Amy Thomas

Amy Thomas - Editor Tick

Minneapolis, MN, USA

A rigorous editor specializing in nonfiction and academic texts, I have copy edited 60+ books for Routledge.

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I have 15 years of experience in academic, indie, and college textbook publishing. I work regularly with international authors providing developmental and copy editing, proofreading, and editorial consultation for scholarly and literary nonfiction books, articles, and dissertations.

I'm adept at working with a diversity of styles and voices and am conversant in a wide range of fields, from cultural and media studies to philosophy and psychology, to environmental studies and political sciences.

Whether you're in the early stages of developing your content, or you need help preparing your manuscript to submit to a publisher and to ensure it has that final polish, I offer my expertise. Some of my editorial strengths:

– Flexibility: While maintaining your unique authorial voice, I'll work with you to decide what level of editing is needed. I'll keep my edits light and focus on clarity, if that's what you'd like, or I'll roll my sleeves up and sculpt paragraphs, depending on your needs.

– Short or long form: I can help you tighten up an article or a book-length manuscript, ensuring coherence and consistency in each.

– Feedback: Whether it's on the macro level (suggestions on how to better foreground your argument or main themes, perhaps) or on the micro level (e.g. punctuation and word choice), I'll offer my suggestions transparently and respectfully and work with you to make sure your writing remains your own and conveys your ideas in the best way.

– Style consistency: I'll make sure there is either US or UK punctuation and spelling as well as a consistent reference and citation style. Over the years in academia and editing for academics, I've worked with them all – APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA, etc. – and I respect the creative hybrids as well.
Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Education & Reference
Health & wellbeing
Philosophy
Politics & Current Affairs
Psychology
Social & Behavioral Sciences

Certifications

  • BA in English and Creative Writing, Dartmouth College
  • MA in Poetry Writing, Boston University
  • PhD in English, University of California, Berkeley

Work experience

Editor, Academic Quality and Effectiveness

Capella University
June, 2012 – Present (almost 7 years)

Writer and editor for the university's external recognition and quality assurance efforts, I create and curate content for high-stakes communications and provide expertise in describing Capella's innovative competency-based education model. I created, maintain, and publish key internal style manuals and a guide for writing marketing copy about competency-based education.

Adjunct Faculty, English

University of Minnesota, Auburn University, Washington College, University of California - Berkeley
August, 2005 – June, 2012 (almost 7 years)

Designed and taught literature and writing courses: The Romantic Era, Mythologies of Nature (Sustainability Studies), Literary Laughter: A History of Satire.

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
July, 2000 – Present (almost 19 years)

I offer copy writing, product naming, editorial consultation, copyediting, and proofreading services for corporate, academic, non-profit, and individual clients and am conversant in a wide range of fields. Clients include:
– Routledge, Taylor & Francis, Ashgate academic publishers - I have copyedited over 70 scholarly books in the fields of history, philosophy, literary criticism, cultural studies, political science, international relations, religious studies, and sustainability studies, and I collaborate regularly with international authors and editorial teams
– AVEDA - copy writing and product naming
– Flourish design firm - AVEDA website copy writing and proofreading
– Fusion Hill marketing and design - Optum marketing proofreading
– Milkweed Editions - proofreading novels and creative non-fiction
– Bioversity International - researched and wrote an educational book about agricultural biodiversity
– Individual writers

Associate Editor

MeansBusiness
June, 2000 – June, 2001 (about 1 year)

I abridged business and management books for online publication.

Editorial Assistant

Bedford/St. Martin's
June, 1999 – June, 2000 (about 1 year)

Assisted Editor for writing and literature college textbooks.

Portfolio (24 selected works)

The Strategic Producer: On the Art and Craft of Making Your First Feature

Federico Arditti Muchnik

Today’s technologies and economic models won’t settle for a conventional approach to filmmaking. The Strategic Producer: On the Art and Craft of Making Your First Feature combines history, technology, aesthetics, data, decision-making strategies, and time-tested methods into a powerful new approach to producing. An ideal text for aspiring filmmakers, The Strategic Producer orients the reader’s... read more

Today’s technologies and economic models won’t settle for a conventional approach to filmmaking. The Strategic Producer: On the Art and Craft of Making Your First Feature combines history, technology, aesthetics, data, decision-making strategies, and time-tested methods into a powerful new approach to producing. An ideal text for aspiring filmmakers, The Strategic Producer orients the reader’s... read more

Contemporary Japanese Architecture: Tracing the Next Generation

James Steele

Contemporary Japanese Architecture presents a clear and comprehensive overview of the historical and cultural framework that informs the work of all Japanese architects, as an introduction to an in-depth investigation of the challenges now occupying the contemporary designers who will be the leaders of the next generation. It separates out the young generation of Japanese architects from the c... read more

Contemporary Japanese Architecture presents a clear and comprehensive overview of the historical and cultural framework that informs the work of all Japanese architects, as an introduction to an in-depth investigation of the challenges now occupying the contemporary designers who will be the leaders of the next generation. It separates out the young generation of Japanese architects from the c... read more

The European Union in International Climate Change Politics: Still Taking a Lead?

