Deborah Baker

Deborah Baker - Editor Tick

Boston, MA, USA

Freelance Copyeditor, Proofreader, Development Editor, and Editorial Project Management Consultant

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Overview

I am a copyeditor, proofreader, and development editor, with experience spanning general interest nonfiction, fiction, humanities higher ed, and academic titles.

I believe authors should have the strongest of allies in their editors. These are the people who should be asking the good questions, helping authors look out for the clarity of not just their prose but their message, their thesis.

In my years of experience I have helped authors with everything from simple nuts-and-bolts issues (such as repetition of words/phrases or sentence patterns, use of word packages), to arranging their material to different kinds of effect (does the work flow as best it might for the author's purposes, by paragraph, and by section?), to how to preserve an author's voice while resolving knotty prose problems and clarifying passages, and more.

Please get in touch if you think I could be the ally your writing needs!

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Literature
Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Nature
New Age
Self-help & Self-improvement

Work experience

Freelance copyeditor, proofreader, project management consultant, light marketing tasks

Self-Employed: Freelance work on self-published author projects (2 nonfiction titles)
January, 2017 – April, 2018 (about 1 year)

Copyedited and proofread ms and pages to achieve clarity of writer's message. Collated changes with author's and resolved all queries. Consulted on scheduling, design, and composition matters. Advised on consistency of marketing message; pulled text quotes for social media campaign, edited press release.

Freelance proofreader

Adams Media
January, 2001 – January, 2017 (about 16 years)

Proofread a variety of books for a trade/general-interest publisher. Assigned titles such as high-visibility annual Knock ’Em Dead series as well as fiction projects.

Senior Production Editor

Bedford/St. Martin's
June, 1996 – January, 2017 (over 20 years)

Bedford/St. Martin’s is a humanities textbook publisher known for producing high-quality print and media materials and for working with respected authors. As Senior Production Editor, I managed all aspects of the print and electronic production of English and history college texts from ms to bound book/e-book:
• Evaluated ms on turnover for completeness/quality of text, art log and materials. Advised copyeditor as to edit level required, as well as particular ms areas requiring attention. Reviewed copyediting for work quality and completion (house style/standards maintained), editing further/completing edit as needed. Advised on permissionable content and permissions schedule.
• Reviewed all pages and collated Editorial/author edits to ensure design correctly implemented, permissions final, all revisions made, and budget met.
• Copyedited, proofread cover and other promo copy; read vs. marketing texts.
• Created and maintained production schedules for text and media projects. Never missed a files-to-printer date.
• Applied established XML codes to manuscripts and designs.
• Hired and evaluated the work of copyeditors, proofreaders, packagers, indexers, designers, and others.
• Oversaw creation-to-approval process of new/revised book designs; also managed large and complex art and map programs for projects.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

The Bedford Guide for College Writers with Reader, Research Manual and Handbook (4-In-1)

X. J. Kennedy, Dorothy M. Kennedy

This book is in pristine condition. It was used for one semester and is looking for a new home.

This book is in pristine condition. It was used for one semester and is looking for a new home.

From Dark to Light: A Modern Mystic's Guide to Healing the Shadow & Embracing the Light

Belinda Davidson

From Dark to Light is a guide for the modern mystic and spiritual seeker, showing you how to become balanced, aligned, and in touch with your spiritual skills and purpose. Part memoir, part manual, this powerful book shows you how to change your energy and change your life so that you can rapidly accelerate your growth, soaring towards the heavens while remaining happily grounded here on earth... read more

From Dark to Light is a guide for the modern mystic and spiritual seeker, showing you how to become balanced, aligned, and in touch with your spiritual skills and purpose. Part memoir, part manual, this powerful book shows you how to change your energy and change your life so that you can rapidly accelerate your growth, soaring towards the heavens while remaining happily grounded here on earth... read more

The Easy Way to Enlightenment: 7 Lessons to Give Your Soul The Adventure of Your Life

Leigh Ann Kittell

Do you have shelves full of books about self-help and spirituality and are now asking, “How can I go deeper?”The Easy Way to Enlightenment: 7 Lessons to Give Your Soul the Adventure of Your Life redefines and demystifies enlightenment, putting it well within reach for today’s modern spiritual practitioner.The lessons and practices in this book will help you revisit the road behind you, honor y... read more

Do you have shelves full of books about self-help and spirituality and are now asking, “How can I go deeper?”The Easy Way to Enlightenment: 7 Lessons to Give Your Soul the Adventure of Your Life redefines and demystifies enlightenment, putting it well within reach for today’s modern spiritual practitioner.The lessons and practices in this book will help you revisit the road behind you, honor y... read more

Understanding Rhetoric

Elizabeth Losh, Jonathan Alexander, Kevin Cannon, Zander Cannon

This comics-style collaboration between rhetoricians Elizabeth Losh and Jonathan Alexander and illustrator team Big Time Attic presents the content of the composition course in a form designed to draw students in. Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphic Guide to Writing covers what first-year college writers need to know — the writing process, critical analysis, argument, research, revision, and pre... read more

This comics-style collaboration between rhetoricians Elizabeth Losh and Jonathan Alexander and illustrator team Big Time Attic presents the content of the composition course in a form designed to draw students in. Understanding Rhetoric: A Graphic Guide to Writing covers what first-year college writers need to know — the writing process, critical analysis, argument, research, revision, and pre... read more

