Alison Imbriaco

Alison Imbriaco - Editor

Sterling, VA, USA

After 20 years of copyediting, I'm still excited about working with fiction authors, hearing your voice, providing meticulous support.

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Overview

As a freelance copy editor and proofreader, I've worked on almost 200 fiction and nonfiction books. I've developed great respect for authors who can imagine a story and shape it into paragraphs and pages, who can develop characters and give them conversations.

After so many years working with publishers including WaterBrook Multnomah (a division of Penguin Random House), Guideposts, Kregel Publications, and Abingdon Press, as well as self-publishing authors like you, catching spelling and grammatical errors is almost automatic. Still, I'll go through your work meticulously, again and again--frequently checking Merriam-Webster online and the latest Chicago Manual of Style--to be sure I've done the best I can.

Here are a few examples of corrections and suggestions from a recent copyedit:

§ two Ming vases were on the mantle [mantel]

§ [Note to author] Would ingrained or entrenched work better in this context?

§ he believed it was more about trading gossip then [than] providing real news.

§ He was sweaty, exhausted, and had the smile of sweet satisfaction on his lips. [Although this looks almost like a series of three—sweaty, exhausted, smile of sweet satisfaction—it isn’t because there are two verbs. He was sweaty and exhausted and had the smile of sweet satisfaction.

§ After a few minutes of exertion, the statue toppled off the pedestal and hit the ground. [It would need to be an unusually active statue to exert itself this way! The sentence could be clearer if it read—After a few minutes of exertion, the crowd managed to topple the statue, which slammed onto the ground.]

§ Mr. Walker sends his complements [compliments] but says that he will not be able to join you.


I love the challenge of working on fiction. With so many pieces, from point of view to timeline and from dialogue to action, making sure the details fit together is like doing a jigsaw puzzle. I'll check that time is allowed for the action, whether it's hours or months. And I'll help you give the reader a "moving" picture of what's happening, ensuring, for example, that you don't have a character leaning against the door and then suddenly getting up from a chair.

Fact-checking is one of a copy editor's primary responsibilities. Recently an author was surprised to find that I checked--and corrected--the name of a street in his contemporary novel. Historical fiction provides its own fact-checking challenges. Did you know that a character from the 12th century would not have had a pocket?

Coworkers have told me I'm a real wordsmith. I love the way a slight rearrangement of words can make a sentence clearer and easier to read. I'll suggest subtle changes to help you make your sentences vibrant and effective.

If you request an offer from me and attach a sample, I'll use your sample to give you a sample of my work. I work entirely in Word's Track Changes. That means you'll see everything I do, and you'll have the option of accepting or rejecting changes. I make generous use of the comment feature to explain the thinking behind suggested changes or corrections. Since I'm a reader as well as an editor, I'll let you know when something made me laugh or cry, when I think you've worded something especially effectively, or when you've helped me connect with a character.

I'm looking forward to working with you on your book.
Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Christian Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Contemporary Romance
Historical Fiction
Historical Romance
Romantic Comedy
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Work experience

Freelance copy editor and proofreader

Self-employed
April, 2001 – Present (over 21 years)

20 years of copyediting and proofreading experience includes
fact checking proper nouns, trademark names, websites, endnotes, and more; editing to ensure consistency, flow, clarity, and general integrity while correcting grammatical errors; creating style sheets; editing fiction for consistency of internal references, including point of view and time line.

Clients include WaterBrook Multnomah (a division of Penguin Random House), Kregel Publications, Abingdon Press, and NavPress (past), as well as individuals.

freelance writer

Enslow Publishers
June, 2003 – November, 2008 (over 5 years)

Enslow Publishers is a publisher of educational fiction and nonfiction books for children and young adults. As a freelance writer I wrote books for middle-school age children. Most were for a series on endangered species.

Assistant Editor

Group Publishing
January, 2003 – January, 2011 (about 8 years)

Editing ministry resources including curriculum for children and adults and books for pastors

copy editor

Group Publishing
October, 1998 – January, 2003 (over 4 years)

Copyediting ministry resources including curriculum for children and adults.

