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Belinda Breyer

Belinda Breyer - Editor

Sacramento County, CA, United States

I decided on a publishing career when I realized poetry writing was not going to pay the bills. Specialties include textbooks and fiction.

Overview

For ten years I worked in-house at various Bay Area publishers including Morgan Kaufmann/Reed Elsevier, Wilderness Press, and Hunter House. I've spent another ten years working as a freelancer. Career highlights include working with bestselling authors on self-help books, and on Computer Animation which was named the best computer science book of the year by the AAUP.
I have a Bachelor's degree in English with a minor in creative writing, and a certificate in publishing from UC Berkeley. I have taken practically every editing course offered by Editcetera (I'm a little obsessive that way) and have independently studied instructional design to help me understand how to make textbooks more effective .
I love helping authors out of organizational dilemmas, and making difficult prose easy to read. I feel that the author should have the last word on editorial decisions, and that the editor's role is that of adviser and guide. I'm always available to my authors to answer questions, discuss strategies, or give in-depth explanations. As a writer myself I have empathy for authors and I try to be sensitive to their needs while guiding them to create the best books possible.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Computers & Internet Education & Reference Religion & Spirituality Self-help & Self-improvement Sex & Relationships Sports & outdoor recreation
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Literature Romance Short Story

Certifications

  • UC Berkeley Publishing

Work experience

Development Editor

Labyrinth Learning
June, 2007 – January, 2010 (over 2 years)

I oversaw all developmental editing for textbooks as assigned. I worked closely with authors to produce books that adhered to Labyrinth’s highly-developed instructional design, and coordinated with the online learning manager to develop online learning tools. I managed the transmittal to production, and ran the launch meetings that introduced titles to the rest of the company. I wrote promotional copy and insured that manuscripts were properly prepared for production.

Development Editor

Self-employed
June, 2005 – Present (over 12 years)

Offering substantive/developmental editing, as well as, line editing and light copyediting. I am also available for manuscript evaluation, query letter and proposal reviews. We offer photo research services and reprint and copyright permissions services.

Senior Developmental Editor

Morgan Kaufmann Publishers
May, 1998 – June, 2003 (about 5 years)

This position focused on the development process from first-draft manuscript stage to production launch. Tasks included; working with p & l’s to maintain financial goals and to establish budgets, developing supplements for textbooks, class testing of major textbooks, writing all material supplied to marketing for back cover, catalog, and ad copy, developmental editing (including developing art programs, permissions, research, conducting focus groups, evaluating manuscripts and advising authors). In selected subject areas, I reviewed and managed proposals, advised and reported to executive editor on suitability of proposals. I stayed abreast of the market in our subject areas and developed relationships with potential new authors. I networked at conferences acting in acquisitions capacity, entertained authors and reviewers, and conducted market research. I worked closely with the production department in realizing individual project needs and goals.

Editorial Coordinator

Hunter House Publishers
July, 1997 – May, 1998 (10 months)

My duties in a small publishing house covered a broad range; developmental and copy editing, proofreading, some indexing, handling C.I.P. and copyright applications, generation of author contracts, developing production schedules, calendars and progress reports, tagging and pre-production preparation of manuscripts, and checking bluelines. I hired freelance editors, proofreaders, and indexers. As an acquisitions team member I reviewed manuscripts and conducted market research. I performed on-line editing and also used Quark and Pagemaker regularly. I handled the in-house foreign rights, including royalties, database management, contracts, tax documents, Frankfurt Book Fair appointment scheduling, and correspondence.

