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Erin Michaela Sweeney

Erin Michaela Sweeney - Editor

Claremont, CA, United States

I take all nonfiction, from academe to museum catalogs, narrative (esp. memoir) to practical (self-help & how-to), and children's books.

Overview

I was managing editor (2004-11) of the William and Mary Quarterly, a humanities academic journal. I edited accepted manuscripts, working with authors to help them communicate their ideas more clearly and concisely. I ferried authors’ work through the publication process, taking care to retain their unique voices. From acceptance through print and online publication, I also made sure the trains ran on time at WMQ.
From 2000 to 2004, I worked at Colonial Williamsburg, the largest living history museum in the United States, as book editor/writer. I edited and collaborated with designers on exhibition catalogs, worked with curators on content and organization, indexed books, wrote jacket copy, oversaw freelancers, and proofread other editors’ projects.
In the 1990s, I attended school—my master’s degree in American Material Culture is from the University of Delaware/Winterthur Museum and my alma mater is Georgetown University—and worked as a freelance editor for organizations including the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Museum of Natural History, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Winterthur Museum, and the American Quarterly.

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English (US)
Non-Fiction
Antiques & Collectibles Arts & Architecture & Photography Biographies & Memoirs Calendars Career Guides Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits DIY & Crafts Education & Reference Health & wellbeing History Home & Garden Parenting & Families Publishing Self-help & Self-improvement

Work experience

Managing Editor

Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

October, 2004 – March, 2011 (over 6 years)

I was managing editor (2004-11) of the William and Mary Quarterly, a humanities academic journal. I edited accepted manuscripts, working with authors to help them communicate their ideas more clearly and concisely. I ferried authors’ work through the publication process, taking care to retain their unique voices. From acceptance through print and online publication, I also made sure the trains ran on time at WMQ.

Book Editor/Writer

Colonial Williamsburg

March, 2000 – October, 2004 (over 4 years)

From 2000 to 2004, I worked at Colonial Williamsburg, the largest living history museum in the United States, as book editor/writer. I edited and collaborated with designers on exhibition catalogs, worked with curators on content and organization, indexed books, wrote jacket copy, oversaw freelancers, and proofread other editors’ projects.

Freelance Editor

Museum Wordsmith

June, 1998 – February, 2000 (over 1 year)

In the late 1990s, I worked as a freelance editor for organizations including the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Museum of Natural History, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Winterthur Museum.

Assistant Editor

CUPA-HR

September, 1993 – May, 1996 (over 2 years)

Copyeditor (part-time)

American Quarterly

June, 1991 – August, 1993 (about 2 years)

Portfolio (21 selected works)

If You Lived In Williamsburg in Colonial Days

Barbara Brenner

Through a simple question-and-answer format and lush illustrations, readers go back to the early 1770s and learn what life in the busy colony outpost was like.

Through a simple question-and-answer format and lush illustrations, readers go back to the early 1770s and learn what life in the busy colony outpost was like.

What Clothes Reveal: The Language of Clothing in Colonial and Federal America : The Colonial Williamsburg Collection (Williamsburg Decorative Arts Series)

Linda Baumgarten

Paintings of upper-class men and women tell an important part of the history of costumes, but surviving garments themselves reveal even more. Every crease, stitch and stain in a piece of clothing supplies information about its wearer and its era. This volume features 18th- and early 19th-century garments from the collection of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Illustrated with more than 30... read more

Paintings of upper-class men and women tell an important part of the history of costumes, but surviving garments themselves reveal even more. Every crease, stitch and stain in a piece of clothing supplies information about its wearer and its era. This volume features 18th- and early 19th-century garments from the collection of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Illustrated with more than 30... read more

Official Guide to Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is a not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the world s largest living history museum. Within the 301-acre Historic Area, you can see hundreds of restored, reconstructed, and historically furnished buildings, and experience colonial and Revolutionary America through the lives of the men and women black, white, and native American... read more

