Bill Siever

Bill Siever – Editor

I edit books on every conceivable topic, from geology to romance novels to theology, frequently for Amazon Publishing. No topic too obscure!

Overview

I'm a freelance editor who spends most of my working time editing full-length manuscripts (novels and nonfiction) as well as book reviews for Kirkus Reviews; I occasionally work on scientific papers, dissertations, master's theses, conference papers, and the like. I'm comfortable working on pretty much any genre, from romance novels to materials science. Much of the work I do is for Kirkus and various imprints of Amazon Publishing. My goal is always the same: to make your voice shine through as the author, whatever the genre. My specialties are geography, history, and the environment. I'm also writing a hiking guidebook to my area (the southern Berkshires of western Massachusetts), to be published by K. Daniels and Associates, and I'm very much interested in the natural world. I believe you'll find that my experience as a soon-to-be-published author will help in working together. I know what you're going through and will treat your book project with the utmost care it deserves.

Services
Fiction
Classics Historical Fiction Mystery & Crime Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Earth, Space, & Environmental Sciences History Nature Political Science & Current Affairs
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

Kirkus Reviews

Jul, 2023 — Present

I copyedit and proofread over 300 book reviews a month for the children's and young adult sections of Kirkus Reviews.

Media and editing company based in Austin, Texas

Jun, 2015 — Present

I line edit, copy edit, and proofread fiction and nonfiction of all genres. We send authors detailed notes on their work so that they can see what works well with their writing and what needs improvement; in turn, the production editors (including me) conduct rigorous quality assessments of each editing order based on Chicago style, author preference, and common sense.

Canada-based editing company

Sep, 2014 — Present

I edit work from clients around the world, primarily by ESL authors. This includes technical journal submissions, PhD dissertations, newsletters, and project reports on everything from materials science to electrical engineering to Buddhist theology.

Academic publisher based in Great Barrington, MA

Jun, 2008 — Sep, 2015 (over 7 years)

As project editor and then managing editor, I edited and revised full-length book manuscripts, produced multi-volume encyclopedias (on China, sustainability, and sports, among other topics), and copy edited, proofread, and wrote articles and marketing texts.

Portfolio

All the Lovely Pieces

J.M. Winchester

Motherly love can drive her to the absolute edge…For nine years, Drew Baker has been running from her brutal husband and the dark deeds of the night she left him. Focused on protecting her ten-year-old son, Drew reluctantly settles into a small town, eager to ... read more
From the bestselling author of Good Sam—now a Netflix feature film—comes another Kate Bradley story about the nature of generosity and finding unexpected connections with strangers.TV reporter Kate Bradley arrives in Manhattan ready to take on a challenging ne... read more
The book is full of vivid people and places. The conflicts are intense and compelling and heartbreaking. This is a rich book—emotionally, psychologically, intellectually. It’s the best kind of creative nonfiction. It’s both topical and poignant. —Mark Spencer,... read more
A great historian can make clear the connections between the first Homo sapiens and today's version of the species, and a great storyteller can make those connections come alive. David Christian is both. This Fleeting World: A Short History of Humanity makes t... read more
Hike the wild Olympics with less! Many backpackers prepare for the diversity of habitat, topography, and weather in Olympic National Park by overloading their packs with unnecessary clothing and gear. In this book, ecologist and wilderness advocate Aleta Erick... read more
Woven into the Fabric

Tsehai Essiebea Farrell

Scurrying across Stanford’s Quad, Brenna was shocked—suddenly she just knew she was going to Africa. It’s the height of the Black Pride Movement and, unbeknownst to her, the Watts Summer Festival boldly decided to send its next Miss Watts to Africa, a metaphor... read more
The Rock House

Delana Jensen Close

Milliner and business owner Abigail Langley defies everyone’s expectations. When the odious Brother Griggsby labels her latest hat “sinful,” Abby boldly wears it to church. A painful trauma early in her life has taught her the importance of following her own p... read more
A Girl Divided

Ellen Lindseth

An emotional novel of love, loyalty, and faith—and one woman’s exhilarating journey of self-discovery during World War II.Rural China, 1942. Twenty-two-year-old Eugenia Baker exists in a bubble as yet untouched by WWII. Content to help her father with his miss... read more
This is the true story of Charles Langley, an Englishman from London, who became apprentice to a powerful Navajo Indian medicine man in the remote desert of the American Southwest. His early experiences of Navajo witchcraft, divination and healing, and of the ... read more
In a German county north of Hamburg rests a town named Sommerwood, where Ruby and Rosa Muller, two enchanted sisters, live. Engaged to be married, Ruby is a feisty teenage girl, while Rosa is more subdued and mature. One day, their mother becomes ill, and Rosa... read more
Serena has spent her entire life with her loving father in her small village. One day while out looking for adventure, she finds a dazzling emerald in the stream, and her life changes forever. A strange woman appears, warning her that something special will ha... read more
This Is America: A Short History of the United States, the fourth in Berkshire's acclaimed "This World of Ours" series, is a unique and very short introduction to the United States of America, a nation that in recent history has been the most affluent, influen... read more
SINS OF COMMISSION, the fifth novel in the Martha Beale historical mystery series. Sins of Commission conjures up nineteenth-century Philadelphia in an immersive tale of treachery, loyalty, and passion. A case of arson turns lethal, but who was the perpetrator... read more
In the 10-volume Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability, experts around the world provide authoritative coverage of the growing body of knowledge about ways to restore the planet. Focused on solutions, this interdisciplinary print and online publication draw... read more

Bill has 14 reviews

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TheLegendOf M.

TheLegendOf M.

Jul, 2023

Bill is amazing to work with. His notes are clear to understand, his edits are thorough. He is kind and straight to the point and even shares the different rules of writing. I am looking forward to working with him again.
Bill S.
That's very kind of you, Maren, thank you! I look forward to working with you soon, too!
Dave S.

Dave S.

Jan, 2023

Our collaboration wasn’t completed, entirely related to the demands of the project, but Bill was great to work with.
Bill S.
I'm grateful to have had a chance to work with Dave on his project, albeit briefly, and I'm sorry our schedules didn't work out. I'm looking forward to reading the final result!
Luca G.

Luca G.

Dec, 2022

It was really a pleasure working with Bill. He did an excellent job on a book that was really bad in terms of proofreading. The book discussed quantum physics, so not one or the simplest topics, but despite that Bill gave me several tips and insights. I highly recommend him and will definitely work with him again!
Bill S.
I'm grateful to Luca for the kind comments, and I really enjoyed the book. I'm very much looking forward to future collaboration!
Tom P.

Tom P.

Nov, 2022

Bill was a pleasure to work with, professional, punctual, and flexible as our needs changed unexpectedly. I have no hesitation in recommending him.
Robin B.

Robin B.

Oct, 2022

Bill is an amazing editor, and I can't say enough good things about him. Once Bill edits my manuscript, I know I can proudly send my book out into the world. Bill is very busy and in high demand, so I feel honored when he takes the time to edit my work.
Bill S.
I love working with Robin -- it's always a pleasure to be able to work with a talented author, and I've learned a million things from working with her. I'm looking forward to her next book!

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