Bridget Barry

Bridget Barry – Editor

With nearly two decades of experience in scholarly and academic book publishing, I understand the challenges and rewards of writing.


I have been an acquiring editor at a university press for more than a decade. I have extensive experience in the developmental editing of book proposals and manuscripts, from memoirs to scholarly dissertations, with an emphasis in the field of history. I also work as a proofreader for the United States Institute of Peace.

I am familiar with all aspects of the book publishing world. I read hundreds of proposals and many manuscripts each year, and I know what attracts agents, editors, and readers. I am a careful and thoughtful editor, and my primary goal is making an author's work the best it can be. In developmental editing I focus on writing style, including crafting a strong narrative, as well as improving organization and argument in scholarly works. I will correct grammar issues, but leave the nitty-gritty of punctuation to a copyeditor!

Biographies & Memoirs History Nature Political Science & Current Affairs
English (US)

Work experience

United States Institute of Peace

May, 2017 — Present

I proofread reports and manuscripts for grammar, writing style, accuracy, and consistency; maintain house style and fact-check as needed.

University of Nebraska Press

May, 2011 — Present

I work with a wide range of book projects and authors, from the contract stage through manuscript development and editing. I have served as Editor in Chief since 2020.

University of Nebraska Press

May, 2005 — Jun, 2011 (about 6 years)

I assisted with all functions of the acquisitions department, including reviewing and summarizing manuscript submissions, preparing manuscripts for copyediting, and preparing project memos.

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