Eli Bortz

Eli Bortz – Editor

With 20 years' experience as an acquiring editor and editor in chief, I offer comprehensive insight into the entire publishing process.


Hi, I'm Eli. I've served as an acquiring editor and editor in chief at university presses for nearly twenty years. I have acquired books in Latin American studies, American history, political science, literary non-fiction, and in the social sciences. I've worked with literally hundreds of authors from every background, nationality, and level of experience.

I now provide authors with the level of insight they would hope to get from their own acquiring editor at a professional publishing house; think of me as a test-run editor! Are you polishing your book proposal, query letter, or pitch? I've read hundreds of them, and I can tell you what editors really seek out when they're looking at your pages. Are you trying to interpret or respond to complex external reviewer reports or editorial feedback? I can serve as a seasoned pair of eyes to identify what's truly important to your editors.

If you're stumped by something in the publishing world, I bet I can help decipher it!
History Political Science & Current Affairs
English English (US)

Work experience


Jul, 2022 — Present

With nearly 20 years' experience in professional publishing, I now provide authors insight into the many steps of the process. I can help you navigate the world of university presses, non-profit publishers, historical society presses, and trade scholarly and non-fiction publishing houses. I have experience in a wide variety of humanities and social sciences.

University of Notre Dame Press

Apr, 2018 — Jul, 2022 (about 4 years)

Managed operations of Notre Dame Press acquisitions department, including a staff of three, and acquired up to 25 books a year in regional and indigenous history and archaeology, global political violence and extremist studies, Latin American studies, Atlantic World and African American history, and colonial era and early American studies Books reviewed in Washington Post, Chronicle of Higher Education, New York Review of Books and elsewhere.

University of Notre Dame Press

Apr, 2016 — Apr, 2018 (about 2 years)

Vanderbilt University Press

Jul, 2008 — Apr, 2016 (almost 8 years)

Initiated new lists in Latin American studies, Southern and Nashville history and several book series. Managed co-publishing relationship with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to produce books on music and music history.

University Press of Florida

Feb, 2006 — Jul, 2008 (over 2 years)


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Sandinistas: A Moral History

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Eli has 11 reviews





Nura J.

Nura J.

Feb, 2024

Eli Bortz has an eagle eye when it comes to spotting errors in book manuscripts. He takes his time to go over the entire manuscript and bring out a constructive critique of one's book manuscript. He is the best at what he does! I enjoyed working with him. Even if he could not meet the agreed deadline for completing one's work, he quickly and kindly asks for an additional time to make up. And wh...
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John S.

John S.

Jan, 2024

Excellent editor with excellent suggestions
Eli B.
A marvelous family history, and a pleasure to help improve the entire draft.
Riley R.

Riley R.

Dec, 2023

Eli is thoughtful and fantastic to work with. I hope to work together again in the future.
Eli B.
Riley is utilizing a unique perspective to explore outsider politics, and it works really well. Projects like this are a credit to Reedsy.
Ronald K.

Ronald K.

Dec, 2023

Eli's editing expertise and his knowledge of the publishing industry have been invaluable to me.
Eli B.
Ron is a fantastic writer with a clear and compelling vision for his book, and it's been a pleasure introducing him to some potential publishers.
Eleni M.

Eleni M.

Nov, 2023

I recently had the pleasure of working with Eli as my editor, and I must say, the experience exceeded all my expectations. From the outset, Eli demonstrated an incredible level of responsiveness. He was always quick to reply to my queries and updates, making the entire editing process smooth and efficient. Thanks Eli!

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