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is a not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the world s largest living history museum. Within the 301-acre Historic Area, you can see hundreds of restored, reconstructed, and historically furnished buildings, and experience colonial and Revolutionary America through the lives of the men and women black, white, and native American... read more

Silver Nutmeg Graters

John D. Davis

The systematic production of silver graters for nutmeg, the most stylish of spices, began in the late seventeenth century. A revolution in manners then gripped colonial America, as sophisticated Britons on both sides of the Atlantic began serving punch, the tasty and potent brew of spirits, fruit juice, sugar, and water laced with spice, most often nutmeg. An elegant nutmeg grater quickly beca... read more

The systematic production of silver graters for nutmeg, the most stylish of spices, began in the late seventeenth century. A revolution in manners then gripped colonial America, as sophisticated Britons on both sides of the Atlantic began serving punch, the tasty and potent brew of spirits, fruit juice, sugar, and water laced with spice, most often nutmeg. An elegant nutmeg grater quickly beca... read more

Vikings : The North Atlantic Saga

The story of the Viking expansion west across the North Atlantic between AD. 800 and 1000, the settlement of Iceland and Greenland, and the exploration of northeastern North America, is a chapter of history that deserves to be more widely known. Norse discoveries in the North Atlantic are the first step in the process whereby human populations became connected into a single global system. The ... read more

The story of the Viking expansion west across the North Atlantic between AD. 800 and 1000, the settlement of Iceland and Greenland, and the exploration of northeastern North America, is a chapter of history that deserves to be more widely known. Norse discoveries in the North Atlantic are the first step in the process whereby human populations became connected into a single global system. The ... read more

Pewter at Colonial Williamsburg

John D. Davis

The collection of British pewter at Colonial Williamsburg is remarkable for its breadth and detail. It illustrates the development of basic forms and types of decoration from the first decades of the seventeenth century through those of the nineteenth, and includes a complementary admixture of American examples, which often exhibit readily identifiable regional and individual preferences. This... read more

The collection of British pewter at Colonial Williamsburg is remarkable for its breadth and detail. It illustrates the development of basic forms and types of decoration from the first decades of the seventeenth century through those of the nineteenth, and includes a complementary admixture of American examples, which often exhibit readily identifiable regional and individual preferences. This... read more

Holiday Fare: Favorite Williamsburg Recipes

John R. Gonzales

Featuring more than sixty genuinely American recipes, Holiday Fare combines the history and local flavors of Colonial Williamsburg's famed Christmastide festivities to create a culinary guide for the entire celebratory season. Stunning photography makes this compilation of mouthwatering recipes a feast for the eyes. Holiday cooks will appreciate the clear, step-by-step instructions

Featuring more than sixty genuinely American recipes, Holiday Fare combines the history and local flavors of Colonial Williamsburg's famed Christmastide festivities to create a culinary guide for the entire celebratory season. Stunning photography makes this compilation of mouthwatering recipes a feast for the eyes. Holiday cooks will appreciate the clear, step-by-step instructions

Will's Story, 1771

Joan Lowery Nixon

Twelve-year-old Will Pelham's father is the Williamsburg gaoler. Will is afraid of some of the prisoners, but he sympathizes with Emmanuel, a runaway slave. Then Will begins to suspect that Emmanuel is planning to escape. Will wants to help his friend, but he has a responsibility to his father, too. What should he do?

Twelve-year-old Will Pelham's father is the Williamsburg gaoler. Will is afraid of some of the prisoners, but he sympathizes with Emmanuel, a runaway slave. Then Will begins to suspect that Emmanuel is planning to escape. Will wants to help his friend, but he has a responsibility to his father, too. What should he do?

Nancy's Story, 1765

Joan Lowery Nixon

Twelve-year-old Nancy Geddy is concerned that the regulations of the Stamp Act will cause her friend Tom to lose his job as an apprentice at her family's foundry. Meanwhile, the illness of Nancy's critical and complaining stepmother, Elizabeth, may prevent the young girl from attending her grandmother's Christmas ball. Will Nancy be able to accept Elizabeth as her new mother?

