Elizabeth Wood

Elizabeth Wood - Editor

New York, NY, USA

A collaborative and insightful editor specializing in fiction, music, food, and travel writing, as well as technical and scientific texts

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Overview

With over 10 years of editorial experience, I have worked on novels, music history and criticism, historical nonfiction, fashion editorial, food and wine, travel, and scientific writing. A fiction writer and a graduate of the NYU MFA program, I know the immense effort that goes into writing a book and the value of the perspective that an understanding editor can offer.
Whether engaged in copyediting, factchecking, or developmental work, my role is to make your words shine and to ensure that your vision is clearly and elegantly communicated to your audience.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
History
Music
Physics & Chemistry
Fiction
Literary Fiction
Short Story

Certifications

  • Editcetera Copy Editing Workshop Certification, 2011

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
January, 2008 – Present (over 12 years)

Freelance developmental editor, copyeditor, and proofreader. I began working for professors and scientists at Stanford University, where I provided editorial assistance for a number of memoir projects, and then quickly expanded to provide freelance services as an editor for magazines in the San Francisco are, including 7x7 Magazine and California Home and Design, and in advertising campaigns spearheaded by Wunderman, among others. Inspired by the the creativity of friends and colleagues, I used my professional experience to ound an arts and culture magazine--YESYESYES Magazine--with local businesswomen in San Francisco's Mission District. I also co-founded and edited the San Francisco Journal, a literary publication that featured creative work by visual artists and musicians. I left these publications when I moved to New York to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing at NYU, where I continued freelancing for arts and fashion editorial and expanded my experience in editing fiction and nonfiction work.

Music and Features Editor

The Rumpus
January, 2015 – Present (over 5 years)

Solicit, manage, edit, and proofread music features for The Rumpus, a widely read cultural commentary site founded in 2008. Articles include album reviews, interviews, editorials, blog posts, and more. Manage site music content and article lead time, and maintain resource and writer databases.

Editor, Stanford University Gravity Probe B Scientific Volume

Stanford University
January, 2014 – January, 2015 (about 1 year)

Served as Senior Editor for the Gravity Probe B Experiment Special Volume, a book of 22 papers on the many aspects of the GP-B experiment, which sent a satellite into space in 2004 with the aim of empirically testing Einstein's theory of general relativity. Contributed substantive and copy edits for each paper in the volume, working with the authors to increase layperson readability of these very compelling scientific texts.

Editorial Intern

McCormick & Williams Agency
August, 2013 – December, 2013 (4 months)

Acted as an intern at the McCormick & Williams agency so as to gain professional exposure to the New York publishing market. Edited solicited manuscripts, providing overall feedback as well as detailed and specific suggestions regarding opportunities to expand upon characterization, sense of place and voice, as well as troubleshooting issues in narrative structure and consistency. Edited a number of nonfiction and fiction books based on suggestions given by publisher, making significant changes in book structure and tone that succeeded in satisfying both publisher and authorial demands.

Portfolio (4 selected works)

The Fever of 1721: The Epidemic That Revolutionized Medicine and American Politics

Stephen Coss

More than fifty years before the American Revolution, Boston was in revolt against the tyrannies of the Crown, Puritan Authority, and Superstition. This is the story of a fateful year that prefigured the events of 1776.In The Fever of 1721, Stephen Coss brings to life an amazing cast of characters in a year that changed the course of medical history, American journalism, and colonial revolutio... read more

More than fifty years before the American Revolution, Boston was in revolt against the tyrannies of the Crown, Puritan Authority, and Superstition. This is the story of a fateful year that prefigured the events of 1776.In The Fever of 1721, Stephen Coss brings to life an amazing cast of characters in a year that changed the course of medical history, American journalism, and colonial revolutio... read more

Decade of the Wolf, Revised and Updated: Returning The Wild To Yellowstone

Douglas Smith, Gary Ferguson

Written by an award-winning writer and the leader of the Yellowstone Wolf Project, this definitive book recounts the years since the wolves’ return to Yellowstone.

Written by an award-winning writer and the leader of the Yellowstone Wolf Project, this definitive book recounts the years since the wolves’ return to Yellowstone.

Uproot: Travels in 21st-Century Music and Digital Culture

Jace Clayton

In 2001, Jace Clayton was an amateur DJ who recorded a three-turntable, sixty-minute mix called Gold Teeth Thiefand put it online to share with his friends. Within months, the mix became an international calling card, whisking Clayton away to a sprawling, multitiered nightclub in Zagreb, a tiny gallery in Osaka, a former brothel in São Paolo, and the atrium of MoMA. And just as the music world... read more

In 2001, Jace Clayton was an amateur DJ who recorded a three-turntable, sixty-minute mix called Gold Teeth Thiefand put it online to share with his friends. Within months, the mix became an international calling card, whisking Clayton away to a sprawling, multitiered nightclub in Zagreb, a tiny gallery in Osaka, a former brothel in São Paolo, and the atrium of MoMA. And just as the music world... read more

Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River

David Owen

An eye-opening account of where our water comes from and where it all goes.The Colorado River is an essential resource for a surprisingly large part of the United States, and every gallon that flows down it is owned or claimed by someone. David Owen traces all that water from the Colorado’s headwaters to its parched terminus, once a verdant wetland but now a million-acre desert. He takes reade... read more

An eye-opening account of where our water comes from and where it all goes.The Colorado River is an essential resource for a surprisingly large part of the United States, and every gallon that flows down it is owned or claimed by someone. David Owen traces all that water from the Colorado’s headwaters to its parched terminus, once a verdant wetland but now a million-acre desert. He takes reade... read more

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Victoria Marie
To me, the most important quality in an editor was insightfulness and Liz had that in spades. Her critique enabled me to see both the strengths and weaknesses of my short story. From there, I was able to edit the story accordingly and submit it to a number of magazines with confidence.

Victoria Marie, April 2020

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