Greg Brown

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Portland, United States

Ten years editing and proofreading for media, Fortune 500s, and fiction and non-fiction authors. I'm here to help get your message right.

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For the past 10 years, I've been helping national media companies, non-profits, small businesses, art galleries, fiction and non-fiction authors, and Fortune 500 companies maximize their messages and produce sharp and powerful written content.

As a non-fiction book editor I specialize in business and finance, environmental science and nature writing, health and lifestyle writing, art, music, and issues of philosophy and spirituality. Some of my past and current clients include Consumers Union Inc. (publisher of Consumer Reports magazine), the New York Times Company, Forbes, The Chicago Tribune, Beyond Type 1, The Nature Conservancy, and the Jenny Holzer Studio Gallery.

My goal is always to create work that's right for the client—that speaks in his or her voice, supports his or her brand, and achieves his or her strategic goals, whether you’re a non-profit looking to clarify your mission statement, a global financial company with a prospectus that needs editing, an academic press looking for a developmental editor, or a health sector company that needs a proofreader capable of examining complex subject copy.

I'm also a working author whose fiction has appeared in the Alaska Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Epoch, and Narrative Magazine, where I was a winner of the 30Below Prize. I am a recipient of writing fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference . For years I've taught creative writing; edited fiction and narrative non-fiction manuscripts for best-selling, emerging, and unpublished authors; and participated in creative writing workshops at some of the most prestigious writing programs and conferences in the world. Whether you're working on a novel, a memoir, or a short story collection, I can help.

Let's chat more about your work and your needs.
Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Art
Business & Management
Earth & Space & Environmental Sciences
Finance & Accounting
Health & wellbeing
Music
Nature
Fiction
Literature

Work experience

Freelance Editor and Proofreader

Self-employed
August, 2006 – Present (almost 13 years)

Portfolio (16 selected works)

Safe A.I.: A blueprint for CEOs to harness the benefits of AI without the unintended consequences

Dr. Teresa Escrig

Seventy percent of business leaders believe that AI will provide significant business value in the future. However, they also think that AI and automation will have a negative impact on stakeholder’s trust over the next five years. They feel the pressure of using AI to stay relevant, while being concerned of facing the unintended consequences of a largely unproven technology that they don't un... read more

Seventy percent of business leaders believe that AI will provide significant business value in the future. However, they also think that AI and automation will have a negative impact on stakeholder’s trust over the next five years. They feel the pressure of using AI to stay relevant, while being concerned of facing the unintended consequences of a largely unproven technology that they don't un... read more

Hosting Success Your Way: How to discover your best Airbnb strategy, become a Superhost, and embark on a profitable life-long journey

Mark Shurtleff

Get into creative hosting with Airbnb and make some real additional income. Forget driving other people around for peanuts or getting that minimum wage “gig”. I gained significant additional income on Airbnb and attained Superhost status in 3 months. I also list my small space for higher fees and get higher occupancy rates than listings in my area through my design and hosting focus. I want to... read more

Get into creative hosting with Airbnb and make some real additional income. Forget driving other people around for peanuts or getting that minimum wage “gig”. I gained significant additional income on Airbnb and attained Superhost status in 3 months. I also list my small space for higher fees and get higher occupancy rates than listings in my area through my design and hosting focus. I want to... read more

From Doing to Leading: Your Guide for Inspiring People on the Frontlines

John M Stuef, Amy D Bradshaw PhD

Are you making the jump from doing to leading?? John Stuef has been there, he was a successful doer who made the transition to leading. The thing about leadership is that it forces you to grow personally and to appreciate that inspiring people to do a job well requires a whole different skill set than doing that job yourself.nbsp; In “From Doing To Leading,” authors John Stuef and Amy Bradshaw... read more

Are you making the jump from doing to leading?? John Stuef has been there, he was a successful doer who made the transition to leading. The thing about leadership is that it forces you to grow personally and to appreciate that inspiring people to do a job well requires a whole different skill set than doing that job yourself.nbsp; In “From Doing To Leading,” authors John Stuef and Amy Bradshaw... read more

Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports brings you the best products, the best brands, the best services and the best prices! Consumer Reports compares features, sorts through the choices, analyzes the options and reports back to you. You benefit from the clear advice, useful recommendations, wise insights and easy-to-understand information. When you put Consumer Reports to work for you, you get more than 100 car ex... read more

Consumer Reports brings you the best products, the best brands, the best services and the best prices! Consumer Reports compares features, sorts through the choices, analyzes the options and reports back to you. You benefit from the clear advice, useful recommendations, wise insights and easy-to-understand information. When you put Consumer Reports to work for you, you get more than 100 car ex... read more

Forbes

Forbes focuses on top management and those aspiring to positions of corporate leadership in business. This insider publication features information on successful companies and individuals, industries, marketing, law, taxes, technology, computers, communications, investments, management performance

Forbes focuses on top management and those aspiring to positions of corporate leadership in business. This insider publication features information on successful companies and individuals, industries, marketing, law, taxes, technology, computers, communications, investments, management performance

When Mystical Creatures Attack! (Iowa Short Fiction Award)

Kathleen Founds

In When Mystical Creatures Attack!, Ms. Freedman’s high school English class writes essays in which mystical creatures resolve the greatest sociopolitical problems of our time. Students include Janice Gibbs, “a feral child with excessive eyeliner and an anti-authoritarian complex that would be interesting were it not so ill-informed,” and Cody Splunk, an aspiring writer working on a time machi... read more

In When Mystical Creatures Attack!, Ms. Freedman’s high school English class writes essays in which mystical creatures resolve the greatest sociopolitical problems of our time. Students include Janice Gibbs, “a feral child with excessive eyeliner and an anti-authoritarian complex that would be interesting were it not so ill-informed,” and Cody Splunk, an aspiring writer working on a time machi... read more

How to Break Writer's Block Today & Where To Get Ideas

N. M. Beguesse

As the sole author, illustrator and publisher of my own indie manga series, people often ask me how I achieve my prodigious productivity and motivation. I outlined my process in this new book. Every other book on writer's block gives you the same old techniques, such as "just start writing". But what they don't tell you is how those techniques work--that is, if they work at all. In How To Brea... read more

As the sole author, illustrator and publisher of my own indie manga series, people often ask me how I achieve my prodigious productivity and motivation. I outlined my process in this new book. Every other book on writer's block gives you the same old techniques, such as "just start writing". But what they don't tell you is how those techniques work--that is, if they work at all. In How To Brea... read more

Let's Get Your Book Published: A Practical Approach to Self-Publishing, Aligning with Your Purpose, Releasing Fear, Maximizing Time, & Making a Profit

Nicole Gabriel

WHAT IS STOPPING YOU FROM FULFILLING YOUR DREAM OF BECOMING AN AUTHOR? Do you feel a deep longing to write a book but struggle to find the time, energy, focus, or know how to do so? Have you postponed your dream because you're striving for the perfect manuscript or because you've been searching for an agent or a publisher for a while? This book will help you break through the obstacles, better... read more

WHAT IS STOPPING YOU FROM FULFILLING YOUR DREAM OF BECOMING AN AUTHOR? Do you feel a deep longing to write a book but struggle to find the time, energy, focus, or know how to do so? Have you postponed your dream because you're striving for the perfect manuscript or because you've been searching for an agent or a publisher for a while? This book will help you break through the obstacles, better... read more

Pattern for Excellence: Engage Your Team to WOW More Customers

Brigham Dickinson

When was the last time you received WOW worthy customer service from a business? Have you ever been curious how some companies consistently deliver this WOW factor? Pattern for Excellence is designed to help business owners create WOW Experiences on a daily basis…not one customer at a time, but by building relationships and uniting employees behind a greater cause. This amazing phenomenon begi... read more