Portfolio (24 selected works)

Of Fire and Lions: A Novel

Mesu Andrews

The Old Testament book of Daniel comes to life in this novel for fans of Lynn Austin's Chronicles of the Kings series or Francine Rivers' Mark of the Lion series. Finalist for the Christy Award Survival. A Hebrew girl first tasted it when she escaped death nearly 70 years ago as the Babylonians ransacked Jerusalem and took their finest as captives. She thought she'd perfected in the many years... read more

The Old Testament book of Daniel comes to life in this novel for fans of Lynn Austin's Chronicles of the Kings series or Francine Rivers' Mark of the Lion series. Finalist for the Christy Award Survival. A Hebrew girl first tasted it when she escaped death nearly 70 years ago as the Babylonians ransacked Jerusalem and took their finest as captives. She thought she'd perfected in the many years... read more

Where the Fire Falls: A Vintage National Parks Novel

Karen Barnett

Stunning Yosemite National Park sets the stage for this late 1920s historical romance with mystery, adventure, heart, and a sense of the place John Muir described as "pervaded with divine light."Watercolorist Olivia Rutherford has shed her humble beginnings to fashion her image as an avant-garde artist to appeal to the region's wealthy art-collectors. When she lands a lucrative contract painti... read more

Stunning Yosemite National Park sets the stage for this late 1920s historical romance with mystery, adventure, heart, and a sense of the place John Muir described as "pervaded with divine light."Watercolorist Olivia Rutherford has shed her humble beginnings to fashion her image as an avant-garde artist to appeal to the region's wealthy art-collectors. When she lands a lucrative contract painti... read more

The Road to Paradise: A Vintage National Parks Novel

Karen Barnett

An ideal sanctuary and a dream come true–that’s what Margaret Lane feels as she takes in God’s gorgeous handiwork in Mount Rainier National Park. It’s 1927 and the National Park Service is in its youth when Margie, an avid naturalist, lands a coveted position alongside the park rangers living and working in the unrivaled splendor of Mount Rainier’s long shadow. But Chief Ranger Ford Brayden is... read more

An ideal sanctuary and a dream come true–that’s what Margaret Lane feels as she takes in God’s gorgeous handiwork in Mount Rainier National Park. It’s 1927 and the National Park Service is in its youth when Margie, an avid naturalist, lands a coveted position alongside the park rangers living and working in the unrivaled splendor of Mount Rainier’s long shadow. But Chief Ranger Ford Brayden is... read more

Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility

Hillary Manton Lodge

“Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience - or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope.” ― Jane Austen, Sense and SensibilityJust a few years after their father’s business scandal shatters their lives, Jane and Celia Woodward find themselves forced out of their San Francisco tea shop. The last thing Jane wants is to leave their beloved shop on Valencia Street, but when Celi... read more

“Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience - or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope.” ― Jane Austen, Sense and SensibilityJust a few years after their father’s business scandal shatters their lives, Jane and Celia Woodward find themselves forced out of their San Francisco tea shop. The last thing Jane wants is to leave their beloved shop on Valencia Street, but when Celi... read more

No One Ever Asked: A Novel

Katie Ganshert

Challenging perceptions of discrimination and prejudice, this emotionally resonant drama for readers of Lisa Wingate and Jodi Picoult explores three different women navigating challenges in a changing school district--and in their lives.When an impoverished school district loses its accreditation and the affluent community of Crystal Ridge has no choice but to open their school doors, the live... read more

Challenging perceptions of discrimination and prejudice, this emotionally resonant drama for readers of Lisa Wingate and Jodi Picoult explores three different women navigating challenges in a changing school district--and in their lives.When an impoverished school district loses its accreditation and the affluent community of Crystal Ridge has no choice but to open their school doors, the live... read more

Ours for a Season: A Novel

Kim Vogel Sawyer

An Old Order Mennonite couple's vows and beliefs are challenged in this stirring contemporary novel for fans of Cindy Woodsmall or Shelley Shepherd Gray.Anthony and Marty Hirschler are part of an Old Order Mennonite community in Pine Hill, Indiana. The couple has grown apart since a doctor confirmed they would never have children. Marty longs to escape the tight-knit area where large families ... read more

An Old Order Mennonite couple's vows and beliefs are challenged in this stirring contemporary novel for fans of Cindy Woodsmall or Shelley Shepherd Gray.Anthony and Marty Hirschler are part of an Old Order Mennonite community in Pine Hill, Indiana. The couple has grown apart since a doctor confirmed they would never have children. Marty longs to escape the tight-knit area where large families ... read more

A Table by the Window: A Novel of Family Secrets and Heirloom Recipes (Two Blue Doors)

