Erica Hanson

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Wallingford, CT, USA

Former Yale University Press editor turned copy editor and proofreader of biography, history, and literature.

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Previously an assistant editor at Yale University Press, I'm now a full-time copy editor and proofreader of biography, history, politics & current affairs, and literature.

Recent proofreading projects include volume 3 in a new edition of Proust’s opus IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME and a translated biography of Astrid Lindgren, author of the beloved Pippi Longstocking books. While at Yale University Press, I acquired and edited books for its distinguished history list. This meant working with talented first-time authors (Justin du Rivage, REVOLUTION AGAINST EMPIRE) and veteran scholars (Patrick Griffin, THE TOWNSHEND MOMENT). I also oversaw two literary prizes and coordinated many aspects of Jewish Lives, an award-winning series of interpretive biographies.

Whether polishing a manuscript for grammar and style or catching those errors you'd rather not see go to press, I bring to my work a keen eye for detail and a warm and responsive communication style.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
History
Politics & Current Affairs
Fiction
Literature

Work experience

Freelance Editor and Proofreader

Self-employed
April, 2017 – Present (about 2 years)

Proofreader of everything from popular science to Proust.

Assistant Editor

Yale University Press
April, 2013 – March, 2017 (almost 4 years)

Editor and more: acquiring and editing 6-8 books per year in history, overseeing the Yale Drama Series for Emerging Playwrights and the Yale Series of Younger Poets, and coordinating many aspects of Jewish Lives, a prizewinning series of interpretive biographies.

Assistant Editor

American Academy of Arts & Sciences
March, 2010 – December, 2012 (almost 3 years)

Copy editor, proofreader, and sometimes designer for DAEDALUS and other Academy publications.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

The Guermantes Way: In Search of Lost Time, Volume 3

Marcel Proust

An authoritative new edition of the third volume in Marcel Proust’s epic masterwork, In Search of Lost Time Marcel Proust’s monumental seven-part novel In Search of Lost Time is considered by many to be the greatest novel of the twentieth century. This edition of volume three, The Guermantes Way, is edited and annotated by noted Proust scholar William C. Carter, who endeavors to bring the clas... read more

An authoritative new edition of the third volume in Marcel Proust’s epic masterwork, In Search of Lost Time Marcel Proust’s monumental seven-part novel In Search of Lost Time is considered by many to be the greatest novel of the twentieth century. This edition of volume three, The Guermantes Way, is edited and annotated by noted Proust scholar William C. Carter, who endeavors to bring the clas... read more

Feats of Strength: How Evolution Shapes Animal Athletic Abilities

Simon Lailvaux

A fascinating exploration of the extreme world of animal athletics, how these stunning abilities have evolved, and their insights into human performance and evolution​ How is it that fish can climb waterfalls, snakes glide, and cheetahs run so fast? Natural and sexual selection has driven the evolution of diverse and amazing athletic abilities throughout the animal kingdom. Integrative biologi... read more

A fascinating exploration of the extreme world of animal athletics, how these stunning abilities have evolved, and their insights into human performance and evolution​ How is it that fish can climb waterfalls, snakes glide, and cheetahs run so fast? Natural and sexual selection has driven the evolution of diverse and amazing athletic abilities throughout the animal kingdom. Integrative biologi... read more

Supermarket USA: Food and Power in the Cold War Farms Race

Shane Hamilton

America fought the Cold War in part through supermarkets—and the food economy pioneered then has helped shape the way we eat today Supermarkets were invented in the United States, and from the 1940s on they made their way around the world, often explicitly to carry American‑style economic culture with them. This innovative history tells us how supermarkets were used as anticommunist weapons du... read more

America fought the Cold War in part through supermarkets—and the food economy pioneered then has helped shape the way we eat today Supermarkets were invented in the United States, and from the 1940s on they made their way around the world, often explicitly to carry American‑style economic culture with them. This innovative history tells us how supermarkets were used as anticommunist weapons du... read more

Astrid Lindgren: The Woman Behind Pippi Longstocking

Jens Andersen

The first English†‘language biography of Astrid Lindgren provides a moving and revealing portrait of the beloved Scandinavian literary icon whose adventures of Pippi Longstocking have influenced generations of young readers all over the world. Lindgren’s sometimes turbulent life as an unwed teenage mother, outspoken advocate for the rights of women and children, and celebrated editor and autho... read more

The first English†‘language biography of Astrid Lindgren provides a moving and revealing portrait of the beloved Scandinavian literary icon whose adventures of Pippi Longstocking have influenced generations of young readers all over the world. Lindgren’s sometimes turbulent life as an unwed teenage mother, outspoken advocate for the rights of women and children, and celebrated editor and autho... read more

Revolution Against Empire: Taxes, Politics, and the Origins of American Independence (The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History)

