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 diligent support for it.

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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 to be sure I've done the best I can. You know how sometimes the word you type sounds so much like the word you mean (think elicit/illicit) that you don't notice it's wrong? I'll catch it.

I especially 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. If you have not developed a timeline, I'll do it. We can be sure time is allowed for the action, whether it's hours or months. 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.

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.

I hope I'll be working with you on your book.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Christian Fiction
Historical Fiction
Women's Fiction

Work experience

Freelance copy editor and proofreader

Self-employed
April, 2001 – Present (about 20 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 (22 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

Isaiah's Daughter: A Novel of Prophets and Kings

Mesu Andrews

In this epic Biblical narrative, ideal for fans of The Bible miniseries, a young woman taken into the prophet Isaiah's household rises to capture the heart of the future king. Isaiah adopts Ishma, giving her a new name--Zibah, delight of the Lord--thereby ensuring her royal pedigree. Ishma came to the prophet's home, devastated after watching her family destroyed and living as a captive. But a... read more

In this epic Biblical narrative, ideal for fans of The Bible miniseries, a young woman taken into the prophet Isaiah's household rises to capture the heart of the future king. Isaiah adopts Ishma, giving her a new name--Zibah, delight of the Lord--thereby ensuring her royal pedigree. Ishma came to the prophet's home, devastated after watching her family destroyed and living as a captive. But a... read more

Miriam: A Treasures of the Nile Novel

Mesu Andrews

The Hebrews call me prophetess, the Egyptians a seer. But I am neither. I am simply a watcher of Israel and the messenger of El Shaddai. When He speaks to me in dreams, I interpret. When He whispers a melody, I sing.At eighty-six, Miriam had devoted her entire life to loving El Shaddai and serving His people as both midwife and messenger. Yet when her brother Moses returns to Egypt from exile,... read more

The Hebrews call me prophetess, the Egyptians a seer. But I am neither. I am simply a watcher of Israel and the messenger of El Shaddai. When He speaks to me in dreams, I interpret. When He whispers a melody, I sing.At eighty-six, Miriam had devoted her entire life to loving El Shaddai and serving His people as both midwife and messenger. Yet when her brother Moses returns to Egypt from exile,... 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

Point of View: A Fresh Look at Work, Faith, and Freedom

Elisabeth Hasselbeck

Recognized from her roles on Survivor, The View, and FOX & Friends, celebrity Elisabeth Hasselbeck presents a deeply intimate journey of faith, told through the important moments in her life."Point of view," by definition, is a particular attitude or way of considering a matter. Through her nearly two decades of broadcasting, Elisabeth learned the necessity of extracting the point of view of t... read more

Recognized from her roles on Survivor, The View, and FOX & Friends, celebrity Elisabeth Hasselbeck presents a deeply intimate journey of faith, told through the important moments in her life."Point of view," by definition, is a particular attitude or way of considering a matter. Through her nearly two decades of broadcasting, Elisabeth learned the necessity of extracting the point of view of t... read more

Break Open the Sky: Saving Our Faith from a Culture of Fear

Stephan Bauman

In a World that Thrives on Fear, Have FaithCompared to all previous generations, we are safer, live longer, hurt less, and earn more. Yet we are more afraid than ever. Fear has slipped into our souls, leaving us on edge and constantly anxious. No longer a safe harbor, a source of strength, or a bastion for love, faith has fallen prey to a culture of fear. We face a defining moment. Will we cav... read more

In a World that Thrives on Fear, Have FaithCompared to all previous generations, we are safer, live longer, hurt less, and earn more. Yet we are more afraid than ever. Fear has slipped into our souls, leaving us on edge and constantly anxious. No longer a safe harbor, a source of strength, or a bastion for love, faith has fallen prey to a culture of fear. We face a defining moment. Will we cav... read more

