Amy Talcott

Amy Talcott - Editor

Livingston, Montana, USA

Freelance editor and writer with more than 10 years' experience in the publishing industry.

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Overview

Hi! I’m Amy, a professional wordsmith dedicated to maintaining the integrity of the English language in a world with a 280-character limit. I began my career more than 10 years ago in Boston, where I edited business and legal books for a small scholarly press (Aspatore Books), organized publicity tours for a big academic publishing house (Wiley-Blackwell), and managed communications for an independent children’s book publisher (Barefoot Books). In 2011, in want of a more mobile career that would allow me the freedom to move to the mountains of Montana, I made the decision to go freelance—and I’ve been at it ever since.

As an editor, I have extensive experience working as a copyeditor, proofreader, and (to a lesser degree) line editor. Current and past clients include National Geographic Learning, Cengage/Gale, St. James Press, Cambridge University Press, and University of Nevada Press. I also edit doctoral dissertations and master’s theses.

Academic writing is also in my wheelhouse. From 2014 to 2019 I contributed dozens of literary biographies and critical summaries to Gale’s Literary Criticism Online, a continually updated series that presents criticism and analysis of literature from the medieval era to the present day. I have also worked as a contributing writer for Legal Issues across the Globe (2018; Gale) and for Literature Online (Chadwyck-Healey), an academic database focusing primarily on obscure writers and works of British literature.

In addition to nonfiction content in the humanities, I also enjoy editing and writing in the areas of local history, gardening, travel, self-help, spirituality, and social theory.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Education & Reference
Health & wellbeing
History
Home & Garden
Political Science & Current Affairs
Travel

Work experience

Freelance Writer & Editor

Self-employed
January, 2011 – Present (about 10 years)

- I provide copyediting, proofreading, and substantive editing services for print and digital publishers. I specialize in scholarly and reference works in the humanities but have worked in a variety of nonfiction genres, including gardening, local history, memoir, self-help, spirituality, and anthropology. I also edit doctoral dissertations and master’s theses.
- Proficient in Chicago, MLA, AP, and APA styles.

Associate Editor

Thomas Riggs & Co.
January, 2016 – January, 2017 (about 1 year)

Served as a project manager and editor for scholarly and reference titles published by Gale, Chadwyck-Healey, St. James Press, and others; coordinated with managing editors, production teams, and academic consultants to generate editorial schedules and style sheets, track workflow, and enforce deadlines; trained freelance editors and writers, reviewed the quality of freelance work, and provided feedback when necessary.

Communications Manager

Barefoot Books
May, 2007 – May, 2009 (about 2 years)

Book Sales & Publicity Coordinator

Wiley-Blackwell
January, 2007 – May, 2007 (4 months)

Editorial Assistant

Aspatore Books (Thomson-Reuters)
January, 2006 – January, 2007 (about 1 year)

Portfolio (10 selected works)

A Cultural History of Gardens in Antiquity (The Cultural Histories Series)

The history of gardens in antiquity is characterized by a rich mix of cultures interacting throughout Europe, Africa and Asia. This period - from the sixth century BCE to the sixth century CE - was foundational to the later periods of garden history. The emergence of advanced horticultural techniques, sustained regional and international trade routes, and centralized power structures promoted ... read more

The history of gardens in antiquity is characterized by a rich mix of cultures interacting throughout Europe, Africa and Asia. This period - from the sixth century BCE to the sixth century CE - was foundational to the later periods of garden history. The emergence of advanced horticultural techniques, sustained regional and international trade routes, and centralized power structures promoted ... read more

Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America: 4 Volume Set

Recognizing that ethnic differences are transforming American education expectations, political ideals and popular culture, Gale presents a vital, new multicultural reference. Gale Encyclopedia Of Multicultural America contains 152 original essays (about 8, 000-12, 000 words each) on specific minority and ethnic groups in the U.S., with an emphasis on culture (religions, holidays, customs, lan... read more

Recognizing that ethnic differences are transforming American education expectations, political ideals and popular culture, Gale presents a vital, new multicultural reference. Gale Encyclopedia Of Multicultural America contains 152 original essays (about 8, 000-12, 000 words each) on specific minority and ethnic groups in the U.S., with an emphasis on culture (religions, holidays, customs, lan... read more

Gale Researcher Guide for: British Literature of the Early Twentieth Century

Shawna Ross

Gale Researcher Guide for: British Literature of the Early Twentieth Century is selected from Gale's academic platform Gale Researcher. These study guides provide peer-reviewed articles that allow students early success in finding scholarly materials and to gain the confidence and vocabulary needed to pursue deeper research.

Gale Researcher Guide for: British Literature of the Early Twentieth Century is selected from Gale's academic platform Gale Researcher. These study guides provide peer-reviewed articles that allow students early success in finding scholarly materials and to gain the confidence and vocabulary needed to pursue deeper research.