In recent years climate change has emerged as an issue of central political importance while the EU has become a major player in international climate change politics. How can a ‘leaderless Europe’ offer leadership in international climate change politics - even in the wake of the UK’s Brexit decision? This book, which has been written by leading experts, offers a critical analysis of the EU l... read more

In recent years climate change has emerged as an issue of central political importance while the EU has become a major player in international climate change politics. How can a ‘leaderless Europe’ offer leadership in international climate change politics - even in the wake of the UK’s Brexit decision? This book, which has been written by leading experts, offers a critical analysis of the EU l... read more

The Modern Superhero in Film and Television: Popular Genre and American Culture (Routledge Advances in Comics Studies)

Jeffrey A. Brown

Hollywood’s live-action superhero films currently dominate the worldwide box-office, with the characters enjoying more notoriety through their feature film and television depictions than they have ever before. This book argues that this immense popularity reveals deep cultural concerns about politics, gender, ethnicity, patriotism and consumerism after the events of 9/11. Superheroes have long... read more

Hollywood’s live-action superhero films currently dominate the worldwide box-office, with the characters enjoying more notoriety through their feature film and television depictions than they have ever before. This book argues that this immense popularity reveals deep cultural concerns about politics, gender, ethnicity, patriotism and consumerism after the events of 9/11. Superheroes have long... read more

The Beloved Does Not Bite: Moral Vampires and the Humans Who Love Them (Children's Literature and Culture)

Debra Dudek

In this new monograph, author Debra Dudek defines a new era of vampire texts in which vampires have moved from their iconic dark, feared, often seductive figure lingering in alleys, to the beloved and morally sensitive vampire winning the affections of teen protagonists throughout pop culture. Dudek takes a close look at three hugely-popular vampire series for young adults, drawing parallels b... read more

In this new monograph, author Debra Dudek defines a new era of vampire texts in which vampires have moved from their iconic dark, feared, often seductive figure lingering in alleys, to the beloved and morally sensitive vampire winning the affections of teen protagonists throughout pop culture. Dudek takes a close look at three hugely-popular vampire series for young adults, drawing parallels b... read more

Medicine, Health and Being Human (Routledge Advances in the Medical Humanities)

Medicine, Health and Being Human begins a conversation to explore how the medical has defined us: that is, the ways in which perspectives of medicine and health have affected cultural understandings of what it means to be human. With chapters that span from the early modern period through to the contemporary world, and are drawn from a range of disciplines, this volume holds that incremental h... read more

Medicine, Health and Being Human begins a conversation to explore how the medical has defined us: that is, the ways in which perspectives of medicine and health have affected cultural understandings of what it means to be human. With chapters that span from the early modern period through to the contemporary world, and are drawn from a range of disciplines, this volume holds that incremental h... read more

Rethinking Ideology in the Age of Global Discontent: Bridging Divides (Routledge Studies in Global and Transnational Politics)

Over the last decade, anti-government demonstrations worldwide have brought together individuals and groups that were often assumed unlikely to unite for a common cause due to differences in ideological tendencies. They have particularly highlighted the role of youth, women, social media, and football clubs in establishing unusual alliances between far left and far right groups and/or secular ... read more

Over the last decade, anti-government demonstrations worldwide have brought together individuals and groups that were often assumed unlikely to unite for a common cause due to differences in ideological tendencies. They have particularly highlighted the role of youth, women, social media, and football clubs in establishing unusual alliances between far left and far right groups and/or secular ... read more

National Liberation Movements as Government in Africa (Routledge Studies in African Development)

Africa is well known for the production of national liberation movements (NLMs), stemming from a history of exploitation, colonisation and slavery. NLMs are generally characterised by a struggle carried out by or in the name of suppressed people for political, social, cultural, economic, territorial liberation and decolonisation. Dozens of NLMs have ascended to state power in Africa following ... read more