Twelve-year-old Nancy Geddy is concerned that the regulations of the Stamp Act will cause her friend Tom to lose his job as an apprentice at her family's foundry. Meanwhile, the illness of Nancy's critical and complaining stepmother, Elizabeth, may prevent the young girl from attending her grandmother's Christmas ball. Will Nancy be able to accept Elizabeth as her new mother?

Caesar's Story, 1759

Joan Lowery Nixon

Caesar's life as a slave consists of long, hard hours of backbreaking work in the fields. Having his family around him makes everything bearable. Then the new master, Caesar's childhood playmate, chooses Caesar to be his personal servant and live in the big house, away from his family. Why do things have to change?

Caesar's life as a slave consists of long, hard hours of backbreaking work in the fields. Having his family around him makes everything bearable. Then the new master, Caesar's childhood playmate, chooses Caesar to be his personal servant and live in the big house, away from his family. Why do things have to change?

Maria's Story, 1773

Joan Lowery Nixon

When Maria's father dies, her mother carries on his work writing and publishing the Virginia Gazette newspaper. Instead of working at the press, nine-year-old Maria has to look after her three little brothers. Then the newspaper is criticized for its political reporting and the Rinds may lose the printing press. Can Maria find a way to help her family?

When Maria's father dies, her mother carries on his work writing and publishing the Virginia Gazette newspaper. Instead of working at the press, nine-year-old Maria has to look after her three little brothers. Then the newspaper is criticized for its political reporting and the Rinds may lose the printing press. Can Maria find a way to help her family?

D is for Drums: A Colonial Williamsburg ABC

Kay Chorao

Published in association with The Colonial Williamsburg FoundationThe most authentic A to Z on colonial life available Young children will learn more than just the alphabet as they step into Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area and learn that A is for apothecary, C is for clocked stockings, F is for frock coat, and S is for soldier! Highly praised illustrator Kay Chorao's charmingly detailed ... read more

Published in association with The Colonial Williamsburg FoundationThe most authentic A to Z on colonial life available Young children will learn more than just the alphabet as they step into Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area and learn that A is for apothecary, C is for clocked stockings, F is for frock coat, and S is for soldier! Highly praised illustrator Kay Chorao's charmingly detailed ... read more

Colonial Houses: The Historic Homes of Williamsburg

Hugh Howard

For anyone who has dreamed of living in a Colonial-style home, this showcase of Colonial Williamsburg standouts is an irresistible wish book. And for the home design do-it-yourselfer, it is even more than that. Domestic design and construction expert and award-winning historic preservation writer Hugh Howard provides a tour of favorite Colonial Williamsburg restorations that will fast become a... read more

For anyone who has dreamed of living in a Colonial-style home, this showcase of Colonial Williamsburg standouts is an irresistible wish book. And for the home design do-it-yourselfer, it is even more than that. Domestic design and construction expert and award-winning historic preservation writer Hugh Howard provides a tour of favorite Colonial Williamsburg restorations that will fast become a... read more

The Art of Creative Lettering: 50 Amazing New Alphabets You Can Make for Scrapbooks, Cards, Invitations, and Signs

Becky Higgins

Creating Keepsakes magazine's lettering expert Becky Higgins gives easy five-step instructions for making 50 alphabets and hundreds of variations that will add a personal touch to scrapbooks—and to cards, invitations, and signs. This book is a long-lasting scrapbooking favorite!

Creating Keepsakes magazine's lettering expert Becky Higgins gives easy five-step instructions for making 50 alphabets and hundreds of variations that will add a personal touch to scrapbooks—and to cards, invitations, and signs. This book is a long-lasting scrapbooking favorite!

