Alicia Young

Alicia Young – Editor

Editor with 10+ years' experience in content development, copy editing, and proofreading. Avid learner & lover of the written word.


Hey there! I’m Alicia, an experienced editor who can’t wait to read your work and help you get it into the best possible shape.

I honed my editorial craft in the world of traditional book publishing at Bedford/St. Martin’s, an imprint of Macmillan Learning. In this role, I edited and developed essay anthologies, handbooks, literature collections, and professional resources about reading and writing, social justice, grammar and usage, and business and technical writing. Currently, I'm an editor at O'Reilly Media, where I edit e-books, reports, and other content for O’Reilly’s learning platform across a variety of areas in technology and business. I'm passionate about how these areas intersect and are shaping our world, and I'd love to read your thoughts on digital transformation, AI for business, technology strategy, or anything else in these areas.

Thanks to this breadth of experience, I've developed a keen sense of how to write and edit for specific audiences. I view an editor's role as that of a coach and collaborator, and I love working with and learning from authors. I would love to help you create a distinctive voice, craft compelling content, and engage and delight your readers, whoever they may be.

Currently, I'm accepting requests for editorial assessment, copy editing, and proofreading. I look forward to working with you!
Anthologies Classics Literary Fiction
Business & Management Career Guides Education & Reference Technology Writing & Publishing
English (US)

Work experience

O'Reilly Media

Nov, 2017 — Present

I work with authors to help them develop technical, industry-revered content for reports, e-books, and articles on a variety of topics in technology, business, and design. I specialize in software architecture & development and business, with additional projects across a variety of technical areas.

Macmillan Learning

Jan, 2012 — Nov, 2017 (almost 6 years)

For the imprint Bedford/St. Martin’s, I developed and revised cutting-edge educational resources, including books in literature, composition, business and technical writing, and basic writing. In addition to helping authors write about these topics, I also learned what people want to read in these fields, particularly in literature -- I learned what's hot in the current literature market and regularly assessed short stories, plays, essays, and poems. My authors often requested specifically to work with me on subsequent projects, and I edited three of the company’s top 20 selling titles from a catalog of over 700 products.

Bedford/St. Martin's

Mar, 2010 — Dec, 2011 (almost 2 years)

I worked with senior-level editors to develop a range of professional resources and higher-education tools. Highlights include working with a senior executive editor who had 30 years of experience developing texts for the literature market and developing the ESL and multilingual content for the bestselling Hacker handbooks franchise (which includes A Writer's Reference, the bestselling college reference text of all time).

Bedford/St. Martin's

Feb, 2007 — Mar, 2010 (about 3 years)

I provided assistance to four English editors working on readers and handbooks, including researching and writing annotations for online resources, writing scripts for interactive tutorials, preparing manuscripts for print and digital production, and managing book questionnaire and review programs ranging from 10 to 100 respondents. I also helped to update documentation guidelines for MLA, APA, CMS, and CSE styles in titles across the company's list.

Grey Line Entertainment

Jun, 2005 — Sep, 2005 (3 months)

I made an editor’s life easier by reading and commenting on unsolicited manuscripts ranging from trade fiction/nonfiction books to auto repair manuals. I wrote synopses and coverage comments and recommended books for publication or rejection.

Brown University

Aug, 2004 — May, 2006 (over 1 year)

I became a trained writing teacher and coach as part of this elite teaching/tutoring program. I learned effective, in-depth writing techniques and worked one-on-one with students across a range of disciplines and class levels. I gave structural and stylistic feedback on papers in history, English, neuroscience, economics, biology, and communications, and I met regularly with professors to discuss class writing goals and best practices.


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A World of Ideas

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Shannon B.

Shannon B.

May, 2018

I highly recommend Alicia. She has worked with us on a few challenging projects, and each time, she has taken great care with the details and delivered above expectations.

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