Listen (Eighth Edition)

Vivian Kerman, Joseph Kerman, Gary Tomlinson

A classic music-appreciation text made fresh for today's students. Listen makes music accessible to all with its concise historical and cultural context, compelling composer biographies, and clear Listening Charts. The redesigned Eighth Edition incorporates new perspectives on music since 1900, new repertory, and illuminating discussions to help students synthesize the important concepts of cl... read more

A classic music-appreciation text made fresh for today's students. Listen makes music accessible to all with its concise historical and cultural context, compelling composer biographies, and clear Listening Charts. The redesigned Eighth Edition incorporates new perspectives on music since 1900, new repertory, and illuminating discussions to help students synthesize the important concepts of cl... read more

The Bedford Introduction to Literature: Reading, Thinking, and Writing

Michael Meyer

The Bedford Introduction to Literature Reading Thinking and Writing

The Bedford Introduction to Literature Reading Thinking and Writing

Thinking and Writing about Poetry

Michael Meyer

Workbook for Ethics in Action, 3rd Edition Paperback – 2015

Workbook for Ethics in Action, 3rd Edition Paperback – 2015

101 Things You Didn't Know about Einstein: Sex, Science, and the Secrets of the Universe

Cynthia Phillips, Shana Priwer

Learn everything you need to know about Albert Einstein, the genius who created the Theory of Relativity and calculated mass-energy equivalence.101 Things You Didn’t Know About Einstein provides in-depth, fascinating facts about the famous scientist and mathematician—including details about his personal life, scientific discoveries, interactions with his contemporaries, thoughts on war, religi... read more

Learn everything you need to know about Albert Einstein, the genius who created the Theory of Relativity and calculated mass-energy equivalence.101 Things You Didn’t Know About Einstein provides in-depth, fascinating facts about the famous scientist and mathematician—including details about his personal life, scientific discoveries, interactions with his contemporaries, thoughts on war, religi... read more

Brain Hacks: 200+ Ways to Boost Your Brain Power

Adams Media

Discover more than 300 quick tips and exercises to help you optimize your mental performance and improve brain health.Everyone wants to be at their best mentally, and Brain Hacks provides you with more than 300 actionable tips and exercises you can use right away to help you achieve and maintain peak mental performance. Topics covers include: -Proper nutrition and brain superfoods -Brain-boost... read more

Discover more than 300 quick tips and exercises to help you optimize your mental performance and improve brain health.Everyone wants to be at their best mentally, and Brain Hacks provides you with more than 300 actionable tips and exercises you can use right away to help you achieve and maintain peak mental performance. Topics covers include: -Proper nutrition and brain superfoods -Brain-boost... read more

The "I Love My Instant Pot®" Vegan Recipe Book: From Banana Nut Bread Oatmeal to Creamy Thyme Polenta, 175 Easy and Delicious Plant-Based Recipes ("I Love My" Series)

Britt Brandon

The cookbook that makes using your Instant Pot easier than ever! This is the must-have plant-based cookbook for the must-have appliance—the Instant Pot!A vegan, plant-based diet is healthy, nutritious, and environmentally friendly. Now, it’s easier than ever to create plant-based dishes thanks to the Instant Pot. With 175 vegan recipes and photographs throughout, this cookbook is perfect for f... read more

The cookbook that makes using your Instant Pot easier than ever! This is the must-have plant-based cookbook for the must-have appliance—the Instant Pot!A vegan, plant-based diet is healthy, nutritious, and environmentally friendly. Now, it’s easier than ever to create plant-based dishes thanks to the Instant Pot. With 175 vegan recipes and photographs throughout, this cookbook is perfect for f... read more

You Can Retire Early!: Everything You Need to Achieve Financial Independence When You Want It

Deacon Hayes

The definitive guide to financial independence that offers proven skills and realistic strategies you can use to retire early—and still have time to enjoy your golden years!Retiring early is not limited to lottery winners or the super rich. In fact, with proper planning, we can all retire at a younger age than we ever dreamed—but only if we know how. Personal finance expert Deacon Hayes explai... read more

The definitive guide to financial independence that offers proven skills and realistic strategies you can use to retire early—and still have time to enjoy your golden years!Retiring early is not limited to lottery winners or the super rich. In fact, with proper planning, we can all retire at a younger age than we ever dreamed—but only if we know how. Personal finance expert Deacon Hayes explai... read more

Crystal Bliss: Attract Love. Feed Your Spirit. Manifest Your Dreams.

Devi Brown

In the spirit of The Soul Searchers Handbook, this guide offers a fresh approach to healing crystals with advice for selecting, preparing, and using crystals for meditation and energy healing.If you’re feeling worn out, uninspired, and unmotivated, you can change your energy with the help of crystals. Crystal Bliss provides you with everything you need to harness the innate energy and vibratio... read more

In the spirit of The Soul Searchers Handbook, this guide offers a fresh approach to healing crystals with advice for selecting, preparing, and using crystals for meditation and energy healing.If you’re feeling worn out, uninspired, and unmotivated, you can change your energy with the help of crystals. Crystal Bliss provides you with everything you need to harness the innate energy and vibratio... read more

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