Love Unending: Rediscovering Your Marriage in the Midst of Motherhood

Becky Thompson

How can I remember how to be a wife when it takes all I’ve got to be a momma?Since becoming a mom, do you ever feel like your marriage no longer receives the attention it needs to thrive? Do you ever wonder how you’re supposed to re-center your heart on your husband when you are so busy with everything else? Those feelings we experienced in the first days of love and marriage often become buri... read more

How can I remember how to be a wife when it takes all I’ve got to be a momma?Since becoming a mom, do you ever feel like your marriage no longer receives the attention it needs to thrive? Do you ever wonder how you’re supposed to re-center your heart on your husband when you are so busy with everything else? Those feelings we experienced in the first days of love and marriage often become buri... read more

Truth Unchanging: Hearing God Daily in the Midst of Motherhood

Becky Thompson

Motherhood is often noisy and rarely silent. Learn to hear God speaking above all the noise.As moms know, even when there isn't noise around us, there is usually noise within us. The constant to-do lists that spin in our minds, the worry and wonder if we are doing a good job, and the need to stay two steps ahead of our families when we feel two steps behind keeps our minds routinely restless. ... read more

Motherhood is often noisy and rarely silent. Learn to hear God speaking above all the noise.As moms know, even when there isn't noise around us, there is usually noise within us. The constant to-do lists that spin in our minds, the worry and wonder if we are doing a good job, and the need to stay two steps ahead of our families when we feel two steps behind keeps our minds routinely restless. ... read more

The Dream-Centered Life: Discovering What Drives You

Luke Barnett

Wake Up to Bigger Dreams!Have you stopped pursuing the life of your dreams? Did someone or something steal the passions that made your heart beat fast? It’s possible—for the first time or once again--to become that wide-eyed, visionary dream-chaser! It starts by realizing that God has specific, amazing plans for you. Once you discover what drives you at the deepest level, you’ll overcome any b... read more

Wake Up to Bigger Dreams!Have you stopped pursuing the life of your dreams? Did someone or something steal the passions that made your heart beat fast? It’s possible—for the first time or once again--to become that wide-eyed, visionary dream-chaser! It starts by realizing that God has specific, amazing plans for you. Once you discover what drives you at the deepest level, you’ll overcome any b... 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

A Silken Thread: A Novel

Kim Vogel Sawyer

For readers who love a heartwarming romance and a rich historical setting comes a tale of a young woman with a heavy burden, the International Cotton Exposition, and the pursuit of true love.Eighteen-year-old Laurel Millard, youngest of seven children, is expected to stay home and "take care of Mama" by her older siblings, but Laurel has dreams of starting her own family. Operating a silk loom... read more

For readers who love a heartwarming romance and a rich historical setting comes a tale of a young woman with a heavy burden, the International Cotton Exposition, and the pursuit of true love.Eighteen-year-old Laurel Millard, youngest of seven children, is expected to stay home and "take care of Mama" by her older siblings, but Laurel has dreams of starting her own family. Operating a silk loom... 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

Alison has 11 reviews

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Anthony Jones
I was very impressed with how detailed Alison's editing was. My first thought was wow, I didn't realize I missed all of these! She was very professional, she finished on time, and her price was very reasonable. I still can't get over how thorough she was.

Anthony Jones, March 2021


Bryan Saye
Alison was such a joy to work with. I can’t say enough about that, not even mentioning her work. Yet I will mention her work. Even though I only expected grammar and sentence structure change, she caught so much more. She was tuned in to time of day discontinuity, the overall feel of large sections, and she even traced all of my Bible references (names, location, verses, etc.) through all 85K ...
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Bryan Saye, March 2021


David George
Alison is all about the details, and really knows her stuff. She did a great job and more than earned her five star rating.

David George, October 2020


Cynthia Stafford
Alison was easy to work with and responded promptly with suggestions as well as grammar corrections. She was right on time with the help that was exactly what I needed to polish my ms! I highly recommend her.

Cynthia Stafford, September 2020


Lena Nghiem
Working with Alison was a pleasure. She was very prompt in responding to me, and she did a great job of editing my book.

Lena Nghiem, July 2020

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