Carrie Wicks

Carrie Wicks - Editor Tick

Seattle, WA, USA

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

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I've been working independently as a copyeditor/proofreader for ten years; I proofread in-house for eight years before that, focusing on art books. I work on creative nonfiction (art books and 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 tend to read more at night (if I'm not out singing or listening to jazz). And I'm in a book club with other freelance editors; we focus on contemporary fiction. I guess you could say I like to read.

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Art
Biographies & Memoirs
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Fiction
LGBTQ
Literature
Poetry
Romance
Short Story
Thriller
Women's Fiction

Work experience

Copyeditor/proofreader

Modernist Cuisine
December, 2010 – June, 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.

Independent Copyeditor / Proofreader

Self-employed
July, 2008 – Present (over 10 years)

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.

Proofreader / Editorial Assistant

Marquand Books
November, 2000 – July, 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

Proofreader / Editorial Assistant

The Leonhardt Group
July, 1996 – August, 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.

Portfolio (15 selected works)

Modernist Cuisine at Home

Nathan Myhrvold, Maxime Bilet

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 state of culinary art through the creative application of scientific knowledge and experimental techniques. Change the way you think about... 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 state of culinary art through the creative application of scientific knowledge and experimental techniques. Change the way you think about... read more

Brain Rules for Baby (Updated and Expanded): How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five

John Medina

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 brains really work—and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools. Now, in Brain Rules for Baby, he shares what the latest science... 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 brains really work—and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools. Now, in Brain Rules for Baby, he shares what the latest science... read more

Brain Rules (Updated and Expanded): 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

John Medina

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 exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget—and so important to repeat new know... 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 exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget—and so important to repeat new know... read more

Hood: Trailblazer of the Genomics Age

Luke Timmerman

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 stage for the Human Genome Project, gave rise to the field of genomics, and enabled scientists to envision a future of personalized medicine... 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 stage for the Human Genome Project, gave rise to the field of genomics, and enabled scientists to envision a future of personalized medicine... read more

A Year Right Here: Adventures with Food and Family in the Great Nearby

Jess Thomson

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 to break her son, Graham, of his childhood pickiness, the adventures into the great nearby include building a backyard chicken coop, truf... 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 to break her son, Graham, of his childhood pickiness, the adventures into the great nearby include building a backyard chicken coop, truf... read more

Not My Secret to Keep: A Memoir of Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse

Digene Farrar, Cynthia Hurn

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 scene to help, and she was there when the second jet hit. In a blink, trauma reactivated the secret trauma buried deep…of childhood sexual ... read more

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 scene to help, and she was there when the second jet hit. In a blink, trauma reactivated the secret trauma buried deep…of childhood sexual ... read more

Subjective Objective: A Century of Social Photography

Exhibition Catalogue, Zimmerli Art Museum,

Exhibition Catalogue, Zimmerli Art Museum,

The Air Raid Killer (Max Heller, Dresden Detective)

Frank Goldammer

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 siren to mutilate and kill a young nurse. Just as seasoned detective Max Heller begins investigating, the Fright Man kills again…The in... 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 siren to mutilate and kill a young nurse. Just as seasoned detective Max Heller begins investigating, the Fright Man kills again…The in... read more

Günther Förg: A Fragile Beauty

Dallas Museum of Art

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 installations elegantly precise, but these are mastered and executed with a cold detachment. His deft manipulations of the languages of abstract... 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 installations elegantly precise, but these are mastered and executed with a cold detachment. His deft manipulations of the languages of abstract... read more

Captive Light: The Life and Photography of Ella E. McBride

Margaret E. Bullock, David F. Martin

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 accomplishments, which include managing the photography studio of Edward S. Curtis for many years and being an early member of the Seattle Camera Clu... 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 accomplishments, which include managing the photography studio of Edward S. Curtis for many years and being an early member of the Seattle Camera Clu... read more

A Beautiful Work In Progress

Mirna Valerio

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, from the dusty back roads of central New Jersey to the busy Route 222 corridor in Pennsylvania to the sweltering deserts of Arizona. W... 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, from the dusty back roads of central New Jersey to the busy Route 222 corridor in Pennsylvania to the sweltering deserts of Arizona. W... read more

Finding Claire Fletcher (A Claire Fletcher and Detective Parks Mystery)

Lisa Regan

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 for solace at the bottom of a bottle…and winds up in the arms of a beautiful woman. By morning she’s gone, and the one clue she left be... 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 for solace at the bottom of a bottle…and winds up in the arms of a beautiful woman. By morning she’s gone, and the one clue she left be... read more

Up for Heir (Westerly Billionaire Series)

Ruth Cardello

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 successful tech company—and he doesn’t want to deal with the fallout from old family secrets. But as much as Spencer wants to avoid Westerly dra... 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 successful tech company—and he doesn’t want to deal with the fallout from old family secrets. But as much as Spencer wants to avoid Westerly dra... read more

Monsoon Mansion: A Memoir

Cinelle Barnes

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 the Philippines. It would take a young warrior to survive it.Cinelle Barnes was barely three years old when her family moved into Mansi... 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 the Philippines. It would take a young warrior to survive it.Cinelle Barnes was barely three years old when her family moved into Mansi... read more

Modernist Bread

Nathan Myhrvold, Francisco Migoya

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 practical knowledge and groundbreaking techniques captures over four years of independent research and collaborations with leading indust... read more

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 practical knowledge and groundbreaking techniques captures over four years of independent research and collaborations with leading indust... read more

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R'Nelle Collins

Carrie was absolutely amazing. She answered my request before my deadline, had my work edited a week and a half before my deadline, was clear in her responses with explanations and notes in her edits, etc.. She went above what I was expecting and I am so blessed to have worked with her. Thank you so much Carrie!!

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R'Nelle Collins, May 2018

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