Christina Dubois

Christina Dubois – Editor

An editorial consultant with 30-plus years’ experience in publishing, I provide a range of services for indie authors and publishers alike.

Overview

I believe in the ability of well-crafted words to communicate everything from our rawest emotions to our most complex thoughts and do it in a way that captures readers and transports them to another realm of experience. My goal is to help authors produce their best work and fine-tune their writing so that readers are drawn into the story and eager to follow it to the end.


I have been a writer and editor for over 30 years, and I love what I do. In grade school, I discovered that I had "a way with words," and I have been developing and nurturing that skill ever since. My BA degree from The Evergreen State College included a focus on journalism and photography. My career has included work in newspaper, magazine, and book publishing. In addition to writing and editing, I became adept at desktop publishing and graphic design using page layout and image editing software, particularly Adobe Creative Suite's Indesign and Photoshop.


I worked for over 25 years in the publishing arm of the Washington State Historical Society, where I edited and designed publications and marketing materials produced for members and the general public. The society published about two books a year through 2010, and so 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. As managing editor and chief editor of the society's popular history quarterly, COLUMBIA The Magazine of Northwest History, I also became involved in developmental editing of articles, helping prospective authors rework their material to meet the magazine's publishing standards and focus.


I freelanced throughout my career at the historical society, editing the occasional book manuscript. Upon retiring from the historical society at the end of 2017, I launched my own publishing service to focus exclusively on book editing and design. History and biography have been my mainstay, but I've worked on pictorial, travel, education, and fiction projects as well, and am especially looking for opportunities in historical fiction and mysteries.

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Education & Reference History Nature Sports & Outdoors
Fiction
Historical Fiction Historical Mysteries
Languages
English (US)
Awards
  • AASLH Leadership in History Award of Merit (2016)
  • WMA Board Award of Excellence (2015)

Work experience

Self-employed

Jan, 1988 — Present

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.

Self-employed

Aug, 2018 — Present

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

Portfolio

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 othe... 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 C... read more
Silence on the Bridge

Leda Stegel Darlington

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 N... 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.
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 r... 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 expedit... read more
Ocian in View! O! The Joy

Robert C. Carriker

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.
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 W... read more
An account of the experiences of the 350 Japanese-American families who called Tacoma and Pierce County (Furusato) before World War II.

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Ben L.

Ben L.

Oct, 2019

Christina took on our very difficult project (written by a non-native speaker) and did an excellent job!

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