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Diana Plattner

Diana Plattner - Editor

Atlanta, GA, United States

A full-service editor, writer, and indexer, with 15+ years’ experience in fictional works, memoirs, reference books, and corporate content.

Overview

I'm a writer and editor with a background in scholarly, trade, and mass-market publishing. I began my formal editorial career at a book-compositing firm in Athens, Georgia, called Graphic Composition, Inc., learning old-school, red-pencil copyediting from a University of Chicago Press editor. I was entrusted with texts by individuals at the tops of their respective fields, including former U.S. comptroller general Cornelius E. Tierney in federal accounting, Nouriel Roubini in economics, Noam Chomsky in social activism, and others. (I also learned to be a wicked indexer.) The books I wrangled came from a wide range of publishers that included the National Bureau of Economic Research, Oxford University Press, John Wiley and Sons, and many more.

After four years, I moved to Atlanta, where I continued to freelance for GCI and added Kensington Publishing, among others, to my client load. I then went on to spend nine years with Whitman Publishing, where I edited and project-managed scores of titles, including one of the biggest nonfiction sellers in U.S. publishing history. I was made the editorial director after three years, supervising an excellent editorial pool while also beginning to hone my design and production skills.

In 2014, in a fit of unprecedented bravado, I quit my day job and hung out my shingle as a full-service book packager. I now operate a thriving operation with a wide array of satisfied clients, including commercial publishers, independent fiction and nonfiction authors, corporations, and nonprofits.

Services
Languages
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Historical Fiction Literature Romance
Non-Fiction
Antiques & Collectibles Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Economics Education & Reference History Psychology

Work experience

Publishing Consultant

Self-Employed

January, 2014 – Present (almost 3 years)

I currently operate a comprehensive editorial and book-packaging company that meets the needs of commercial publishers, independent authors, and nonprofits. Services include editing (all levels), book design and layout, epub creation, and consulting.

Editorial Director

Whitman Publishing, LLC

February, 2008 – February, 2014 (about 6 years)

In addition to handling scores of other titles, I served nine years as the production editor of "A Guide Book of United States Coins" (more than 23 million copies sold to date). As a manager, I oversaw a staff of two to four editors; coordinated editorial, design, and production schedules; hired freelancers; and negotiated image fees and other expenses.

Senior Editor

Whitman Publishing

February, 2005 – February, 2008 (about 3 years)

As senior editor I was responsible for developmental and substantive editing; copyediting; fact-checking; photo editing; and vetting content and presentation for effectiveness and suitability to the audience and platform. I also advised and wrote for department heads with regard to their Web sites, press releases, email blasts, blog posts, and other publications; and wrote essays, marketing copy, book-jacket copy, Web copy, and instructional copy for numismatic and general-interest audiences.

Senior Copyeditor

Graphic Composition, Inc.

June, 1999 – June, 2003 (about 4 years)

As senior copyeditor, I handled texts by individuals at the tops of their respective fields, including former U.S. comptroller general Cornelius E. Tierney in federal accounting, Nouriel Roubini in economics, Noam Chomsky in social activism, and others; and provided services on titles for a wide range of publishers, including the National Bureau of Economic Research, "Accounting Review" and "Terry Magazine" (University of Georgia), University of Chicago Press, Oxford University Press, John Wiley and Sons, and the American Philosophical Society.

Portfolio (28 selected works)

Waiting on Zapote Street: Love and Loss in Castro's Cuba

Betty Viamontes

This book is based on a true story. Rio and Laura, two people from opposite backgrounds, meet in Havana, Cuba in January, 1961. A single, unselfish decision to help a stranger shatters their lives. The revolution they unwittingly helped solidify creates a powerful and myopic socialist government that tears them apart. Neither one of them is prepared to face the roller-coaster ride their lives ... read more

This book is based on a true story. Rio and Laura, two people from opposite backgrounds, meet in Havana, Cuba in January, 1961. A single, unselfish decision to help a stranger shatters their lives. The revolution they unwittingly helped solidify creates a powerful and myopic socialist government that tears them apart. Neither one of them is prepared to face the roller-coaster ride their lives ... read more