Africa is well known for the production of national liberation movements (NLMs), stemming from a history of exploitation, colonisation and slavery. NLMs are generally characterised by a struggle carried out by or in the name of suppressed people for political, social, cultural, economic, territorial liberation and decolonisation. Dozens of NLMs have ascended to state power in Africa following ... read more

Addiction, Behavioral Change and Social Identity: The path to resilience and recovery

Changing health-related behavior is for many people a lonely and isolating experience. Individual willpower is often not enough, particularly in addressing addictive behavior, but research increasingly points to the potential of group identity to shape behavior change and support recovery. This important collection explores the social and cognitive processes that enable people who join recover... read more

Changing health-related behavior is for many people a lonely and isolating experience. Individual willpower is often not enough, particularly in addressing addictive behavior, but research increasingly points to the potential of group identity to shape behavior change and support recovery. This important collection explores the social and cognitive processes that enable people who join recover... read more

An Ancient Theory of Religion: Euhemerism from Antiquity to the Present (Routledge Monographs in Classical Studies)

Nickolas Roubekas

An Ancient Theory of Religion examines a theory of religion put forward by Euhemerus of Messene (late 4th―early 3rd century BCE) in his lost work Sacred Inscription, and shows not only how and why euhemerism came about but also how it was― and still is―used. By studying the utilization of the theory in different periods―from the Graeco-Roman world to Late Antiquity, and from the Renaissance to... read more

An Ancient Theory of Religion examines a theory of religion put forward by Euhemerus of Messene (late 4th―early 3rd century BCE) in his lost work Sacred Inscription, and shows not only how and why euhemerism came about but also how it was― and still is―used. By studying the utilization of the theory in different periods―from the Graeco-Roman world to Late Antiquity, and from the Renaissance to... read more

The Routledge History of Disease (Routledge Histories)

Mark Jackson

The Routledge History of Disease draws on innovative scholarship in the history of medicine to explore the challenges involved in writing about health and disease throughout the past and across the globe, presenting a varied range of case studies and perspectives on the patterns, technologies and narratives of disease that can be identified in the past and that continue to influence our presen... read more

The Routledge History of Disease draws on innovative scholarship in the history of medicine to explore the challenges involved in writing about health and disease throughout the past and across the globe, presenting a varied range of case studies and perspectives on the patterns, technologies and narratives of disease that can be identified in the past and that continue to influence our presen... read more

The Dynamics of Masculinity in Contemporary Spanish Culture (New Hispanisms: Cultural and Literary Studies)

This collection of essays explores cultural phenomena that are shaping masculine identities in contemporary Spain, asking and striving to answer these compelling questions: what does it mean to be a man in present-day Spain? How has masculinity evolved since Franco’s dictatorship? What are the dynamics of masculinity in contemporary Spanish culture? How has hegemonic masculinity been contested... read more

This collection of essays explores cultural phenomena that are shaping masculine identities in contemporary Spain, asking and striving to answer these compelling questions: what does it mean to be a man in present-day Spain? How has masculinity evolved since Franco’s dictatorship? What are the dynamics of masculinity in contemporary Spanish culture? How has hegemonic masculinity been contested... read more

Early Childhood Education Management: Insights into business practice and leadership (Routledge Research in Early Childhood Education)

Mary Moloney, Jan Pettersen

The Early Childhood Education sector around the world is constantly changing, whether because of the unprecedented demand for ECE services globally, accelerated social change, or the introduction of pedagogical and regulatory practices. Based upon empirical inquiry, Early Childhood Education Management examines the somewhat controversial concept of operating an early childhood service as a bus... read more

The Early Childhood Education sector around the world is constantly changing, whether because of the unprecedented demand for ECE services globally, accelerated social change, or the introduction of pedagogical and regulatory practices. Based upon empirical inquiry, Early Childhood Education Management examines the somewhat controversial concept of operating an early childhood service as a bus... read more

Knowledge Development in Transnational Projects

Verena Hachmann

Transnational learning has become a buzz phrase in European policy-making and in multi-national business. Learning from the experiences of others is an idea that captivates practitioners and academics alike due to its simplicity and availability in a world that is increasingly characterised by cross-border and global connections. European regions in particular offer a diverse range of solution... read more

Transnational learning has become a buzz phrase in European policy-making and in multi-national business. Learning from the experiences of others is an idea that captivates practitioners and academics alike due to its simplicity and availability in a world that is increasingly characterised by cross-border and global connections. European regions in particular offer a diverse range of solution... read more

