Erin Cain

Erin Cain – Editor

Copyeditor and proofreader with over five years' experience in children's publishing, architectural publishing, and print book production.


I love good storytelling, which has led me down many creative paths. I currently work in print production and have over five years’ experience in publishing across multiple genres. Before completing the Columbia Publishing Course in 2014, I worked for two years in architecture at Disneyland in California, helping tell classic tales through brick, mortar, and a good amount of themed paint. But my favorite medium for telling stories is the written word, and I have an eye for copyediting and proofreading, helping others to hone and refine their own stories. I also bring stories to life through music and creative writing, and I have a devotion to service and Catholic liturgy, writing spiritual reflections for the Frassati Fellowship of NYC.

In all editing that I do, I seek to bring out the author’s unique voice and help to cultivate their narrative in a way that fits their own writing style. In editing children’s picture books, I help to give authors feedback that will bring out the best parts of their story and find just the right words to express their ideas. I have experience in crafting dynamic, playful sentences and developing a cadence that engages young readers. I also have extensive experience in editing architectural publications. With my background in architecture, I am well versed in its terminology. As an editor, I help clarify the usage of technical terms and distill the ideas being expressed to make them more polished and accessible to readers.

Picture Books
English (US)
  • Columbia Publishing Course (2014)
  • Completed NYU Course in Fundamentals of Copyediting and Proofreading Books (2015)

Work experience

Hachette Book Group

Feb, 2017 — Present

• Supervise print production process for hundreds of books across multiple genres, including fiction and nonfiction, sci-fi, memoir, middle grade, young adult, and Christian titles.
• Facilitate communication between the compositor, editor, and manufacturer.
• Manage conversion of hundreds of files for print on demand, making edits and adjustments as necessary.
• Create and manage schedules to keep books on track throughout the production process.

Princeton Architectural Press

Jul, 2015 — Jan, 2017 (over 1 year)

• Managed books through all stages of production, specializing in children’s books (Titles included The Brownstone, The Pancake King, and Masterpieces Up Close).
• Copyedited and proofread text from first manuscript through final proof.
• Acted as liaison between authors and Press staff throughout book development.
• Wrote cover and catalog copy; proofread copy for all company publications.

Princeton Architectural Press

Jan, 2015 — Jun, 2015 (5 months)

• Performed copyediting, proofreading, and formatting for over twenty books.
• Organized and ran all editorial meetings, compiling notes and materials to review.
• Participated in acquisitions meetings, reviewing proposals and developing book ideas.
• Managed submissions, contracts, permissions, foreign rights, and catalog production.

Princeton Architectural Press

Sep, 2014 — Dec, 2014 (3 months)

• Formatted manuscripts and enforced style guidelines per Chicago Manual of Style.
• Read and reviewed new submissions; participated in acquisitions meetings.
• Maintained records of past, current, and future titles and copyrights.
• Researched content, checked facts, proofread and edited copy.

Erin has 8 reviews





Akilah T.

Akilah T.

Nov, 2023

Working with Erin is always a joy and pleasure. I have worked with her countless times and I will continue to use her services.
Akilah T.

Akilah T.

Dec, 2022

Always a pleasure to work with Erin. We have worked together several times, and I plan to work with her again in the future.
Akilah T.

Akilah T.

Oct, 2021

Erin is great! I have worked with her a few times now and she is now my go-to editor. She is thorough and very professional. She responds quickly and kept to all of our touch points and deadlines. I plan to work with her again in the future.
Sarah J.

Sarah J.

Aug, 2021

It was a joy getting to work with Erin! She was timely, easy to communicate with and went above and beyond what was asked.
Erin B.

Erin B.

Apr, 2021

Erin was great, she responded promptly and clearly. She gave me great feedback and guidance, which was imperative as this is my first adventure into writing. Thank you Erin!

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