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Alicia Young

Alicia Young - Editor

Boston, United States

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

Overview

Avid reader, experienced editor, and all-around logophile. For over a decade, I developed industry-leading anthologies, handbooks, and professional resources for Bedford/St. Martin's, an imprint of Macmillan Learning. I specialize in classic and contemporary literature; I know what's hot in the current literature market and have extensive experience assessing short stories, plays, essays, and poems. I have also edited books about reading and writing, social justice, community writing, argument, grammar and usage, and business and technical writing. Recently, I became an editor at O'Reilly Media, where I edit e-books, reports, and other technical digital content for topics in technology. In past lives, I also edited for for STEM and literary publications. Thanks to this breadth of editing experience, I've developed a keen nose for writing to 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, no matter who they are. For authors who are further along in the development process, I also happily offer expert copy editing and proofreading services.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies Classics Literature Short Story
Non-Fiction
Career Guides Education & Reference History Publishing Technology

Work experience

Development Editor

O'Reilly Media
November, 2017 – Present (about 2 months)

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.

Editor

Macmillan Learning
January, 2012 – November, 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.

Associate Editor

Bedford/St. Martin's
March, 2010 – December, 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).

Editorial Assistant

Bedford/St. Martin's
February, 2007 – March, 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.

Publishing Intern

Grey Line Entertainment
June, 2005 – September, 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.

Writing Fellow

Brown University
August, 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.

Editor-in-Chief

The Catalyst (interdisciplinary science magazine)
September, 2002 – May, 2006 (over 3 years)

As a contributor, I researched and wrote science‐based literary articles for general audiences. As editor‐in‐chief from 2004 to 2006, I solicited and evaluated submissions and worked with contributors to make their content clear, engaging, and accessible.

Portfolio (16 selected works)

A World of Ideas

Lee A. Jacobus

The first and bestselling reader of its kind, A World of Ideas introduces students to great thinkers whose ideas have shaped civilizations throughout history. When students hear names like Aristotle, Martin Luther King, Jr., Virginia Woolf, or Sigmund Freud, they recognize the author as important — and they rise to the challenge of engaging with the text and evaluating it critically. No other ... read more

The first and bestselling reader of its kind, A World of Ideas introduces students to great thinkers whose ideas have shaped civilizations throughout history. When students hear names like Aristotle, Martin Luther King, Jr., Virginia Woolf, or Sigmund Freud, they recognize the author as important — and they rise to the challenge of engaging with the text and evaluating it critically. No other ... read more

Writing Communities

Stephen Parks

Writing Communities is an exciting new text and reader that connects students to neighborhoods and writing courses to communities. Part One introduces students to academic reading and writing skills and prompts them to examine how their communities influence their writing. Part Two then shows students how their academic reading and writing skills can serve as a bridge into working—and producin... read more

Writing Communities is an exciting new text and reader that connects students to neighborhoods and writing courses to communities. Part One introduces students to academic reading and writing skills and prompts them to examine how their communities influence their writing. Part Two then shows students how their academic reading and writing skills can serve as a bridge into working—and producin... read more

Literature: The Human Experience with 2016 MLA Update

Richard Abcarian

THIS TITLE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE 2016 MLA UPDATES! Our editorial team has updated this text based on content from The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition. Browse our catalog or contact your representative for a full listing of updated titles and packages, or to request a custom ISBN.Now in its twelfth edition, Literature: The Human Experience provides a broad range of compelling fiction, poetr... read more

THIS TITLE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE 2016 MLA UPDATES! Our editorial team has updated this text based on content from The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition. Browse our catalog or contact your representative for a full listing of updated titles and packages, or to request a custom ISBN.Now in its twelfth edition, Literature: The Human Experience provides a broad range of compelling fiction, poetr... read more

Approaching Great Ideas: Critical Readings for College Writers

Lee A. Jacobus

A new book for college writers focused on the development and articulation of critical thinking and ideas.

A new book for college writers focused on the development and articulation of critical thinking and ideas.