Mystical Theology and Contemporary Spiritual Practice: Renewing the Contemplative Tradition (Contemporary Theological Explorations in Mysticism)

In Mystical Theology and Contemporary Spiritual Practice several leading scholars explore key themes within the Christian mystical tradition, contemporary and historical. The overall aim of the book is to demonstrate the relevance of mystical theology to contemporary spiritual practice. Attention is given to the works of Baron von Hugel, Vladimir Lossky, Margery Kempe, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tho... read more

In Mystical Theology and Contemporary Spiritual Practice several leading scholars explore key themes within the Christian mystical tradition, contemporary and historical. The overall aim of the book is to demonstrate the relevance of mystical theology to contemporary spiritual practice. Attention is given to the works of Baron von Hugel, Vladimir Lossky, Margery Kempe, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tho... read more

Shakespeare's Poetics: Aristotle and Anglo-Italian Renaissance Genres (Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies)

Sarah Dewar-Watson

The startling central idea behind this study is that the rediscovery of Aristotle's Poetics in the sixteenth century ultimately had a profound impact on almost every aspect of Shakespeare's late plays”their sources, subject matter and thematic concerns. Shakespeare's Poetics reveals the generic complexity of Shakespeare's late plays to be informed by contemporary debates about the tonal and st... read more

The startling central idea behind this study is that the rediscovery of Aristotle's Poetics in the sixteenth century ultimately had a profound impact on almost every aspect of Shakespeare's late plays”their sources, subject matter and thematic concerns. Shakespeare's Poetics reveals the generic complexity of Shakespeare's late plays to be informed by contemporary debates about the tonal and st... read more

Reinventing Childhood Nostalgia: Books, Toys, and Contemporary Media Culture (Studies in Childhood, 1700 to the Present)

While Romantic-era concepts of childhood nostalgia have been understood as the desire to retrieve the ephemeral mindset of the child, this collection proposes that the emergence of digital media has altered this reflective gesture towards the past. No longer is childhood nostalgia reliant on individual memory. Rather, it is associated through contemporary convergence culture with the commoditi... read more

While Romantic-era concepts of childhood nostalgia have been understood as the desire to retrieve the ephemeral mindset of the child, this collection proposes that the emergence of digital media has altered this reflective gesture towards the past. No longer is childhood nostalgia reliant on individual memory. Rather, it is associated through contemporary convergence culture with the commoditi... read more

Thomas Moore and Romantic Inspiration: Poetry, Music, and Politics (Poetry and Song in the Age of Revolution)

Written by internationally established scholars of Thomas Moore’s music, poetry, and prose writing, Thomas Moore and Romantic Inspiration is a collection of twelve essays and a timely response to significant new biographical, historiographical and editorial work on Moore. This collection reflects the rich variety of cutting-edge work being done on this significant and prolific figure. Sarah Mc... read more

Written by internationally established scholars of Thomas Moore’s music, poetry, and prose writing, Thomas Moore and Romantic Inspiration is a collection of twelve essays and a timely response to significant new biographical, historiographical and editorial work on Moore. This collection reflects the rich variety of cutting-edge work being done on this significant and prolific figure. Sarah Mc... read more

Being Esther: A Novel

Miriam Karmel

A wonderful fiction debut, Being Esther gives voice to Esther Lustig, an extraordinary woman who has lived a conventional life, in this touching exploration of aging and its accompanied search for meaning.In spare, refreshingly unsentimental prose, Miriam Karmel has given us one of literature’s finest portraits of the last months of a woman’s life. At once sad and amusing, unpretentious and am... read more

A wonderful fiction debut, Being Esther gives voice to Esther Lustig, an extraordinary woman who has lived a conventional life, in this touching exploration of aging and its accompanied search for meaning.In spare, refreshingly unsentimental prose, Miriam Karmel has given us one of literature’s finest portraits of the last months of a woman’s life. At once sad and amusing, unpretentious and am... read more

Fictions of Integration: American Children's Literature and the Legacies of Brown v. Board of Education (Children's Literature and Culture)

Naomi Lesley

This book examines how children’s and young adult literature addresses and interrogates the legacies of American school desegregation. Such literature narrates not only the famous battles to implement desegregation in the South, in places like Little Rock, Arkansas, but also more insidious and less visible legacies, such as re-segregation within schools through the mechanism of disability diag... read more

