Dorothy Chambers

Dorothy Chambers - Editor

Terre Haute, IN, USA

A meticulous, empathetic copyeditor/proofreader. Have worked with authors on 50+ manuscripts, especially biographies, YA, and middle grade.

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Overview

I'm a copyeditor and proofreader with more than ten years' experience editing many genres in fiction (fantasy, historical fiction, YA, picture books, and early readers) and nonfiction (biographies, cookbooks, academic essays, and personal health/fitness). I've even written and edited content for exhibitions at a Holocaust museum. The Chicago Manual of Style is my primary guide, though I also use AP.

As a copyeditor at Tanglewood Publishing, I focused on Young Adult fiction, books for middle readers, and picture books. I worked with author Mike Mullin, whose award-winning dystopian ASHFALL series should make us all wary of the potential eruption of Yellowstone's supervolcano. I was also proud to copyedit SURVIVING THE ANGEL OF DEATH, the biography of Auschwitz death camp survivor Eva Kor, whose story of perseverance and healing has touched the lives of millions of people around the world.

In addition to Eva Kor's biography, I have edited other Holocaust-related literature and materials. Sharing the stories of survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides is especially important to me.

During my years at Wish Publishing, I focused my editing skills on works of nonfiction, polishing diverse manuscripts on fitness and exercise, and on people and places of local interest in the Midwest.

I enjoy collaborating with veteran authors as well as those working on their first manuscript. I am a thoughtful editor with a keen sense of a writer's voice. I believe each project has the potential to expand our understanding and inspire imagination. I look forward to working with you.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
Health & Wellbeing
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Middle Grade
Young Adult

Portfolio (24 selected works)

Ashfall (Ashfall Trilogy Book 1)

Mike Mullin

Many visitors to Yellowstone National Park don't realize that the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying supervolcano, so large that the caldera can only be seen by plane or satellite. And by some scientific measurements, it could be overdue for an eruption. For Alex, being left alone for the weekend means having the freedom to play computer games and hang out wit... read more

Many visitors to Yellowstone National Park don't realize that the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying supervolcano, so large that the caldera can only be seen by plane or satellite. And by some scientific measurements, it could be overdue for an eruption. For Alex, being left alone for the weekend means having the freedom to play computer games and hang out wit... read more

Ashen Winter (Ashfall Trilogy Book 2)

Mike Mullin

It's been over six months since the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano. Alex and Darla have been staying with Alex’s relatives, trying to cope with the new reality of the primitive world so vividly portrayed in Ashfall, the first book in this series. It's also been six months of waiting for Alex's parents to return from Iowa. Alex and Darla decide they can wait no longer and must retrace... read more

It's been over six months since the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano. Alex and Darla have been staying with Alex’s relatives, trying to cope with the new reality of the primitive world so vividly portrayed in Ashfall, the first book in this series. It's also been six months of waiting for Alex's parents to return from Iowa. Alex and Darla decide they can wait no longer and must retrace... read more

Sunrise (Ashfall Trilogy Book 3)

Mike Mullin

The Yellowstone supervolcano nearly wiped out the human race. Now, almost a year after the eruption, the survivors seem determined to finish the job. Communities wage war on each other, gangs of cannibals roam the countryside, and what little government survived the eruption has collapsed completely. The ham radio has gone silent. Sickness, cold, and starvation are the survivors' constant comp... read more

The Yellowstone supervolcano nearly wiped out the human race. Now, almost a year after the eruption, the survivors seem determined to finish the job. Communities wage war on each other, gangs of cannibals roam the countryside, and what little government survived the eruption has collapsed completely. The ham radio has gone silent. Sickness, cold, and starvation are the survivors' constant comp... read more

Surviving the Angel of Death: The True Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz

Eva Mozes Kor, Lisa Buccieri

Eva Mozes Kor was 10 years old when she arrived in Auschwitz. While her parents and two older sisters were taken to the gas chambers, she and her twin, Miriam, were herded into the care of the man known as the Angel of Death, Dr. Josef Mengele and subjected to sadistic medical experiments and forced to fight daily for their own survival. Through this book, readers will learn of a child's endur... read more