A Commonsense Guide to Grammar and Usage

Larry Beason, Mark Lester

A Commonsense Guide to Grammar and Usage is just what its name suggests: a straightforward, student-friendly grammar guide. The text’s modular lessons break down complex grammatical concepts with plain-language explanations, handy tips, and visual examples that show — rather than just tell — students how to recognize, correct, and learn to avoid errors in grammar. With hundreds of exercises in... read more

A Commonsense Guide to Grammar and Usage is just what its name suggests: a straightforward, student-friendly grammar guide. The text’s modular lessons break down complex grammatical concepts with plain-language explanations, handy tips, and visual examples that show — rather than just tell — students how to recognize, correct, and learn to avoid errors in grammar. With hundreds of exercises in... read more

A World of Ideas: Essential Readings for College Writers

Lee A. Jacobus

The first and bestselling reader of its kind, A World of Ideas introduces students to great thinkers whose ideas have shaped civilizations throughout history. When students hear names like Aristotle, Martin Luther King, Jr., or Sigmund Freud, they recognize the author as important — and they rise to the challenge of engaging with the text and evaluating it critically. No other composition read... read more

The first and bestselling reader of its kind, A World of Ideas introduces students to great thinkers whose ideas have shaped civilizations throughout history. When students hear names like Aristotle, Martin Luther King, Jr., or Sigmund Freud, they recognize the author as important — and they rise to the challenge of engaging with the text and evaluating it critically. No other composition read... read more

A Pocket Style Manual, APA Version

Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers

Your students need clear, complete answers to their questions about grammar, research, and writing in the social sciences—and they often need them at a moment’s notice. As their teacher, you are their greatest resource, but you can’t be available 24/7. For help with work in class and at home and especially for questions at odd hours, students can turn to A Pocket Style Manual, APA Version.The ... read more

Your students need clear, complete answers to their questions about grammar, research, and writing in the social sciences—and they often need them at a moment’s notice. As their teacher, you are their greatest resource, but you can’t be available 24/7. For help with work in class and at home and especially for questions at odd hours, students can turn to A Pocket Style Manual, APA Version.The ... read more

Literature: The Human Experience: Reading and Writing

Richard Abcarian, Marvin Klotz, Samuel Cohen

Literature: The Human Experience is based on a simple premise: All students can and will connect with literature if the works they read are engaging, exciting, and relevant. Accordingly, every edition of this classroom favorite has featured a broad range of enticing stories, poems, plays, and essays that explore timeless, ever-resonant themes: innocence and experience, conformity and rebellion... read more

Literature: The Human Experience is based on a simple premise: All students can and will connect with literature if the works they read are engaging, exciting, and relevant. Accordingly, every edition of this classroom favorite has featured a broad range of enticing stories, poems, plays, and essays that explore timeless, ever-resonant themes: innocence and experience, conformity and rebellion... read more

The Business Writer's Companion

Gerald J. Alred, Charles T. Brusaw, Walter E. Oliu

The Business Writer's Companion is the best guide to the business writing essentials that help students land, navigate, and stand out on the job. Affordable and concise, it’s a comprehensive reference that covers the writing process and features more than 60 real-world sample documents. The seventh edition retains the book's intuitive, easy-to-use organization while adding new coverage of soci... read more

The Business Writer's Companion is the best guide to the business writing essentials that help students land, navigate, and stand out on the job. Affordable and concise, it’s a comprehensive reference that covers the writing process and features more than 60 real-world sample documents. The seventh edition retains the book's intuitive, easy-to-use organization while adding new coverage of soci... read more

Teaching Developmental Writing: Background Readings (Bedford/St. Martin's Professional Resources)

Susan Naomi Bernstein

The new edition of this comprehensive volume includes thirty-one professional readings that offer a balance of historical, theoretical, and practical scholarship for developmental writing instructors. Chapters in the book have been organized into four main categories that explore major issues in basic writing, including Perspectives from the Field, Literacy and Literacies, Engaging Difference,... read more