Advocacy, Activism, and the Internet: Community Organization and Social Policy

Steven Hick

This groundbreaking book illustrates how the internet and other electronic resources are currently affecting social work practice. The authors show how technology affects social work practice directly through new methods and indirectly by affecting the communities that practitioners serve. It provides channels for e-advocacy as well as a thorough exploration of the major theoretical, practice,... read more

This groundbreaking book illustrates how the internet and other electronic resources are currently affecting social work practice. The authors show how technology affects social work practice directly through new methods and indirectly by affecting the communities that practitioners serve. It provides channels for e-advocacy as well as a thorough exploration of the major theoretical, practice,... read more

Federal Accounting Handbook: Policies, Standards, Procedures, Practices

Cornelius E. Tierney

For the first time in decades, federal accounting practices have been altered by significant changes imposed by Congress and regulatory agencies, as well as by the establishment in 1990 of the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASB). These changes affect the hundreds of thousands of people involved on a daily or repeated basis with planning, budgeting, accounting, processing, and re... read more

For the first time in decades, federal accounting practices have been altered by significant changes imposed by Congress and regulatory agencies, as well as by the establishment in 1990 of the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASB). These changes affect the hundreds of thousands of people involved on a daily or repeated basis with planning, budgeting, accounting, processing, and re... read more

International Financial Markets: The Challenge of Globalization (Bush School Series in the Economics of Public Policy)

Leonardo Auernheimer

As the globalization of financial markets continues, we urgently need to understand the crises that have plagued these markets and the policies best suited to preventing such crises in the future. In this book, a prominent group of economists and policymakers blend conceptual analysis and policy discussion in seven well-integrated papers, analyzing the nature of capital flows, alternative exch... read more

As the globalization of financial markets continues, we urgently need to understand the crises that have plagued these markets and the policies best suited to preventing such crises in the future. In this book, a prominent group of economists and policymakers blend conceptual analysis and policy discussion in seven well-integrated papers, analyzing the nature of capital flows, alternative exch... read more

Voices from Haiti Vault: A Testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

Allen Satterlee

The 2010 earthquake was a devastating tragedy, almost beyond imagination. But it also brought global compassion and hope. Voices from Haiti takes you from the terrifying afternoon of the initial tremor, through the dramatic outpouring of help from all over the world, to the future that lies ahead as Haiti rebuilds and recovers. Produced in cooperation with The Salvation Army, whose relief work... read more

The 2010 earthquake was a devastating tragedy, almost beyond imagination. But it also brought global compassion and hope. Voices from Haiti takes you from the terrifying afternoon of the initial tremor, through the dramatic outpouring of help from all over the world, to the future that lies ahead as Haiti rebuilds and recovers. Produced in cooperation with The Salvation Army, whose relief work... read more

Michael Jackson Vault: A Tribute to the King of Pop 1958-2009

David Lifton

Michael Jackson is the greatest musical superstar the world has ever known. He is, and always will be, the King of Pop. His untimely death on June 25, 2009, cannot dim our memory of the Gloved One, the man whose breathtaking musical talent changed the airways and whose unique moves changed the way the world danced. The book in your hands is a tribute to the life of Michael Jackson, and its pag... read more

Michael Jackson is the greatest musical superstar the world has ever known. He is, and always will be, the King of Pop. His untimely death on June 25, 2009, cannot dim our memory of the Gloved One, the man whose breathtaking musical talent changed the airways and whose unique moves changed the way the world danced. The book in your hands is a tribute to the life of Michael Jackson, and its pag... read more

Politics, War, and Personality: Fifty Iconic World War II Documents That Changed the World

Kenneth W. Rendell

From the best-selling author of World War II: Saving the Reality comes a new book that gathers 50 of the most important and iconic documents of the biggest war in human history. Kenneth W. Rendell tells the dramatic stories of these history-drenched documents, each one part of his outstanding collection in the Museum of World War II. Inside you'll find: A hand-written letter by Benito Mussolin... read more

