Jaime Taber

Jaime Taber - Editor

Worcester, MA, USA

Talented, experienced editor of academic copy, historical fiction, and memoirs. Taking articles now; please inquire about a book project.

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Overview

Hello! I'm Jaime; pleased to meet you. If you need meticulous line editing for a manuscript in the social sciences and humanities, a work of historical fiction, or a memoir, I invite you to check out my profile. I've edited the English language in hundreds of published collections, monographs, and articles by historians, political scientists, anthropologists, sociologists, linguists, ethnographers, and other writers with stories to tell—some factual, some fictional, some in between. These authors hail from five continents, and around 75% of them are not native speakers of English. Regardless of origin, they've been generous with praise for my deft recasts, knack for condensation, judicious queries, lexical precision, and sharp eye.

Of course you want your work to be free of typos, grammatical errors, and misspellings. That's the easy part. As a line editor, I go much deeper, scrutinizing each of your sentences. I ensure that your wording is concise and precise. I banish redundancy, identify ambiguity and awkwardness, formulate lucid queries about the meaning you intend to convey, and offer concrete language to replace infelicitous constructions in your original text. Above all, though—for English learners and native speakers alike—I attend to the flow of your discourse. Not only will your sentences will be well-formed; they will also segue cleanly from one idea to the next. Transitions will be smooth, lexical connotations expertly deployed, punctuation impeccable, and syntax idiomatic and suited to the mood of the events you depict.

But don't just take my word for it! Below you'll find some comments that authors have seen fit to include in their published acknowledgments.

“My language editor, Jaime Taber, was ready to embark on the herculean project of editing this book in less than three months. She did a heroic job.”
—Cindy Wittke, Law in the Twilight: International Courts and Tribunals, the Security Council and the Internationalisation of Peace Agreements between State and Non-State Parties (2018)

“Jaime Taber [has] been exceptionally helpful in preparing the manuscript for publication.”
—Stephen Reyna, Deadly Contradictions: The New American Empire and Global Warring (2016)

“I would also like to thank . . . Jaime Taber for expert copy-editing of the final manuscript.”
—Carl A. Maida (co-editor with Sam Beck), Public Anthropology in a Borderless World (2015)

“I would also like to thank the copyeditor, Jaime Taber, for her excellent work.”
—Christian Wicke, Helmut Kohl’s Quest for Normality: His Representation of the German Nation and Himself (2015)

“Thanks also to Jaime Taber for copyediting the book with expert care.”
—Alberto Corsin Jiménez, An Anthropological Trompe L’Oeil for a Common World: An Essay on the Economy of Knowledge (2013)

“I would also like to acknowledge the crucial help from the copyeditor, Jaime Taber.
—Adam Yuet Chau, “Actants Amassing” (2013)

“Jaime Taber carried out the essential service of putting my style and syntax into order, a monumental task. Thank you, Jaime.”
—Stephen Barlau (translator), in Rudolf van Thadden✝, Trieglaff: Balancing Church and Politics in a Pomeranian World, 1807–1948 (2013)

“Finally, we would like to thank . . . our masterly copy editor Jaime Taber, who read the whole manuscript and suggested many helpful improvements.”
—Maarja-Liisa Honkasalo and Miira Tuominen, Culture, Suicide, and the Human Condition (2013)

“Jaime Taber proved to be an excellent copy editor.”
—Jessica C. E. Gienow-Hecht and Mark C. Donfried (editors), Searching for a Cultural Diplomacy (2010)

“I have received valuable guidance and encouragement during the final preparation of the manuscript . . . not least from my copy editor Jaime Taber.”
—Arne Kalland, Unveiling the Whale: Discourses on Whales and Whaling (2009)

“Jaime Taber has been a very meticulous editor and always quick in responding to my questions.”
—Dirk Schumann, Political Violence in the Weimar Republic, 1918–1933: Fight for the Streets and Fear of Civil War (English edition, 2009)

“The Berghahn copy editor Jaime Taber meticulously worked through the manuscript, and her invaluable professionalism made our own editing far easier than it would have been otherwise.”
—Heidi Armbruster and Anna Lærke, Taking Sides: Ethics, Politics, and Fieldwork in Anthropology (2008)

“We are also grateful . . . to Jaime Taber, the copyeditor, for . . . dedication and professionalism in producing the book.”
—Q. Edward Wang and Franz L. Fillafer, The Many Faces of Clio: Cross-Cultural Approaches to Historiography; Essays in Honor of Georg G. Iggers (2007)

“My sincere thanks go to . . . Jaime Taber for her meticulous work as copy editor.”
—Alexander Stephan, The Americanization of Europe: Culture, Diplomacy, and Anti-Americanism after 1945 (2006)

“The people at Berghahn Books have been wonderful to work with, including . . . Jaime Taber, a truly amazing copy editor who has made me sound better than I deserve.”
—Lawrence Ziegler-Otero, Resistance in an Amazonian Community: Huaorani Organizing against the Global Economy (2004)
Services
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
History
Politics & Current Affairs
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Fiction
Historical Fiction

Work experience

copy/line editor

Self-employed
May, 1995 – Present (over 24 years)

Do you remember a kid in school who never got less than an A on compositions, always won spelling bees, and treated grammar class like a varsity sport? A kid you’d ask to check your draft for mistakes? A kid who could tell you the difference between lie and lay, discrete and discreet, who and whom? I was that kid, right up through college and into the workplace.

