Christa Gainor

Christa Gainor – Editor

I am a focused and highly experienced editor and proofreader who will make your work the best it can be.

Overview

You want your prose to be clear, confident, and above all, correct, and I can help you achieve that. I am a speedy and meticulous proofreader, copyeditor, and fact checker. I have worked in publishing for more than thirty years in various roles, including managing editor, project manager, product developer, and team leader. My freelance work includes nonfiction and fiction, K–12 textbooks, multivolume encyclopedia sets, professional journals, training materials, marketing materials, and online content. I am intimately familiar with The Chicago Manual of Style and The Associated Press Stylebook.
Services
Non-Fiction
Business & Management Economics Education & Reference History Religion & Spirituality
Fiction
Mystery & Crime Romantic Suspense
Languages
English (CAN) English (US)

Work experience

Droste Group

Jun, 2017 — Present

Copyeditor and proofreader of leadership training materials, including presentation scripts, seminar workbooks, and PowerPoint slide packets, and of promotional materials, including website content and catalogs.

Spiritual Directors International

Jan, 2011 — Present

Copyeditor and proofreader of "Presence" (quarterly journal).

Gale/Cengage/Thorndike

Jan, 2002 — Present

Copyeditor of "Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes" (five volumes); "International Encyclopedia of Social Sciences"; "UXL Encyclopedia of U.S. History"; "International Directory of Company Histories"; and "Encyclopedia of American Industries."

Proofreader of "Encyclopedia of World Biography," 2016–2018; "Global Events," 2013; "Supreme Court Drama," 2nd edition, 2011; "Silent Scream," by Karen Harper, 2018; "What Doesn't Kill Her," by Christina Dodd, 2018.

Liberty Fund

Jan, 2002 — Present

Proofreader of "Reflections on Ethics, Freedom, Welfare Economics, Policy, and the Legacy of Austrian Economics," by Israel M. Kirzner, edited and introduced by Peter J. Boettke and Frédéric Sautet, 2018; "Encyclopedic Liberty: Political Articles in the Dictionary of Diderot and D'Alembert," by Denis Diderot and Jean Le Rond d'Almbert, edited by H. C. Clark, 2015; "Early Economic Thought in Spain, 1177-1740," by M. Grice-Hutchinson, 2015; "Collected Political Writings of James Otis," by J. Otis, 2015; "Economic Sense and Nonsense: Reflections from Europe, 2008-2012," by Anthony de Jasay, 2014; "In Pursuit: Of Happiness and Good Government," by Charles Murray, 2013; "The French Revolution," Volume 2, by Hippolyte Taine, translated by John Durand, 2002.

Schlager Group

Feb, 2000 — Present

Copyeditor and proofreader for "Encyclopedia of Society and Culture in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds," "Contemporary Authors" series, "Something about the Author" series, "For Students" series, "Milestone Documents" series, and "World Political Parties."

World Energy Source

Jan, 2000 — Dec, 2009 (almost 10 years)

Managed editorial staff of "World Energy Magazine" (quarterly professional journal) and "World Energy Monthly Review" (monthly magazine and online publication).

Visible Ink Press

Jan, 1999 — Dec, 2006 (almost 8 years)

Developmental Editor and Managing Editor of spirituality, history, popular science, and biographical works, coordinating authors, freelancers, and vendors to produce a dozen or more titles per year.

Gale, a Cengage Company

May, 1987 — Dec, 2001 (over 14 years)

Senior Editor, St. James Press and Macmillan imprints, 2000–2001.

Developmental Editor, biographies, popular nonfiction, 1990–2000.

Editor and Writer, Contemporary Authors, Newsmakers, and other biographical references, 1987–1990.

Portfolio

One secret, one nightmare, one lie. You guess which is which.1. I have the scar of a gunshot on my forehead.2. I have willfully misrepresented my identity to the US military.3. I'm the new mother of a seven-year-old girl. Kellen Adams suffers from a yearlong g... read more
A violent past leads to a present danger…When an old college roommate invites Claire Britten to join her on an archaeological dig at a Florida peat bog, it’s an offer the renowned forensic psychologist can’t refuse. Claire’s husband, criminal lawyer Nick Markw... read more
As seen on The Today Show!The Friends We Keep is the heartwarming and unforgettable new novel from Jane Green, the New York Times bestselling author of The Sunshine Sisters and The Beach House. Evvie, Maggie, and Topher have known one another since college. Th... read more
Offers an alphabetical listing of accounts of UFO encounters through history, official explanations, folklore, and related subjects
Respected author, scholar, and columnist Charles Murray has long challenged accepted notions of public and social policy issues. In this volume, originally published in 1988, Murray presents a persuasive and practical argument that reconsiders commonly held be... read more
Early Economic Thought in Spain was published in 1978, and in her Foreword the author mentions that the discussion of long-term inflation in Spain from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries ought to be of interest since “we live in a time of inflation”. Th... read more
Often described as the culmination of the French Enlightenment, the Encyclopédie was collected not only to serve as a comprehensive reference work, but to “change the way men think” about every aspect of the human and natural worlds. In his celebrated “Prelimi... read more
In pre-Christian and early Christian times, Witchcraft (with a capital "W") was a magical and healing practice associated with the pagan religion. Good witches were pretty much the norm. The very word "Witch" comes from the Old Anglo-Saxon wicce or wicca, mean... read more
Revised, updated, and enlarged, this vast reference is an alphabetic tour of the psychosexual, macabre world of the blood-sucking undead. Digging deep into the lore, myths, and reported realities of vampires and vampire legends from across the globe, many face... read more
Who knew that doomsday would be so hot? Environmental disasters, Ebola outbreaks, the popularity of reality television, and strife in the Middle East, may all be signs that time has come today. Weak and ailing after the end of the Cold War and the financial sp... read more
Providing detailed descriptions of the beliefs, rituals, history, and organization of the world’s eight major religious traditions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Shinto, this fully revised and updated edi... read more
Presenting a fun and educational way to explore the wonders of the world of science, this newly updated edition poses and answers 2,200 questions, providing an abundance of original and interesting science facts. Children and adults will uncover some of the mo... read more

Christa has 4 reviews

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DELORIS B.

DELORIS B.

Jul, 2023

Christa was an amazing professional to work with. She works fast and is very thorough. I will surely work with her again in the near future.
David A.

David A.

Jul, 2022

I hired her for a final proofread. I was particularly concerned about formatting my footnotes. She made the corrections I needed and caught something beyond that which I would have needed a sensitivity reader for.
Melissa M.

Melissa M.

Aug, 2020

Christa was wonderful to work with on my project. She delivered on time, had great insight and did a wonderful job!
Mike O.

Mike O.

Jul, 2019

Christa was great to work with. She was very professional and efficient. We would like to work with her in the future.
Christa G.
Thanks, Mike -- the pleasure was mine!

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