Donna Ng

Donna Ng - Editor

New York, NY, USA

I'm an endlessly curious copy editor who can help make your writing—cookbooks, how-to, fantasy, sci-fi, YA—clean, correct, and compelling.

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Overview

I'm a copy editor and writer with 18 years' experience in magazines, at Saveur, Field & Stream, Vogue Knitting, and Knit Simple. I started in book publishing, where I worked on literary fiction and buying paperback rights. Born and raised in Queens, New York, I grew up an avid reader. My favorite place was the library. I'd take out so many books at once that the librarian once asked if I was sure I could finish them all by the due date. I'd see mistakes practically jump off the page, and they would drive me crazy. Now, I can polish your language to a shine and make it publication ready.

I am a pro with recipes, a passionate home cook and baker with a 100-hour culinary techniques certificate from the French Culinary Institute. I love cookbooks and have extensive experience editing recipes for Saveur and for Field & Stream's game and fish column, The Wild Chef. How-to and narrative nonfiction are also fortes of mine, but I'd love to branch out into literary fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, and YA, all genres that I love to read.

"Donna is one of the most thorough, patient, and experienced copy editors I have worked with in food publishing. Her command of language is extraordinary in general, but she truly understands the language of food and recipes in a rare and impressive way. She has so much pride in the work she does, and so much passion for the subject of food. Plus, she is just a joy to work alongside." —Stacy Adimando, executive editor of Saveur magazine and author of Piatti: Plates and Platters for Sharing, Inspired by Italy

"Donna is a tremendously skilled copy editor. She's meticulous and has a supreme command of the language, and at the same time displays a natural curiosity about the subject matter. These traits result in copy that's not only correct in every respect, but often with improved content." —Mike Toth, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fishing Basics
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Sports & Outdoors
Fiction
Literary Fiction

Certifications

  • La Technique at the French Culinary Institute

Work experience

Copy Chief

Bonnier Corp.
May, 1999 – January, 2018 (over 18 years)

Under my watch as copy chief for Field and Stream magazine, we were nominated five times and twice won the prestigious American Society of Magazine Editors Award for General Excellence. I have years of experience editing how-to copy to be clear and concise. I also wrote the First Shot column, conducting interviews and distilling the results into entertaining, informative 200-word stories. For Saveur magazine, I made sure the recipe instructions were complete, logical, and easy to follow.

Creative Services Copy Editor

Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers
September, 1996 – April, 1999 (over 2 years)

Copyediting always came naturally to me, and this was where I made it my profession.

Associate Editor

Washington Square Press/Pocket Books
September, 1990 – January, 1995 (over 4 years)

I began as editorial assistant to Jane Rosenman, reading and critiquing manuscripts and learning how to edit and work with authors. As associate editor, I acquired and edited the literary first novel Audrey Hepburn's Neck, the inaugural winner of the Pacific Rim Voices Kiriyama Prize. It wasn't in my job description, but the head of the cover copy department admired my skills and often asked me to write tempting cover blurbs for her, too.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Audrey Hepburn's Neck

Alan Brown

Offering a unique perspective and unusual insight into modern Japan and its wartime past, Audrey Hepburn's Neck is also a shrewd study of cross-cultural obsessions, and of erotic, romantic and familial love. The American author Alan Brown crosses both racial and cultural lines to tell his story through the eyes of a young, handsome Japanese cartoonist, Toshiyuki ("Toshi") Okamoto, who traces h... read more

Offering a unique perspective and unusual insight into modern Japan and its wartime past, Audrey Hepburn's Neck is also a shrewd study of cross-cultural obsessions, and of erotic, romantic and familial love. The American author Alan Brown crosses both racial and cultural lines to tell his story through the eyes of a young, handsome Japanese cartoonist, Toshiyuki ("Toshi") Okamoto, who traces h... read more

Saveur

This magazine is edited for people interested in food. It explores the authentic cuisines of the world, tracks recipes and ingredients to their places of origin and illuminates their history, traditions and local flavors. It includes all aspects of the world of food including eating, cooking and reading. In addition, it contains informative news about the latest in culinary trends, kitchen tip... read more

This magazine is edited for people interested in food. It explores the authentic cuisines of the world, tracks recipes and ingredients to their places of origin and illuminates their history, traditions and local flavors. It includes all aspects of the world of food including eating, cooking and reading. In addition, it contains informative news about the latest in culinary trends, kitchen tip... read more

Field & Stream

America's Number One sportsman's magazine, featuring in-depth articles on hunting, fishing, outdoor adventure, and conservation news. First-class fiction, and more. Field & Stream, editorial excellence for over 100 years.

America's Number One sportsman's magazine, featuring in-depth articles on hunting, fishing, outdoor adventure, and conservation news. First-class fiction, and more. Field & Stream, editorial excellence for over 100 years.

In Bloom: A Step-by-Step Guide to Drawing Lush Florals

Rachel Reinert

From the author of adult-coloring sensations Botanical Wonderland and Desert Wonderland, as well as the bestselling Color Workshop, comes a stunning guide to drawing a garden full of flowers. Rachel Reinert is the perfect artist to explain the intricacies of drawing flowers. With the straightforward, step-by step instructions that are the hallmark of her teaching style, In Bloom covers more th... read more

From the author of adult-coloring sensations Botanical Wonderland and Desert Wonderland, as well as the bestselling Color Workshop, comes a stunning guide to drawing a garden full of flowers. Rachel Reinert is the perfect artist to explain the intricacies of drawing flowers. With the straightforward, step-by step instructions that are the hallmark of her teaching style, In Bloom covers more th... read more

The Write Way: The S.P.E.L.L. Guide to Real-Life Writing (Society for the Preservation of English Language and Literature)

Richard Lederer, Richard Dowis

Anyone who's tackled tricky grammar, slippery syntax, pesky punctuation, or sneaky jargon knows that good writing is never easy. In this ingenious guide, enjoy the wit of two English language mavens as they entertain while answering all our perplexing questions.

Anyone who's tackled tricky grammar, slippery syntax, pesky punctuation, or sneaky jargon knows that good writing is never easy. In this ingenious guide, enjoy the wit of two English language mavens as they entertain while answering all our perplexing questions.

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Communication & Punctuality

Timothy Baldwin
I was very pleased with the work Donna did in proofreading the final draft of my MS. We all know how easy it is to miss small details when we've read our own work hundreds of times. In her proofreading, Donna was able to catch those errors and helped finalize the work so that it could be as professional and as polished as it can be.

Timothy Baldwin, August 2019

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