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Alyssa Duck

Alyssa Duck - Editor

New York, NY, United States

I'm a Ph.D. in English with a passion for copyediting. I am reliable, experienced, and trustworthy, and I'm going to love your manuscript.

Overview

I'm a Ph.D. in English with almost a decade of proofreading and copyediting experience. I've worked on manuscripts from nonfiction to novels to poetry with W. W. Norton, Cambridge University Press, and Johns Hopkins University Press, as well as with Emory University, the Rollins School of Public Health, and the Center for Disease Control. I specialize in plot-driven novels, women's literature, serious literature, and non-fiction projects. Past projects include thrillers like David Ignatius's Quantum Spy, serious nonfiction such as Jason Hickel's The Divide, and romance novels such as the Trophy Wives Club series. I look forward to working with you.

Services
Languages
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management Economics Parenting & Families Politics & Current Affairs Sex & Relationships Social & Behavioral Sciences
Fiction
Literature Romance Thriller Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • Ph.D. in English
  • Copyediting Certification

Awards

  • MSA Book Award for The Complete Prose of T.S. Eliot: The Critical Edition

Work experience

Managing Editorial Intern

W.W. Norton
May, 2017 – Present (8 months)

I assist the project editors in the management of the editorial process for manuscripts, and provide copyediting services. I've worked on projects such as Mark Slouka's God's Fool, Terri Apter's nonfiction childcare books, the poetry of Adrienne Rich, Jason Hickel's The Divide, and David Ignatius's Quantum Spy.

Digital Manuscripts Editorial Consultant

Cambridge University Press through the Beck Digital Center
September, 2016 – May, 2017 (8 months)

I consult with a major publishing project to edit digital manuscripts.

Digital Manuscripts Editorial Assistant

Johns Hopkins University Press through The Beck Digital Center
September, 2014 – Present (over 3 years)

I work with the project editors and editorial team to edit a major publishing project.

Research Copyeditor

Rollins School of Public Health & The Center for Disease Control
May, 2013 – May, 2017 (about 4 years)

I copyedited publications by employees at the Center for Disease Control and students at Rollins School of Public Health, and organized lectures on grammar and manuscript preparation.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

The Letters of Samuel Beckett: Volume 4, 1966-1989

Samuel Beckett

This fourth and final volume, which completes the Cambridge edition of The Letters of Samuel Beckett, covers the final twenty-four years of what was, as Beckett saw it, a surprisingly long life. During these years he produced many of his finest and most concentrated works for theatre, plays that included Not I, Ohio Impromptu, and Catastrophe; for television he wrote Eh Joe and Ghost Trio; whi... read more

This fourth and final volume, which completes the Cambridge edition of The Letters of Samuel Beckett, covers the final twenty-four years of what was, as Beckett saw it, a surprisingly long life. During these years he produced many of his finest and most concentrated works for theatre, plays that included Not I, Ohio Impromptu, and Catastrophe; for television he wrote Eh Joe and Ghost Trio; whi... read more

God's Fool

Mark Slouka

In God’s Fool Mark Slouka, the acclaimed author of Lost Lake and Other Stories, presents us with an unparalleled novel about Chang and Eng, the original Siamese twins. In a masterstroke of creative storytelling, we experience their lives through Chang’s eyes. Despite the incomparable predicament of their physical condition, Chang is wrapped in ordinary grace and suffering, searching for tranqu... read more

In God’s Fool Mark Slouka, the acclaimed author of Lost Lake and Other Stories, presents us with an unparalleled novel about Chang and Eng, the original Siamese twins. In a masterstroke of creative storytelling, we experience their lives through Chang’s eyes. Despite the incomparable predicament of their physical condition, Chang is wrapped in ordinary grace and suffering, searching for tranqu... read more

The Letters of Samuel Beckett: Volume 1, 1929-1940

Samuel Beckett

The letters written by Samuel Beckett between 1929 and 1940 provide a vivid and personal view of Western Europe in the 1930s, and mark the gradual emergence of Beckett's unique voice and sensibility. The Cambridge University Press edition of The Letters of Samuel Beckett offers for the first time a comprehensive range of letters of one of the greatest literary figures of the twentieth century.... read more

The letters written by Samuel Beckett between 1929 and 1940 provide a vivid and personal view of Western Europe in the 1930s, and mark the gradual emergence of Beckett's unique voice and sensibility. The Cambridge University Press edition of The Letters of Samuel Beckett offers for the first time a comprehensive range of letters of one of the greatest literary figures of the twentieth century.... read more

