Holland Baker

Holland Baker - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Writer, Editor, and Podcaster. Here for all copyediting and proofreading needs, especially for children's and YA books and graphic novels.

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Overview

When it comes to my interests, I’ve always been one to lean toward the compulsive side. Whether it be slowly learning Korean during the pandemic to be able to write about the K-pop industry with more context or turning my love of Degrassi: The Next Generation into a weekly podcast, I’ve managed to parlay my attention to detail into a career filled with micro-detailed editorial calendars and the ability to scrap said calendars with Plans B through Z when inevitable surprises come to the fore. After working in the print and digital media landscape for the past five years, I’ve been able to use my meticulous passion to create magazines, books, podcasts and stories, each a labor of love and obsession in their own way.


For the past six years in New York City publishing, I've developed my skills in copyediting and proofreading for a number of mediums, including magazines, novels, graphic novels, and novelty items. I also have a keen eye for art consistency, with my background in graphic novel and picture book editing at Scholastic.


Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Entertainment
Travel
True Crime
Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy
Picture Books

Certifications

  • Bachelor’s in Journalism

Work experience

Production Editor

Callisto Media
July, 2021 – Present (about 1 year)

Production Editor for children's books, self-help titles, and guided journals. My duties include: working with editors and designers to ensure all projects are completed efficiently and on time; overseeing production from manuscript stage through to ebook creation; assigning work to freelance proofreaders and indexers; overseeing the proofreading and copy editing of each title throughout the production process; working with offsite compositors to ensure page design is consistent at each pass and that all corrections are made correctly

Production Editor

Scholastic
November, 2018 – Present (almost 4 years)

Production editor for Graphix, Branches and Acorn imprints. Scholastic Graphix publishes creator-driven graphic novels appropriate for children and teens. Scholastic Branches publishes books specifically designed for newly independent readers who are ready to make the leap from leveled readers, but not quite prepared for a traditional chapter book. Scholastic Acorn, an offshoot of Branches, publishes books aimed at children ages four to seven who are just beginning to read.

My duties include: working with editors and designers of Graphix, Branches and Acorn titles to ensure all projects are completed efficiently and on time; assigning work to freelance proofreaders; updating and monitoring the internal production management system to track each project's progress; overseeing the proofreading and copy editing of each title throughout the production process; working with the manufacturing team to ensure all book schedules are running on time

Assistant Managing Editor

Topix Media Lab, LLC
June, 2016 – October, 2018 (over 2 years)

Topix Media Lab is a mass-market consumer magazine publishing company that produces single-topic magazines as well as books. My duties included: creating production schedules for all book and magazine projects; managing the production for all book and magazine projects; acting as a liaison between Topix and Macmillan, the company's book distributor; working with clients with approvals and deadlines; preparing files for book and magazine projects; editing all copy multiple times throughout the production process for grammar, style, flow and consistency; proofing finalized pages in InDesign; PDFing final pages for client approval.

Copy Editor

Topix Media Lab, LLC
March, 2015 – June, 2016 (over 1 year)

Topix Media Lab is a mass-market consumer magazine publishing company that produces single-topic magazines as well as books. My duties included: editing all copy multiple times throughout the production process for grammar, style, flow and consistency; fact checking all copy for accuracy; routing pages; proofing finalized pages in InDesign; PDF final pages for client approval and shipping pages to the printer.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Guts

Telgemeier, Raina, Telgemeier, Raina, Telgemeier, Raina, Telgemeier, Raina

The Invasion (Animorphs Graphix #1) (1)

Applegate, K. A., Grant, Michael, Grine, Chris

Holland has 5 reviews

Professionalism
Professionalism
Quality
Quality
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Value
Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Nghi Dang
Holland delivered earlier than expected. Very professional.

Nghi Dang, May 2022


Neil Rosen
Holland is everything I needed to proofread and edit two of my children's picture books. Her work is detailed and easy to follow. She made sure my books would be perfect and ready to launch on time. I will continue to use her for future books. P. Stork

Neil Rosen, February 2022


Trevor Spaulding
Fast and helpful, thanks!

Trevor Spaulding, December 2021


David and Stephanie Miles
Excellent work! Really appreciate the attention to detail.

David and Stephanie Miles, November 2021


John Faria
Holland Baker was a joy to work with. The communication with speedy and the work was not only punctual, they were exactly what I needed. The price was well worth the time Holland gave to this project. Not only is this story better due to the editing but the tone is better for it.

John Faria, February 2021

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