Christina Dubois

Christina Dubois - Editor

the Seattle area

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

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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 Dubois Publishing Services to focus exclusively on book editing and design. History and biography have been my mainstay, but I've worked on pictorial, travel, education, and young adult fiction projects as well, and am looking for opportunities in historical fiction.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
History
Nature
Photography

Awards

  • AASLH Leadership in History Award of Merit (2016)
  • WMA Board Award of Excellence (2015)

Work experience

Editorial Consultant

Self-employed
January, 2018 – Present (about 2 years)

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.

Editor and Graphic Designer

Washington State Historical Society
August, 1988 – December, 2017 (over 29 years)

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 (11 selected works)

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Environmental Travel Essays for a Changing World

Sharon K Sneddon

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.

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

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 Nazi rule, the author pieces together the events of her youth through early memories and information gathered from her parents and other ... read more

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

Women's Votes, Women's Voices: The Campaign for Equal Rights In Washington

Shanna Stevenson

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

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

Beyond Lewis & Clark: The Army Explores the West

James P. Ronda

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

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

River of Memory: The Everlasting Columbia

William D. Layman

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

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

History Lab To Go! Experiments with the Concepts & Tools of the History Trade

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.

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.

Columbia's River: The Voyages of Robert Gray, 1787-1793

J. Richard Nokes

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

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

Furusato: Tacoma-Pierce County Japanese, 1888-1977

Ronald Magden

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

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

Ocian in View! O! The Joy

Robert C. Carriker

The voyage of Lewis and Clark, taken from their own journals.

The voyage of Lewis and Clark, taken from their own journals.

Russian America: The Forgotten Frontier

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.

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 First Sculptor of Seattle: The Life and Art of James A. Wehn

Fred Poyner IV

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

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

Ben Lee, October 2019

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