Carrie Wicks

Carrie Wicks – Editor

Seasoned copyeditor/proofreader with a passion for cleaning up copy, focusing on fiction or nonfiction: art books, cookbooks, and memoirs.


I've been working independently as a copyeditor/proofreader for over ten years now. I proofread art books in-house for eight years prior. I work on creative nonfiction (art books, cookbooks, memoirs) as well as fiction (genre, literary, short) and whatever else anyone might need help polishing for publication. Very familiar with Chicago style and Merriam-Webster's, I can help weed, prune, and clean copy in preparation for wider distribution. I focus on spelling, grammar, and punctuation; notice inconsistencies in style and typography; call out unnecessary redundancies; check spellings of proper nouns; and fix or query awkward constructions, tone, etc. I also have experience Americanizing British English. After reading during the day for work, I try to keep up with the New Yorker. In January 2024 I completed the EFA's Editing for Conscious and Inclusive Language course.

Art Biographies & Memoirs Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
Literary Fiction Romance Short Story Women's Fiction
English (US)

Work experience

Modernist Cuisine

Dec, 2010 — Jun, 2012 (over 1 year)

Proofread the Kitchen Manual and the index for the six-volume Modernist Cuisine as well as the marketing brochure; proofread volumes for third edition printing; then part-time, copyedited and proofread Modernist Cuisine at Home, June 2011-June 2012; proofread the Photography of Modernist Cuisine; April 2015-freelance proofreading for the Modernist Bread book (five volumes) as well as for the marketing dept.


Jul, 2008 — Present

Since 2008, after working in-house at Marquand Books for nearly eight years as proofreader and editorial assistant, I've been copyediting/proofreading for book publishers, independent (dev edited) authors, content editors, magazines, marketing depts. at universities, and graphic design firms / ad agencies.

Marquand Books

Nov, 2000 — Jul, 2008 (over 7 years)

For this nationally acclaimed designer and producer of fine illustrated books, I proofread edits to rounds of page proofs to ensure consistency of editorial and typographic style; performed copyediting, focusing on spelling, punctuation, and grammar; cross-checked references and proofread indexes; entered edits in Adobe InDesign; prepared and cleaned up manuscripts in Microsoft Word per house style; applied for CIP data from the LoC; checked printers' proofs; worked closely and quickly with typesetters and designers

The Leonhardt Group

Jul, 1996 — Aug, 1999 (about 3 years)

Ensured accuracy and typographic quality of final copy for this graphic design firm. Copyedited marketing proposals and various communications for internal departments. Office culture emphasized teamwork with designers, production artists, and print and account managers to realize tight deadlines

Later on, TLG became Fitch, for which I proofread on a contract/freelance basis.


Modernist Bread

Nathan Myhrvold

Modernist Bread: The Art and Science is a revolutionary new understanding of one of the most important staples of the human diet. Created by the team that published the award-winning Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking, this massive treasury of p... read more
Told with a lyrical, almost-dreamlike voice as intoxicating as the moonflowers and orchids that inhabit this world, Monsoon Mansion is a harrowing yet triumphant coming-of-age memoir exploring the dark, troubled waters of a family’s rise and fall from grace in... read more
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ruth Cardello puts two hearts on the line when a Boston billionaire takes a second chance on the woman of his dreams.Spencer Westerly is his own man. He didn’t need his father’s money to build his wildly successf... read more
In the first book in bestselling author Lisa Regan’s new series, a one-night stand sets a detective on the trail of a terrifying unsolved crime.With his career on thin ice and fresh ink on his divorce papers, Sacramento PD Detective Connor Parks goes searching... read more
Runners’ vocabulary is full of acronyms like DNS for “Did Not Start” and DNF for “Did Not Finish,” but when Mirna Valerio stepped up to the starting line, she needed a new one: DNQ for “Did Not Quit.”Valerio has tied on her running shoes all across the country... read more
Internationally acclaimed fine-art photographer Ella McBride (1862–1965) played an important role in the Northwest's photography community and was a key figure in the national and international pictorialist photography movements. Despite her many accomplishmen... read more
Günther Förg (1952–2013) was a German painter, sculptor, and photographer with an irreverent approach to abstraction. Förg’s project tackled the latent instability between image and reality. His painterly surfaces may appear exquisitely sensitive, his installa... read more
As the Third Reich ends, a killer’s game begins.In the final days of the Third Reich, with the historic city of Dresden on the brink of destruction, terrifying rumors spread about the Fright Man, a demonic killer who exploited the cover of a nighttime air raid... read more
Exhibition Catalogue, Zimmerli Art Museum,
DIGENE FARRAR was in New York City, launching the modeling career she’d always dreamed of. The morning of September 11, 2001, she was two blocks away when the first jet crashed into the World Trade Center. Her instincts as a registered nurse led her to the sce... read more
Armed with "The Here List" and a Type-A personality, Seattle-based writer and cookbook author Jess Thomson sets out to spend a year exploring the food of the Pacific Northwest with her family. Planning to revel in the culinary riches of the region and hoping t... read more
Lee Hood did that rarest of things. He enabled scientists to see things they couldn’t see before and do things they hadn’t dreamed of doing. Hood led the team at Caltech in the 1980s that developed the first automated DNA sequencer. That invention set the stag... read more
Most of us have no idea what’s really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know—like the need for physical activity to get your brain working its best. How do we learn? What ex... read more
What’s the single most important thing you can do during pregnancy? What does watching TV do to a child’s brain? What’s the best way to handle temper tantrums? Scientists know. In his New York Times bestseller Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina showed us how our bra... read more
What can you make for dinner? Modernist Cuisine is an interdisciplinary team in Bellevue, Washington, founded and led by Nathan Myhrvold. The group includes scientists, research and development chefs, and a full editorial team all dedicated to advancing the st... read more

Carrie has 12 reviews





Heidi T.

Heidi T.

Feb, 2024

It was a pleasure working with Carrie to get my manuscript ready for publishing. She caught flaws and inconsistencies that I missed despite multiple rounds of proofreading myself. She also completed the project ahead of deadline and was patient and responsive to my newbie questions. Thanks, Carrie!
Haan P.

Haan P.

Dec, 2023

Extremely happy with this Edit. Carrie was very professional and detail-oriented which is exactly what I wanted for this project. 100% would work with her again.
devi D.

devi D.

Jun, 2023

I really enjoyed working with Carrie, she was very easy to work with. Carrie is a great communicator and she did an excellent job editing my short story. I would definitely work with Carrie again!
Keith T.

Keith T.

Nov, 2022

Excellent experience working with Carrie. Highly recommend.
Stephanie Nina P.

Stephanie Nina P.

Jul, 2022

Carrie was wonderful to work with as a proof reader. She responded quickly to my inquiry, was clear about what would be helpful to have for them, and delivered her edits in the time frame we aimed towards. And they were great edits for my final run before going to print! Learned a lot, too.

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