When was the last time you received WOW worthy customer service from a business? Have you ever been curious how some companies consistently deliver this WOW factor? Pattern for Excellence is designed to help business owners create WOW Experiences on a daily basis…not one customer at a time, but by building relationships and uniting employees behind a greater cause. This amazing phenomenon begi... read more

Startup Evolution Curve From Idea to Profitable and Scalable Business: Startup Marketing Manual

Dr. Donatas Jonikas

It's like an IKEA guide for building your next startup. Based on global research of 1,447 startups and highly recommended by more than 30 international experts. It's not a book you read in a day, but like a manual you take with you and consult from time to time. Every startup founder should have it on the desk!Shows The WayDonatas Jonikas (PhD) provides clear and actionable guidelines for what... read more

It's like an IKEA guide for building your next startup. Based on global research of 1,447 startups and highly recommended by more than 30 international experts. It's not a book you read in a day, but like a manual you take with you and consult from time to time. Every startup founder should have it on the desk!Shows The WayDonatas Jonikas (PhD) provides clear and actionable guidelines for what... read more

Creating a Kaizen Culture: Align the Organization, Achieve Breakthrough Results, and Sustain the Gains

Jon Miller, Mike Wroblewski, Jaime Villafuerte

FOSTER AND SUSTAIN A KAIZEN CULTURE IN YOUR ORGANIZATION WINNER of the 2015 Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award! FOREWORD BY JOHN TOUSSANT, CEO OF THEDACARE Transforming a culture is far more about emotional growth than technical maturity. Co-written by leaders at the Kaizen Institute, Creating a Kaizen Culture explains how to enable an adaptive, excellent, and sustainable organ... read more

FOSTER AND SUSTAIN A KAIZEN CULTURE IN YOUR ORGANIZATION WINNER of the 2015 Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award! FOREWORD BY JOHN TOUSSANT, CEO OF THEDACARE Transforming a culture is far more about emotional growth than technical maturity. Co-written by leaders at the Kaizen Institute, Creating a Kaizen Culture explains how to enable an adaptive, excellent, and sustainable organ... read more

The Foot & Ankle Pain Bible: A Self-Care Guide to Eliminating the Source of Your Foot Pain

Christopher J. Kidawski

ELIMINATE YOUR PLANTAR FASCIITIS AND ACHILLES TENDINOPATHY WITHOUT DOCTORS, DRUGS, OR PHYSICAL THERAPISTS! Do any of these statements sound like you? “My first ten steps in the morning are killing me!” “I’ve had to stop all of my activity because of my foot/heel pain, and now I’ve gained 20 pounds and I’m miserable.” “I can be as active as I want, but an hour after I’m crawling around the hous... read more

ELIMINATE YOUR PLANTAR FASCIITIS AND ACHILLES TENDINOPATHY WITHOUT DOCTORS, DRUGS, OR PHYSICAL THERAPISTS! Do any of these statements sound like you? “My first ten steps in the morning are killing me!” “I’ve had to stop all of my activity because of my foot/heel pain, and now I’ve gained 20 pounds and I’m miserable.” “I can be as active as I want, but an hour after I’m crawling around the hous... read more

The Knee Pain Bible: A Self-Care Guide to Eliminating Knee Pain and Returning to the Movements You Love!

Christopher J. Kidawski

COMPLETELY RID YOUR KNEES FROM THE PAIN OF TENDINITIS, OR DISCOMFORT WITHOUT PAINFUL INJECTIONS, DRUGS, OR SURGERY!Do any of these statements sound like you?“I would be able to lose the weight, and exercise if only my knees didn’t hurt so bad.”“If my knees didn’t hurt I would be able to run faster for a longer period of time.”“I love basketball, but playing will leave my knees in pain for days... read more

COMPLETELY RID YOUR KNEES FROM THE PAIN OF TENDINITIS, OR DISCOMFORT WITHOUT PAINFUL INJECTIONS, DRUGS, OR SURGERY!Do any of these statements sound like you?“I would be able to lose the weight, and exercise if only my knees didn’t hurt so bad.”“If my knees didn’t hurt I would be able to run faster for a longer period of time.”“I love basketball, but playing will leave my knees in pain for days... read more

