Esther Reisberg

Esther Reisberg - Editor

Chicago, IL, USA

Eagle-eyed proofreader and copy editor with nearly a decade of publishing experience. I make your stories error-free and a joy to read.

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Overview

I've been editing publications since I was in elementary school and my classmates wanted me to check all of their papers and creative writing projects. So publishing was a natural fit for me!

I started my career in small, independent publishing companies. I even worked out of an author's home! I collaborated directly with authors, proofreading and copy editing manuscripts in the adult nonfiction and general fiction genres. After a stint as a magazine editor, I returned to book publishing at larger companies, starting with a year in the Acquisitions department of children's book Phoenix International Publications, Inc. I then worked for over three years as an editor at Kidsbooks Publishing, copy editing and proofreading every title, from longer nonfiction titles to picture books, activity books, and more. I was lead editor on all of our reprints, ensuring that any errors from original print runs were corrected. And I was the project editor for the nonfiction Biggest Book Series, which became a best-seller for the company. I co-wrote a number of the Biggest Books, and I worked directly with freelance writers, fact-checkers, and proofreaders. I also proofread and copy edited all the books myself. I'm an expert at the Chicago Manual of Style, and I also have experience writing in-house style guides as well. It was at Kidsbooks that I earned the nickname "Eagle Eye" for my ability to spot an error from a mile away!

I currently proofread and copyedit for Albert Whitman, Penguin Random House, Mascot Books, and indie authors, specializing in middle grade, YA, and rom com. I've also edited, copy edited and/or proofread mystery, cookbooks, adult fiction and nonfiction, personal development, and more.

Now, I would love to help you tell your story! Whether you need a keen pair of eyes to ensure your manuscript or layout is error-free and clean, or you want a thorough copy edit to make sure your book's style and voice is consistent and clear, I want to work with you. I can help you clarify your writing style and authorial voice and make sure you maintain the tone you want to convey in your work, so your finished publication is as polished as possible.

Even if your primary genre is different than mine, I have extensive experience proofreading and copy editing, as well as reading, a variety of genres, so please contact me with your proofreading and copy editing needs!

REVIEWS:

"I've worked with Esther on various children's book projects, all requiring great attention to detail and a light but sure hand at polishing text for accuracy, sense, and readability. A talented editor, Esther was a pleasure to work with in every single instance. She's quick to respond at all stages of writing and is always understanding and calm. I believe in her instincts, her keen eye and work ethic, and write this recommendation without hesitation. "
Gail Herman, December 2020

"The book project I worked on with Esther has been through several editions and thus, several editors, but I thank my lucky stars that she proofread the pages. Bringing all the styles up to date, catching bloopers, as well as getting granular with finding missing spaces (or too many spaces), Esther’s keen eye gives me the confidence to send this book to press in top form. She’s also super professional and a great communicator. I look forward to working with her again!"
—Nava Atlas, August 2021
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Romantic Comedy
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Work experience

Freelance Copyeditor/Proofreader

Charlesbridge Publishing
October, 2021 – Present (2 months)

Freelance Copyeditor and Proofreader

ABRAMS
September, 2021 – Present (3 months)

Freelance Copyeditor/Proofreader

Scholastic
August, 2021 – Present (4 months)

Freelance Copyeditor/Proofreader

Macmillan Publishing
August, 2021 – Present (4 months)

Freelance Editor

Mascot Books
July, 2021 – Present (5 months)

Freelance Copyeditor/Proofreader

Penguin Random House - Penguin Young Readers
March, 2021 – Present (9 months)

Editor & Acquisitions Associate

Lemur Press
January, 2021 – Present (11 months)

I acquire out-of-print titles to bring back into publication, create and maintain relationships with authors, attain title rights reversion, oversee edits, and support marketing efforts for a wide variety of genres.

