I loved working on books so much that I offered freelance editing services throughout my career at the Washington State Historical Society. Upon retiring from full-time employment, I established a publishing services business and now focus entirely on book projects, working with independent authors and publishing houses alike. The bulk of my work has been with history projects, some of which overlap into the pictorial, memoir, educational, and biographical genres. I am open to historical fiction and young adult fiction projects as well.
I was hired in 1988 as an editorial assistant. Within three years, I was responsible for editing, graphic design, and production management of the society's popular history quarterly, COLUMBIA: The Magazine of Northwest History. I also worked on book projects, one or two a year, until the society ceased publishing books in 2010. I gained experience guiding book projects through the production process, from the editing phase through the design and printing phases—performing editing, proofreading, and design functions as needed—and hiring editors and designers as well as proofreaders, indexers, and printers. The organization was small and I wore many hats, but the work was personally enriching and rewarding. Here are some of the key elements of my magazine work, many of which carried over into book publishing:
—Promote and evaluate submissions
—Collaborate with prospective authors as needed to rework their manuscripts to meet the magazine's publishing standards and focus
—Prepare manuscripts for publication, including substantive editing and fact-checking
—Identify and gather the content for each issue
—Conduct illustration research, select and acquire imagery, edit images as needed
—Map out the entire issue; design and create page layouts, including the cover
—Copyedit and proofread all magazine content
—Prepare and deliver print-ready files and instructions to a printer
—Arrange for delivery and distribution
—Update and maintain select website content
—Delegate tasks and coordinate the efforts of associates and volunteers
Brief description of Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Travel/Environmental Essays for a Changing World Personal experience travel essays that highlight an environmental issue in that place caused by climate change. Some essays also address our relationship with other species that are coping with these changes.
SILENCE ON THE BRIDGE, second edition, is Leda Stegel Darlington’s moving account of her childhood years in the Italian countryside before and during World War II. In a tragic story of a family caught up in the rising tide of Fascism and the struggle against Nazi rule, the author pieces together the events of her youth through early memories and information gathered from her parents and other ... read more
The right of citizens to vote is a pillar of democracy--a mainstay denied to Washington women until they united in a campaign to enact change. Suffragettes briefly achieved the right to vote through an 1883 legislative act, only to have a Territorial Supreme Court decision declare it invalid. Once again, women formed clubs and embarked on a grassroots crusade. They canvassed neighborhoods, cir... read more
Ronda, (chair, Western History, University of Tulsa) places the Lewis and Clark expedition within the larger perspective of Enlightenment- era science and empire building and looks at how the Jeffersonian model of exploration endured through other army expeditions, in this companion to an exhibition organized by the Washington State Historical Society. B&w historical photos, illustrations, and... read more
In a sense, two Columbia Rivers flow through our lives– the river we see today and the natural river that gave rise to the spectacular sights and thunderings of such places as Celilo and Kettle Falls. To know either has always presented major challenges. The river’s rugged physical character prevents knowing by slicing through inaccessible mountain ranges, vast stretches of unpopulated roadles... read more
Designed to teach elementary school-age children seven concepts (Time, Place, Exploration, Viewpoint, Biography, Precedent, and Causation) and seven tools (artifacts, ephemera, books and periodicals, people, images, maps, and electronic media) of historical study.
The story of the Columbia River and its "discoverer", Robert Gray, who in two trading voyages between 1787 and 1793 captained the Columbia as it became the first American ship to circumnavigate the globe, and entered and explored the long-sought River of the West, naming it "Columbia's River" after his ship. With some 50 illustrations Published by The Washington State Historical Society, 315 N... read more
An account of the experiences of the 350 Japanese-American families who called Tacoma and Pierce County (Furusato) before World War II.
The voyage of Lewis and Clark, taken from their own journals.
Washington State Historical Society 1990. Wraps clean and shiny. Minor edgewear. Binding tight, book square. Contains many black and white photos and sketches. Pages are clean with no names, marks or highlights. Proceeds benefit the Oro Valley Library.
Whether you’re interested in art history, Native American culture, or the past lives of the city of Seattle, you’ll want to know more about early twentieth-century sculptor James A. Wehn.Encouraged to create art during one of his frequent periods of illness as a youth, he was introduced to his first mentor, painter Rowena Nichols Leinss, in 1895. In 1905, at twenty-three, he started his first ... read more
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Writer and editor of non-fiction books especially history, archaeology and current affairs for Bloomsbury, Icon, British Library and more.
Fast and meticulous project editor, copy editor, and proofreader, with a focus on lifestyle, travel, and educational writing.