Glenn McMahan

Glenn McMahan - Editor

Colorado Springs, CO, United States

Experienced editor for university presses (MIT, Harvard, etc.) and scholars (Princeton, U of Toronto, etc.); published award-winning books.

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Overview

I am proficient with all levels of book editing, including developmental editing, line editing, copy editing, and proofreading. My editing skills were first honed as a magazine and newspaper journalist. I work extensively with scholarly authors including at Harvard University, Princeton University, U.C. Berkeley, and the University of Toronto (see list below). My books have been published by Harvard University Press, MIT Press, and Endeavor Literary Press, to name a few.

In April 2022, Harvard University Press launched "Democratizing Finance: The Radical Promise of Fintech," which I edited for author and Harvard economist Marion Laboure. I also produced the index. The book is endorsed by renowned economists Lawrence Summers and Kenneth Rogoff, among others.

In August 2021, I edited and published (Endeavor Literary Press) "The Resilient Society" by Princeton University economist Markus Brunnermeier. This book made the "Best Books of the Year 2021" list published by the Financial Times in London and was awarded "Best Economics Book 2021" at the Frankfurt Book Fair. It was endorsed by two Nobel Prize winners, Robert Shiller and Angus Deaton, and by Gillian Tett, the chief editor of the Financial Times.

My first major work in 2021 was editing and publishing "The Pandemic Information Solution: Overcoming the Brutal Economics of Covid-19" (Endeavor Literary Press), by University of Toronto economist and MIT Press author Joshua Gans. Designed for policymakers and public health officials, the book played a role in advancing the widespread use of rapid antigen tests to slow the spread of Covid-19 in the US.

Also in 2021, I edited and published (Endeavor Literary Press) a book of poetry by award-winning spoken-word poet Phil Ginsburg. This book is titled "In Pursuit of the Almost." It was released in commemoration for National Poetry Month (April).

In July 2021, I edited and then published (Endeavor Literary Press) "Writing the Biodrama" by award-winning playwright Dr. Tee O'Neill. The book was endorsed by José Rivera, the Academy Award nominated screenwriter of "The Motorcycle Diaries."

In 2020, I provided the copyediting and proofreading for the MIT Press book titled "Innovation Matters," by Dr. Richard Gilbert, a UC Berkeley economist and former deputy attorney general for economics in the US Department of Justice.

In 2020 I did developmental editing, copy editing, and proofreading on "Bridge the Gap: How Leaders Can Revitalize Broken Organizations," by Michael Rodenberg, a CEO; and "Surviving Babies and Toddlers," a witty memoir about raising kids. Both were published by Endeavor Literary Press.

In 2019, I edited, among many others, "America's Youngest Hostages: The True Cost of Foster Care and Who's Paying for It," by Ian Keldoulis, a contributing writer for the New York Times and Harper's Bazaar. It was an honor to work on this crucial book about a terrible situation in the US.

In 2018, I edited and proofread the top-selling business book titled "Fluid" by young entrepreneur Najeeb Khan. Six more books that I edited are scheduled to be launched in April.

In 2017, my editing work has included four major theology books written by Jewish scholars, and a historian of sacred art. The titles are displayed below. I also edited soon-to-be-published "Stop Blaming Free Markets," an economics book by CEO Andrew Smith; the business and management book titled "ClickSand" by Bill Troy; and the self-help books "The Optimal Life" by Brian Vondruska, and "Simplifying Life" by Dr. Brett Taylor.

Among my 2016 projects, I edited and published "Own Your Time: Professional Time-Management Strategies for a Profitable and Balanced Life," by Fortune 500 executive coach Stephanie Wachman.

As a newspaper and wire service reporter in and around Washington, D.C., I worked for the American Journalism Review, Capital News Service, and The Frederick News-Post. My articles were published in numerous Maryland newspapers, the Associated Press and the former Knight-Ridder News Service. I covered Maryland politics and education in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Annapolis. I also wrote about two members of the U.S. House of Representatives, a U.S. Senator, and the U.S. Supreme Court. I won writing and reporting awards from the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists.

