Barry Lyons

Barry Lyons – Editor

I am a content editor, copy editor, and proofreader. I specialize in nonfiction books.


I have worked as a freelance editor since the 1990s and currently work on nonfiction manuscripts of almost any stripe: history, politics, science, nature, biography, and memoir (I will not take on manuscripts concerned with sports or religion). In my Reedsy Portfolio you will see a list of several books I've edited (note: the descriptions of these books come from Amazon and have not been edited by me). I do not edit PDFs.

Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Entertainment Health & Wellbeing History Philosophy Political Science & Current Affairs Travel
English (US)

Work experience

Self Employed

Jan, 1998 — Present

Late 1990s–Present

Proofreader and copy editor, primarily for financial and marketing firms.

I'm also a writer. I wrote book reviews for the now-defunct British publication, Prometheus (editorial members included Toni Morrison, Eduardo Galeano, and Henry Louis Gates Jr.). I've written pop music reviews for Earvolution and classical music annotations for Muze and Naxos. I've also written book reviews for IndieReader. My first book, Letter to a Prohibitionist, which argues for marijuana legalization and an end to the War on Drugs, was published via Amazon's CreateSpace service in 2013.


Casper: Suburban Scumbag

Fletcher, Abel T.

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Savage Wittig, Lauren

Every day, consultants, advisors, and coaches make one critical mistake that costs them millions of dollars: they use small-ticket marketing and sales strategies to try and land big-ticket clients. The result? Frustration and failure. What they learn is: You C... read more
p>Elevate your life and career starting now.S. Renee shares her most transforming work to employees at Cigna, Bank of America, Wal-Mart, University of Delaware, and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Her insights have been featured in Woman's Wo... read more
GET RID OF FAT, FATIGUE, AND BRAIN FOG!Are you sick and tired of being tired, overweight, brain fogged, and depressed? You've tried everything and nothing makes a difference. You've seen several doctors and holistic practitioners who prescribed pills and suppl... read more
Meet the gang from the Lunar Antics comic strip! Zeno, Zed, Linda, and Drusus are inhabitants of the moon who just love to hang out here on Earth. Because it's not enough to be superior to all Earthlings, Zeno's mission is to make sure you know that he is supe... read more
Based off Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand, this short but concise book explores the problems faced when teaching English as a secondary language in Japan, alongside examination of its culture, a new and radical way to approach teaching, and brief, prac... read more
Drawing on military leadership knowledge and personal experience, 5 to 50 to 500 introduces The Business Navigation Framework™, designed to create the conditions for organizational scalability. To be scalable, organizations need to navigate toward an end state... read more
MAKE THE MONEY YOU WANT TO LIVE THE LIFE YOU DESIREAre you anxious about taking your kids to daycare so that you can go work? Are you worried that your kids will not get the attention and care that they need while you are at work? Do you wish you could make mo... read more
Organizations around the globe are struggling to adapt to an increasingly complex and turbulent social, economic, technological, and business environment—whether they be banks, product development companies, or city councils. Many are responding by embracing a... read more
Citizens constitute the nation, and the nation does not exist without them.• When banks and public corporations are too big to fail, citizens will bail them out.• When government decides upon war, citizens will offer to fight.• When disaster strikes, citizens ... read more
The book provides simple and effective approaches for business, operational, and technology leaders who are setting up and implementing data management and governance as standard services in their organizations. Most industries actively manage and govern their... read more
This book is a must read for anyone that wants to skip a few painful steps founding a successful business or building a career.It sheds the light of sense on what seems to be indisputable to so many entrepreneurs, career-chasers and business people. The author... read more
DID YOU KNOW that the first US established political party didn’t exist until 1791 (the Federalist Party)? But early US political parties were more like small groups and factions, and not established parties, so many decades passed before an established party ... read more
Want to become a truly great trader – either for yourself or for a proprietary trading firm? This book will help you get there. This unique approach is the closest thing to signing up for a “trader boot camp” yourself! You’ll learn by watching new traders walk... read more
“Peak Performance Trading & Investing” is a clear road map for both traders and investors seeking success in any market and on any time frame.Seven LessonsIn his research, Bruce kept coming back to the same topics and points over and over. His blog posts over ... read more

Barry has 93 reviews





Axel V.

Axel V.

May, 2024

Barry was always responsive and provided me with great insights in the editing process. He not only proofread the whole manuscript but also meticulously pointed out and corrected the grammatical errors, suggested fonts and sizes, pagination, contents, backcover, and formatting altogether. His inputs were essential to produce a good quality output, that, without this professional advice, the res...
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Eichin C.

Eichin C.

Feb, 2024

Barry has done a fantastic job editing my book. He is responsive and states his point succinctly. I strongly recommend his work and value his professionalism without reservation.
Charlie C.

Charlie C.

Feb, 2024

This was the second time I have worked with Barry and another fantastic service. As a British writer creating a book for a US audience I was looking for a copy editor that could take my text and ensure it lands for the American reader, Barry worked quickly through a 360 page manuscript and delivered exactly on time so I could get on with the final formatting and publish. Not only did I recei...
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Rita K.

Rita K.

Feb, 2024

This is my second project with Barry, who is simply briliant. He is not only a great editor, but patient, extremely quick and responsive, and really owns the project as if it his own. Thank you again, Barry!
Norman W. H.

Norman W. H.

Jan, 2024

I appreciated Barry’s straightforward approach and his overall feedback, including his willingness to pushback on parts of my work.

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