Freelance Proofreader

Albert Whitman
August, 2020 – Present (over 1 year)

- Proofread manuscripts and written content according to style guide to ensure error-free content and formatting

Editor & Production Coordinator

Kidsbooks
November, 2016 – February, 2020 (over 3 years)

Sole editor under Editorial Director, providing editing, proofreading, and copyediting for all books, packaging, and marketing materials. In-house production team lead.
- Lead editor and co-author on best-selling Biggest Book nonfiction series
- Proofread and copyedited all books and packaging, from manuscript stage through layout and final advance, ensuring error-free final products
- Wrote catalog and cover copy
- Oversaw planning and production for all titles
- Lead project management and workflow for all reprint titles, Spanish titles, and select nonfiction and activity book series
- Researched comps and industry trends
- Managed copyright filing and maintained copyright records

Children's Publishing Intern - Acquisitions

Phoenix International Publications, Inc.
August, 2015 – August, 2016 (about 1 year)

- Acted as International Acquisitions Editor, handling highly confidential licensor accounts such as Disney and Dreamworks, managing workflow of submissions to licensors and ensuring all proofreading corrections were made
- Researched licensed properties and gathered licensor information; gathered art samples for upcoming projects
- Prepared Power Point slides for conferences and book fair presentations; participated in Acquisitions team meetings
- Updated publishing plans and created visual line plans
- Submitted book components online for licensor approval; assisted with projects in other departments
- Worked within production software to fact check format, ISBN, pricing, and related information for books
- Created copyright reference sheets and SRP history spreadsheets for book formats both domestic and international; created Acquisitions route checklist; created a spreadsheet listing illustrator credits for books
- Maintained Style Guide Server and editorial guidelines

Freelance Editorial Intern

The Little Things Publishing, LLC
May, 2012 – May, 2014 (about 2 years)

- Assisted primary editor and author in all editorial needs of manuscript process before book publication, including review of grammar, spelling, syntax, and mechanics of prose

Portfolio (29 selected works)

Paradise Girls: A Novel

Gingras, Sandy

Flirting with Fate

Cervantes, J. C.

Zia Erases the World

Barton, Bree

Snow Day in May (The Wish Library)

Evans, Christine, Corrigan, Patrick

Together Forever (3) (The Wish Library)

Evans, Christine, Corrigan, Patrick

The Wish that Got Away (4) (The Wish Library)

Evans, Christine, Corrigan, Patrick

The Inflatables in Bad Air Day (The Inflatables #1)

Garrod, Beth, Hitchman, Jess, Danger, Chris

Who's That Dog?-Giggle Together as you Race around the Neighborhood with this Crazy Dog and the Trouble he gets into-Ages 12-36 Months

Steph Clarkson, Rainstorm Publishing, Kidsbooks Publishing, Erica Salcedo, Erica Salcedo

Who Knows Eleanor Rose?-Full of Humor and Endearing Friendships, Eleanor Rose will Enchant Children Everywhere!

Mandy Archer, Rainstorm Publishing, Kidsbooks Publishing, Sara Sanchez, Sara Sanchez

Good Night, Little One-Beautiful Illustrations and a Heartwarming Poem make this the Perfect Bedtime Read (Tender Moments)

Susan Larkin, Rainstorm Publishing, Kidsbooks Publishing, Jacqueline East, Jacqueline East

Esther has 4 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Valerie Doherty
I loved working with Esther. She was highly collaborative, professional, and prompt. I would love working with Esther again! Thank you for a delightful experience.

Valerie Doherty, September 2021


richard williams
Excellent editor- goes the extra mile and does a GREAT job. I strongly recommend her. Very intelligent and talented editor.

richard williams, June 2021


Emilie Cossette
I greatly appreciated working with Esther. She did an amazing job proofreading my children's book. She is very professional, good communication and availability.

Emilie Cossette, March 2021

Esther Reisberg
Thank you, Émilie! It was wonderful working with you.

Reply from Esther Reisberg


Dominik Loncar
Esther did a comprehensive job proofreading. She even checked on the proper citation of quotes I used. Her attention to detail is to be commended and applauded. Highly recommended.

Dominik Loncar, February 2021

Esther Reisberg
Thank you, Dominik! It was a pleasure to work with you.

Reply from Esther Reisberg

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