of Editor in Chief at Outland Entertainment, I provided line editing for Robert Duperre's Soultaker and initial substantive review and copy editing for Ian Stuart Sharpe's The All Father Paradox. I have also co-edited two fantasy and science fiction anthologies: Kaiju Rising 2: Reign of Monsters and Knaves: A Blackguards Anthology.

I also work with clients to provide editorial and project management services for educational and reference projects. For Red Line, I have been working on series for elementary school students on digital privacy (ABDO) and infectious diseases (Capstone). I copy edited the forthcoming new edition of Writing that Works for Lumina Datamantics. I also provide ongoing project management, content development, and editorial services for the Something about the Author autobiography project for Gale Cengage.

While I am primarily interested in new assignments as an editor and would love to work directly with more authors, I am also a content creator. I am the author of novels Into the Reach, Departure, and Regaining Home, interactive multiple choice novel apps including Choice of Kung Fu and Choice of the Pirate, and comics including Cowboys and Aliens II and Ithaca. My game design work has been featured in Tiny Dungeon 2e: The Hatchling Edition, Steampunk Musha, the award winning Serenity Adventures, and Dungeon and Dragon magazines. I'm a frequent contributor to Kirkus Reviews and write articles on pop culture for Den of Geek.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies
Comics & Graphic Novels
Epic Fantasy
Gaming & LitRPG
Space Opera
Time Travel
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction

Certifications

  • Denver Publishing Institute Certificate in Publishing

Awards

  • Ennie Award

Work experience

Editor-in-Chief

Outland Entertainment
May, 2016 – Present (over 4 years)

 Served as co-editor for anthologies, including Kaiju Rising 2: Reign of Monsters and Knaves, both 2018.
 Oversaw the acquisition and publication of all Ragnarok Publications titles, Febraury 2017-November 2017.
 Collaborated on Kickstarter crowdfunding and publicity campaigns, creating press releases and promotional articles.
 Managed staff and freelancers in the editorial department, providing point of contact for three editors.
 Mentored and managed solo writers, writer teams, and artists for fiction, comic, and role playing game projects.
 Provided line editing, copy editing, proofing, and ARC creation services for the department in novels, anthology, game, and comics projects, including The All Father Paradox (copy edit) and Soultaker (line edit).
 Created the publication schedule in tandem with the Creative Director and Publisher.

Owner

Self-employed
March, 2004 – Present (over 16 years)

 Solicited and edited autobiographical essays from notable authors, wrote short essays and articles, copy edited reference articles, and proofed galleys for clients including Gale Cengage, Cengage Learning, Amerpsand Editorial, PrimeInk Solutions, High Beam, Red Line, Lumina, and Schlager Group, 2004--.
 Contributed short fiction to electronic journals and anthologies; adventures, descriptive text, and mechanics to role playing games; and nonfiction to print and online journals, 2005--.
 Reviewed books and movies for School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Mythprint, Flames Rising, Black Gate, and the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, 2006--.
 Successfully funded a Kickstarter for the publication of third novel of a trilogy, Regaining Home, after the original publisher folded, 2013. (Release date, January 26, 2016.)
 Created interactive novel apps Choice of Kung Fu, Showdown at Willow Creek, Choice of the Pirate, and other game apps for Choice of Games, 2012--.
 Worked as a Junior Project Manager, with the primary responsibility of finding and selecting assets, on a series of nursing education courses for PreMedia Global/Pearson, 2011-12.
 Wrote a regular history column for and contributed articles to Branford Patch, 2010-12.
 Wrote scripts for comic Cowboys and Aliens II and Star Cruisers for Platinum Studios, Ithaca for Outland Entertainment, and novels Into the Reach and Departure for White Silver Publishing.

Editor

Gale Cengage
November, 2000 – January, 2004 (about 3 years)

Editor, September 2002-January 2004; Associate Editor, June 2001-August 2002;
Assistant Editor, November 2000-May 2001; Thomson Gale, Farmington Hills, MI
 Managed the autobiographical essay project, receiving content from prestigious authors and preparing it for publication through a copy editing and typesetting process, for Contemporary Authors and Something about the Author (SATA).
 Coordinated freelance work for Major Authors and Illustrators for Children and Young Adults (MAICYA), an eight volume product, and coordination for freelance copy editors for all other products on the team.
 Helped develop and maintain a budget of $97,000 for MAICYA.
 Lead the Ambassador’s Program in the company-wide diversity initiative, 2001-2002.
 Served as project editor of SATA, coordinating content for nine volumes per year and managing the budget of each volume.

Portfolio (22 selected works)

Cholera: How the Blue Death Changed History (Infected!)

