Diana Coe

Diana Coe – Editor

I will polish your book and make it shine. I've proofread for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Harvard Common Press, and Wylie Agency.


Someone once described a copy editor as the stylist who picks out the little black dress, perfect matching shoes, the right jewelry, and a fabulous handbag. The proofreader? The one who comes along and points out the mustard stain. I'm THAT person.

"But, Diana," you ask, "how did you fall in love with proofreading after a lifetime career as a graphic designer and art director in publishing?"

That's a long, strange road and I do still keep my hand in design. These days, however, I prefer to focus on proofreading, and I've enjoyed more than 10 years of working for such publishers as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Wylie Agency, Harvard Common Press, and Center for Creative Leadership. Each year I have the privilege of working on several Best American Series including Best American Comics, Best American Food Writing, and Best American Sports Writing. I've proofread such authors as Robert Stone, Samin Nosrat, Tim Ferriss, Philip K. Dick, Oliver Potzsch, Anya Seton, Salman Rushdie, and literally hundreds of others.

If I had to pick favorite genres, I'd say historical fiction, sports writing (I've proofread biographies for Ali, Favre, and DiMaggio, to name a few), and food writing. However, I'm not sure there's a genre I haven't worked on, and I'm entirely flexible. If you are looking for someone who is easy to work with, creative, attentive to detail, and affordable, you've found her!
Biographies & Memoirs History Sports & Outdoors
Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Science Fiction
English (UK) English (US)
  • BFA Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia PA

Work experience

Jones & Bartlett Publishing Company

Sep, 2007 — Apr, 2008 (7 months)

Handled production of higher education textbooks from manuscript to publication, including hiring proofreaders, copy editors, composition houses, photo researchers, illustrators, and printers.

Pearson Education

Sep, 2006 — Jan, 2007 (4 months)

Project-length, contract position responsible for project management of particular k-6 textbook series, including management of focus group research.

Houghton Mifflin College Division

Jul, 2001 — Apr, 2004 (almost 3 years)

Responsible for art direction of college-level textbook covers including hiring of freelance designers, photographers, and illustrators; managing staff members; and overseeing print runs.

Publicom, Inc.

Apr, 2001 — Jul, 2001 (3 months)

Management of design for interiors and covers for k-12 textbooks, including art research and management of staff and freelancers.


Jan, 1993 — Present

Freelance services include proofreading, copy writing, copyediting, graphic design, illustration, and fact checking.

Addison-Wesley Publishing Company

Jan, 1991 — Jan, 1993 (about 2 years)

Art director of Trade book covers.


May, 1987 — Jan, 1991 (over 3 years)

Responsible for design of trade book covers.


“The single most resonant and carefully imagined book of Dick’s career.” —New York Times It’s America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco, the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages.... read more
A Scanner Darkly

Philip K. Dick

“Dick is Thoreau plus the death of the American dream.”—Roberto Bolaño Bob Arctor is a junkie and a drug dealer, both using and selling the mind-altering Substance D. Fred is a law enforcement agent, tasked with bringing Bob down. It sounds like a standard cas... read more
"Dick skillfully explores the psychological ramifications of this nightmare."—The New York Times Review of BooksFlow My Tears, the Policeman Said grapples with many of the themes Philip K. Dick is best known for— identity, altered reality, drug use, and dystop... read more
Green Darkness

Anya Seton

“The theme of this book is reincarnation, an attempt to show the interplay—the law of cause and effect, good and evil, among certain individual souls in two periods of English history.” Green Darkness is the story of a great love, a love in which mysticism, su... read more

Anya Seton

“There was, on the Hudson, a way of life such as this, and there was a house not unlike Dragonwyck.”In the spring of 1844 the Wells family receives a letter from a distant relative, the wealthy landowner Nicholas Van Ryn. He invites one of their daughters for ... read more
Running Away

Robert Andrew Powell

When journalist Robert Andrew Powell finished his first marathon, he cried, cradled in his father's arms. Long-distance runners understand where those tears come from, even if there are others who will never grasp what drives someone to run 26.2 consecutive mi... read more
I Hear Your Voice

Young-Ha Kim

From one of Korea’s literary stars, a novel about two orphans from the streets of Seoul: one becomes the head of a powerful motorcycle gang, and the other follows him at all costs In South Korea, underground motorcycle gangs attract society’s castoffs. They fo... read more
Sisters of Shiloh

Kathy Hepinstall

Pulpwood Queen Bonus Book of the Year "Kathy and Becky Hepinstall plunge us so deeply into a complete and vividly rendered world. . . We can smell the gun powder and taste the metallic tinge of fear along with their remarkable heroines.” — Janis Cooke Newman, ... read more
Thirteen-year-old Julie Whitaker was kidnapped from her bedroom in the middle of the night, witnessed only by her younger sister. Her family was shattered, but managed to stick together, hoping against hope that Julie is still alive. And then one night: the do... read more
“Makes a provocative case that you should put customers second, close open offices, and ditch performance appraisals.”—Adam Grant, best-selling author of Originals “Under New Management is a lively, provocative must-read.”—Whitney Johnson, author of Disrupt Yo... read more
Here William Goldman’s beloved story of Buttercup, Westley, and their fellow adventurers finally receives a beautiful illustrated treatment. A tale of true love and high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and a frightening assortment of... read more
In 1975, Saul Bellow traveled through Israel, turning his keen powers of observation upon the country he did not know. This book is a record of his stay—his personal experiences and fleeting impressions—and a reflection upon what he ultimately learned about th... read more
Few periods illustrate so well the dilemma posed by the appearance of a revolutionary power; and the problems of organizing a legitimate order, as the decade after the Napoleonic Wars. Revolutionary France had refused to accept the legitimacy of the existing E... read more
The Armies of the Night chronicles the famed October 1967 March on the Pentagon, in which all of the old and new Left—hippies, yuppies, Weathermen, Quakers, Christians, feminists, and intellectuals—came together to protest the Vietnam War. Alongside his contem... read more
Seize the Day

