Following a career in publications at a major American art museum, I embarked on a fly fishing and freelancing journey throughout the United States, living and working in Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, North Carolina, and Colorado. I began copyediting and proofreading for the Globe Pequot Press (now a division of Rowman & Littlefield) in 2003, and since that time have continuously worked on nonfiction titles for various imprints including FalconGuides, Lyons Press, and Stackpole Books. My portfolio includes over four hundred books, with a focus on outdoor recreation (including hiking, climbing, and, of course, fly fishing and tying) along with travel, nature, history, art, and cooking, all of which are personal interests of mine. I have a particular (some may say peculiar) affinity for notes and bibliographies, and am well versed in both Chicago and MLA style.
"A very special place in editor’s heaven is no doubt being reserved for Elissa [C.], who copyedited this book with extraordinary fastidiousness."—Suzanne Gerber, author, in acknowledgments, Vegetarian New York City
"Elissa [C.] is the best copy editor a travel writer could ask for, and I’m grateful for the many ways she made this a better book."—Eric Jones, author, in acknowledgments, New Hampshire Curiosities
"Elissa [C.] offered me invaluable editing and formatting assistance for which I am enormously grateful. Rarely have I ever encountered such careful, alert, and thorough scrutiny of a manuscript, accomplished so swiftly and efficiently."—Vreneli Farber, author, in acknowledgments, Stanislavsky in Practice
Copyedit first-edition manuscripts and revised editions of books, primarily for the Globe Pequot Press, a division of Rowman and Littlefield, with a focus on the outdoors, travel, nature, history, and cooking.
Responsible for coordinating the production of and assisting in the editing of all publications originating in the Museum of Art. Titles included Aluminum by Design; Merchant Prince and Master Builder: Edgar J. Kaufmann and Frank Lloyd Wright; Japanese Prints from the Carnegie Museum of Art; Dream Street: W. Eugene Smith’s Pittsburgh Project; and the Carnegie International 1991, 1995, and 1999 catalogues.
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