From the best-selling author of World War II: Saving the Reality comes a new book that gathers 50 of the most important and iconic documents of the biggest war in human history. Kenneth W. Rendell tells the dramatic stories of these history-drenched documents, each one part of his outstanding collection in the Museum of World War II. Inside you'll find: A hand-written letter by Benito Mussolin... read more

Whitman Encyclopedia of Mexican Money, Volume 1

Don Bailey, Lois Bailey

Whitman Encyclopedia of Mexican Money, Volume 1 is an overview and history of Mexican coinage and currency. The first volume in this four-volume encyclopedia is a richly illustrated introduction to Mexican numismatics, from pre-Columbian money to the colonial era, independence, revolutions, modern coinage reforms, commemorative programs, bullion, medals, and paper money. In addition to coins, ... read more

Whitman Encyclopedia of Mexican Money, Volume 1 is an overview and history of Mexican coinage and currency. The first volume in this four-volume encyclopedia is a richly illustrated introduction to Mexican numismatics, from pre-Columbian money to the colonial era, independence, revolutions, modern coinage reforms, commemorative programs, bullion, medals, and paper money. In addition to coins, ... read more

Whitman Encyclopedia of Mexican Money, Volume II

Don Bailey, Lois Bailey

Volume II of the Whitman Encyclopedia of Mexican Money is an illustrated history and price guide covering in depth the modern coins of Mexico. Included are issues of the coinage reform of 1905 1992; the coinage reform of 1992 to date; commemoratives; Mint and Proof sets; silver bullion coinage (1949, 1978 1980); gold medallic coinage (1953 and 1957); Mexican gold coins; the silver, gold, and p... read more

Volume II of the Whitman Encyclopedia of Mexican Money is an illustrated history and price guide covering in depth the modern coins of Mexico. Included are issues of the coinage reform of 1905 1992; the coinage reform of 1992 to date; commemoratives; Mint and Proof sets; silver bullion coinage (1949, 1978 1980); gold medallic coinage (1953 and 1957); Mexican gold coins; the silver, gold, and p... read more

A Guide Book of United States Paper Money, Fourth Edition

Arthur Friedberg, Ira Friedberg

Building on the scope of Robert Friedberg's groundbreaking research, A Guide Book of United States Paper Money, Fourth Edition includes an engaging history of the paper currency of the United States. Every federal note-from the ultra rare Demand Notes of 1861 to the lunch money in our wallets today-is described in detail. Fascinating narrative captures the romance and history of American paper... read more

Building on the scope of Robert Friedberg's groundbreaking research, A Guide Book of United States Paper Money, Fourth Edition includes an engaging history of the paper currency of the United States. Every federal note-from the ultra rare Demand Notes of 1861 to the lunch money in our wallets today-is described in detail. Fascinating narrative captures the romance and history of American paper... read more

America's Beautiful National Parks: A Handbook for Collecting the New National Park Quarters

Whitman Publishing

Through the year 2021, Americans will enjoy an exciting new coinage program - one that honors national parks and sites in each of the fifty states, plus our five territories and the District of Columbia. These new quarter dollars promise to be as popular as the State Quarters of 1999-2008, which introduced millions of Americans to the joys of coin collecting. In "America's Beautiful National P... read more

Through the year 2021, Americans will enjoy an exciting new coinage program - one that honors national parks and sites in each of the fifty states, plus our five territories and the District of Columbia. These new quarter dollars promise to be as popular as the State Quarters of 1999-2008, which introduced millions of Americans to the joys of coin collecting. In "America's Beautiful National P... read more

Collecting Ancient Greek Coins

Rynearson

Build your own collection of ancient Greek coins with an expert's valuable advice. Join award-winning author Paul Rynearson as he applies engaging lessons to collecting 25 different types of ancient Greek coins. You'll explore Athenian owls, money of the Bible, Greek Imperial issues, and other classic coins. Soon you'll be ready to take your own journey to ancient Greece, and create a unique, ... read more

