Christine Bucher

Christine Bucher - Editor

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Copy editor and proofreader for books on fitness and health, from training to memoir. I want to help your book be the best it can be.

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Overview

As it turns out, my teenage hobbies of reading and doing sports have not only lasted a lifetime but also resulted in an editorial career. After a stint in graduate school, I began copyediting at Rodale Inc., first in garden books and then at a cycling magazine. I also turned myself from a runner into a cyclist, learning from the training plans and fitness tips I spent all day editing. I've since moved on to editing a theology journal (an unexpected turn, for sure!) but have continued freelance editing for a book publisher, mostly in cycling, running, and Cross-Fit, but I'm always ready for something new whether it's a sport or a book project.

When it come time to edit, I picture myself sitting next to the writer, working as part of a team to help the book become even better. I see myself as helping the writer, and I do that by keeping the reader in mind. I try to help writers become more clear with their messaging and more precise with their language so readers really understand the message. I ask tactful, diplomatic questions and I'm always willing to explain why I've suggested a change. If there's something I don't know, I research it before asking. My goals is to be helpful, thorough, and committed to helping your book become the best it can be.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Health & wellbeing
Sports & Outdoors

Work experience

Editor, proofreader, and writer

Self-employed
May, 2014 – Present (over 6 years)

In addition to my day job as a managing editor for an academic journal, I do freelance copy editing and proofreading, mostly on books about health and fitness. I've also edited memoirs and histories, and I've done academic editing and recipe editing.

I am proficient at using and creating project-specific style guides and with the Chicago Manual of Style. I also know AP and APA styles. I'm very good with charts, graphs, illustrations, maps, and display copy.

My queries are diplomatic and tactful, and I'm always ready to explain a change!

Managing editor

Horizons: The Journal of the College Theology Society
August, 2014 – Present (over 6 years)

I manage deadlines for an academic theology journal, making sure everything goes to press on time. I also create marketing materials for the publisher and run the journal's social media account. I proofread the entire issue and work with editors and writers on copyedits and formatting.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

Run or Die

Kilian Jornet

Shortlisted for the 2014 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award National Geographic Adventurer of the Year 2014"The most dominating endurance athlete of his generation." -- The New York TimesAn exceptional athlete. A dominating force. An extraordinary person.Kilian Jornet has conquered some of the toughest physical tests on the planet. He has run up and down Mt. Kilimanjaro faster than any... read more

Shortlisted for the 2014 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award National Geographic Adventurer of the Year 2014"The most dominating endurance athlete of his generation." -- The New York TimesAn exceptional athlete. A dominating force. An extraordinary person.Kilian Jornet has conquered some of the toughest physical tests on the planet. He has run up and down Mt. Kilimanjaro faster than any... read more

Ask a Pro

Phil Gaimon

Phil Gaimon’s Ask a Pro answers every question you’ve always wanted to ask about pro cycling...sort of. Gaimon gathers the best of his popular Q&A column—and pokes fun at his younger self.Despite the howling protests from his peers, no one’s ever been more willing to spill the beans on what it’s really like inside the pro cycling peloton than the sarcastic scribe Phil Gaimon. Building on the o... read more

Phil Gaimon’s Ask a Pro answers every question you’ve always wanted to ask about pro cycling...sort of. Gaimon gathers the best of his popular Q&A column—and pokes fun at his younger self.Despite the howling protests from his peers, no one’s ever been more willing to spill the beans on what it’s really like inside the pro cycling peloton than the sarcastic scribe Phil Gaimon. Building on the o... read more

Firebreather Fitness

Greg Amundson, T.J. Murphy

Firebreather Fitness is Greg Amundson’s program to help you get into the best shape of your life—physically, mentally, and spiritually.Former SWAT officer, DEA Special Agent, U.S. Army Captain, and founding CrossFit athlete and coach, Greg Amundson is a globally recognized leader in functional fitness conditioning and anti-inflammatory foods and diet. Known as CrossFit’s “original firebreather... read more

Firebreather Fitness is Greg Amundson’s program to help you get into the best shape of your life—physically, mentally, and spiritually.Former SWAT officer, DEA Special Agent, U.S. Army Captain, and founding CrossFit athlete and coach, Greg Amundson is a globally recognized leader in functional fitness conditioning and anti-inflammatory foods and diet. Known as CrossFit’s “original firebreather... read more

Hansons Marathon Method

Luke Humphrey

Run your first marathon or your fastest with Hansons Marathon Method, the revolutionary training program from one of the best running teams in the world, the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project.In Hansons Marathon Method, the coaches of the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project reveal their innovative marathon training program that has helped thousands of runners become true marathoners and smash their ... read more

Run your first marathon or your fastest with Hansons Marathon Method, the revolutionary training program from one of the best running teams in the world, the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project.In Hansons Marathon Method, the coaches of the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project reveal their innovative marathon training program that has helped thousands of runners become true marathoners and smash their ... read more

Fast 5K

Pete Magill

Spend two hours with Pete Magill’s Fast 5K and you’ll know how to run your fastest 5K. In his fast-paced, ultimate guide to 5K running races, celebrated running coach Pete Magill reveals the 25 crucial keys to setting your next 5K PR. Magill shares hard-earned lessons he gained while leading 19 teams to USA national championships and setting multiple American and world age-group and masters re... read more

Spend two hours with Pete Magill’s Fast 5K and you’ll know how to run your fastest 5K. In his fast-paced, ultimate guide to 5K running races, celebrated running coach Pete Magill reveals the 25 crucial keys to setting your next 5K PR. Magill shares hard-earned lessons he gained while leading 19 teams to USA national championships and setting multiple American and world age-group and masters re... read more

SpeedRunner

Pete Magill

In SpeedRunner, celebrated running coach Pete Magill reveals his 4-week training plan to make any athlete into a faster runner—no matter the sport, age, gender, experience, or goals.In every sport that includes running, the difference between the best and the rest is tenths of a second. In most team sports like football, soccer, basketball, baseball and in distance running and triathlon—simple... read more

In SpeedRunner, celebrated running coach Pete Magill reveals his 4-week training plan to make any athlete into a faster runner—no matter the sport, age, gender, experience, or goals.In every sport that includes running, the difference between the best and the rest is tenths of a second. In most team sports like football, soccer, basketball, baseball and in distance running and triathlon—simple... read more

Inside the Box

T. J. Murphy

In Inside the Box, veteran journalist and marathoner T.J. Murphy goes all in to expose the gritty, high-intensity sport of CrossFit. Murphy faced a future with a permanent limp from one too many marathons. Desperate to reclaim his fitness and strength, the 47-year-old signed up for his first CrossFit workout with nothing to lose. Anaerobically blasted by each workout of the day, Murphy discove... read more

In Inside the Box, veteran journalist and marathoner T.J. Murphy goes all in to expose the gritty, high-intensity sport of CrossFit. Murphy faced a future with a permanent limp from one too many marathons. Desperate to reclaim his fitness and strength, the 47-year-old signed up for his first CrossFit workout with nothing to lose. Anaerobically blasted by each workout of the day, Murphy discove... read more

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