In 2015, I graduated from the University of Denver Publishing Institute. I hold a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and a bachelor's degree in English (creative writing) from Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Economics
Parenting & Families
Religion & Spirituality

Certifications

  • M.A. Journalism, University of Maryland, 1993
  • University of Denver Publishing Institute, 2015
  • B.A. English, Metropolitan State University of Denver, 1989

Awards

  • Society of Professional Journalists, First Place Breaking News Reporting
  • Outstanding Writing and Reporting, the Associated Press

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
February, 1995 – Present (almost 28 years)

Independent Publisher
Developmental book editing, copy editing, proofreading
Ghostwriting
Translation (Portuguese to English)

Reporter

The Frederick News-Post
May, 1992 – September, 1994 (over 2 years)

Covered local, state, and national politics, the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis, and state and local education.

Reporter

Capital News Service (Washington, D.C.)
August, 1991 – December, 1991 (5 months)

Covered the Supreme Court, Maryland’s delegation to U.S. Senate and
Congress, the Maryland General Assembly and federal agencies for nine
daily newspapers in Maryland, AP, and the Knight-Ridder News Wire.

News Aide

American Journalism Review
August, 1990 – August, 1991 (about 1 year)

Reporting, writing, editing, fact checking and proofreading for this
national magazine (circulation 50,000).

Portfolio (12 selected works)

America's Youngest Hostages: The true cost of foster care and who's paying for it

Ian Keldoulis

In the turbulent 1960s, a renegade Capuchin friar set out to end the foster-care-to-prison pipeline. His actions inspired a community, sparked a movement and built an enduring grassroots organization. For over fifty years, the Downey Side adoption agency has been rescuing our neediest children from the nation’s blighted foster care system. This David versus Goliath story continues today. Ameri... read more

In the turbulent 1960s, a renegade Capuchin friar set out to end the foster-care-to-prison pipeline. His actions inspired a community, sparked a movement and built an enduring grassroots organization. For over fifty years, the Downey Side adoption agency has been rescuing our neediest children from the nation’s blighted foster care system. This David versus Goliath story continues today. Ameri... read more

The Resilient Society

Brunnermeier, Markus

Democratizing Finance: The Radical Promise of Fintech

Laboure, Marion, Deffrennes, Nicolas

CLICKSAND: How Online Marketing Will Destroy Your Business (And The Unlikely Secret To Saving It)

Bill Troy

CLICKSAND exposes how the online marketing industry is destroying millions of businesses in a greedy money grab. From the largest companies such as Google, Facebook and Hubspot, to small agencies and consultants in every city and town, online marketers are convincing unsuspecting business owners that online marketing is a panacea that will solve all of their sales and marketing challenges. In ... read more

CLICKSAND exposes how the online marketing industry is destroying millions of businesses in a greedy money grab. From the largest companies such as Google, Facebook and Hubspot, to small agencies and consultants in every city and town, online marketers are convincing unsuspecting business owners that online marketing is a panacea that will solve all of their sales and marketing challenges. In ... read more

Own Your Time: Professional Time-Management Strategies for a Profitable and Balanced Life

Stephanie Wachman

In this book, author Stephanie Wachman, a Fortune 500 executive coach, provides business professionals with proven time-management strategies. Own Your Time provides practical, concise skills for business professionals to become more productive, reduce stress, increase profits and have a more balanced life. The book's chapters address ways to manage meetings, email, healthy sleep patterns, pro... read more

In this book, author Stephanie Wachman, a Fortune 500 executive coach, provides business professionals with proven time-management strategies. Own Your Time provides practical, concise skills for business professionals to become more productive, reduce stress, increase profits and have a more balanced life. The book's chapters address ways to manage meetings, email, healthy sleep patterns, pro... read more

Surviving a Startup

Houston, Joel

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Jonathan Arias
Glenn's review of my manuscript was thorough, honest, and extremely helpful. In addition, his market research on my type of book was also helpful and gave me a clear understanding of where my book stands. And finally, Glenn completed my review much sooner than expected. Thanks, Glenn!

Jonathan Arias, November 2022


Lisa Hall
Glenn gave timely, intelligent feedback and work on a complicated project. I feel his fee was appropriate to his level of work and prior experience.

Lisa Hall, September 2022


Justin Patton
Glenn provided an editorial assessment for my book. His feedback was direct and necessary. I'm confident that my book is better because of his feedback.

Justin Patton, May 2022


Marsha Wulff
I feel very fortunate to have found in Glenn someone with the specific professional skills in my niche to help me prepare for not only a Query letter but also a full book proposal process.

Marsha Wulff, April 2022


Gary Baker
Glenn is very professional and easy to work with. As a first time author I was unsure about the whole process. He walked me through every step and helped ensure my project was a success.

Gary Baker, December 2021

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