Ellen Lewis

Ellen Lewis - Editor

Lansing, Michigan, USA

Nonfiction copyeditor. More than 10 years' experience mostly with gardening, horticulture, DIY titles for Timber Press.

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Years working in-house for an established publisher of nonfiction books means I know the process and requirements to make a manuscript into a beautiful published book that sells. Let's get your knowledge, your message, your advice out to the world.

I have edited horticulture and gardening books, academic journal articles, policy and procedure manuals, training modules, websites, and business communications. I have worked with a great variety of authors, including non-native English speakers, rushed subject matter experts, and eloquent communicators. My strength is discerning what you want to say and helping you say it clearly. Likewise, I have lots of experience catching and righting mistakes and typos (and I understand you don't really want to hear about those). I will double-check your facts, too, and will keep in touch as your project progresses, including sending you an editing sample before we get too far along.

English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
DIY & Crafts
Health & Wellbeing
Home & Garden

Work experience

Freelance Editor

January, 2015 – Present (over 6 years)

• Edited book-length, nonfiction manuscripts for Timber Press
• Proofread typeset galleys for Storey Publications
• Prepared academic paper for submission to Water Alternatives
• Met deadlines

Technical Writer

Banfield Pet Hospital
October, 2000 – August, 2002 (almost 2 years)

• Documented procedural standards and moved them to web application
• Collaborated with subject matter experts
• Designed and created online training modules


Timber Press, Inc., Portland, Oregon
March, 1996 – October, 2000 (over 4 years)

• Advanced from intern to editor responsible for completion of the copyediting phase of book projects
• Proofread marketing materials, indexes, typeset galleys
• Reviewed printer's proofs
• Compiled indexes

Encyclopedia of Water Garden Plants

Greg Speichert, Sue Speichert

The Genus Galanthus: A Botanical Magazine Monograph

Davis, Aaron P., Royal Botanic Kew Gardens Staff, King, Christabel

The Daylily: A Guide for Gardeners

John P. Peat, Ted L. Petit

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