Mark K. Lewis

Cholera is a deadly bacteria that lives in the soil and water. It infects millions of people every year. Read this book to learn more about the history of the infectious disease known as the blue death.

Cholera is a deadly bacteria that lives in the soil and water. It infects millions of people every year. Read this book to learn more about the history of the infectious disease known as the blue death.

Family Binds (The Journey Missions Book 2)

Holly Ash

It should have been a routine rescue mission Lieutenant Commander Crystal Wolf could lead in her sleep: go in, restore life support, and evacuate the colonists of Stapleton Farms if things went south. But when the true identity of Stapleton Farms’ leader is revealed, it changes everything. And for the first time in her career, Crystal is emotionally compromised. With the Commander gone, Lieute... read more

It should have been a routine rescue mission Lieutenant Commander Crystal Wolf could lead in her sleep: go in, restore life support, and evacuate the colonists of Stapleton Farms if things went south. But when the true identity of Stapleton Farms’ leader is revealed, it changes everything. And for the first time in her career, Crystal is emotionally compromised. With the Commander gone, Lieute... read more

Warlock 5

Cullen Bunn, Jimmy Z

The Grid is a mystical nexus, a crossroads connecting all times and all realities. Along the ley lines of the Grid, the multiverse clusters. To move along the Grid is to move from one reality to the next. To harness the power of the Grid is to harness the awesome might of creation. Five touchstone realities exist at focal points along the Grid. From each of these realities, a Warlock is chosen... read more

The Grid is a mystical nexus, a crossroads connecting all times and all realities. Along the ley lines of the Grid, the multiverse clusters. To move along the Grid is to move from one reality to the next. To harness the power of the Grid is to harness the awesome might of creation. Five touchstone realities exist at focal points along the Grid. From each of these realities, a Warlock is chosen... read more

Knaves: A Blackguards Anthology

A medieval swindler gets caught with his proverbial pants down; a foolproof plan to pick up some cash via AI, until things take an unexpected and deadly turn; a legendary bodyguard is hired to protect precious cargo, but who will protect the cargo from him? The protagonists of this short story collection are not all anti-heroes telling their side of the story. They are also heroic people faced... read more

A medieval swindler gets caught with his proverbial pants down; a foolproof plan to pick up some cash via AI, until things take an unexpected and deadly turn; a legendary bodyguard is hired to protect precious cargo, but who will protect the cargo from him? The protagonists of this short story collection are not all anti-heroes telling their side of the story. They are also heroic people faced... read more

Kaiju Rising II: Reign of Monsters

Robert Hood

We are surrounded. A wealthy man hunts the kaiju that killed his daughter on an island inhabited by mega-fauna. They are everywhere. By the light of a campfire a young girl shares the true story of the epic brawl that caused Hurricane Irene. There is no escape. Sabotage turns an international science competition into a monster and mecha massacre. They Reign. From deep ocean trenches and dense ... read more

We are surrounded. A wealthy man hunts the kaiju that killed his daughter on an island inhabited by mega-fauna. They are everywhere. By the light of a campfire a young girl shares the true story of the epic brawl that caused Hurricane Irene. There is no escape. Sabotage turns an international science competition into a monster and mecha massacre. They Reign. From deep ocean trenches and dense ... read more

Departure (Redemption Trilogy Book 2)

Alana Joli Abbott

Called to face the pasts they hoped to leave behind, Lydia, Kennerly, Nara, and Taru leave the Reach for the homes they once knew. There, new enemies have been set against them, driven by the same dark force they hoped they had defeated. Now the people they once most trusted have become pieces in a game that may lead them down the road to their deaths.Originally published in print in 2007 as a... read more

Called to face the pasts they hoped to leave behind, Lydia, Kennerly, Nara, and Taru leave the Reach for the homes they once knew. There, new enemies have been set against them, driven by the same dark force they hoped they had defeated. Now the people they once most trusted have become pieces in a game that may lead them down the road to their deaths.Originally published in print in 2007 as a... read more

Regaining Home (Redemption Trilogy Book 3)

Alana Joli Abbott

War has come to the Reach. When his minions fail to deliver Nara al'Sheed, Zychariss, the most powerful necromancer in Eranon, takes matters into his own bony hands. As undead soldiers and demons surround them, Nara, Taru, Kennerly, and Lydia must raise an army. Because to save all of Eranon from falling to Zychariss, first, they must save their home.Funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign... read more

War has come to the Reach. When his minions fail to deliver Nara al'Sheed, Zychariss, the most powerful necromancer in Eranon, takes matters into his own bony hands. As undead soldiers and demons surround them, Nara, Taru, Kennerly, and Lydia must raise an army. Because to save all of Eranon from falling to Zychariss, first, they must save their home.Funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign... read more

