Erin Cusick

Erin Cusick - Editor

Seattle, WA, USA

Devoted copyeditor and proofreader specializing in literary fiction, historical fiction, translated novels, and cookbooks.

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Overview

I enjoy working with writers to create clear, concise, and compelling text that enhances reader comprehension while retaining and supporting the author’s voice and style. I provide copyediting, proofreading, and fact-checking services to traditional publishers, small presses, independent authors, periodicals, and nonprofit organizations. Specialties include literary fiction, cookbooks, historical fiction, translated novels, and guidebooks. Clients include Coffee House Press, Sasquatch Books, Mountaineers Books, National Geographic Books, Little A, The Cooking Lab, and others.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Sports & outdoor recreation
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Historical Fiction
Literature
Science Fiction
Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • UC Berkeley Professional Sequence in Editing

Work experience

Copyeditor, proofreader, fact-checker

Self-employed
February, 2014 – Present (over 5 years)

Copyediting, proofreading, and fact-checking services for indie authors, small presses, and traditional publishers. Specializing in literary fiction and cookbook editing.

Editor

GoodTherapy.org
February, 2013 – July, 2015 (over 2 years)

Writing and editing of web pages addressing mental health topics and conditions, the history of psychology, and types of therapy. Editing of articles written by mental health experts. Supervision of editorial interns.

Editorial Assistant

YES! magazine
May, 2002 – October, 2002 (5 months)

Research and writing of short articles. Fact-checking, editing, and proofreading of feature articles. Selecting and editing photos.

Portfolio (20 selected works)

In the Distance

Hernan Diaz

Finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for FictionA young Swedish immigrant finds himself penniless and alone in California. The boy travels East in search of his brother, moving on foot against the great current of emigrants pushing West. Driven back again and again, he meets naturalists, criminals, religious fanatics, swindlers, Indians, and lawmen, and his exploits turn him into a legend. Dia... read more

Finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for FictionA young Swedish immigrant finds himself penniless and alone in California. The boy travels East in search of his brother, moving on foot against the great current of emigrants pushing West. Driven back again and again, he meets naturalists, criminals, religious fanatics, swindlers, Indians, and lawmen, and his exploits turn him into a legend. Dia... read more

Fried Rice: 50 Ways to Stir Up the World's Favorite Grain

Danielle Centoni

Infinitely customizable, cheap to make, and downright delicious, it's no wonder fried rice is one of the world's most popular comfort foods. These 50 delicious recipes draw inspiration from all over the globe, and they'll expand your fried rice repertoire well beyond the usual Chinese takeout staple.In addition to standards like spicy-funky Indonesian Fried Rice and classic Chinese Fried Rice ... read more

Infinitely customizable, cheap to make, and downright delicious, it's no wonder fried rice is one of the world's most popular comfort foods. These 50 delicious recipes draw inspiration from all over the globe, and they'll expand your fried rice repertoire well beyond the usual Chinese takeout staple.In addition to standards like spicy-funky Indonesian Fried Rice and classic Chinese Fried Rice ... read more

Sourdough on the Rise: How to Confidently Make Whole Grain Sourdough Breads at Home

Cynthia Lair

In this guide to making artisanal, whole-grain sourdough breads, you'll quickly realize that following simple, clear steps will result in satisfying success!You'll begin by learning how to create your own unique starter with wild yeast cultures and also how to maintain it over time; they can last many years and be shared with others. With the basics down, you'll go on to bake delicious breads ... read more

In this guide to making artisanal, whole-grain sourdough breads, you'll quickly realize that following simple, clear steps will result in satisfying success!You'll begin by learning how to create your own unique starter with wild yeast cultures and also how to maintain it over time; they can last many years and be shared with others. With the basics down, you'll go on to bake delicious breads ... read more

Stephen Florida

Gabe Habash

"In Stephen Florida, Gabe Habash has created a coming-of-age story with its own, often explosive, rhythm and velocity. Habash has a canny sense of how young men speak and behave, and in Stephen, he's created a singular character: funny, ambitious, affecting, but also deeply troubled, vulnerable, and compellingly strange. This is a shape-shifter of a book, both a dark ode to the mysteries and l... read more

