Alison Throckmorton

Alison Throckmorton – Editor

Copyeditor and proofreader with trade publishing experience.

Overview

I've been working in the following genres since 2004: Academic (Thompson Higher Education and Cengage); religious, self-help, and spiritual (HarperOne); public policy (Hoover Institution at Stanford University); entertainment, pop culture, and humor (Chronicle Books); and trade (HarperCollins Publishers). My core skills are copyediting, proofreading, and project management.
Services
Non-Fiction
Calendars Entertainment Political Science & Current Affairs Religion & Spirituality
Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels Humor & Comedy Urban Fantasy
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Chronicle Books

Jan, 2019 — Present

Work with Editorial, Design, Production, and Marketing departments to ensure timely delivery of quality books and formats with an eye toward meeting sales materials deadlines and other key dates.

Create, monitor, and troubleshoot schedules.

Manage project workflow from copyediting of manuscript through proofreading of bluelines and approval of advance copies; including facilitation of licensed titles and rush schedules.

Copyedit as needed and proofread galleys, printer proofs, and other materials such as jacket copy and marketing materials, working collaboratively with editorial, design, and production.
Maintain seasonal masterlists and communicate any changes to the house.

Liaise with publishing director to improve performance of editorial department and track deliverables relating to managing editorial matters.

Hire and evaluate freelance copyeditors (and proofreaders, as necessary) and oversee freelance costs, workflow, and database.

Ensure that freelance budgets are met and standards maintained
Make editorial style decisions as questions arise in both manuscripts and galleys, maintaining
Chronicle Books’ editorial standards.

Facilitate publishing group meetings, creative meetings, and status meetings, capturing key publishing information and ensuring seasonal schedule dates and editorial concerns are addressed.

Coordinate creation, review, and distribution of seasonal tipsheets and participate in seasonal launch meetings.

Supervise editorial temps/interns as needed.

HarperCollins Publishers

Jul, 2022 — Present

Hoover Institution, Stanford Univeristy

May, 2016 — Nov, 2018 (over 2 years)

– Edit and coordinate the production of Hoover Institution materials (books, essays, marketing material, etc.)
from manuscript (and sometimes concept) to finished product.
– Independently hire and closely review the work of freelance copyeditors, proofreaders, typesetters, and
printers.
– Copyedit and proofread press and institution materials: online and print essays and articles, dust jackets, marketing material, annual reports, calendars, catalogues, grant proposals, and other institutional material.
– Work with authors on cover design concepts, editorial direction, and events associated with publications.
– Adhere strictly to schedules and budgets, working closely with authors, freelancers, and printers to maintain
both.
– Created and maintain in-house style guide and copyediting guidelines.

HarperOne

Sep, 2006 — Oct, 2008 (about 2 years)

-Managed all production editorial work from manuscript to bound book.
- Hired and managed a team of freelance staff.
- Monitored the work of all freelancers; examined all stages of proofs and blues; and copyedited and proofread all flap & panel and marketing materials.
- Collaborated with editors, authors, and freelance staff to anticipate and solve problems.
- Created and updated schedules electronically and worked comfortably with computer editing programs and new technology.
- Coordinated all clerical tasks, including CIP orders, purchase orders, production editing and budget reports, and freelancer database.

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