Into the Reach (Redemption Trilogy Book 1)

Alana Joli Abbott

In the land of Eranon, the Reach is a desolate place where people journey to forget who they are. Now, a menace rises from this wasteland, and he is hunting for someone. To keep the madman and his chaos behind the Reach, four adventurers with haunted pasts must rise to the challenge. But how can failed heroes bring hope to others when they doubt themselves?Originally published in print in 2006... read more

In the land of Eranon, the Reach is a desolate place where people journey to forget who they are. Now, a menace rises from this wasteland, and he is hunting for someone. To keep the madman and his chaos behind the Reach, four adventurers with haunted pasts must rise to the challenge. But how can failed heroes bring hope to others when they doubt themselves?Originally published in print in 2006... read more

Contemporary Authors: A Bio-Bibliographical Guide to Current Writers in Fiction, General Nonfiction, Poetry, Journalism, Drama, Motion Pictures, Television

Your students and users will find biographical information on approximately 300 modern writers in this volume of Contemporary Authors®.

Your students and users will find biographical information on approximately 300 modern writers in this volume of Contemporary Authors®.

Major Authors and Illustrators for Children and Young Adults: 8 Volume Set (Major Authors & Illustrators for Children & Young Adults (8 Vols))

Gale Group

Designed for smaller libraries, Major Authors and Illustrators includes more than 1,050 updated and revised sketches from the award-winning Gale series, Something about the Author®-- more than 150 of these are brand-new to this edition. The set covers the most popular and widely-read authors and illustrators of works for younger readers. Arranged alphabetically, entries feature an author photo... read more

Designed for smaller libraries, Major Authors and Illustrators includes more than 1,050 updated and revised sketches from the award-winning Gale series, Something about the Author®-- more than 150 of these are brand-new to this edition. The set covers the most popular and widely-read authors and illustrators of works for younger readers. Arranged alphabetically, entries feature an author photo... read more

Something about the Author

An easy-to-use source for librarians, students and other researchers, each volume in this series provides illustrated biographical profiles of approximately 75 childrens authors and artists. This critically acclaimed series covers more than 12, 000 individuals, ranging from established award winners to authors and illustrators who are just beginning their careers. Entries typically cover: pers... read more

An easy-to-use source for librarians, students and other researchers, each volume in this series provides illustrated biographical profiles of approximately 75 childrens authors and artists. This critically acclaimed series covers more than 12, 000 individuals, ranging from established award winners to authors and illustrators who are just beginning their careers. Entries typically cover: pers... read more

The All Father Paradox (Vikingverse Book 1)

Ian Stuart Sharpe

What if an ancient god escaped his fate and history was thrown to the wolves? Churchwarden Michaels thought it was just a run-of-the-mill crazy old man who stood in the graveyard, hellbent on studying the 1,000-year-old Viking memorial there. But when things start changing and outright disappearing, Michaels realizes there is more to this old man than meets the eye. Now, Michaels finds himself... read more

What if an ancient god escaped his fate and history was thrown to the wolves? Churchwarden Michaels thought it was just a run-of-the-mill crazy old man who stood in the graveyard, hellbent on studying the 1,000-year-old Viking memorial there. But when things start changing and outright disappearing, Michaels realizes there is more to this old man than meets the eye. Now, Michaels finds himself... read more

Soultaker (Knights Eternal)

Robert J. Duperre

It's been a thousand years since the Rising. Earth is a wasteland, and a holy order of knights is all that stands between what remains of civilization and the brigands and demons trying to bring it all down. When the oldest of these knights, Abe, isn't trying to keep his brothers in line, he's tirelessly attempting to decode the riddles that have guided the Knights Eternal for the past two cen... read more

It's been a thousand years since the Rising. Earth is a wasteland, and a holy order of knights is all that stands between what remains of civilization and the brigands and demons trying to bring it all down. When the oldest of these knights, Abe, isn't trying to keep his brothers in line, he's tirelessly attempting to decode the riddles that have guided the Knights Eternal for the past two cen... read more

Mimi and Ky: Escape the Past

Yves Corbiere

When Mimi goes to bed in her mansion in California and finds herself unexpectedly thrown into a gunfight in Siberia she realizes that maybe there’s more to her relationship with her old, shapeshifting dog. Back together, Mimi and Ky must try to understand and stop a sinister plot that has been behind centuries of wars.

When Mimi goes to bed in her mansion in California and finds herself unexpectedly thrown into a gunfight in Siberia she realizes that maybe there’s more to her relationship with her old, shapeshifting dog. Back together, Mimi and Ky must try to understand and stop a sinister plot that has been behind centuries of wars.