This book examines how children’s and young adult literature addresses and interrogates the legacies of American school desegregation. Such literature narrates not only the famous battles to implement desegregation in the South, in places like Little Rock, Arkansas, but also more insidious and less visible legacies, such as re-segregation within schools through the mechanism of disability diag... read more

Promoting Cultural Sensitivity in Supervision: A Manual for Practitioners

Promoting Cultural Sensitivity in Supervision: A Manual for Practitioners provides a roadmap for practicing and experienced supervisors to promote and integrate cultural sensitivity into the core of their work. This book is organized into four seamless, interrelated sections that are essential to developing a Multicultural Relational Perspective (MRP) in supervision: conceptual, structural, st... read more

Promoting Cultural Sensitivity in Supervision: A Manual for Practitioners provides a roadmap for practicing and experienced supervisors to promote and integrate cultural sensitivity into the core of their work. This book is organized into four seamless, interrelated sections that are essential to developing a Multicultural Relational Perspective (MRP) in supervision: conceptual, structural, st... read more

Handbook of Research on Competency-Based Education in University Settings (Advances in Higher Education and Professional Development)

Karen Rasmussen

The majority of adult learners are looking to attain their desired academic credentials within the shortest amount of time possible. By implementing competency-based programs, learners are accelerated through their designed program or course.The Handbook of Research on Competency-Based Education in University Settings is a pivotal reference source for the latest academic research on the use of... read more

The majority of adult learners are looking to attain their desired academic credentials within the shortest amount of time possible. By implementing competency-based programs, learners are accelerated through their designed program or course.The Handbook of Research on Competency-Based Education in University Settings is a pivotal reference source for the latest academic research on the use of... read more

The Failure of Democracy in Iraq: Religion, Ideology and Sectarianism (Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Democratization and Government)

Hamid Alkifaey

The Failure of Democracy in Iraq studies democratization in post-2003 Iraq, which has so far failed, due mainly to cultural and religious reasons. There are other factors, such as the legacy of the dictatorial regime, exclusionary policies, the problem of stateness, interference by regional powers, the rentier economy and sectarianism, that have impeded democracy and contributed to its failure... read more

The Failure of Democracy in Iraq studies democratization in post-2003 Iraq, which has so far failed, due mainly to cultural and religious reasons. There are other factors, such as the legacy of the dictatorial regime, exclusionary policies, the problem of stateness, interference by regional powers, the rentier economy and sectarianism, that have impeded democracy and contributed to its failure... read more

Media Leaks and Corruption in Brazil: The Infostorm of Impeachment and the Lava-Jato Scandal (Routledge Studies in Latin American Politics)

Mads Bjelke Damgaard

Analyzing the political consequences of the most extensive corruption investigation in recent Latin American history, Operação Lava-Jato, Media Leaks and Corruption in Brazil answers two central questions about the contradictory effects news media has on political systems. First, how can political actors in a seemingly well-functioning democracy quickly override checks and balances, and replac... read more

Analyzing the political consequences of the most extensive corruption investigation in recent Latin American history, Operação Lava-Jato, Media Leaks and Corruption in Brazil answers two central questions about the contradictory effects news media has on political systems. First, how can political actors in a seemingly well-functioning democracy quickly override checks and balances, and replac... read more

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Giorgos Kallis
Amy did a fantastic job. I was looking for someone who would look not only at my english and grammar but also at my content (clarity, transitions, etc). What she did was beyond my expectations. She helped me improve the text, doing an excellent copy and line editing and in addition engaged with my content, giving me ideas, challenging me to clarify arguments and points, etc (and all this at a...
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Giorgos Kallis, January 2019


Alice Chen
My collaboration with Amy is a wonderful experience. She is a professional editor. I received great advice from her (not only on grammar and wording but also on the clarity of my writing). I'd say my work improved a lot after the process. She responds to inquires quickly too. I definitely would choose to work with her again.

Alice Chen, October 2018


Lauren Burns
Working with Amy was an absolute pleasure! She not only finished the edit 2 weeks ahead of time but turned the manuscript into a high quality product with her suggestions. I would definitely recommend working with her if you want an Editor that not only pays attention to small details but also provides perspective on the overall manuscript.

Lauren Burns, August 2018


Ɓaptiste Ɋuinternet
Thank you.

Ɓaptiste Ɋuinternet, July 2018


Jacob Levine
Amy is an amazing editor. She's intelligent, professional, answers all your questions in a timely manner, and keeps all deadlines. It was an honor to work with her, I would recommend Amy to anyone looking for a professional editor.

Jacob Levine, July 2018

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