"In Stephen Florida, Gabe Habash has created a coming-of-age story with its own, often explosive, rhythm and velocity. Habash has a canny sense of how young men speak and behave, and in Stephen, he's created a singular character: funny, ambitious, affecting, but also deeply troubled, vulnerable, and compellingly strange. This is a shape-shifter of a book, both a dark ode to the mysteries and l... read more

Samuel Johnson's Eternal Return

Martin Riker

A Summer/Fall 2018 Indies Introduce Debut Fiction SelectionWhen Samuel Johnson dies, he finds himself in the body of the man who killed him, unable to depart this world but determined, at least, to return to the son he left behind. Moving from body to body as each one expires, Samuel’s soul journeys on a comic quest through an American half-century, inhabiting lives as stymied, in their ways, ... read more

A Summer/Fall 2018 Indies Introduce Debut Fiction SelectionWhen Samuel Johnson dies, he finds himself in the body of the man who killed him, unable to depart this world but determined, at least, to return to the son he left behind. Moving from body to body as each one expires, Samuel’s soul journeys on a comic quest through an American half-century, inhabiting lives as stymied, in their ways, ... read more

Modernist Bread

Nathan Myhrvold, Francisco Migoya

Modernist Bread is a revolutionary new understanding of one of the most important staples of the human diet. Created by the team that published the award-winning Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking, this massive treasury of practical knowledge and groundbreaking techniques captures over four years of independent research and collaborations with leading industry professionals; the... read more

Modernist Bread is a revolutionary new understanding of one of the most important staples of the human diet. Created by the team that published the award-winning Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking, this massive treasury of practical knowledge and groundbreaking techniques captures over four years of independent research and collaborations with leading industry professionals; the... read more

True: A Novel

Karl Taro Greenfeld

A deft and unflinching coming-of-age story about an angry teenage girl and her discovery of the nature of the biggest game of all, and what it really means to be a team player, a sister, a daughter, and a born survivor—from the acclaimed author of Triburbia and Boy Alone. “It’s a dark and thrilling exploration of changing relationships and rivalries and times the desires of your heart don’t ne... read more

A deft and unflinching coming-of-age story about an angry teenage girl and her discovery of the nature of the biggest game of all, and what it really means to be a team player, a sister, a daughter, and a born survivor—from the acclaimed author of Triburbia and Boy Alone. “It’s a dark and thrilling exploration of changing relationships and rivalries and times the desires of your heart don’t ne... read more

Once Upon a Time a Sparrow

Mary Avery Kabrich

**WINNER, Literary Views, FIRST PLACE General Fiction/Novel**WINNER, Nautilus Book Award - SILVER**WINNER, Jewel Kats Special Needs Award**FINALIST, USA Best Book Awards General Fiction**FINALIST, National Indie Excellence Awards**HONORABLE DISTINCTION, A Woman's Write, International Novel CompetitionSchool psychologist Dr. Mary Meyers evaluates students who fail to fit in. While skillfully re... read more

**WINNER, Literary Views, FIRST PLACE General Fiction/Novel**WINNER, Nautilus Book Award - SILVER**WINNER, Jewel Kats Special Needs Award**FINALIST, USA Best Book Awards General Fiction**FINALIST, National Indie Excellence Awards**HONORABLE DISTINCTION, A Woman's Write, International Novel CompetitionSchool psychologist Dr. Mary Meyers evaluates students who fail to fit in. While skillfully re... read more

Crown Heights (Kindle Single)

Colin Warner, Carl King, Holly Lorincz

The true story behind the major motion picture from Amazon Studios.Childhood friends from Trinidad, Colin Warner and Carl King grew into men on opposite sides of prison bars after Colin was arrested for murder in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. With no evidence against him, Colin was wrongfully convicted and wrongfully imprisoned for more than two decades. But time and walls could not break the frien... read more

The true story behind the major motion picture from Amazon Studios.Childhood friends from Trinidad, Colin Warner and Carl King grew into men on opposite sides of prison bars after Colin was arrested for murder in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. With no evidence against him, Colin was wrongfully convicted and wrongfully imprisoned for more than two decades. But time and walls could not break the frien... read more

