Brooke Maddaford

Brooke Maddaford – Editor

Experienced (9+ yrs in-house, 18+ yrs freelance), nonfiction editor specializing in assessments, development editing, and copy editing.


I'm a nonfiction editor with 9 years of in-house editorial publishing experience and 18 years of freelance experience.

My editorial goals are to strengthen an author's voice, content, and intention while enhancing and clarifying the writing. I offer FREE SAMPLE EDITS (up to 1,000 words) to ensure we'd be a good fit. Let's talk!

I bring training from many years of being an in-house, senior editor for a Big Five publishing house (Perseus Books Group, now Hachette) and on the editorial staff for Chicago Review Press, an independent trade book publisher.

My favorite genres to edit include memoir, spirituality, prescriptive nonfiction, music, sociology, LGBTQ+, travel/adventure, children's nonfiction, historical fiction, magic realism, and general fiction.

I LOVE working on books that teach readers something valuable, and I like to say that I edit "books that matter."

My services are varied, flexible, and entirely dependent on the needs of my authors and their manuscripts. I offer manuscript assessments, content/development/substantive editing, copy editing, line editing, and proofreading.

Message me to learn more about how I can help you achieve your goals for your book!


"Working with Brooke has been fabulous. She is so insightful and truly delights in helping shape the manuscript while retaining the true voice of the author. That's an amazing combination to find in an editor!" --Curlin Reed Sullivan, author of *Where's My F***ing Cake, Bob? How I Survived My True Love's Trips to Rehab*

"Brooke [made my book] even more appealing to the reader. Her abilities were quite diligent, focused, and on target, never straying from the original intent but instead making it better. Brooke gave it that nice final touch that shows how an editor of her talent is essential for the best final version. Thank you, Brooke!” --John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

"Brooke served as my editor on several major projects. She is everything you want a copy editor and development editor to be: attentive, a stickler for rules, and sharp-eyed. I highly recommend Brooke for all of your editorial needs." --Anthony Wahl, Acquisitions Editor, Oxford University Press

"Personable. Responsive. Technically skilled yet keen not to edit over the author's voice. Those are precisely the attributes I look Brooke delivered. I couldn't have been happier with my experience with her. When I worked with Brooke I was a rookie author. With close to a dozen books now to my name, my experience with her still stands out as being among the most positive." --Dr. Michael Carolan, Chair and Professor of Sociology, Colorado State University

***Exciting News!***

*A Futile and Stupid Gesture: How Doug Kenney and National Lampoon Changed Comedy Forever* was adapted into a major motion picture, featured at Sundance, and is streaming on Netflix.

John McEuen's *The Life I've Picked: A Banjo Player's Nitty Gritty Journey* has been receiving stellar reviews. As of March 2024, 182 of 225 Amazon reviews have FIVE STARS!

Biographies & Memoirs Children’s Non-Fiction Entertainment History Humanities & Social Sciences Music Parenting & Families Philosophy
English (US)
  • Business and Professional Women of Colorado, Member of the Year, Denver chapter
  • Founder, Colorado Chapter of Editorial Freelancers Association
  • University of Denver, Publishing Institute, Certificate
  • University of Chicago, Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, Certificate in Basic Editing
  • Copy Editing Magazine, Workshop, “100 Things Every Copy Editor Should Know,” Certificate

Work experience


Sep, 2006 — Present

I offer everything from manuscript assessments and content/development/substantive editing to copy editing, line editing, and proofreading. My editorial goals are to maintain an author's voice, content, and intention while enhancing and clarifying the writing. My rates are negotiable and I'm happy to work within your budget to make your words shine!

Westview Press in the Perseus Books Group (now Hachette)

Sep, 2011 — Nov, 2012 (about 1 year)

Continued all duties listed below for Associate Development Editor plus the following:

Assessed prospective projects to help determine salability and recommended appropriate contract terms. Collaborated with marketing department to write and develop marketing materials. Developed all online content with authors and freelance contract workers. Performed developmental edits on all books projected to earn $30,000+ per year. Determined, edited, and implemented all online and electronic content needs. Managed online database of reviewer feedback. Recruited, trained, and managed all permissions contract workers and managed coordination of all permissions projects.

