Brian Baker

Brian Baker – Editor

I'm a Los Angeles–based book editor, writing coach, and publishing consultant with over 20 years of experience

Overview

I offer expert project management, editing, proofreading, and manuscript development services. I'm a former editor at W. W. Norton and John Wiley & Sons publishers, and currently work freelance for publishers and individuals. I have a strong working knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style, AP, APA, and MLA styles and am highly proficient with Microsoft Word (including tracking changes, commenting, styles, and working with templates), Adobe Acrobat (PDF markup, commenting, and querying authors), FTP clients, and more. I’ve worked on hundreds of non-fiction books for a variety of major publishing clients as well as individuals. The services I offer include project analysis, project management, copyediting, developmental editing, and proofreading. I edit all types of non-fiction books, including memoir, history, business, spirituality, the sciences, and more.
Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Economics Education & Reference Engineering Entertainment History Religion & Spirituality
Languages
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Nov, 2014 — Present

Editing, Writing, and Publishing Consultant
• Direct programs and strategies for print and digital publications
• Edit books and content for publishers and individuals
• Edit author content so that is appropriate for the target audience
• Manage and coach authors, freelance development editors, and subject matter experts
• Maintain schedules and budgets
• Ensure market competitiveness and marketing support

John Wiley & Sons

Mar, 2007 — Nov, 2014 (over 7 years)

• Edited and managed publications in Business, Marketing, Accounting, Engineering, Geosciences, and the Sciences
• Managed content creation, photo research, permissions clearances, budgeting, production, and design
• Managed the creation of digital publications and online courses from initial plans to launch
• Developed strategies for new publications, including marketing and business plans
• Conducted meetings with authors and clients to develop new products and to gather feedback on products

W. W. Norton

May, 2000 — Mar, 2007 (almost 7 years)

• Edited publications in Literature, History, Political Science, Drama, and Religion
• Edited 30+ books per year
• Managed and edited titles in the Norton Critical Editions series
• Managed and edited titles in the Norton Anthology series
• Conducted meetings with authors and clients to develop new products and to gather feedback on products

Portfolio

Managerial Economics

Samuelson, William F.

The updated 6th Edition of Project Management in Practice provides streamlined coverage with an applied approach, focusing on the essentials of project management. This concise, hands-on text is ideal for a one semester project management course, or as a modul... read more
Will be shipped from US. Used books may not include companion materials, may have some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, may not include CDs or access codes. 100% money back guarantee.
Human Resources is one area in the field of Management that changes much more quickly than most. Health Care legislation, court cases involving social media and scrutiny of public employee unions are a few recent examples. The 11th edition of DeCenzo's Fundame... read more
People, processes, and technology. These are the three major drivers of business achievement. The best leaders inherently understand that great companies start with great people. This is as true now as it was during the beginning of the industrial revolution, ... read more
Marketing professionals have relied on Hartley’s book for 30 years to uncover the best and worst marketing programs. Invitation to Research suggestions allow readers to take the case a step further, to investigate what has happened since the case was written, ... read more
Microeconomics: Theory & Applications, 12th Edition provides students with the fundamental tools of analysis, and shows how these tools can be used to explain and predict phenomena. Written for both economics and business students, Edgar Browning and Mark Zupa... read more
Will be shipped from US. Used books may not include companion materials, may have some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, may not include CDs or access codes. 100% money back guarantee.
Personnel Economics in Practice, 3rd Edition by Edward Lazear and Michael Gibbs gives readers a rigorous framework for understanding organizational design and the management of employees. Economics has proven to be a powerful approach in the changing study of ... read more
Entrepreneurship, 3rd Edition explores the trials and tribulations of entrepreneurship so that they’ll have the necessary tools to start their own businesses. It offers coverage on social enterprises and ethics due to the rise in green trends and corporate sca... read more
Economics: Theory & Practice, 11th Edition by Patrick J. Welch and Gerry F. Welch connects theory to the practice of economics and the everyday world through examples and applications, debates, and critical thinking cases--some that are classics in the field a... read more
Management, 12th Edition

John R. Schermerhorn Jr.