Sparrowhawk Legacy

Kathryn Hoff

In a universe where the descendants of Neanderthals dominate access to technology, half-Neanderthal Patch and her brother have inherited an old space hauler and a mountain of debt. As they scramble to ward off debt collectors, Patch faces danger from another source: enforcers hunting runaway slaves--like Patch.Born a slave, Patch is determined never again to let anyone control her fate. Armed ... read more

In a universe where the descendants of Neanderthals dominate access to technology, half-Neanderthal Patch and her brother have inherited an old space hauler and a mountain of debt. As they scramble to ward off debt collectors, Patch faces danger from another source: enforcers hunting runaway slaves--like Patch.Born a slave, Patch is determined never again to let anyone control her fate. Armed ... read more

Your Body on Sugar (Nutrition and Your Body)

Anita Yasuda

Sugar makes foods sweet. It is found naturally in many foods and is added to others. Too much sugar can cause health problems. Your Body on Sugar uncovers the nutritional benefits of sugar, how it interacts with the body, and how to include it as part of a balanced diet. Easy-to-read text, vivid images, and helpful back matter give readers a clear look at this subject. Features include a table... read more

Sugar makes foods sweet. It is found naturally in many foods and is added to others. Too much sugar can cause health problems. Your Body on Sugar uncovers the nutritional benefits of sugar, how it interacts with the body, and how to include it as part of a balanced diet. Easy-to-read text, vivid images, and helpful back matter give readers a clear look at this subject. Features include a table... read more

Tuberculosis: How the White Death Changed History (Infected!)

Mark K. Lewis

For many years, patients with tuberculosis had to live in sanitoriums to stop the spread of infection. Treatments included removing ribs and lungs. Read this book to learn more about the history of the infectious disease known as the white death.

For many years, patients with tuberculosis had to live in sanitoriums to stop the spread of infection. Treatments included removing ribs and lungs. Read this book to learn more about the history of the infectious disease known as the white death.

Measles: How a Contagious Rash Changed History (Infected!)

Mark K. Lewis

Measles is an infectious rash that killed millions of people every year before a vaccine was created in 1963. Read this book to learn more about the history of this infectious disease.

Measles is an infectious rash that killed millions of people every year before a vaccine was created in 1963. Read this book to learn more about the history of this infectious disease.

Ebola: How a Viral Fever Changed History (Infected!)

Mark K. Lewis

Ebola is a highly contagious virus that is spread through bodily fluids. It first appeared in 1976 and has spread across sub-Saharan Africa. Read this book to learn more about the history of this infectious disease.

Ebola is a highly contagious virus that is spread through bodily fluids. It first appeared in 1976 and has spread across sub-Saharan Africa. Read this book to learn more about the history of this infectious disease.

Alana Joli has 17 reviews

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E. R. Donaldson
Nothing but nice things to say. Alana keeps an open dialogue going throughout the process, and is extremely easy to talk to. Edits were thorough, well explained, and easy to understand. Can't wait to work with her again.

E. R. Donaldson, November 2020

Alana Joli Abbott
Thanks so much, Eric. I'm glad I have two more books to look forward to! :)

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Tim Whitney
Even in the midst of COVID and the chaos that it created Alana was in touch and made sure that the collaboration continued. Her insights made my story better than it was. I had pov switches that needed attention. She invested in the characters and how they may be feeling and what type words to draw this out to the reader. Truly challenged me (i'm brand new to the writing world). This will c...
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Tim Whitney, September 2020

Alana Joli Abbott
Thank you so much, Tim! You were so patient with all of the world difficulties that came up. (Who'd have expected two power outages in one month?) I very much enjoyed working with you!

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Dartanyan Johnson
Working with Alana was a pleasure. Her suggestions were not only insightful, but they encouraged me to work on future projects I hadn't planned on. The further I dove into revising the manuscript, the more I realized how far I could take the story. Definitely looking forward to working with her again.

Dartanyan Johnson, July 2020

Alana Joli Abbott
Thanks so much, Dartanyan! Please keep me on your list for when your other project comes out--I can't wait to read it! :)

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Mike Monahan
Working with Alana was a tremendous learning experience for me as a first time author. All of my expectations were made abundantly clear and she met and exceeded them all. Her comments and suggestions were incredibly helpful and many times I felt that she went above and beyond my expectations. Alana was a joy to work with and now as I'm thinking about my next book, I would definitely look to...
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Mike Monahan, July 2020

Alana Joli Abbott
Thank you so much, Mike! I had a fantastic time working with you!

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Michael Bergonzi
Easy and understandable comments and willingness to work with the author if something gets lost in translation.

Michael Bergonzi, April 2020

Alana Joli Abbott
Thanks so much, Michael! I'd love to work on the next serial installment when it's ready to go! :)

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