Westview Press in the Perseus Books Group (now Hachette)

Sep, 2008 — Sep, 2011 (about 3 years)

Continued all duties listed below for Associate Editor plus the following:

Negotiated and managed developmental schedules, budgets, and records for all projects. Created and implemented plans for manuscript revisions and quality assurance. Innovated procedures to ensure compliance to revision recommendations and development plans. Co-managed Westview’s publishing assistant. Directed internship program, including fellows program with alma mater, and hired/managed all interns. Created database to track all review and market feedback.

Westview Press in the Perseus Books Group (now Hachette)

Sep, 2007 — Sep, 2008 (about 1 year)

Created, implemented, and managed all development procedures including writing questionnaires/surveys, analyzing reviews, and writing assessments that summarized data/revision recommendations into concise documents. Coordinated all book development needs with authors/editors including communicating content and revision needs, schedules, and writing processes and procedures. Conducted market and competition research and wrote summarizing reports in clear language. Led regular meetings with Marketing and Editorial departments. Directed Editorial Assistant in securing reviews.

Perseus Books Group (now Hachette)

Sep, 2006 — Sep, 2007 (about 1 year)

Responsible for taking 9–15 projects at a time from raw manuscript to press. Managed 24–45 freelancers at a time. Coordinated and managed all aspects of book production including all communication between authors, designers, acquisitions editors, and freelance contract workers. Proofread and copy edited various aspects of all projects.

Chicago Review Press

Apr, 2005 — Sep, 2006 (over 1 year)

Chicago Review Press

Nov, 2003 — Apr, 2005 (over 1 year)


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The ultimate biography of National Lampoon and its cofounder Doug Kenney, this book offers the first complete history of the immensely popular magazine and its brilliant and eccentric characters. With wonderful stories of the comedy scene in New York City in t... read more
Written for both biological parents and stepparents, this helpful guide provides the tools necessary to raising well-adjusted children after a stressful divorce. Innovative in its technique and cowritten by a certified divorce and stepfamily expert and her own... read more
They Have Jesus, We Have Lasagna: A Memoir

Resetar, Patrick

Match Point Publishing

The Life I've Picked is a memoir by John McEuen, one of the founding members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. NGDB, now 50-years strong, is best known for its evergreen bestselling album Will the Circle Be Unbroken and for its gorgeous version of the song “Mr. B... read more
Walking Him Home: Helping My Husband Die with Dignity

Kelly, Joanne Tubbs

She Writes Press

Where Demons Dance

Briedis, Emma

Silver Hammer Press, LLC

Children will find artistic inspiration as they learn about iconic artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in these imaginative and colorful activities. The art and ideas of Kahlo and Rivera are explored through projects that include painting a self-portrait Kahl... read more
Is violence on the streets caused by violence in video games? Does cyber-bullying lead to an increase in suicide rates? Are teens promiscuous because of Teen Mom? As Karen Sternheimer clearly demonstrates, popular culture is an easy scapegoat for many of socie... read more
This compelling text explores family violence throughout the life course, from child abuse and neglect to intimate partner violence and elder abuse. Paying special attention to the social character and institutional causes of family violence, Hattery and Smith... read more
Talking about global environmental issues need not be an exercise in gloom, doom, and individual sacrifice—as Michael Carolan ably demonstrates in this introduction to environmental sociology.Society and the Environment examines today's environmental controver... read more
With income inequality on the rise and the ongoing economic downturn, the causes, consequences, and politics of inequality are undergoing a fundamental transformation. Updated and highly accessible, the fourth edition of Social Stratification provides refreshi... read more
Creativity has long been thought to be an individual gift, best pursued alone; schools, organizations, and whole industries are built on this idea. But what if the most common beliefs about how creativity works are wrong? In this authoritative and fascinating ... read more
The Revenge of Gaia