The new edition of this comprehensive volume includes thirty-one professional readings that offer a balance of historical, theoretical, and practical scholarship for developmental writing instructors. Chapters in the book have been organized into four main categories that explore major issues in basic writing, including Perspectives from the Field, Literacy and Literacies, Engaging Difference,... read more

Research and Documentation in the Electronic Age

Diana Hacker, Barbara Fister

With advice for finding, evaluating, and documenting sources, this handy spiral-bound booklet covers the essential information college students need for research assignments in more than 30 disciplines. Reflecting a broader range of research interests, the fifth edition includes 50 new specialized library and Web sources — all annotated — that help students find reliable and current informatio... read more

With advice for finding, evaluating, and documenting sources, this handy spiral-bound booklet covers the essential information college students need for research assignments in more than 30 disciplines. Reflecting a broader range of research interests, the fifth edition includes 50 new specialized library and Web sources — all annotated — that help students find reliable and current informatio... read more

Bedford Guide for Writing Tutors

Leigh Ryan, Lisa Zimmerelli

With more activities and exercises than ever before, this fifth edition of The Bedford Guide for Writing Tutors provides a concise and practical introduction to tutoring. Its nine chapters provide principles and strategies for working with diverse writers and assignments in a variety of contexts: college or high school, online or face-to-face, in the writing center and beyond. Visit the compan... read more

With more activities and exercises than ever before, this fifth edition of The Bedford Guide for Writing Tutors provides a concise and practical introduction to tutoring. Its nine chapters provide principles and strategies for working with diverse writers and assignments in a variety of contexts: college or high school, online or face-to-face, in the writing center and beyond. Visit the compan... read more

The Bedford Bibliography for Teachers of Writing

Nedra Reynolds, Jay T. Dolmage, Patricia Bizzell, Bruce Herzberg

Since the first edition of The Bedford Bibliography published in 1984, the field of composition has grown and changed in ways no one could have imagined. The seventh edition of this essential, highly praised resource has been updated to reflect current research and expanding specializations in composition and rhetoric – such as digital writing and visual rhetoric and business and technical com... read more

Since the first edition of The Bedford Bibliography published in 1984, the field of composition has grown and changed in ways no one could have imagined. The seventh edition of this essential, highly praised resource has been updated to reflect current research and expanding specializations in composition and rhetoric – such as digital writing and visual rhetoric and business and technical com... read more

The Bedford Bibliography for Teachers of Basic Writing

Chitralekha Duttagupta, Robert Miller

New, never used

New, never used

A Commonsense Guide to Grammar and Usage

Larry Beason, Mark Lester

NOTE: Access Code is NOT INCLUDED PACKAGE THIS TITLE WITH OUR 2016 MLA SUPPLEMENT, Documenting Sources in MLA Style (package ISBN-13: 9781319088620). Get the most recent updates on MLA citation in a convenient, 40-page resource based on The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition, with plenty of models. Browse our catalog or contact your representative for a full listing of updated titles and packages, or t... read more

NOTE: Access Code is NOT INCLUDED PACKAGE THIS TITLE WITH OUR 2016 MLA SUPPLEMENT, Documenting Sources in MLA Style (package ISBN-13: 9781319088620). Get the most recent updates on MLA citation in a convenient, 40-page resource based on The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition, with plenty of models. Browse our catalog or contact your representative for a full listing of updated titles and packages, or t... read more

A Writer's Reference with Resources for Multilingual Writers and ESL with 2016 MLA Update

Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers

THIS TITLE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE 2016 MLA UPDATES! Our editorial team has updated this text based on content from The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition. Browse our catalog or contact your representative for a full listing of updated titles and packages, or to request a custom ISBN.This version of the best-selling college handbook helps both resident and international students understand coll... read more

THIS TITLE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE 2016 MLA UPDATES! Our editorial team has updated this text based on content from The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition. Browse our catalog or contact your representative for a full listing of updated titles and packages, or to request a custom ISBN.This version of the best-selling college handbook helps both resident and international students understand coll... read more

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