My publishing career began at Harcourt Brace College Publishers, which led to my freelance career as a copy editor, proofreader, writer, and project manager. I've worked on award-winning books such as Phil Collins's The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector's Journey, Gary Zaboly's An Altar for Their Sons: The Alamo and the Texas Revolution in Contemporary Newspaper Accounts, and Donald S. Frazier's Blood on the Bayou: Vicksburg, Port Hudson, and the Trans-Mississippi. I have also worked on books for award-winning authors Stephen L. Hardin and Robert Fink, among others, and have edited college-level texts and journal articles in a variety of subjects for Wiley, Wolters-Kluwer, Wiley-Blackwell, State House Press, Rowman & Littlefield Group, and CRC Press.
I value working with a range of authors in a diverse set of disciplines. As a copy editor, I concentrate on improving the manuscript without changing the author's voice. I enjoy working with authors as a team to enhance consistency, accuracy, and readability by focusing on grammar, punctuation, and spelling. As a proofreader for final page proofs, I ensure that copy is free of typographical, grammatical, spelling, punctuation, syntax, formatting, and other such errors. I am solely a freelancer and promptly respond to requests and queries.
I love working from home and have a Yorkie who acts as my editorial support--sleeping at my feet under my desk or being at my side when I'm on my laptop. I like to read in my spare time--particularly true crime and fictional and nonfictional history. But mostly, I love to travel and usually plan "themed" trips throughout the United States, such as an Abraham Lincoln trip (to Illinois and Pennsylvania and south to Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia), which then merged with a Best-of-Fried-Chicken Challenge (from Richmond south to Savannah and then across to Texas); a National Park trip to Mount Rushmore, Little Bighorn Battlefield, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon; and a Civil Rights tour to Edwin Epps' House (Twelve Years a Slave) and plantations in Louisiana to Selma and Montgomery (Alabama), to Memphis and Jackson (Mississippi), and ending in Little Rock (Arkansas).
COPY EDITOR | Copyedit, proofread, and manage projects and journals for a variety of publishers and packaging groups | Skills: light to heavy editing, proofreading, and indexing | Subjects: history, medical, nursing, sciences, business, economics, sociology, psychology, and others | Styles: Chicago, AP, APA, MLA, AMA
WRITER | News stories, feature articles, marketing material, blogs
PROJECT MANAGER | Manage titles from manuscript to bound book | Author and freelancer liaison
I curated and managed written content, both digital and print, of American Woman, a nonprofit 501c3 that supports STEM advancement for women and girls. Visit to learn more.
I produced two to four titles a year from manuscript to bound book, including acting as author and freelancer liaison; copyedited, proofread, and occasionally indexed manuscripts and books; and wrote back cover and catalog copy for books.
I managed a small editorial department; helped plan daily content; edited and finalized all content; wrote news and feature items; produced time- and subject-specific tabloid features and promotional items.
I managed 6–10 textbooks and ancillaries; acted as liaison for freelancers and authors; worked on media-specific projects to accompany main titles; produced ancillary reference booklet for company-wide production procedures; and updated ancillary preparation guidelines.
I assisted project editors with textbook production; produced 1 to 2 titles independently; and acted as liaison for authors and freelancers.
Lust for Glory: An Epic Story of Early Texasand the Sacrifice That Defined a Nation is a concise, reader- friendly depiction of the “Heroic Age” of Texas history. Employing short, episodic chapters, it explores the twenty-five years between 1821 and 1846. Certainly one of the most eventful eras, it included Mexican independence, Anglo American settlement, the “Come-and-Take-It" fight, Battle o... read more
From Midland to Mindanao summary When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the citizens—both men and women—of the United States found their plans drastically altered. Many citizens responded by joining the armed forces, going to work to make munitions, or as in the case of fresh-faced high-school graduate and Texas A&M student and aspiring cartoonist, James W. Mims, being drafted... read more
An Altar For Their Sons: The Alamo and the Texas Revolution in Contemporary Newspaper Accounts is a collection of rare documentary materials, the great majority of them not seen or referenced since their dates of original publication. This book has been designed to serve several audiences, among them the scholar, serious student, casual buff, and general reader, all of whom will find much that... read more
When Phil Collins was a kid growing up in a London suburb, he would often watch an amazing show on his family television. There, in black and white, was Fess Parker as Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier. As he matured, Collins not only acted out the exploits of his new hero, but he often refought the Battle of the Alamo with his toy soldiers. Even though music came to dominate his life, ... read more
During the Civil War era, American society faced a number of challenges. Issues of morality and gender roles emerged as areas of contention concerning prostitution. Because of the social constraints on women during the period, females found themselves with limited skills and economic opportunities to provide for themselves. Many sold sex as a means of survival. Soldiers left home for a cause, ... read more
Iowa Wesleyan College was looking to snap a 100-year tradition of gridiron mediocrity when it hired Texas high school football coach Hal Mumme to breathe some life into its program in January of 1989. Mumme arrived at the tiny NAIA school with an innovative approach to the game that promptly delivered a winning football team with help from assistant coach Mike Leach, wide receiver Dana Holgors... read more
When a Chickamauga Battlefield ranger was asked where to find the Texas monument, his quick reply was “Go to where the fighting was fiercest.” While that spontaneous response accurately underscored the legendary battlefield zeal of the Texas forces in virtually every major Civil War battle, it likely did little to answer the visitor’s question.In this book, the authors will inform visitors to ... read more
In December 1941, with surprise air raids rocking Pearl Harbor in the Hawaiian Islands and American airbases in the Philippines, General Douglas MacArthur urged the residents of Manila to evacuate the city before the Japanese bombed it as well. Nine-year old Isabel Yumol and her family fled their home and headed to Bataan, her mother’s home province. War found them anyway, and when U.S. and Fi... read more