Eva Mozes Kor was 10 years old when she arrived in Auschwitz. While her parents and two older sisters were taken to the gas chambers, she and her twin, Miriam, were herded into the care of the man known as the Angel of Death, Dr. Josef Mengele and subjected to sadistic medical experiments and forced to fight daily for their own survival. Through this book, readers will learn of a child's endur... read more

Chengli and the Silk Road Caravan

Hildi Kang

Chengli is an orphaned errand boy who lives in Chang'an China in 630 A.D. His mother has died from illness and his father is presumed dead after disappearing into the desert when Chengli was a baby. Now thirteen, Chengli feels ready for independence. He is drawn to the desert, beckoned by the howling of strange winds and the hope of learning something about his father--who he was and how he di... read more

Chengli is an orphaned errand boy who lives in Chang'an China in 630 A.D. His mother has died from illness and his father is presumed dead after disappearing into the desert when Chengli was a baby. Now thirteen, Chengli feels ready for independence. He is drawn to the desert, beckoned by the howling of strange winds and the hope of learning something about his father--who he was and how he di... read more

Argyle Fox

Marie LeTourneau

Argyle Fox, with his signature style, wants to play outside on a springtime day, but the wind is wreaking havoc with his fun and games. As soon as he builds a card tower, climbs into a giant spider web, or takes up his pirate sword, here comes the wind: Woosh! Mama Fox tells grumpy Argyle that if he thinks long enough, he will come up with something to do. Following his mother's suggestion and... read more

Argyle Fox, with his signature style, wants to play outside on a springtime day, but the wind is wreaking havoc with his fun and games. As soon as he builds a card tower, climbs into a giant spider web, or takes up his pirate sword, here comes the wind: Woosh! Mama Fox tells grumpy Argyle that if he thinks long enough, he will come up with something to do. Following his mother's suggestion and... read more

The Miracle Jar: A Hanukkah Story

Audrey Penn

Sophie and her brother are excited by the arrival of Hanukkah, and they happily clean the cottage and shine the Menorah as their gift to the family. But when their mother shares her worry that they do not have enough cooking oil to last eight days, their father tells them the story behind the holiday celebration and the miracle of the oil. Inspired by the story, the family creates its own Mira... read more

Sophie and her brother are excited by the arrival of Hanukkah, and they happily clean the cottage and shine the Menorah as their gift to the family. But when their mother shares her worry that they do not have enough cooking oil to last eight days, their father tells them the story behind the holiday celebration and the miracle of the oil. Inspired by the story, the family creates its own Mira... read more

Wolf Camp

Katie McKy

Maddie's mother agrees to send her daughter to a new camp - Wolf Camp. But when Maddie returns, she seems, well, changed. She snaps at flies, howls at fire trucks, and chases squirrels - on all fours. She quits eating candy and starts eating meat - only meat. And the dog is now afraid of her when she lifts her lip and shows her teeth. What child hasn't fantasized about being an animal? And wha... read more

Maddie's mother agrees to send her daughter to a new camp - Wolf Camp. But when Maddie returns, she seems, well, changed. She snaps at flies, howls at fire trucks, and chases squirrels - on all fours. She quits eating candy and starts eating meat - only meat. And the dog is now afraid of her when she lifts her lip and shows her teeth. What child hasn't fantasized about being an animal? And wha... read more

The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies

Ammi-Joan Paquette

What better way to celebrate the wonderful world of nature all around us than a hunt for local fairies? Children learn to spot the tell-tale signs of fairies in residence in this delightful mix of photos and illustrations. Then children can take their tracking skills outside to discover the magic in their own backyard. A perfect book for spring or summer!

What better way to celebrate the wonderful world of nature all around us than a hunt for local fairies? Children learn to spot the tell-tale signs of fairies in residence in this delightful mix of photos and illustrations. Then children can take their tracking skills outside to discover the magic in their own backyard. A perfect book for spring or summer!