Selected Prose of T.S. Eliot

T. S. Eliot

Thirty-one essays-categorized as “essays in generalization,” “appreciations of individual authors,” and “social and religious criticism”- written over a half century. This volume reveals Eliot’s original ideas, cogent conclusions, and skill and grace in language. Edited and with an Introduction by Frank Kermode; Index. Published jointly with Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Thirty-one essays-categorized as “essays in generalization,” “appreciations of individual authors,” and “social and religious criticism”- written over a half century. This volume reveals Eliot’s original ideas, cogent conclusions, and skill and grace in language. Edited and with an Introduction by Frank Kermode; Index. Published jointly with Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

The Letters of Samuel Beckett: Volume 2, 1941-1956

Samuel Beckett

This second volume of The Letters of Samuel Beckett opens with the War years, when it was often impossible or too dangerous to correspond. The surge of letters beginning in 1945, and their variety, are matched by the outpouring and the range of Beckett's published work. Primarily written in French and later translated by the author, the work includes stories, a series of novels (Molloy, Malone... read more

This second volume of The Letters of Samuel Beckett opens with the War years, when it was often impossible or too dangerous to correspond. The surge of letters beginning in 1945, and their variety, are matched by the outpouring and the range of Beckett's published work. Primarily written in French and later translated by the author, the work includes stories, a series of novels (Molloy, Malone... read more

The Letters of Samuel Beckett: Volume 3, 1957-1965

Samuel Beckett

This third volume of The Letters of Samuel Beckett focuses on the years when Beckett is striving to find a balance between the demands put upon him by his growing international fame, and his need for the peace and silence from which new writing might emerge. This is the period in which Beckett launches into work for radio, film and, later, into television. It also marks his return to writing f... read more

This third volume of The Letters of Samuel Beckett focuses on the years when Beckett is striving to find a balance between the demands put upon him by his growing international fame, and his need for the peace and silence from which new writing might emerge. This is the period in which Beckett launches into work for radio, film and, later, into television. It also marks his return to writing f... read more

The Confident Child: Raising Children to Believe in Themselves

Terri Apter

A renowned social psychologist's clear-cut, thoughtful, and practical strategy for parents who want to promote self-confidence in their child. Raising confident, motivated, and caring children is a parent's greatest challenge. Drawing on her own extensive research on children and parents, Terri Apter has created a guide based on "emotional coaching"―learning to respond appropriately to a child... read more

A renowned social psychologist's clear-cut, thoughtful, and practical strategy for parents who want to promote self-confidence in their child. Raising confident, motivated, and caring children is a parent's greatest challenge. Drawing on her own extensive research on children and parents, Terri Apter has created a guide based on "emotional coaching"―learning to respond appropriately to a child... read more

The Trophy Wives Club: Book One: Classy & Clever

M. Magevonna

Hanna Hascott, heiress to V-Metal Industries, is left to run her dying husband's business. As she goes about her daily affairs; she sensed somebody's following her.While searching for clues of a possible takeover within her company, she becomes dangerously close and dependent on a risk analyst who might be playing both sides. To get away from all the madness, she takes a short vacation. While ... read more

Hanna Hascott, heiress to V-Metal Industries, is left to run her dying husband's business. As she goes about her daily affairs; she sensed somebody's following her.While searching for clues of a possible takeover within her company, she becomes dangerously close and dependent on a risk analyst who might be playing both sides. To get away from all the madness, she takes a short vacation. While ... read more

Carnivore Couture: Book One: Preview Chapter

M. Magevonna

A former computer hacker under global surveillance mastermind the ultimate cover to convert a $1.2 billion heist.

A former computer hacker under global surveillance mastermind the ultimate cover to convert a $1.2 billion heist.

The Divide: Global Inequality from Conquest to Free Markets

Jason Hickel

A provocative and timely myth buster that exposes the hidden machinations behind five centuries of global poverty and inequality.Sixty percent of humanity―some 4.3 billion people―live in debilitating poverty. The standard development narrative suggests that alleviating poverty in poor countries is a matter of getting the internal policies right, combined with aid from rich countries. But anthr... read more

A provocative and timely myth buster that exposes the hidden machinations behind five centuries of global poverty and inequality.Sixty percent of humanity―some 4.3 billion people―live in debilitating poverty. The standard development narrative suggests that alleviating poverty in poor countries is a matter of getting the internal policies right, combined with aid from rich countries. But anthr... read more

The Quantum Spy: A Thriller

David Ignatius

The race to build the first quantum computer heats up in the newest high-tech spy thriller from best-selling author David Ignatius.A hyper-fast quantum computer is the digital equivalent of a nuclear bomb: whoever possesses one will be able to shred any encryption in existence, effectively owning the digital world. The question is: Who will build it first, the United States or China?The latest... read more

The race to build the first quantum computer heats up in the newest high-tech spy thriller from best-selling author David Ignatius.A hyper-fast quantum computer is the digital equivalent of a nuclear bomb: whoever possesses one will be able to shred any encryption in existence, effectively owning the digital world. The question is: Who will build it first, the United States or China?The latest... read more

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