We’ve got you covered for Principles of Management with John Schermerhorn’s Management 12th Edition. From new cases and self-assessments to the Fast Company Video Series and Management Weekly Updates, the text and its comprehensive suite of resources promote c... read more
Management: A Balanced Approach to the 21st Century by Neck, Lattimer and Houghton helps students think critically, make better decisions, and act in an ethical way that contributes to long-term organizational success. The authors of Management believe that yo... read more
The Most Comprehensive Anthology of Jewish American Literature Ever Published: With the work of 145 writers, from 1645 to the present, writing in all genres―fiction, poetry, drama, essays, letters, editorials, journals, autobiography, cartoons, song lyrics, an... read more
An exciting revision of the best-selling anthology for African American literary survey courses. The much-anticipated Third Edition brings together the work of 140 writers from 1746 to the present writing in all genres, as well as performers of vernacular form... read more
A responsive, refreshed, and media-rich revision of the market-leading anthology of American literature. The most-trusted anthology for complete works, balanced selections, and helpful editorial apparatus, The Norton Anthology of American Literature features a... read more
A responsive, refreshed, and media-rich revision of the best-selling anthology in the field The most trusted anthology for complete works and helpful editorial apparatus. The Tenth Edition supports survey and period courses with NEW complete major works, NEW c... read more
This package includes a copy of ISBN 9780470905159 and a registration code for the WileyPLUS Learning Space course associated with the text. Before you purchase, check with your instructor or review your course syllabus to ensure that your instructor requires ... read more
"A version that has been long awaited, and likely to become the new standard."—Michael Dirda, Washington PostOvid's epic poem—whose theme of change has resonated throughout the ages—is one of the most important texts of Western imagination, an inspiration from... read more
Visualizing Geology, 4th Edition introduces students to geology and Earth system science through the distinctive mode of visual learning that is the hallmark of the Wiley Visualizing series. Readers learn that the geologic features we see and experience result... read more
Winner of the Whitbread Prize, Seamus Heaney’s translation "accomplishes what before now had seemed impossible: a faithful rendering that is simultaneously an original and gripping poem in its own right" (New York Times Book Review). The translation that "ride... read more
Accompanied by facing-page Italian and explanatory notes, a new translation, using modern American English, of the great poetic masterpiece maintains Dante's original triple rhyme scheme.
“A brilliant novel . . . a savage satire on the distortions of the single and collective minds.” ―New York Times “Anthony Burgess has written what looks like a nasty little shocker, but is really that rare thing in English letters: a philosophical novel.” ―Tim... read more
“One of the great strengths of this third edition is Hershel Parker’s inclusion of commentary on Moby-Dick from its publication in 1851 right into the 21st century to answer why Moby-Dick―boisterous, beautiful, filled with soaring language, forever questioning... read more
"The best Darwin anthology on the market" (Stephen Jay Gould, Harvard) has just become better, in this newly revised version of the now classic Norton Critical Edition, first published in 1970. The impact of Charles Darwin’s work on Western civilization has be... read more
This text includes a rich array of exercises, cases, and applied materials such as the Kouzes and Posner Leadership Practices Inventory and Pfeiffer Annual Edition exercises. It also offers a greater focus on the hot topic of ethics throughout the entire book ... read more
Management, 13th Edition

John R. Schermerhorn

We’ve got you covered for your Principles of Management course with Schermerhorn/Bachrach, Management 13th Edition. With new cases, more opportunities for self-assessment and the Management Weekly Updates news blog, the text and its comprehensive suite of reso... read more
How the Other Half Lives occupies a premier place on a small list of American books―along with Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The Jungle, Silent Spring, The Feminine Mystique, and Unsafe at Any Speed―that changed public opinion, influenced public policy, and left an indel... read more
Based again on Robert M. Adams’s highly regarded translation of Stendhal’s 1831 novel of ambition, love, and betrayal, this Second Norton Critical Edition of The Red and the Black is the most comprehensive and up-to-date edition available. An extensively revis... read more
Media & Culture

Richar Campbell

While we all use digital technology daily, many of us don't realize how text, audio, and visual media converge together to enhance our everyday experiences. The new edition of Media & Culture: Mass Communication in a Digital Age enriches students' understandin... read more
A Speaker's Guidebook is the best resource for public speaking in the classroom, on the job, and in the community. Praised for connecting with students who use it (and keep it!) year after year, this tabbed, comb-bound text covers all the topics typically taug... read more
Global Marketing Management

Masaaki (Mike) Kotabe

Get the Global Edge in Marketing "The conceptual framework developed in this book will facilitate an in-depth study of international marketing issues. . well-thought out and structured analysis of several important concepts. A comprehensive set of tools are pr... read more
Existing supply chain management books focus on logistics, operations management, and purchasing. Sanders provides supply chain managers with a completely unique approach, presenting SCM from a balanced, integrative, and business-oriented viewpoint. Rather tha... read more
Mechanics courses tend to provide engineering students with a precise, mathematical, but less than engaging experience. Students often view the traditional approach as a mysterious body of facts and “tricks” that allow idealized cases to be solved. When confro... read more
Padilla's Leadership brings a more holistic and comprehensive view to the leadership-followership process by focusing on all three of these critical aspects (leader, follower, organizational setting) – something no other book on the market does. Padilla offers... read more

Brian has 30 reviews

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Brandon W.

Brandon W.

Jun, 2023

Brian is fantastic. All his suggestions were spot on and he did several passes with us to get to an end product. Highly recommended!
Chris H.

Chris H.

Aug, 2022

Brian provides exceptional editing services and is highly skilled at delivering directive feedback that enhances the creative process. He is both thoughtful and insightful and very knowledgeable in his craft. I highly recommend his developmental and editorial services! -Chris Hornick, Author: "The Last Book of Leadership"
Terry T.

Terry T.

Sep, 2021

Very professional. Very thorough. Very accommodating. Very detail oriented. Very personable. Very reassuring to know that my work would meet the expectations of critical reviewers.
Brittany K.

Brittany K.

Sep, 2021

Excellent communicator, open to questions. Very knowledgeable.
Hermann S.

Hermann S.

Jul, 2021

Brian works thoroughly and detail oriented, yet always keeps the big picture in mind. Was very helpful in bringing my intellectual adventure story, inspired by my live and kept in the style of an autobiography, to the next level.

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