The Ace: A Novel

Jack D. Hunter

[Read by Paul Michael Garcia]Four Americans - a young social outcast, an Army officer, a ruthless US senator, and a guilt-ridden heiress - find their destinies interwoven during World War I and, climactically, in the Western Front's vicious aerial combat.

[Read by Paul Michael Garcia]Four Americans - a young social outcast, an Army officer, a ruthless US senator, and a guilt-ridden heiress - find their destinies interwoven during World War I and, climactically, in the Western Front's vicious aerial combat.

Bourbon Whiskey Our Native Spirit: Sour Mash and Sweet Adventures

Bernie Lubbers

Travel the Whiskey Trail and around the country with whiskey professor Bernie Lubbers as he reveals the history and process of making and selling America's native spirit. Sharing his homespun Kentucky wisdom and outrageous whiskey adventures Bernie engages the reader with humorous tales throughout the book. But, Bourbon Whiskey our Native Spirit isn't all fun and games. The Whiskey Professor e... read more

Travel the Whiskey Trail and around the country with whiskey professor Bernie Lubbers as he reveals the history and process of making and selling America's native spirit. Sharing his homespun Kentucky wisdom and outrageous whiskey adventures Bernie engages the reader with humorous tales throughout the book. But, Bourbon Whiskey our Native Spirit isn't all fun and games. The Whiskey Professor e... read more

Clearing Hurdles: The Quest to Be The World's Greatest Athlete

Dan O'Brien, Brad Botkin

Only one man, the Olympic Gold Medalist in the decathlon, is officially deemed the World's Greatest Athlete. As an orphan who has never met his biological parents, as a recovering alcoholic, as the subject of a timelessly infamous advertising campaign, as the athlete of maybe the most publicized and shocking failure in the history of sports, and as a man who persevered through it all to domina... read more

Only one man, the Olympic Gold Medalist in the decathlon, is officially deemed the World's Greatest Athlete. As an orphan who has never met his biological parents, as a recovering alcoholic, as the subject of a timelessly infamous advertising campaign, as the athlete of maybe the most publicized and shocking failure in the history of sports, and as a man who persevered through it all to domina... read more

Rising From the Ashes

Terry Hutchens

Coach Tom Crean has brought the storied Indiana University Hoosiers basketball program back to national prominence by taking an unranked team at the beginning of the 2011 season all the way to the 2012 Sweet Sixteen. Indiana University coach since 2008, the story of Coach Crean's successful rebuilding is of interest to serious college basketball fans and coaches everywhere. The success of last... read more

Coach Tom Crean has brought the storied Indiana University Hoosiers basketball program back to national prominence by taking an unranked team at the beginning of the 2011 season all the way to the 2012 Sweet Sixteen. Indiana University coach since 2008, the story of Coach Crean's successful rebuilding is of interest to serious college basketball fans and coaches everywhere. The success of last... read more

From the Gita to the Grail

Bernie Clark

What is the meaning of Shiva dancing on a dwarf named Avidya? Why does Vishnu sleep upon an endless snake? To what did the Buddha awaken? What do we mean by soul? The practice of Yoga has become quite common and popular in the West; however, the stories of Yoga are still strange to Western ears. What do these ancient symbols mean, what are they trying to teach us, and how should we incorporate... read more

What is the meaning of Shiva dancing on a dwarf named Avidya? Why does Vishnu sleep upon an endless snake? To what did the Buddha awaken? What do we mean by soul? The practice of Yoga has become quite common and popular in the West; however, the stories of Yoga are still strange to Western ears. What do these ancient symbols mean, what are they trying to teach us, and how should we incorporate... read more

Complete Martial Arts Student

Martina Sprague

The Complete Martial Arts Student examines the learning process and gives the martial arts student hundreds of examples and solutions to problems he or she will encounter during training. More importantly, the aim of the book is to start the student on the road to becoming a critical thinker, a person who can use the highest stage of learning--correlation--to accelerate his or her education in... read more