Build your own collection of ancient Greek coins with an expert's valuable advice. Join award-winning author Paul Rynearson as he applies engaging lessons to collecting 25 different types of ancient Greek coins. You'll explore Athenian owls, money of the Bible, Greek Imperial issues, and other classic coins. Soon you'll be ready to take your own journey to ancient Greece, and create a unique, ... read more

The Experts Guide to Collecting & Investing in Rare Coins

Q. David Bowers

This hardcover book is a comprehensive insider's look at not only rare coins, but also tokens, medals, and paper money. At 34 chapters and nearly 700 pages, it covers everything from grading to determining values to techniques of smart auction bidding. More than 1,300 photographs and illustrations, both black and white and in full-color galleries, complement the text, showing the people, place... read more

This hardcover book is a comprehensive insider's look at not only rare coins, but also tokens, medals, and paper money. At 34 chapters and nearly 700 pages, it covers everything from grading to determining values to techniques of smart auction bidding. More than 1,300 photographs and illustrations, both black and white and in full-color galleries, complement the text, showing the people, place... read more

A Guide Book of United States Tokens and Medals (Official Red Book)

Katherine Jaeger

Since the 1700's, Americans have used tokens and medals to encourage business, lampoon politicians, celebrate special events, pay fares, promote social causes, award the deserving, and scold the wicked. In the Guide Book of United States Tokens and Medals, award-winning author Katherine Jaeger explores these fascinating and collectible pieces of American history, from colonial times to today. ... read more

Since the 1700's, Americans have used tokens and medals to encourage business, lampoon politicians, celebrate special events, pay fares, promote social causes, award the deserving, and scold the wicked. In the Guide Book of United States Tokens and Medals, award-winning author Katherine Jaeger explores these fascinating and collectible pieces of American history, from colonial times to today. ... read more

Nocturne for a Widow (Sybil Ingram) (Volume 1)

Amanda DeWees

New Victorian romantic suspense from the author of the acclaimed Sea of Secrets. Widowed on her wedding night! Sybil Ingram is at a crossroads. Once she was the toast of the London stage, but now that she's 28 years old--very well, nearly 30--her draw isn't what it used to be, and her theater troupe is foundering. When her trusted mentor asks her to take the blame for his financial misdeeds, S... read more

New Victorian romantic suspense from the author of the acclaimed Sea of Secrets. Widowed on her wedding night! Sybil Ingram is at a crossroads. Once she was the toast of the London stage, but now that she's 28 years old--very well, nearly 30--her draw isn't what it used to be, and her theater troupe is foundering. When her trusted mentor asks her to take the blame for his financial misdeeds, S... read more

Cursed Once More: The Sequel to With This Curse

Amanda DeWees

The thrilling sequel to the highly acclaimed Gothic romance With This Curse, winner of the 2015 Daphne du Maurier Award for historical mystery/suspense! She went in search of her past... and found danger in the present. Former seamstress Clara Blackwood seems to have found happiness at last. Now a blissfully married baroness, she is mistress of a grand estate. But soon a mysterious summons sha... read more

The thrilling sequel to the highly acclaimed Gothic romance With This Curse, winner of the 2015 Daphne du Maurier Award for historical mystery/suspense! She went in search of her past... and found danger in the present. Former seamstress Clara Blackwood seems to have found happiness at last. Now a blissfully married baroness, she is mistress of a grand estate. But soon a mysterious summons sha... read more

With This Curse: A Novel of Victorian Romantic Suspense

Amanda DeWees

The haunting gothic romance that won the 2015 Daphne du Maurier Award in historical mystery/suspense!Can a curse strike twice? In 1854, Clara Crofton was dismissed from her chambermaid position at Gravesend Hall for falling in love with the younger son of the house. When he died soon after in the Crimean War, she blamed the Gravesend Curse.Now, however, she has the chance to return to the sini... read more

The haunting gothic romance that won the 2015 Daphne du Maurier Award in historical mystery/suspense!Can a curse strike twice? In 1854, Clara Crofton was dismissed from her chambermaid position at Gravesend Hall for falling in love with the younger son of the house. When he died soon after in the Crimean War, she blamed the Gravesend Curse.Now, however, she has the chance to return to the sini... read more

