Elizabeth Agresta

Elizabeth Agresta - Editor Tick

Cambridge, MA, USA

I am a copy editor and proofreader with three years of professional experience working on texts for academic and general audiences.

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Overview

I'm an editorial assistant in the Manuscript Editorial department at the MIT Press in Cambridge, MA. I've been working in the publishing world for approximately three years and have freelanced for clients including Sheridan Journal Services, University of Massachusetts Press, and AMC Press. My professional work has mainly involved scholarly texts (primarily in new media, game studies, business, and the life sciences), but in my spare time I offer developmental editing to friends who are fiction writers, and would love to do more of that kind of work on a professional basis. I love outlining and spitballing and am always happy for people to bounce ideas off of me.

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Computers & Internet
Entertainment
Politics & Current Affairs
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Technology
Travel

Certifications

  • Master's Degree in Publishing & Writing

Work experience

Freelance Copy Editor and Proofreader

Self-employed
June, 2016 – Present (over 2 years)

I have edited books for UMass Press and AMC Press and work as an independent contractor for Sheridan Journal Services as a copy editor for the FASEB Journal. Before I started on that account, I was assigned to the American Society for Nutrition account and edited articles for the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and the Journal of Nutrition. I have also assisted individual clients by editing dissertations and theses.

Manuscript Workflow Assistant

The MIT Press
September, 2015 – Present (over 3 years)

Along with administrative tasks, I convey information regarding schedules and the production process to 10+ authors each season, edit marketing copy for the MIT Press's seasonal catalogs as well as jacket copy and endorsements, edit and proofread indexes, supervise freelance editors and occasionally proofreaders, and edit my own books when the schedule allows for it. I've listed some MITP books that I edited (Siyahhan and Gee, Families at Play) as well as several others that required additional review and proofreading after someone else had copy edited the manuscript.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

AMC's Best Day Hikes near Philadelphia: Four-Season Guide to 50 of the Best Trails in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware

Susan Charkes

AMC's Best Day Hikes near Philadelphia will take you through 50 of the region's best hikes for all levels. Ideal for families, tourists, and locals alike, this easy-to-use guide will help you explore Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware year-round, from lesser-known excursions to area favorites, including several hikes on the Appalachian Trail. Take a walk through historic Valley For... read more

AMC's Best Day Hikes near Philadelphia will take you through 50 of the region's best hikes for all levels. Ideal for families, tourists, and locals alike, this easy-to-use guide will help you explore Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware year-round, from lesser-known excursions to area favorites, including several hikes on the Appalachian Trail. Take a walk through historic Valley For... read more

Mediating Morality: The Politics of Teen Pregnancy in the Post-Welfare Era

Clare Daniel

The approach the United States has taken to addressing teen pregnancy―a ubiquitous concern in teen education and perennial topic in popular culture―has changed dramatically over the past few decades. Specifically since the radical overhaul of welfare policy in 1996, Clare Daniel argues, teen pregnancy, previously regarded as a social problem requiring public solutions, is seen as an individual... read more

The approach the United States has taken to addressing teen pregnancy―a ubiquitous concern in teen education and perennial topic in popular culture―has changed dramatically over the past few decades. Specifically since the radical overhaul of welfare policy in 1996, Clare Daniel argues, teen pregnancy, previously regarded as a social problem requiring public solutions, is seen as an individual... read more

Families at Play: Connecting and Learning through Video Games (The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning)

Sinem Siyahhan, Elisabeth Gee

How family video game play promotes intergenerational communication, connection, and learning.Video games have a bad reputation in the mainstream media. They are blamed for encouraging social isolation, promoting violence, and creating tensions between parents and children. In this book, Sinem Siyahhan and Elisabeth Gee offer another view. They show that video games can be a tool for connectio... read more

How family video game play promotes intergenerational communication, connection, and learning.Video games have a bad reputation in the mainstream media. They are blamed for encouraging social isolation, promoting violence, and creating tensions between parents and children. In this book, Sinem Siyahhan and Elisabeth Gee offer another view. They show that video games can be a tool for connectio... read more

Power Button: A History of Pleasure, Panic, and the Politics of Pushing (MIT Press)

Rachel Plotnick

A look at the origins of an American button-pushing society and the illusion of effortless control at the touch of a finger.Push a button and turn on the television; tap a button and get a ride; click a button and "like" something. The touch of a finger can set an appliance, a car, or a system in motion, even if the user doesn't understand the underlying mechanisms or algorithms. How did butto... read more