The Complete Martial Arts Student examines the learning process and gives the martial arts student hundreds of examples and solutions to problems he or she will encounter during training. More importantly, the aim of the book is to start the student on the road to becoming a critical thinker, a person who can use the highest stage of learning--correlation--to accelerate his or her education in... read more

En Garde!: A Girl's Introduction to the World of Fencing

Carlos Velez III

Fencing is not just a lot of swinging from chandeliers or leaping from balconies. That’s just the stuff of movies, all drama and high jinks. Fencing is much, much more. There’s something so thrilling when you enter a fencing academy and you hear the tap-tap of blades. It’s some kind of magic, when you hear it; you know you’re entering a whole new world that most people don’t know about.By foll... read more

Fencing is not just a lot of swinging from chandeliers or leaping from balconies. That’s just the stuff of movies, all drama and high jinks. Fencing is much, much more. There’s something so thrilling when you enter a fencing academy and you hear the tap-tap of blades. It’s some kind of magic, when you hear it; you know you’re entering a whole new world that most people don’t know about.By foll... read more

Chester Raccoon and the Big Bad Bully (The Kissing Hand Series)

Audrey Penn

In this latest addition to the Kissing Hand book collection, Chester Raccoon must learn to deal with another common problem of childhood: a bully at school.When Mrs. Raccoon learns that there is a bully problem at school, she decides to investigate the situation. But after seeing the bully for herself, she shares a story about a forest that was full of smooth yellow stones, and how the animals... read more

In this latest addition to the Kissing Hand book collection, Chester Raccoon must learn to deal with another common problem of childhood: a bully at school.When Mrs. Raccoon learns that there is a bully problem at school, she decides to investigate the situation. But after seeing the bully for herself, she shares a story about a forest that was full of smooth yellow stones, and how the animals... read more

A Kiss Goodbye (The Kissing Hand Series)

Audrey Penn

Moving is hard on everyone, but especially children. Chester Racoon, whom readers have come to know and love through the New York Times bestseller The Kissing Hand, and its sequel, A Pocket Full of Kisses, is facing another dilemma common to the lives of many children; he and his family are moving. Young readers will love the way Chester says goodbye to his old home and learns that there are s... read more

Moving is hard on everyone, but especially children. Chester Racoon, whom readers have come to know and love through the New York Times bestseller The Kissing Hand, and its sequel, A Pocket Full of Kisses, is facing another dilemma common to the lives of many children; he and his family are moving. Young readers will love the way Chester says goodbye to his old home and learns that there are s... read more

68 Knots: A Novel

Michael Robert Evans

This edgy novel about a diverse group of teens who commandeer a sailboat and support themselves by pirating during one summer full of adventure and discovery, is also a subtle yet powerful novel of awakening, of coming to grips individually with the issues they face as they are on the cusp of adulthood. Written with restraint and authenticity, this powerful debut will appeal to older YA readers.

This edgy novel about a diverse group of teens who commandeer a sailboat and support themselves by pirating during one summer full of adventure and discovery, is also a subtle yet powerful novel of awakening, of coming to grips individually with the issues they face as they are on the cusp of adulthood. Written with restraint and authenticity, this powerful debut will appeal to older YA readers.

Two Moon Princess

Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

In this coming-of-age story set in a medieval kingdom, Andrea is a headstrong princess longing to be a knight who finds her way to modern-day California. But her accidental return to her family's kingdom and a disastrous romance brings war, along with her discovery of some dark family secrets. Listeners will love this mix of traditional fantasy elements with unique twists and will identify wit... read more

In this coming-of-age story set in a medieval kingdom, Andrea is a headstrong princess longing to be a knight who finds her way to modern-day California. But her accidental return to her family's kingdom and a disastrous romance brings war, along with her discovery of some dark family secrets. Listeners will love this mix of traditional fantasy elements with unique twists and will identify wit... read more

The Rock of Ivanore (The Celestine Chronicles)