Justin du Rivage

A bold transatlantic history of American independence revealing that 1776 was about far more than taxation without representationRevolution Against Empire sets the story of American independence within a long and fierce clash over the political and economic future of the British Empire. Justin du Rivage traces this decades-long debate, which pitted neighbors and countrymen against one another,... read more

A bold transatlantic history of American independence revealing that 1776 was about far more than taxation without representationRevolution Against Empire sets the story of American independence within a long and fierce clash over the political and economic future of the British Empire. Justin du Rivage traces this decades-long debate, which pitted neighbors and countrymen against one another,... read more

Lions and Lambs: Conflict in Weimar and the Creation of Post-Nazi Germany

Noah Benezra Strote

A bold new interpretation of Germany’s democratic transformation in the twentieth century, focusing on the generation that shaped the post-Nazi reconstruction Not long after the horrors of World War II and the Holocaust, Germans rebuilt their shattered country and emerged as one of the leading nations of the Western liberal world. In his debut work, Noah Strote analyzes this remarkable turnaro... read more

A bold new interpretation of Germany’s democratic transformation in the twentieth century, focusing on the generation that shaped the post-Nazi reconstruction Not long after the horrors of World War II and the Holocaust, Germans rebuilt their shattered country and emerged as one of the leading nations of the Western liberal world. In his debut work, Noah Strote analyzes this remarkable turnaro... read more

The Townshend Moment: The Making of Empire and Revolution in the Eighteenth Century (The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History)

Patrick Griffin

The captivating story of two British brothers whose attempts to reform an empire helped to incite rebellion and revolution in America and insurgency and reform in Ireland Patrick Griffin chronicles the attempts of brothers Charles and George Townshend to control the forces of history in the heady days after Britain’s mythic victory over France in the mid-eighteenth century, and the historic an... read more

The captivating story of two British brothers whose attempts to reform an empire helped to incite rebellion and revolution in America and insurgency and reform in Ireland Patrick Griffin chronicles the attempts of brothers Charles and George Townshend to control the forces of history in the heady days after Britain’s mythic victory over France in the mid-eighteenth century, and the historic an... read more

See It/Shoot It: The Secret History of the CIA's Lethal Drone Program

Christopher J. Fuller

An illuminating study tracing the evolution of drone technology and counterterrorism policy from the Reagan to the Obama administrations This eye-opening study uncovers the history of the most important instrument of U.S. counterterrorism today: the armed drone. It reveals that, contrary to popular belief, the CIA’s covert drone program is not a product of 9/11. Rather, it is the result of U.S... read more

An illuminating study tracing the evolution of drone technology and counterterrorism policy from the Reagan to the Obama administrations This eye-opening study uncovers the history of the most important instrument of U.S. counterterrorism today: the armed drone. It reveals that, contrary to popular belief, the CIA’s covert drone program is not a product of 9/11. Rather, it is the result of U.S... read more

Celia, a Slave (Yale Drama Series)

Barbara Seyda

The ninth winner of the Yale Drama Series is a searing and powerful drama of slave litigation, injustice, institutional racism, and the rule of law. The winner of the 2015 Yale Drama Series playwriting competition was selected by Nicholas Wright, former Associate Director of London’s Royal Court. Barbara Seyda’s stunningly theatrical Celia, a Slave is a vivid tableau of interviews with the dea... read more

The ninth winner of the Yale Drama Series is a searing and powerful drama of slave litigation, injustice, institutional racism, and the rule of law. The winner of the 2015 Yale Drama Series playwriting competition was selected by Nicholas Wright, former Associate Director of London’s Royal Court. Barbara Seyda’s stunningly theatrical Celia, a Slave is a vivid tableau of interviews with the dea... read more

The First Circumnavigators: Unsung Heroes of the Age of Discovery

Harry Kelsey

Prior histories of the first Spanish mariners to circumnavigate the globe in the sixteenth century have focused on Ferdinand Magellan and the other illustrious leaders of these daring expeditions. Harry Kelsey’s masterfully researched study is the first to concentrate on the hitherto anonymous sailors, slaves, adventurers, and soldiers who manned the ships. The author contends that these initi... read more

Prior histories of the first Spanish mariners to circumnavigate the globe in the sixteenth century have focused on Ferdinand Magellan and the other illustrious leaders of these daring expeditions. Harry Kelsey’s masterfully researched study is the first to concentrate on the hitherto anonymous sailors, slaves, adventurers, and soldiers who manned the ships. The author contends that these initi... read more

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Gosmi Levski
Erica is a very professional, friendly, efficient, responsive, gifted and skilled editor. Her comments were profound and extremely helpful. I am looking forward to working with Erica again, and I highly recommend her to any author seeking professional editing services!

Gosmi Levski, December 2018


Kirk Kjeldsen
Erica's great. She is communicative, thorough, and professional, and she turned it around much quicker than initially agreed upon. I'd recommend her or hire her again.

Kirk Kjeldsen, August 2018

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