Mom's Little Book of Photo Tips

Lisa Bearnson, Siobhan McGowan

Armed with the advice of what works best for other moms who take lots of pictures, you're bound to capture many of life's happiest memories. Mom's Little Book of Photo Tips is a mom-to-mom how-to book that's 100% nontechnical and is written with point-and-shoot cameras in mind. It emphasizes the creative side of photography so while you're taking pictures, you can have fun, too!

Armed with the advice of what works best for other moms who take lots of pictures, you're bound to capture many of life's happiest memories. Mom's Little Book of Photo Tips is a mom-to-mom how-to book that's 100% nontechnical and is written with point-and-shoot cameras in mind. It emphasizes the creative side of photography so while you're taking pictures, you can have fun, too!

Spreading the Gospel in Colonial Virginia: Sermons and Devotional Writings

Due to a perceived lack of resources, historians of colonial-era Virginia have generally heaped their attention on regional politics and virtually ignored the area's rich religious history. Even at a time of revived interest in Virginia's religious atmosphere, few scholars have opted to examine what is perhaps one of the region's most valuable primary resources: sermon literature. With an exte... read more

Due to a perceived lack of resources, historians of colonial-era Virginia have generally heaped their attention on regional politics and virtually ignored the area's rich religious history. Even at a time of revived interest in Virginia's religious atmosphere, few scholars have opted to examine what is perhaps one of the region's most valuable primary resources: sermon literature. With an exte... read more

The Material Culture of Gender / The Gender of Material Culture (Winterthur Book)

Essays expanding the definition of gender and its interface with American material culture. In showing some of the ways gender is made visible, they explore avenues such as the gender of things that surround us; subtle and invisible processes of inclusion and exclusion from valuation; fusing form and content, practice and product; and how the material culture of gender produces gendered beings.

Essays expanding the definition of gender and its interface with American material culture. In showing some of the ways gender is made visible, they explore avenues such as the gender of things that surround us; subtle and invisible processes of inclusion and exclusion from valuation; fusing form and content, practice and product; and how the material culture of gender produces gendered beings.

Discover the Winterthur Estate (Discover Winterthur)

Pauline Eversmann

An illustrated history of the Winterthur estate, tracing the evolution of the farm, dairy, garden, and house, with a brief history of the DuPont family. Archival photographs are complemented by contemporary color images

An illustrated history of the Winterthur estate, tracing the evolution of the farm, dairy, garden, and house, with a brief history of the DuPont family. Archival photographs are complemented by contemporary color images

Discover the Winterthur Period Rooms (Discover Winterthur)

Pauline Eversmann

This illustrated room-by-room tour through some of the most famous rooms offers a brief history and interpretive summary of each one, including its historic architectural interior and the collection of furniture, silver, needlework, textiles, paintings, prints, ceramics, and glass on display.

This illustrated room-by-room tour through some of the most famous rooms offers a brief history and interpretive summary of each one, including its historic architectural interior and the collection of furniture, silver, needlework, textiles, paintings, prints, ceramics, and glass on display.

Collecting Limited Edition Prints: Contemporary African American Printmakers

Dennis Forbes

A book about 35 contemporary African American printmakers.

A book about 35 contemporary African American printmakers.

Every Breath Is a Gift: Reflections on My Leukemia Journey

Erin Michaela Sweeney

With one phone call, author Erin Michaela Sweeney's life changes forever. She becomes a terminal cancer patient. This memoir recounts the harrowing months after diagnosis during which Sweeney endures chemotherapy rounds administered during hospital stays in the hope of getting into remission. If she makes it that far, then it is a race to find a donor who matches her profile. Will she receive ... read more

With one phone call, author Erin Michaela Sweeney's life changes forever. She becomes a terminal cancer patient. This memoir recounts the harrowing months after diagnosis during which Sweeney endures chemotherapy rounds administered during hospital stays in the hope of getting into remission. If she makes it that far, then it is a race to find a donor who matches her profile. Will she receive ... read more

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