Christa Gainor

Christa Gainor - Editor

Detroit, MI, USA

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

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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.
Languages
English (CAN)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Economics
Education & Reference
History
Religion & Spirituality
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Crime & Mystery

Work experience

Copyeditor and proofreader

Droste Group
June, 2017 – Present (over 2 years)

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.

Copyeditor and proofreader

Spiritual Directors International
January, 2011 – Present (almost 9 years)

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

Copyeditor and Proofreader

Gale/Cengage/Thorndike
January, 2002 – Present (almost 18 years)

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.

Proofreader

Liberty Fund
January, 2002 – Present (almost 18 years)

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.

Copyeditor and proofreader

Schlager Group
February, 2000 – Present (over 19 years)

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."

Senior Editor

World Energy Source
January, 2000 – December, 2009 (almost 10 years)

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

Developmental Editor and Managing Editor

Visible Ink Press
January, 1999 – December, 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.

Editor, Developmental Editor, Senior Editor

Gale, a Cengage Company
May, 1987 – December, 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 (14 selected works)

Silent Scream (South Shores Book 5)

Karen Harper

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 Markwood, is comforted to see Claire working on a prehistoric burial site instead of an open grave for once. But Claire’s investigative insti... 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 Markwood, is comforted to see Claire working on a prehistoric burial site instead of an open grave for once. But Claire’s investigative insti... read more

What Doesn't Kill Her (Cape Charade Book 2)

Christina Dodd

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 gap in her memory. A bullet to the brain will cause that. But she's discovering the truth, and what she learns changes her life, her conf... read more

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 gap in her memory. A bullet to the brain will cause that. But she's discovering the truth, and what she learns changes her life, her conf... read more

The Handy Science Answer Book (The Handy Answer Book Series)

Visible Ink Press

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 most interesting, unusual, and quirky science curiosities such as: Are cell phones dangerous to your health? Is the same strain of yeast u... 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 most interesting, unusual, and quirky science curiosities such as: Are cell phones dangerous to your health? Is the same strain of yeast u... read more

The Handy Religion Answer Book (The Handy Answer Book Series)

John Renard

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 edition is an easy-to-use comparative guide for anyone seeking basic religious literacy. Clearly and eloquently written by a scholar with m... 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 edition is an easy-to-use comparative guide for anyone seeking basic religious literacy. Clearly and eloquently written by a scholar with m... read more

Armageddon Now: The End of the World A to Z

Jim Willis, Barbara Willis

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 spree of the nineties, the timeless notion that the end is near is once again exerting a powerful influence on pop culture, politics, reli... 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 spree of the nineties, the timeless notion that the end is near is once again exerting a powerful influence on pop culture, politics, reli... read more

The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead

J Gordon Melton

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 facets are uncovered—historical, literary, mythological, biographical, and popular. From Vlad the Impaler and Barnabas Collins to Dracula an... 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 facets are uncovered—historical, literary, mythological, biographical, and popular. From Vlad the Impaler and Barnabas Collins to Dracula an... read more

The Witch Book: The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, Wicca, and Neo-paganism

Raymond Buckland

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, meaning a "wise one;" the wiser of the common people having knowledge of herbs, healing, augury, and magic. But during the last 1,000 years,... 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, meaning a "wise one;" the wiser of the common people having knowledge of herbs, healing, augury, and magic. But during the last 1,000 years,... read more

Encyclopedic Liberty: Political Articles in the Dictionary of Diderot and D’Alembert

Denis Diderot, Henry C. Clark, Jean Le Rond d' Alembert

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 “Preliminary Discourse” to the compilation, d’Alembert traced an entire history of modern philosophy and science designed to chart the way towar... 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 “Preliminary Discourse” to the compilation, d’Alembert traced an entire history of modern philosophy and science designed to chart the way towar... read more

Early Economic Thought In Spain 1177-1740

Marjorie Grice Hutchinson

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”. The book can also be read as a history of Spanish responses to the decline of empire. At a number of points the author indicates that her ... 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”. The book can also be read as a history of Spanish responses to the decline of empire. At a number of points the author indicates that her ... read more

In Pursuit: Of Happiness and Good Government

Charles Murray

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 beliefs of what constitutes success in social policy by examining the scope of government and its role in people’s pursuit of happiness.In... read more

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 beliefs of what constitutes success in social policy by examining the scope of government and its role in people’s pursuit of happiness.In... read more

The UFO Book: Encyclopedia of the Extraterrestrial

Jerome Clark

Offers an alphabetical listing of accounts of UFO encounters through history, official explanations, folklore, and related subjects

Offers an alphabetical listing of accounts of UFO encounters through history, official explanations, folklore, and related subjects

The Friends We Keep

Jane Green

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. Their friendship was something they swore would last forever. Now years have passed, the friends have drifted apart, and they never found ... 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. Their friendship was something they swore would last forever. Now years have passed, the friends have drifted apart, and they never found ... read more

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Mike O'Connor
Christa was great to work with. She was very professional and efficient. We would like to work with her in the future.

Mike O'Connor, July 2019

Christa Gainor
Thanks, Mike -- the pleasure was mine!

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