During the spring of 1864, when the Union efforts to the win were geared from Tennessee to Georgia and along the Eastern Board and in Virginia, one lone campaign was conducted against these directions. It was an attempt to invade Texas by traversing Louisiana from New Orleans to Shreveport and from Little Rock, Arkansas to Shreveport. On paper, the plan seemed unstoppable. It consisted of over... read more
Alma Caldwell’s diary provides the perspective of teenagers in 1913 and 1914. It begins in the summer of 1913 when activities for young people were abundant, reluctantly chronicles Alma's return to high school for a junior year, hurtles through the heartbreak of a chilling winter, and rockets full blast into the spring and early summer of 1914. The diary’s focus is on Alma and her new boyfrien... read more
Buoyed by the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, historians began reevaluating previously held beliefs of American slavery. Under particular scrutiny was the belief in slavery’s paternalistic benevolence. Remembering the Days of Sorrow is not another attempt to revise this outdated perception justifying slavery. Others have already done that. As part of the New Deal’s national agend... read more
In early 1861, most Missourians hoped they could remain neutral in the upcoming conflict between North and South. In fact, a popularly elected state convention voted in March of that year that "no adequate cause" existed to compel Missouri to leave the Union. Instead, Missourians saw themselves as ideologically centered between the radical notions of abolition and secession.By that summer, how... read more
Love and War: The Civil War Letters and Medicinal Book of Augustus V. Ball is not a typical Civil War letter collection. Ball's circumstances and experiences allowed him to glimpse the war through two sets of eyes, that of a loving husband, and of an increasingly disillusioned physician. The inclusion of Ball's medicinal recipe book is the first of its kind to appear in print completely annota... read more
“Twilight Innings is packed with sometimes painful, sometimes funny, but always insightfully drawn experiences that come from everyday life. Fink’s essays have a beginning, middle, and an end. They have characters. They are stories that take you into the corners of his personal world, and it’s a trip worth making. “—Ken Hammond“In these essays Fink puts himself in the middle of the diamond as ... read more
In this, the exciting sequel to Delfino’s Journey, Delfino’s sister Teresa attempts to defy the odds and reunite with her brother and cousin. Already widowed at age nineteen, Teresa knows that the only way she will be able to provide a good life for her infant son Antonio is by making the long trek to Texas from her home in Mexico.The grueling journey is filled with adventure and danger. Force... read more
Social classes collide over morality and social propriety in a brand-new state Well before the Volstead (or National Prohibition) Act of 1919, Oklahoma was dry. Oklahomans banned liquor at their state’s inception in 1907 and maintained the ban even after the repeal of national prohibition. In this book, James E. Klein examines the social and cultural conflicts that led Oklahomans to outlaw liq... read more
Best Book, New Mexico Book Awards, 2007It’s 1923. The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs and its educational arm, the Indian Service, are under fire for a “Christianize and civilize” policy that seeks to draw Native American children from their ancestral cultures. The school principal at the fictional New Mexico pueblo of Awahi has been caught slipping government property to a missionary. The India... read more
Texas shows its best moves in dance halls that dot its landscape.Wherever they’ve found fiddlers and dance floors, Texans have been tickled into motion. And for a century and a half, they’ve been kicking up dust in dance halls across the state. Writing about the eighteen she knows best, Gail Folkins celebrates how these halls still bring people together and foster joy.Folkins etches portraits ... read more
“Quintille Firman grew up dirt-poor on a Texas Panhandle homestead during the Dust Bowl era. In l931, she and a dozen friends experienced a special Christmas pageant at their schoolhouse in Tascosa that included a frightening blizzard. While the story, retold by her daughter Casandra, centers around one memorable incident, readers will feel the stunning strength and firm resolve these children... read more
This book reinvigorates the debate on the Mexican Revolution, exploring what this pivotal event meant to women. The contributors offer a fresh look at women's participation in their homes and workplaces and through politics and community activism. They show how women of diverse backgrounds with differing goals were actively involved, first in military roles during the violent early phase of ci... read more
Thirty-six years before Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans and southern Mississippi, the region was visited by one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to hit the United States: Camille.Mark M. Smith offers three highly original histories of the storm’s impact in southern Mississippi. In the first essay Smith examines the sensory experience and impact of the hurricane―how the storm rearrang... read more
During the twentieth century, the number of Christians in Africa grew from an estimated 4 million to more than 300 million. One of the forces that has propelled the church's remarkable growth is its liturgical music, which has been heavily influenced by indigenous musical traditions. This rewarding book takes readers "inside the music" for the first time. By examining the central role of indig... read more
Some American Indian tribes on the Great Plains have turned to bison ranching in recent years as a culturally and ecologically sustainable economic development program. This book focuses on one enterprise on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation to determine whether such projects have fulfilled expectations and how they fit with traditional and contemporary Lakota values.Drawing upon on-site fi... read more
Blood on the Bayou: Vicksburg, Port Hudson, and the Trans-Mississippi takes a well-known story, the struggle for control of the Mississippi River in the American Civil War, and recasts it as a contest for control of African-American populations. The Emancipation Proclamation may have freed the slaves, but the task of actually moving these liberated people into the Union lines and directing the... read more
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PhD creative writer and editor for general, trade, and academic content. I edit in Chicago, MLA, APA, AP, and GPO. Chicago is my favorite.
Editor and coach with twenty years experience, specializing in developmental edits of literary fiction, memoir, and popular science.