Laurisa White Reyes

The annual Great Quest is about to be announced in Quendel, a task that will determine the future of Marcus and the other boys from the village who are coming of age. The wizard Zyll commands them to find the Rock of Ivanore, but he doesn’t tell them what the Rock is exactly or where it can be found. Marcus must reach deep within himself to develop new powers of magic and find the strength to ... read more

The annual Great Quest is about to be announced in Quendel, a task that will determine the future of Marcus and the other boys from the village who are coming of age. The wizard Zyll commands them to find the Rock of Ivanore, but he doesn’t tell them what the Rock is exactly or where it can be found. Marcus must reach deep within himself to develop new powers of magic and find the strength to ... read more

The Last Enchanter (The Celestine Chronicles)

Laurisa White Reyes

Months have passed since Marcus and Kelvin succeeded in their quest to find the Rock of Ivanore. Kelvin is living as royalty in Dokur, and Marcus is studying magic with Zyll. When Fredric is murdered and Kelvin becomes king, Zyll and Marcus head for Dokur in hopes of protecting Kelvin from meeting the same fate, though it quickly becomes apparent that none of them are safe, and Marcus has had ... read more

Months have passed since Marcus and Kelvin succeeded in their quest to find the Rock of Ivanore. Kelvin is living as royalty in Dokur, and Marcus is studying magic with Zyll. When Fredric is murdered and Kelvin becomes king, Zyll and Marcus head for Dokur in hopes of protecting Kelvin from meeting the same fate, though it quickly becomes apparent that none of them are safe, and Marcus has had ... read more

Blackbeard and the Sandstone Pillar: When Lightning Strikes

Audrey Penn

In this new leg of a wild adventure, the kids follow the trail of the loot under hot pursuit, a trail that leads halfway around the world and to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. But this adventure uncovers a far deeper mystery, which begins with the discovery of a strange sandstone in the secret tunnel on Ocracoke Island.

In this new leg of a wild adventure, the kids follow the trail of the loot under hot pursuit, a trail that leads halfway around the world and to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. But this adventure uncovers a far deeper mystery, which begins with the discovery of a strange sandstone in the secret tunnel on Ocracoke Island.

Blackbeard and the Gift of Silence

Audrey Penn

In this third Blackbeard book, a madcap adventure tale of four teens' journey across the Atlantic and into Westminster Abbey to return some very old pirate loot, the deeper questions surrounding the strange sandstone with mysterious powers are gradually revealed. This novel's masterful weaving of history, intrigue, adventure, the supernatural, and humor has created a book with a broad appeal t... read more

In this third Blackbeard book, a madcap adventure tale of four teens' journey across the Atlantic and into Westminster Abbey to return some very old pirate loot, the deeper questions surrounding the strange sandstone with mysterious powers are gradually revealed. This novel's masterful weaving of history, intrigue, adventure, the supernatural, and humor has created a book with a broad appeal t... read more

Dorothy has 6 reviews

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Adrienne Vincent Sutton
Are you looking for a copyeditor who is accurate, friendly, and excited about giving their all to your project? Then choose Dorothy. Working with Dorothy was a pleasure, and I would be happy to recommend her to anyone.

Adrienne Vincent Sutton, October 2020


Mindy Kuhn
Great experience working with Dorothy. :)

Mindy Kuhn, September 2020


Steve Pratt
Brilliant! Dorothy’s Proof Reading was thorough and helped immensely. She also identified further issues that guided me to more improvements. Dorothy was professional, quick to respond, and was a great communicator. I will definitely use Dorothy again and cannot recommend her highly enough.

Steve Pratt, July 2020


Jamie B
My experience with Dorothy as a copyeditor was excellent! She paid close attention to all the details. She offered substantive recommendations about my characters. Her communications were all very clear and concise and she was extremely responsive and timely. I greatly appreciate her professionalism, knowledge, and kind manner.

Jamie B, June 2020


Nikki Grayson
Dorothy was very great to work with and I am very happy with her work!

Nikki Grayson, June 2020

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