Portfolio (13 selected works)

Forfeit & Redemption (Quinn O'Rourke & Annie Besan Private Investigators Book 1)

Richard Weisman

April 14, 1976, was a momentous day for Calgary. For Tom Pelletier, it was the worst day of his life. The police arrested twenty-year-old Tom for the brutal murder of his fiancée. Calgary’s beloved AAA hockey team, The Thunder, had made the finals. As people celebrated, Tom was two blocks away at the hockey rink, on one knee, proposing to his girlfriend, Fiona. After Fiona said yes, Tom went t... read more

April 14, 1976, was a momentous day for Calgary. For Tom Pelletier, it was the worst day of his life. The police arrested twenty-year-old Tom for the brutal murder of his fiancée. Calgary’s beloved AAA hockey team, The Thunder, had made the finals. As people celebrated, Tom was two blocks away at the hockey rink, on one knee, proposing to his girlfriend, Fiona. After Fiona said yes, Tom went t... read more

Daughters of Atlas: A Novel

Tyler Art

Meet the Runner. In a past life, it was laps around a track and long, leisurely jogs through the neighborhood. At Geneva Grace College, she runs to escape the truth. A former star and high school standout, first-year student, Kennedy, is quickly humbled by her new surroundings. Classes, athletics, and even friendships seem harder for her to master. Initially, she grins and bears it—mostly beca... read more

Meet the Runner. In a past life, it was laps around a track and long, leisurely jogs through the neighborhood. At Geneva Grace College, she runs to escape the truth. A former star and high school standout, first-year student, Kennedy, is quickly humbled by her new surroundings. Classes, athletics, and even friendships seem harder for her to master. Initially, she grins and bears it—mostly beca... read more

A Little Help: Essays and Stories

Denis Clifford

A Little Help is a collection of personal essays and five short stories. Essay topics range from growing up with Irish-ancestry in a New Jersey suburb to the author's Mom, from "the 60s" in Berkeley, from being a teenager living in Paris to rereading the novel Lucky Jim.

A Little Help is a collection of personal essays and five short stories. Essay topics range from growing up with Irish-ancestry in a New Jersey suburb to the author's Mom, from "the 60s" in Berkeley, from being a teenager living in Paris to rereading the novel Lucky Jim.

Blue Moon Revisited: When Love Gets a Second Chance

Will Fournier

It isn't often life gives you a mulligan.Will Soignant was a man who had lost everything in life, it would seem, including any further reasons for living it. But he had one important piece of unfinished business: an apology of sorts... or maybe it was a belated thank you. But when that unfinished business herself, the object of his unforgettable high school crush, suddenly appears at his 50th ... read more

It isn't often life gives you a mulligan.Will Soignant was a man who had lost everything in life, it would seem, including any further reasons for living it. But he had one important piece of unfinished business: an apology of sorts... or maybe it was a belated thank you. But when that unfinished business herself, the object of his unforgettable high school crush, suddenly appears at his 50th ... read more

Triple Down

Markus Sperl

A natural-born thief has to steal his life back.In this military action thriller Ex-Delta-Force operator John Jaeger's best buddy is assassinated. John teams up with former Spetsnaz Dimi only to find they too are under threat. To lift the contract on their heads they have to do another assignment for their old boss.

A natural-born thief has to steal his life back.In this military action thriller Ex-Delta-Force operator John Jaeger's best buddy is assassinated. John teams up with former Spetsnaz Dimi only to find they too are under threat. To lift the contract on their heads they have to do another assignment for their old boss.

Write Your Own Pleasure Prescription: 60 Ways to Create Balance and Joy in Your Life

Paul Pearsall Ph.D.

According to psychologist Paul Pearsall, it is possible to find paradise on Earth. Everything needed to enjoy and share a full and happy life is prewired into people's natural internal pleasure system. Drawing from the latest research in modern medicine combined with ancient Oceanic principles, this book, a companion to the bestselling The Pleasure Prescription, guides readers in developing th... read more

According to psychologist Paul Pearsall, it is possible to find paradise on Earth. Everything needed to enjoy and share a full and happy life is prewired into people's natural internal pleasure system. Drawing from the latest research in modern medicine combined with ancient Oceanic principles, this book, a companion to the bestselling The Pleasure Prescription, guides readers in developing th... read more

