Ellis Light

Ellis Light - Editor

Saugerties, NY, USA

Academic copyeditor specializing in the humanities and social sciences, scholarly journals and books, dissertations, and more.

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After graduating with an honors degree in literature from New School University and a Masters degree in English from Fordham University, I pursued my PhD in English and began my path in academic publishing.

I have been working as an academic editor for seven years. I specialize in copyediting and proofreading monographs, edited collections, articles, dissertations, and theses. My experience in editing ranges from monographs published with Oxford University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, and Boydell & Brewer, to essays on literature, economics, history, and art, as well as dozens of articles and reviews published in Renaissance Quarterly, the premier American journal of Renaissance studies, where I am contracted as a long-term staff copyeditor.

My work style is meticulous, thoughtful, and responsive--I want your voice to be heard in your writing, and believe there's a real value in getting things exactly right. Your work deserves care, and I will provide you with whatever level of in-depth commentary, feedback, correction, and/or development that your writing needs.

I most commonly undertake copyediting, proofreading, and assistance with style and citations. I am particularly well versed in Chicago Manual of Style, MLA, and dissertation formatting for the humanities; I can quickly adapt to most house styles for various publishers.

Here are a few testimonials from writers I've worked with:

"Ellis's work has encompassed the full range of editing services: thematic positioning, sentence structure, word selection, and bibliographic verification of each citation. I have been very pleased with their editorial services and would recommend them to others."
- James Kelly, Senior Lecturer in Finance and Director of the Gabelli Center for Global Security Analysis

"I hired Ellis to copy edit and manage production details of a complex, multi-authored volume and their work exceeded my expectations! I have hired them again since. Their attention to detail, their professionalism, and initiative gave me confidence in the work. We collaborated well on solving some complex challenges of citation and style across the contributions of multiple authors: Ellis noticed things that I had not yet perceived and proposed great solutions. Timely, accurate, professional, and careful: they made my work look better."
- Anne Fernald, Professor of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

I'm looking forward to working with you!
English (US)
Literary Fiction
Education & Reference
Humanities & Social Sciences
LGBTQ Non-Fiction
Writing & Publishing

Work experience


February, 2020 – Present (over 2 years)

River Road Editorial is an editorial agency in the Hudson Valley, just two hours of north of New York City. We work with writers to perfect their works, clarify their ideas, and shape their projects to diverse fields and markets. Most of all, we channel our passion for the written word to help authors realize the power of their writing. We can meet a project anywhere in the publication process, and provide services for copyediting, proofreading, developmental editing, and formatting of novels, essays, poetry, academic monographs, articles, edited collections, and online publications. My services focus on nonfiction works in the humanities and qualitative social sciences, including economics, film, literature, business, and history.

Copy Editor

Renaissance Society of America
May, 2018 – Present (about 4 years)

I am a staff copyeditor at Renaissance Quarterly, the leading American journal of early modern history, art, material culture, and literature. Over the last four years, I've copyedited and proofread thousands of pages of journal articles, book reviews, and RSA publications, while meeting the highest quality editorial standards. I work closely with authors throughout the copyediting process. I love my work here!

Editorial Assistant

Fordham University
August, 2015 – Present (almost 7 years)

Over the years at Fordham, I have held a variety of editorial assistantships: from a copyeditor and proofreader at the journal Modernism/modernity, to copyeditor and proofreader for titles including: The Oxford Handbook of Virginia Woolf; Vernacular Literary Theory from the French of Medieval England: Texts and Translations c.1120–c.1450; and Deixis in the Early Modern English Lyric: Unsettling Spatial Anchors Like “Here,” “This,” “Come.” I've provided proofreading, copyediting, and research for various articles and talks; compiled and annotated bibliographies on various research subjects; and directed teams of copyeditors in complex book projects.


Babbletype, Inc.
May, 2015 – September, 2015 (4 months)

My work for Babbletype involved transcribing and copyediting fast-paced market research content, adhering to stringent guidelines within pure speech, pure text, and pure response formats. I captured lengthy, complex market research sessions in various formats, with attention to copyediting and proofreading standards set by individual clients.

Portfolio (3 selected works)

Vernacular Literary Theory from the French of Medieval England: Texts and Translations, c.1120-c.1450

Wogan-Browne, Jocelyn, Fenster, Thelma, Russell, Delbert W., Russell, Delbert W

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