Worldmark Global Business and Economy Issues: 2 volume set

Worldmark Global Business And Economy Issues covers current business and economic issues that have an impact globally.Intended to meet the needs of global studies courses as well as International Baccalaureate and AP courses in Economics and Business & Management, this set is designed to give students and researchers a resource that helps contextualize and analyze the central issues surroundin... read more

Worldmark Global Business And Economy Issues covers current business and economic issues that have an impact globally.Intended to meet the needs of global studies courses as well as International Baccalaureate and AP courses in Economics and Business & Management, this set is designed to give students and researchers a resource that helps contextualize and analyze the central issues surroundin... read more

The Everything Health Guide to Adult Bipolar Disorder: A Reassuring Guide for Patients and Families

Dean A Haycock

Expert help for dealing with this complex diagnosis!If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, it can be confusing and overwhelming. What are the most effective treatments? Will therapy help? When will life return to normal? With The Everything Health Guide to Adult Bipolar Disorder, 3rd Edition, you can take charge and manage your condition, or learn the best ways to supp... read more

Expert help for dealing with this complex diagnosis!If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, it can be confusing and overwhelming. What are the most effective treatments? Will therapy help? When will life return to normal? With The Everything Health Guide to Adult Bipolar Disorder, 3rd Edition, you can take charge and manage your condition, or learn the best ways to supp... read more

Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices: 4 Volume Set

Thomas Riggs

In 2, 800 pages across 4 volumes, Worldmark Encyclopedia Of Religious Practices, 2nd Edition, provides information on current religious practices around the world with an emphasis on how religions impact the daily lives of their followers. Volume 1, Religions and Denominations, contains 24-to-40-page entries on 13 major religions, such as Buddhism, Christianity and Islam, and 8-to-14 page entr... read more

In 2, 800 pages across 4 volumes, Worldmark Encyclopedia Of Religious Practices, 2nd Edition, provides information on current religious practices around the world with an emphasis on how religions impact the daily lives of their followers. Volume 1, Religions and Denominations, contains 24-to-40-page entries on 13 major religions, such as Buddhism, Christianity and Islam, and 8-to-14 page entr... read more

St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture: 5 Volume set (St. James Press Encyclopedia of Popular Culture)

The St. James Encyclopedia Of Popular Culture, 2nd ed., updates and augments the over ten-year-old first edition. It includes 3, 036 signed essays (300 of them new), alphabetically arranged, and written or reviewed by subject experts and edited to form a consistent, readable, and straightforward reference. The entries cover topics and persons in major areas of popular culture: film; music; pri... read more

The St. James Encyclopedia Of Popular Culture, 2nd ed., updates and augments the over ten-year-old first edition. It includes 3, 036 signed essays (300 of them new), alphabetically arranged, and written or reviewed by subject experts and edited to form a consistent, readable, and straightforward reference. The entries cover topics and persons in major areas of popular culture: film; music; pri... read more

Legal Issues Across The Globe

Legal Issues Across the Globe is an academic series showcasing the diversity of legal approaches to issues making headlines worldwide. Each chapter is devoted to a single topic and presents twelve country essays examining how the nationâ??s history and culture have influenced legislative and judicial actions. Essays also feature brief narratives depicting the impact of a countryâ??s laws on in... read more

Legal Issues Across the Globe is an academic series showcasing the diversity of legal approaches to issues making headlines worldwide. Each chapter is devoted to a single topic and presents twelve country essays examining how the nationâ??s history and culture have influenced legislative and judicial actions. Essays also feature brief narratives depicting the impact of a countryâ??s laws on in... read more

World Link Intro Lesson Planner with Classroom Presentation A1 (3rd ed)

James R. Morgan, Nancy Douglas

The World Link Intro Lesson Planner, Third Edition makes preparation simple and effective through updated page-by-page teaching tips, new teaching options, expanded skill-building instruction, new video-viewing support, pacing guides, expansion activities, audio and video scripts, and all of the answers for the student book and workbook. This edition also includes access to the new Classroom P... read more

The World Link Intro Lesson Planner, Third Edition makes preparation simple and effective through updated page-by-page teaching tips, new teaching options, expanded skill-building instruction, new video-viewing support, pacing guides, expansion activities, audio and video scripts, and all of the answers for the student book and workbook. This edition also includes access to the new Classroom P... read more

Touchstone Level 2 Student's Book

Michael McCarthy, Jeanne McCarten, Helen Sandiford

Touchstone, together with Viewpoint, is a six-level English program based on research from the Cambridge English Corpus. Touchstone uses a corpus-informed syllabus ensuring students are learning the language that people really use. Activities include a strong focus on inductive learning, personalized practice, and encouraging learner autonomy. Each Student's Book contains approximately 90 hour... read more

Touchstone, together with Viewpoint, is a six-level English program based on research from the Cambridge English Corpus. Touchstone uses a corpus-informed syllabus ensuring students are learning the language that people really use. Activities include a strong focus on inductive learning, personalized practice, and encouraging learner autonomy. Each Student's Book contains approximately 90 hour... read more

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