The Head, Neck & Shoulder Pain Bible: A Self-Care Guide To Eliminating Upper Body Pain

Christopher J. Kidawski

ELIMINATE YOUR HEADACHES WITHOUT PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION, INJECTIONS, OR SURGERY!Do any of these statements sound like you?“My neck is always stiff upon rising.”“I can’t concentrate due to my headaches/migraines.”“I can’t sleep on one side because my shoulder hurts.”“I get car sick, or motion sickness when I travel.”“There’s a constant pain going down my arm.”Today’s world is filled with const... read more

ELIMINATE YOUR HEADACHES WITHOUT PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION, INJECTIONS, OR SURGERY!Do any of these statements sound like you?“My neck is always stiff upon rising.”“I can’t concentrate due to my headaches/migraines.”“I can’t sleep on one side because my shoulder hurts.”“I get car sick, or motion sickness when I travel.”“There’s a constant pain going down my arm.”Today’s world is filled with const... read more

AsapSCIENCE: Answers to the World's Weirdest Questions, Most Persistent Rumors, and Unexplained Phenomena

Mitchell Moffit, Greg Brown

The instant New York Times bestselling book of entertaining, irreverent, and totally accessible illustrated answers to the scientific “questions you had no idea were bugging you all your life” (Fast Company), from the creators of the wildly popular YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE.Why do we get hung over? What would happen if you stopped sleeping? Is binge-watching TV actually bad for you? Why shou... read more

The instant New York Times bestselling book of entertaining, irreverent, and totally accessible illustrated answers to the scientific “questions you had no idea were bugging you all your life” (Fast Company), from the creators of the wildly popular YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE.Why do we get hung over? What would happen if you stopped sleeping? Is binge-watching TV actually bad for you? Why shou... read more

Maximize Your Social: A One-Stop Guide to Building a Social Media Strategy for Marketing and Business Success

Neal Schaffer

Create and maintain a successful social media strategy for your business Today, a large number of companies still don't have a strategic approach to social media. Others fail to calculate how effective they are at social media, one of the critical components of implementing any social media strategy. When companies start spending time and money on their social media efforts, they need to creat... read more

Create and maintain a successful social media strategy for your business Today, a large number of companies still don't have a strategic approach to social media. Others fail to calculate how effective they are at social media, one of the critical components of implementing any social media strategy. When companies start spending time and money on their social media efforts, they need to creat... read more

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Sofian Ouali
Ok! This is going to be a long review, but worth to read… I have had an excellent experience with Reedsy’s editor Greg Brown. I’m a new author, I just completed editing my very first book. Being a writer and a new author is tough. You always have the impression that every section, every chapter, and every story you have completed writing is perfect and shiny. However, when it comes to editing...
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Sofian Ouali, May 2019


Isabel Wu
Greg was integral to getting my project completed. His editing style gave lots of useful feedback and writing direction, which as a first-time writer was sorely needed. He was thorough and encouraging. All new writers need someone like Greg.

Isabel Wu, April 2019


Pat Musick
Greg and I made an easy connection. I was looking for an editor who was communicative, thoughtful, non-combative and an educator. Writing is a very personal experience and, for me, an editor must almost be an extension of the author. As a result of our collaboration my book is tighter, reductive and more informative. I learned a lot from my work with Greg, and he prepared me for the ne...
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Pat Musick, March 2019


Neal Schaffer
I worked with Greg on a special project to edit my manuscript while reducing word count by approximately 30% on a tight schedule. Not only did Greg help me realize what content was and wasn't necessary for my manuscript, but he went above and beyond the duty by strengthening my content as he reduced unnecessary words. Greg was professional with every communication and over-delivered in terms o...
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Neal Schaffer, January 2019


Katrina German
I really enjoyed working with Greg. He was responsive, thorough and encouraging. I would love to work with him again!

Katrina German, January 2019

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