A look at the origins of an American button-pushing society and the illusion of effortless control at the touch of a finger.Push a button and turn on the television; tap a button and get a ride; click a button and "like" something. The touch of a finger can set an appliance, a car, or a system in motion, even if the user doesn't understand the underlying mechanisms or algorithms. How did butto... read more

The Qualified Self: Social Media and the Accounting of Everyday Life (MIT Press)

Lee Humphreys

How sharing the mundane details of daily life did not start with Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube but with pocket diaries, photo albums, and baby books.Social critiques argue that social media have made us narcissistic, that Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube are all vehicles for me-promotion. In The Qualified Self, Lee Humphreys offers a different view. She shows that sharing the mundane... read more

How sharing the mundane details of daily life did not start with Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube but with pocket diaries, photo albums, and baby books.Social critiques argue that social media have made us narcissistic, that Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube are all vehicles for me-promotion. In The Qualified Self, Lee Humphreys offers a different view. She shows that sharing the mundane... read more

Twitterbots: Making Machines that Make Meaning (MIT Press)

Tony Veale, Mike Cook

The world of Twitterbots, from botdom's greatest hits to bot construction to the place of the bot in the social media universe.Twitter offers a unique medium for creativity and curiosity for humans and machines. The tweets of Twitterbots, autonomous software systems that send messages of their own composition into the Twittersphere, mingle with the tweets of human creators; the next person to ... read more

The world of Twitterbots, from botdom's greatest hits to bot construction to the place of the bot in the social media universe.Twitter offers a unique medium for creativity and curiosity for humans and machines. The tweets of Twitterbots, autonomous software systems that send messages of their own composition into the Twittersphere, mingle with the tweets of human creators; the next person to ... read more

Super Power, Spoony Bards, and Silverware: The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Platform Studies)

Dominic Arsenault

How the Super Nintendo Entertainment System embodied Nintendo's resistance to innovation and took the company from industry leadership to the margins of videogaming.This is a book about the Super Nintendo Entertainment System that is not celebratory or self-congratulatory. Most other accounts declare the Super NES the undisputed victor of the “16-bit console wars” of 1989–1995. In this book, D... read more

How the Super Nintendo Entertainment System embodied Nintendo's resistance to innovation and took the company from industry leadership to the margins of videogaming.This is a book about the Super Nintendo Entertainment System that is not celebratory or self-congratulatory. Most other accounts declare the Super NES the undisputed victor of the “16-bit console wars” of 1989–1995. In this book, D... read more

How to Go Digital: Practical Wisdom to Help Drive Your Organization's Digital Transformation (The Digital Future of Management)

MIT Sloan Management Review

Advice on how companies can succeed in the new digital business environment.The most important skills a leader needs to succeed in a digital environment are not technical in nature but managerial―strategic vision, forward-looking perspective, change-oriented mindset. A company's digital transformation does not involve abandoning widget-making for app developing or pursuing "disruption" at the ... read more

Advice on how companies can succeed in the new digital business environment.The most important skills a leader needs to succeed in a digital environment are not technical in nature but managerial―strategic vision, forward-looking perspective, change-oriented mindset. A company's digital transformation does not involve abandoning widget-making for app developing or pursuing "disruption" at the ... read more

What the Digital Future Holds: 20 Groundbreaking Essays on How Technology Is Reshaping the Practice of Management (The Digital Future of Management)

MIT Sloan Management Review

The relationship between management and digital technology: experts present a new agenda for the practice of management.Digital technology has profoundly affected the ways that businesses design and produce goods, manage internal communication, and connect with customers. But the next phase of the digital revolution raises a new set of questions about the relationship between technology and th... read more

The relationship between management and digital technology: experts present a new agenda for the practice of management.Digital technology has profoundly affected the ways that businesses design and produce goods, manage internal communication, and connect with customers. But the next phase of the digital revolution raises a new set of questions about the relationship between technology and th... read more

When Innovation Moves at Digital Speed: Strategies and Tactics to Provoke, Sustain, and Defend Innovation in Today's Unsettled Markets (The Digital Future of Management)

MIT Sloan Management Review

All organizations grapple with what digitalization means for their business and, in particular, how digital forces will drive their approaches to innovation. But very few organizations have clearly defined the scale, speed, and scope of their engagement with the digital world. These essays, from the pages of the preeminent journal MIT Sloan Management Review, offer practical advice from expert... read more

All organizations grapple with what digitalization means for their business and, in particular, how digital forces will drive their approaches to innovation. But very few organizations have clearly defined the scale, speed, and scope of their engagement with the digital world. These essays, from the pages of the preeminent journal MIT Sloan Management Review, offer practical advice from expert... read more

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