Ash Grove Chronicles Boxed Set (The Shadow and the Rose, Casting Shadows, and Among the Shadows) (The Ash Grove Chronicles)

Amanda DeWees

Get swept away in the magic and romance of the Ash Grove Chronicles! Set in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, this young adult paranormal romance set includes the first three novels in the Ash Grove series: The Shadow and the Rose, Casting Shadows, and Among the Shadows. Learn more about this captivating YA paranormal romance trilogy at amandadewees.com, and be sure to downl... read more

Get swept away in the magic and romance of the Ash Grove Chronicles! Set in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, this young adult paranormal romance set includes the first three novels in the Ash Grove series: The Shadow and the Rose, Casting Shadows, and Among the Shadows. Learn more about this captivating YA paranormal romance trilogy at amandadewees.com, and be sure to downl... read more

Upon a Ghostly Yule: A Victorian Christmas Short Story

Amanda DeWees

Can the ghost of a tragic beauty teach a spirited Victorian belle how to live—and love? Find out in this spooky, sweet story from the author of the Daphne du Maurier Award–winning With This Curse! In this delightful short story of about 60 pages, when debutante Felicity Reginald impersonates the ghost of a willful 18th-century beauty at a Christmas house party in 1856, she is embarking on a da... read more

Can the ghost of a tragic beauty teach a spirited Victorian belle how to live—and love? Find out in this spooky, sweet story from the author of the Daphne du Maurier Award–winning With This Curse! In this delightful short story of about 60 pages, when debutante Felicity Reginald impersonates the ghost of a willful 18th-century beauty at a Christmas house party in 1856, she is embarking on a da... read more

The Agile Business Analyst: Moving from Waterfall to Agile

Ryland Leyton

Written with special attention to the challenges facing the IT business analyst, The Agile Business Analyst is a fresh, comprehensive introduction to the concepts and practices of Agile software development. It is also an invaluable reference for anyone in the organization who interacts with, influences, or is affected by the Agile development team. Business analysts will learn the key Agile p... read more

Written with special attention to the challenges facing the IT business analyst, The Agile Business Analyst is a fresh, comprehensive introduction to the concepts and practices of Agile software development. It is also an invaluable reference for anyone in the organization who interacts with, influences, or is affected by the Agile development team. Business analysts will learn the key Agile p... read more

Love Story (Confidential): A Hidden Springs Novel (Volume 2)

Lisa McLuckie

A girl can get into a lot of trouble while she’s waiting for Prince Charming to show up. Couples counselor Tessa James can fix any relationship—as long as she’s not in it. Despite her lackluster track record when it comes to love, she’s still hoping for happily-ever-after. Divorce mediator RJ Foster specializes in taking relationships apart. He’s an expert in making women happy--minus the “eve... read more

A girl can get into a lot of trouble while she’s waiting for Prince Charming to show up. Couples counselor Tessa James can fix any relationship—as long as she’s not in it. Despite her lackluster track record when it comes to love, she’s still hoping for happily-ever-after. Divorce mediator RJ Foster specializes in taking relationships apart. He’s an expert in making women happy--minus the “eve... read more

Love Song (Instrumental): A Hidden Springs Novel

Lisa McLuckie

If you won’t fight for your dreams, who will? A songwriter who’s lost her voice. . . An orphan who refuses to speak. . . A boatbuilder trying to rebuild a life. . . Songwriter Callie James is living the dream. Her band is about to break into the big time. Her songs are playing on the radio. Just a few more years and she’ll have the credibility to go solo—and finally leave her ex behind. Proble... read more

If you won’t fight for your dreams, who will? A songwriter who’s lost her voice. . . An orphan who refuses to speak. . . A boatbuilder trying to rebuild a life. . . Songwriter Callie James is living the dream. Her band is about to break into the big time. Her songs are playing on the radio. Just a few more years and she’ll have the credibility to go solo—and finally leave her ex behind. Proble... read more

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