James Lovelock

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Liberalism in America is under siege. Conservatives now treat it as an epithet and even some progressives spurn it. But according to Paul Starr, liberalism is a sturdy public philosophy, deeply rooted in our traditions, capable of making America and the world ... read more
Why do Americans care so much about the Founding Fathers? After all, the French don't ask themselves, "What would Napoleon do?" But Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Hamilton, Madison, and Adams built our country, wrote our user's manuals--the Declaration of In... read more
This supplemental educational resource for teachers of grades K–6 contains 50 units that explore nature through cross-curriculum lessons in science, language arts, math, social studies, and the creative arts. Teachers using this book will encourage further cre... read more
This pop culture history serves up the soda fountain sound of the musical form that pervaded popular culture from the late 1950s to the mid-1970s: vanilla pop. The argument that vanilla, rather than being the absence of flavor, is a unique, identifiable, and u... read more
Only in the last decade have climatologists developed an accurate picture of yearly climate conditions in historical times. This development confirmed a long-standing suspicion: that the world endured a 500-year cold snap-The Little Ice Age-that lasted roughly... read more
Over the last 40 years, Richard Roeper has attended White Sox games, watching as his team established a losing streak that was almost unparalleled in major league baseball history. In this account of what it was like to grow up a White Sox fan in a Cubs nation... read more
At the heart of relativity theory, quantum mechanics, string theory, and much of modern cosmology lies one concept: symmetry. In Why Beauty Is Truth, world-famous mathematician Ian Stewart narrates the history of the emergence of this remarkable area of study.... read more
Exposing the real stories behind 100 hit reality-based movies, this captivating resource offers interesting facts about some of the most well-respected and much-loved films. For both film buffs and casual moviegoers, this invaluable guide explores Hollywood's ... read more
Based in part on the recent interviews with more than 125 people—among them Tommy Ramone, Chris Stein (Blondie), Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Hilly Kristal (CBGBs owner), and John Zorn—this book focuses on punk’s beginnings in New York City to show that pun... read more
This fascinating and in-depth biography of Neal Cassady takes a look at the man who achieved immortality as Dean Moriarty, the central character in Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. A charismatic, funny, articulate, and formidably intelligent man, Cassady was also a... read more
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Famous, fascinating Benjamin Franklin--he would be neither without his accomplishments in science. Joyce Chaplin's authoritative biography considers all of Franklin's work in the sciences, showing how, during the rise and fall of the first British empire, scie... read more
Fascinatingly disturbing, this memoir chronicles seven years in the life of a distinctly unordinary American family. In 1973, Dirk Jamison's father started having a midlife crisis that never ended, and after purposefully losing his construction job, he moved h... read more
The stylish, exuberant, and remarkably sweet confession of one of the most famous groupies of the 1960s and 70s is back in print in this new edition that includes an afterword on the author's last 15 years of adventures. As soon as she graduated from high scho... read more
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This essential “how not to” guide explains how to act and what to say in the presence of police to minimize the chances of being arrested and to avoid add-on charges—which can often lead to permanent disqualification from jobs, financing, and education. Citize... read more
Feminist Thought is a clear, comprehensive, and incisive introduction to the major traditions of feminist theory, from liberal feminism, radical feminism, and Marxist and socialist feminism to care-focused feminism, psychoanalytic feminism, women of color femi... read more
This insightful biography examines the life and music of Cass Elliot-—better known as "Mama Cass"—the instantly recognizable face of the Mamas and the Papas. Untangling the truth about Cass's life, this book follows her development from her misfit teenage year... read more

Brooke has 9 reviews





Joanne K.

Joanne K.

Nov, 2021

Brooke's feedback was extremely helpful in tightening my memoir and improving the flow of the story. Her comments were perceptive and actionable. I think I got way more than my money's worth.
Brooke M.
It was an honor to collaborate on your manuscript, Joanne! I wish you all the best!
Jarod G.

Jarod G.

Jun, 2021

Working with Brooke was amazing. It was like we had worked together for years. She was professional, patient, and very kind! I will be looking forward to working with Brooke in all of my future writing projects.
Julianne H.

Julianne H.

Jul, 2019

I am so grateful that I fell into the hands of Brooke Maddaford. This is my first book and the entire process was new and a bit daunting for me. As soon as I started communicating with Brooke I felt at ease. She was incredibly patient amidst my lack of experience and she guided me towards a successful outcome! I have been offered a publishing deal and I am certain that I could not have done thi...
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Auna J.

Auna J.

Oct, 2022

Brooke is a kind, smart and creative thinker and editor. She engaged with the material on a deeper level and improved it both from a macro and micro perspective. She understands the flow and rhythm and I cannot thank you enough for her feedback and input .
Carolyn M.

Carolyn M.

Jan, 2022

I enjoyed working with Brooke. Her thoughtful critique was well received. I will continue to work with her on my memoir. Her editorial review was professional, insightful, and she offered many suggestions for improvements.
Brooke M.
Thanks Carolyn! It was wonderful to work with you and I look forward to growing our editorial relationship!

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