Bill Siever

Bill Siever - Editor Tick

Great Barrington, MA, USA

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

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Overview

I'm a freelance editor who spends about half my working time editing full-length manuscripts (novels and nonfiction) and half on scientific papers, dissertations, master's theses, conference papers, and the like. I am comfortable working on pretty much any genre, from romance novels to materials science to books on theology. 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 am 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.
Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Earth & Space & Environmental Sciences
History
Nature
Politics & Current Affairs
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Book editor (production editing, line editing, copyediting, proofreading)

Media and editing company based in Austin, Texas
June, 2015 – Present (almost 4 years)

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.

Freelance editor

Editing company based in Cambridge, UK, and Chicago
March, 2015 – Present (about 4 years)

This company stresses putting extra effort into telling clients (especially ESL writers) why editors do what they do, which was a good learning experience for me as an editor. Many of the company's clients request British English, which was also good practice for me.

Freelance editor

Canada-based editing company
September, 2014 – Present (over 4 years)

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.

Managing editor and project editor

Academic publisher based in Great Barrington, MA
June, 2008 – September, 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 (12 selected works)

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 missionary work, Genie sees her future as a straight, if narrow, road—until an American pilot arrives, warning them of the approaching Japan... read more

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 missionary work, Genie sees her future as a straight, if narrow, road—until an American pilot arrives, warning them of the approaching Japan... 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 path.Abby had conceived a child out of wedlock. It was the early 1900s, and in the attitude of the times, she was considered “fallen” and... read more

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 path.Abby had conceived a child out of wedlock. It was the early 1900s, and in the attitude of the times, she was considered “fallen” and... 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 of return, to mend the hearts of descendants of Africans kidnapped from their homeland centuries ago. Her intuition proves true. In Eth... read more

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 of return, to mend the hearts of descendants of Africans kidnapped from their homeland centuries ago. Her intuition proves true. In Eth... read more

A Guide to Lightweight Backpacking in Olympic National Park

Aleta Erickson

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 Erickson shares her field-tested equipment and techniques for multi-day lightweight backpacking trips into the wild Olympics. Follow her advi... 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 Erickson shares her field-tested equipment and techniques for multi-day lightweight backpacking trips into the wild Olympics. Follow her advi... read more

This Fleeting World: A Short History of Humanity (This World of Ours)

David Christian

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 the journey a fascinating one. Christian takes us from the Big Bang to the earliest foraging era to the present Anthropocene epoch. This ... 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 the journey a fascinating one. Christian takes us from the Big Bang to the earliest foraging era to the present Anthropocene epoch. This ... read more

The Fall and Rise of Tyler Johnson: Based on the Journals of a Young Man Turned Fugitive

Patrice Johnson

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, author of Ghost Walking and A Haunted Love Story The Fall and Rise of Tyler Johnson was recently selected as Winner of the 2018 Nationa... 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, author of Ghost Walking and A Haunted Love Story The Fall and Rise of Tyler Johnson was recently selected as Winner of the 2018 Nationa... read more

Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability Volumes 1-10: Knowledge to Transform Our Common Future

Ray C. Anderson

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 draws from the natural, physical, and social sciences - geophysics, engineering, and resource management, to name a few - and from philosoph... 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 draws from the natural, physical, and social sciences - geophysics, engineering, and resource management, to name a few - and from philosoph... read more

Sins of Commission: A Martha Beale Novel (The Martha Beale) (Volume 5)

Cordelia Frances Biddle

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 and what was the motive? While Thomas Kelman, Martha Beale’s beau, investigates the blaze, her adoptive daughter, Ella, is abducted. Th... 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 and what was the motive? While Thomas Kelman, Martha Beale’s beau, investigates the blaze, her adoptive daughter, Ella, is abducted. Th... read more

This Is America : A Short History of the United States (This World of Ours)

Duncan A. Campbell, David H. Levinson

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, influential, and powerful on Earth, known for innovation as well as for its belief in its own "exceptionalism." As the balance of global politi... 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, influential, and powerful on Earth, known for innovation as well as for its belief in its own "exceptionalism." As the balance of global politi... read more

The Emerald Stone: Serena and the Five Precious Stones

D. J. Loomis

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 happen on her twelfth birthday. Before Serena can ask her any questions, the woman vanishes into the wind.Something odd does indeed happen... 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 happen on her twelfth birthday. Before Serena can ask her any questions, the woman vanishes into the wind.Something odd does indeed happen... read more

The Robber Bridegroom: A Grimm Tale

Aariel Portera

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 sends Ruby to fetch help. But instead of aid, Ruby stumbles on the doctor’s murdered body, then encounters a strange man she’s never se... 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 sends Ruby to fetch help. But instead of aid, Ruby stumbles on the doctor’s murdered body, then encounters a strange man she’s never se... read more

Spirit Land The Peyote Diaries of Charles Langley: Against Witchcraft and Evil Ones

Charles Langley

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 visions induced by the peyote cactus, proved so remarkable and so other-worldly, he quickly realized that others would have difficulty b... 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 visions induced by the peyote cactus, proved so remarkable and so other-worldly, he quickly realized that others would have difficulty b... read more

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