Saul Bellow

Directed by Joan Micklin Silver. Starring Mel Howard, Carol Kane, Doris Roberts.
“Bascomb has unearthed a remarkable piece of hidden history, and told it perfectly. The story brims with adventure, suspense, daring, and heroism.” —David Grann, New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon Neal Bascomb, New York Times best-... read more
Hundred-Year Walk

Dawn Mackeen

A Finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize A New York Post Must-Read “Part family heirloom, part history lesson, The Hundred-Year Walk is an emotionally poignant work, powerfully imagined and expertly crafted.”—Aline Ohanesian, author of Orhan’s Inheritanc... read more
Germany, 1660: When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play. So begins The Hangman's Daughter--the chillingly detailed, fast-paced histor... read more
From a New York Times best-selling author, the full, definitive biography of Brett Favre A towering figure on the field for two decades who breezed into the Hall of Fame, Brett Favre was one of the game’s last cowboys, a fastball-throwing, tobacco-chewing guns... read more
Perfect for every baseball fan, here is the story of New York Yankees baseball great Joe DiMaggio’s longest hitting streak in baseball history.In the summer of 1941, Yankee center fielder Joe DiMaggio and his favorite bat, Betsy Ann, begin the longest hitting ... read more
In 2015, Noah Strycker set himself a lofty goal: to become the first person to see half the world’s birds in one year. For 365 days, with a backpack, binoculars, and a series of one-way tickets, he traveled across forty-one countries and all seven continents, ... read more
Ali: A Life

Jonathan Eig

Winner of the 2018 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing Winner of The Times Sports Biography of the Year "Stunning . . . Eig's brilliant, exhaustive book is the biography the champ deserves." —NPR.orgThe definitive biography of an American icon, from a N... read more
For fans of Wild, a searing memoir about one woman’s road to hope following the death of her troubled brother, told through the series of cars that accompanied her Growing up in a blue-collar family in the Midwest, Melissa Stephenson longed for escape. Her wan... read more
An Amazon Best Business Book of 2018 Selected by Audible as the Best Business Book of 2018 Named “Best New Book” by People Magazine and Refinery29Named a Most Anticipated Title of April 2018 by Bustle and LevoA Women@Forbes “Boss Moves Book Club” pick A candid... read more
An intimate account of country music, social change, and a vanishing way of life as a Shenandoah town collides with the twenty-first century Winchester, Virginia is an emblematic American town. When John Lingan first traveled there, it was to seek out Jim McCo... read more
THE NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, AND WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLERDr. Kai-Fu Lee—one of the world’s most respected experts on AI and China—reveals that China has suddenly caught up to the US at an astonishingly rapid and unexpected pace. In AI Superpowers, Kai-... read more
The wildly entertaining narrative of the outrageous 1981 Dodgers from the award-winning author of Dynastic, Fantastic, Bombastic and The Baseball Codes In the Halberstam tradition of capturing a season through its unforgettable figures, They Bled Blue is a spr... read more
“Beautifully illustrated and sharply written, SprawlBall is both a celebration and a critique of the 3-point shot. If you want to understand how the modern NBA came to be, you’ll need to read this book.”—Nate Silver, editor of fivethirtyeight.comFrom the leadi... read more
George Orwell’s famous satire of the Soviet Union, in which “all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.”
New York Times best-selling author and James Beard Award winner Samin Nosrat collects the year’s finest writing about food and drink.Best-selling author and winner of numerous awards, Samin Nosrat, selects the year’s top food writing from writers who celebrate... read more
The latest groundbreaking tome from Tim Ferriss, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek. From the author: “For the last two years, I’ve interviewed more than 200 world-class performers for my podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. The guests ... read more
What could you learn from a downed pilot struck behind enemy lines, a hiker lost on the Appalachian trail, or townspeople prepping for the zombie apocalypse? If you currently work for a toxic boss, the answer is A LOT. Your wilderness work calls for a strategy... read more
What if… you could let go of the things that are holding you back in your journey? What if… you could change ANY old, unhelpful or destructive pattern or behavior? What if… you could access a vast, infinite pool of possibilities and manifest these more solidly... read more
For those of us who remember biting into a warm doughnut, fresh from the stovetop, or for the younger generation who might be experiencing that decadent confectionary for the first time, few can resist the allure of this nostalgic pastry that has become a stap... read more
A 4MK Thriller Detective Porter and the team have been pulled from the hunt for Anson Bishop, the Four Monkey Killer, by the feds. When the body of a young girl is found beneath the frozen waters of Jackson Park Lagoon, she is quickly identified as Ella Reynol... read more
“A substantial and well-told story that makes real one of the longest and most vigorous strands in the making of our country.” —New York Herald Tribune In the mid-1940s, the great historical novelist Anya Seton embarked on a fervent search for her forebears th... read more
The stories that inspired the original dramatic series. Though perhaps most famous as a novelist, Philip K. Dick wrote more than one hundred short stories over the course of his career, each as mind-bending and genre-defining as his longer works. Philip K. Dic... read more
For more than twenty-five years, The Best American Sports Writing has built a solid reputation by showcasing the greatest sports journalism of the previous year, culled from hundreds of national, regional, and specialty print and digital publications. Each yea... read more
When Haroun Khalifa’s father, the renowned storyteller Rashid Khalifa, loses his gift of gab, Haroun knows he has to help. Soon, he’s tumbled headfirst into an adventure story of his own, journeying toward the legendary Sea of Stories on the back of a flying H... read more

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