Out of the Silence: After the Crash

Eduardo Strauch

A personal story of unbelievable survival, hope, and spiritual awakening in the face of unspeakable tragedy.It’s the unfathomable modern legend that has become a testament to the resilience of the human spirit: the 1972 Andes plane crash and the Uruguayan rugby teammates who suffered seventy-two days among the dead and dying. It was a harrowing test of endurance on a snowbound cordillera that ... read more

A personal story of unbelievable survival, hope, and spiritual awakening in the face of unspeakable tragedy.It’s the unfathomable modern legend that has become a testament to the resilience of the human spirit: the 1972 Andes plane crash and the Uruguayan rugby teammates who suffered seventy-two days among the dead and dying. It was a harrowing test of endurance on a snowbound cordillera that ... read more

Urban Trails Portland: Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Troutdale

Eli Boschetto

Among the hundreds of parks and natural spaces around the Portland area, Forest Park gets the most recognition―and deservedly so―as America’s largest urban forest with more than 80 miles of hiking trails and biking paths. Yet there’s more to explore in and around the city than just this one forest, and Urban Trails: Portland, by hiking writer Eli Boschetto, brings this abundance to the people!... read more

Among the hundreds of parks and natural spaces around the Portland area, Forest Park gets the most recognition―and deservedly so―as America’s largest urban forest with more than 80 miles of hiking trails and biking paths. Yet there’s more to explore in and around the city than just this one forest, and Urban Trails: Portland, by hiking writer Eli Boschetto, brings this abundance to the people!... read more

Mussolini's Arctic Airship (Kindle Single)

Eva Holland

On May 24, 1928, the airship Italia successfully reached the North Pole—proof that the Italians, too, were part of the waning golden age of polar exploration. But on its return journey to Norway, the airship plunged from the sky and smashed into the Arctic pack ice. General Umberto Nobile and eight other survivors were stranded on an ice floe nearly two hundred miles from land.Nobile’s bitter ... read more

On May 24, 1928, the airship Italia successfully reached the North Pole—proof that the Italians, too, were part of the waning golden age of polar exploration. But on its return journey to Norway, the airship plunged from the sky and smashed into the Arctic pack ice. General Umberto Nobile and eight other survivors were stranded on an ice floe nearly two hundred miles from land.Nobile’s bitter ... read more

The Snow Gypsy

Lindsay Jayne Ashford

From the bestselling author of The Woman on the Orient Express comes a haunting novel of two women—one determined to uncover the past and the other determined to escape it.At the close of World War II, London is in ruins and Rose Daniel isn’t at peace. Eight years ago, her brother disappeared while fighting alongside Gypsy partisans in Spain. From his letters, Rose has just two clues to his wh... read more

From the bestselling author of The Woman on the Orient Express comes a haunting novel of two women—one determined to uncover the past and the other determined to escape it.At the close of World War II, London is in ruins and Rose Daniel isn’t at peace. Eight years ago, her brother disappeared while fighting alongside Gypsy partisans in Spain. From his letters, Rose has just two clues to his wh... read more

In Your Hands

Inês Pedrosa

An internationally acclaimed, award-winning novel spanning three generations of women united in their struggle for independence and fulfillment against oppression.Told from three different perspectives, this sweeping saga begins in 1935 Portugal, in the grip of Salazar’s authoritarian regime, where upper-class Jenny enters into an uncommon marriage with the beguiling António. Keeping up appear... read more

An internationally acclaimed, award-winning novel spanning three generations of women united in their struggle for independence and fulfillment against oppression.Told from three different perspectives, this sweeping saga begins in 1935 Portugal, in the grip of Salazar’s authoritarian regime, where upper-class Jenny enters into an uncommon marriage with the beguiling António. Keeping up appear... read more

Rock Climbing Anchors, 2nd Edition: A Comprehensive Guide

Topher Donahue, Craig Luebben

Seminal book updated by author of the acclaimed Advanced Rock Climbing Easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions 400 new color photos demonstrate techniques For this new edition of Rock Climbing Anchors, climber and writer Topher Donahue carefully reviewed each technique and lesson, making them even easier to understand and learn. Key updates include: Improved content hierarchy, reading efficie... read more