Hillary Manton Lodge

Heirloom recipes, family secrets…and a chance for love The youngest heir to a French-Italian restaurant dynasty, food writer Juliette D’Alisa has spent her life negotiating her skill with words and her restaurant aspirations. When her brother Nico offers her a chance to open a restaurant together, she feels torn—does she really have what it takes? Should she risk leaving her journalism career?... read more

Heirloom recipes, family secrets…and a chance for love The youngest heir to a French-Italian restaurant dynasty, food writer Juliette D’Alisa has spent her life negotiating her skill with words and her restaurant aspirations. When her brother Nico offers her a chance to open a restaurant together, she feels torn—does she really have what it takes? Should she risk leaving her journalism career?... read more

Ever Faithful: A Vintage National Parks Novel

Karen Barnett

Vibrant historic Yellowstone National Park comes to life in this romantic mystery about a man hiding the truth, braving the west to become something more--and the woman who must confront his deception.A man who can't read will never amount to anything--or so Nate Webber believes. But he takes a chance to help his family by signing up for the new Civilian Conservation Corps, skirting the truth ... read more

Vibrant historic Yellowstone National Park comes to life in this romantic mystery about a man hiding the truth, braving the west to become something more--and the woman who must confront his deception.A man who can't read will never amount to anything--or so Nate Webber believes. But he takes a chance to help his family by signing up for the new Civilian Conservation Corps, skirting the truth ... read more

Blessed Broken Given: How Your Story Becomes Sacred in the Hands of Jesus

Glenn Packiam

An invitation to find beauty and meaning in the ordinary and imperfect aspects of your life; not as a call to settle for less, but rather as a way to mysteriously participate in God's power and purpose.Glenn Packiam wants to empower readers to find great joy, purpose, and passion in their daily living. While bread may be one of the most common items on our dinner tables, Jesus chose to take it... read more

An invitation to find beauty and meaning in the ordinary and imperfect aspects of your life; not as a call to settle for less, but rather as a way to mysteriously participate in God's power and purpose.Glenn Packiam wants to empower readers to find great joy, purpose, and passion in their daily living. While bread may be one of the most common items on our dinner tables, Jesus chose to take it... read more

Isaiah's Legacy: A Novel of Prophets and Kings

Mesu Andrews

The drama of the Old Testament comes to life as Judah's most notorious king ascends to the throne in this gripping novel from the award-winning author of Isaiah's Daughter. At eight years old, Shulle has known only life in a small village with her loving but peculiar father. When Uncle Shebna offers shelter in Jerusalem in exchange for Shulle's help tutoring King Manasseh, Judah's five-year-ol... read more

The drama of the Old Testament comes to life as Judah's most notorious king ascends to the throne in this gripping novel from the award-winning author of Isaiah's Daughter. At eight years old, Shulle has known only life in a small village with her loving but peculiar father. When Uncle Shebna offers shelter in Jerusalem in exchange for Shulle's help tutoring King Manasseh, Judah's five-year-ol... read more

Wind: Peregrination Series

Boudreaux, Sg, Boudreaux, Shawna

Shephard Farm

Wade, Anthony

Toyful Love

Castelnero, Gordon

The Printed

Fitzgerald, Cameron

Songs of Spring

Wark, Naomi

Alison has 26 reviews

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H. S. May
Alison did a great job with my historical novel. She not only corrented my many punctuation and spelling errors, she thoroughly checked my historical references. I strongly recommend Alison.

H. S. May, August 2022


Nego Huzcotoq
My manuscript was already quite polished when I submitted it to her, so I didn't expect a lot of changes. Still, she surprised me by finding many things to correct, and ways to enhance clarity --it turned out to be an educational experience for me. I accepted 98% of her suggested edits, whether big or small. When there were options, she presented them, and explained the rationale for ...
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Nego Huzcotoq, July 2022


kathy childs
I am a first time writer and will be self published my middle school book on Amazon. I knew there were issues with my sentence structure, grammar, and word clarity but couldn't pin point them. Alison cleaned it all up as well as added advice on what would make it a better book. She communicated with me on all the potential changes and I kept them all. Thanks to Alison, I now have the confidence...
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kathy childs, June 2022


Thomas Quaadman
Alison is a very thoughtful editor and contributor. Her edits, advice and suggestions greatly enhanced my work. I would gladly work with Alison on a future project.

Thomas Quaadman, May 2022


Teri Bethel
Alison was pleasant, professional, knowledgeable, and helpful. She was gracious in her suggestions and never made you feel like it was her way or the highway, rather, it was a team effort. Thank you, Alison!

Teri Bethel, May 2022

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