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!
- BFA Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia PA
Jones & Bartlett Publishing Company
Handled production of higher education textbooks from manuscript to publication, including hiring proofreaders, copy editors, composition houses, photo researchers, illustrators, and printers.
Project-length, contract position responsible for project management of particular k-6 textbook series, including management of focus group research.
Houghton Mifflin College Division
Responsible for art direction of college-level textbook covers including hiring of freelance designers, photographers, and illustrators; managing staff members; and overseeing print runs.
Management of design for interiors and covers for k-12 textbooks, including art research and management of staff and freelancers.
Freelance services include proofreading, copy writing, copyediting, graphic design, illustration, and fact checking.
Addison-Wesley Publishing Company
Art director of Trade book covers.
Responsible for design of trade book covers.