Seminal book updated by author of the acclaimed Advanced Rock Climbing Easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions 400 new color photos demonstrate techniques For this new edition of Rock Climbing Anchors, climber and writer Topher Donahue carefully reviewed each technique and lesson, making them even easier to understand and learn. Key updates include: Improved content hierarchy, reading efficie... read more

The River Widow

Ann Howard Creel

From the bestselling author of The Whiskey Sea comes a stirring novel of a young woman’s survival and liberation during the Great Depression.In 1937, with flood waters approaching, Adah Branch accidentally kills her abusive husband, Lester, and surrenders his body to the raging river, only to be swept away herself.So begins her story of survival, return to civilization, defense against accusat... read more

From the bestselling author of The Whiskey Sea comes a stirring novel of a young woman’s survival and liberation during the Great Depression.In 1937, with flood waters approaching, Adah Branch accidentally kills her abusive husband, Lester, and surrenders his body to the raging river, only to be swept away herself.So begins her story of survival, return to civilization, defense against accusat... read more

Loving Liberty Levine

Colin Falconer

From the author of The Unkillable Kitty O’Kane comes a gripping novel about finding the American Dream—and what it costs. In 1913, Sarah Levine leaves her small village and sails to New York to start a promising new life with her husband, Micha. But all Sarah really wants is what has come so easily to her sisters—a family of her own. Finally, in her new home, her dream comes true…but at a terr... read more

From the author of The Unkillable Kitty O’Kane comes a gripping novel about finding the American Dream—and what it costs. In 1913, Sarah Levine leaves her small village and sails to New York to start a promising new life with her husband, Micha. But all Sarah really wants is what has come so easily to her sisters—a family of her own. Finally, in her new home, her dream comes true…but at a terr... read more

Absolute Expert: Rocks & Minerals

Ruth Strother

From amethysts and tanzanite to the sparkling geodes and erupting volcanoes, get the latest geological insights and intel straight from the field from National Geographic explorer and geophysicist Dr. Sarah Stamps.Ready to go on a rocking great adventure? Travel across the globe to find out how the Earth formed so YOU can become an absolute expert. Get up close to the layers of rock beneath th... read more

From amethysts and tanzanite to the sparkling geodes and erupting volcanoes, get the latest geological insights and intel straight from the field from National Geographic explorer and geophysicist Dr. Sarah Stamps.Ready to go on a rocking great adventure? Travel across the globe to find out how the Earth formed so YOU can become an absolute expert. Get up close to the layers of rock beneath th... read more

Dr. Ruth's Relationship Roadmap (Kindle Single)

Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer, Pierre A. Lehu

Have you ever complained, “If they found love, why can’t I?” In this quick and uncomplicated guide, longtime sex and relationship therapist Dr. Ruth takes readers step-by-step through every phase of the modern relationship, from meeting and courtship to moving out of the friend zone and falling in love—which should not be done blindly.If you really want to find romance, Dr. Ruth has the signs ... read more

Have you ever complained, “If they found love, why can’t I?” In this quick and uncomplicated guide, longtime sex and relationship therapist Dr. Ruth takes readers step-by-step through every phase of the modern relationship, from meeting and courtship to moving out of the friend zone and falling in love—which should not be done blindly.If you really want to find romance, Dr. Ruth has the signs ... read more

Big Skye Littleton

Elisa Lorello

In this warm, high-spirited contemporary novel from author Elisa Lorello, big love can happen in the smallest of spaces.Skye Littleton said goodbye to her job, her best friend, and her home in Rhode Island to start over in Billings, Montana, with Vance Sandler, a gorgeous guy she met online. On her cross-country flight, Skye shares her happy story with her seatmate, Harvey Wright, a Billings r... read more

In this warm, high-spirited contemporary novel from author Elisa Lorello, big love can happen in the smallest of spaces.Skye Littleton said goodbye to her job, her best friend, and her home in Rhode Island to start over in Billings, Montana, with Vance Sandler, a gorgeous guy she met online. On her cross-country flight, Skye shares her happy story with her seatmate, Harvey Wright, a Billings r... read more

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