Wisdom from a Rainforest: The Spiritual Journey of an Anthropologist

Stuart Schlegel

In the early sixties, Stuart Schlegel went into a remote rainforest on the Philippine island of Mindanao as an anthropologist in search of material. What he found was a group of people whose tolerant, gentle way of life would transform his own values and beliefs profoundly. Wisdom from a Rainforest is Schlegel's testament to his experience and to the Teduray people of Figel, from whom he learn... read more

In the early sixties, Stuart Schlegel went into a remote rainforest on the Philippine island of Mindanao as an anthropologist in search of material. What he found was a group of people whose tolerant, gentle way of life would transform his own values and beliefs profoundly. Wisdom from a Rainforest is Schlegel's testament to his experience and to the Teduray people of Figel, from whom he learn... read more

Web Bloopers: 60 Common Web Design Mistakes, and How to Avoid Them (Interactive Technologies)

Jeff Johnson

The dot.com crash of 2000 was a wake-up call, and told us that the Web has far to go before achieving the acceptance predicted for it in '95. A large part of what is missing is quality; a primary component of the missing quality is usability. The Web is not nearly as easy to use as it needs to be for the average person to rely on it for everyday information, commerce, and entertainment.In resp... read more

The dot.com crash of 2000 was a wake-up call, and told us that the Web has far to go before achieving the acceptance predicted for it in '95. A large part of what is missing is quality; a primary component of the missing quality is usability. The Web is not nearly as easy to use as it needs to be for the average person to rely on it for everyday information, commerce, and entertainment.In resp... read more

Making Love Better Than Ever: Reaching New Heights of Passion and Pleasure After 40 (Positively Sexual)

Barbara Keesling

Drawing from her years of professional experience as a sexual surrogate and therapist, Keesling delves into the profound and complex powers of sexuality, offering readers the idea that sexual exchange between loving partners contains all the elements necessary for healing and happiness: touch, intimacy, communication, physical activity, and playfulness.

Drawing from her years of professional experience as a sexual surrogate and therapist, Keesling delves into the profound and complex powers of sexuality, offering readers the idea that sexual exchange between loving partners contains all the elements necessary for healing and happiness: touch, intimacy, communication, physical activity, and playfulness.

Quickbooks Pro 2010: Levels 1 of 2 (Mastery Series, 1 of 2) by Trisha Hakola (2010) Spiral-bound

Trisha Hakola

QUICKBOOKS PRO 2010: LEVELS 1 OF 2 (MASTERY SERIES, 1 OF 2)

QUICKBOOKS PRO 2010: LEVELS 1 OF 2 (MASTERY SERIES, 1 OF 2)

Pharmako/Poeia, Revised and Updated: Plant Powers, Poisons, and Herbcraft

Dale Pendell

***This paperback edition has a new introduction by the author and updated content.This is the first volume of North Atlantic Books’ updated paperback edition of Dale Pendell’s Pharmako trilogy, an encyclopedic study of the history and uses of psychoactive plants and related synthetics first published between 1995 and 2005. The books form an interrelated suite of works that provide the reader ... read more

***This paperback edition has a new introduction by the author and updated content.This is the first volume of North Atlantic Books’ updated paperback edition of Dale Pendell’s Pharmako trilogy, an encyclopedic study of the history and uses of psychoactive plants and related synthetics first published between 1995 and 2005. The books form an interrelated suite of works that provide the reader ... read more

Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire: A Comprehensive Hiking Guide

David Money Harris, Jennifer Money Harris

The Inland Empire--the area east of Los Angeles and located primarily in San Bernardino and Riverside counties--is known as Southern California's big backyard. And with its mountain, foothill, valley, and desert recreational opportunities, it's a hiker's paradise. Afoot & Afield Inland Empire describes nearly 200 noteworthy hikes ranging from easy to very strenuous in this first comprehensive ... read more

The Inland Empire--the area east of Los Angeles and located primarily in San Bernardino and Riverside counties--is known as Southern California's big backyard. And with its mountain, foothill, valley, and desert recreational opportunities, it's a hiker's paradise. Afoot & Afield Inland Empire describes nearly 200 noteworthy hikes ranging from easy to very strenuous in this first comprehensive ... read more

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