My professional editing career took root in 1995 in Kiev, Ukraine, where I was teaching English. At the request of a homebound American colleague, I took over his part-time proofreading job at a local economic news bulletin run by the journalist Mykhailo Kolomiyets. Unlike previous native English-speaking employees at the bulletin, I was fluent in Russian and well schooled in formal writing. Within a year or so I was not just the senior English language editor but also top dog in the company’s translation division, where I rendered Russian (and sometimes Ukrainian) articles into idiomatic, grammatical English. Word got out about me, and writers in Kiev kept me busy editing a wide range of copy, from essays and short stories to memoirs, laws and resolutions, lifestyle articles, abstracts, and market research.

Stateside again as a new mom, I discovered academic editing from home. It was an instant good fit. I raised my kids while copyediting academic volumes published by the independent academic press Berghahn Books. Later I also signed on with publishing services provider Amnet, copyediting academic articles as well as some fiction and memoirs. The projects I remember most vividly tend to involve texts by individual scholars and writers who’ve hired me again and again over the years. Familiarity with a writer’s linguistic profile and thematic interests makes for a smoother process and lends the work a more personal dimension. Here at Reedsy, I hope to attract a few more such “regulars”—possibly someone who has only just finished reading this description of my work experience.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Trieglaff: Balancing Church and Politics in a Pomeranian World, 1807-1948

Rudolf von Thadden†

Through the lens of five generations of Thaddens, this book tells the history of Trieglaff, the village and family estate located in what is now western Poland, from Napoleon’s occupation in 1807 to the Red Army’s invasion in 1945 and until the departure of the last Thaddens in 1948. At the center of this history of Trieglaff society, economy, politics, and culture is the von Thadden family, n... read more

Through the lens of five generations of Thaddens, this book tells the history of Trieglaff, the village and family estate located in what is now western Poland, from Napoleon’s occupation in 1807 to the Red Army’s invasion in 1945 and until the departure of the last Thaddens in 1948. At the center of this history of Trieglaff society, economy, politics, and culture is the von Thadden family, n... read more

Toward Engaged Anthropology

By working with underserved communities, anthropologists may play a larger role in democratizing society. The growth of disparities challenges anthropology to be used for social justice. This engaged stance moves the application of anthropological theory, methods, and practice toward action and activism. However, this engagement also moves anthropologists away from traditional roles of observa... read more

By working with underserved communities, anthropologists may play a larger role in democratizing society. The growth of disparities challenges anthropology to be used for social justice. This engaged stance moves the application of anthropological theory, methods, and practice toward action and activism. However, this engagement also moves anthropologists away from traditional roles of observa... read more

PC Worlds: Political Correctness and Rising Elites at the End of Hegemony (Loose Can(n)ons)

Jonathan Friedman

This provocative work offers an anthropological analysis of the phenomenon of political correctness, both as a general phenomenon of communication, in which associations in space and time take precedence over the content of what is communicated, and at specific critical historical conjunctures at which new elites attempt to redefine social reality. Focusing on the crises over the last thirty y... read more

This provocative work offers an anthropological analysis of the phenomenon of political correctness, both as a general phenomenon of communication, in which associations in space and time take precedence over the content of what is communicated, and at specific critical historical conjunctures at which new elites attempt to redefine social reality. Focusing on the crises over the last thirty y... read more

House of the Waterlily: A Novel of the Ancient Maya World

Kelli Carmean

Set in the Maya civilization’s Late Classic Period House of the Waterlily is a historical novel centered on Lady Winik, a young Maya royal. Through tribulations that mirror the political calamities of the Late Classic world, Winik’s personal story immerses the reader not only in her daily life, but also in the difficult decisions Maya men and women must have faced as they tried to navigate a r... read more

Set in the Maya civilization’s Late Classic Period House of the Waterlily is a historical novel centered on Lady Winik, a young Maya royal. Through tribulations that mirror the political calamities of the Late Classic world, Winik’s personal story immerses the reader not only in her daily life, but also in the difficult decisions Maya men and women must have faced as they tried to navigate a r... read more

Constructing the Heritage Language Learner: Knowledge, Power, and New Subjectives (Contributions to the Sociology of Language)

Neriko Doerr, Kiri Lee

Heritage language education is a relatively new field developed as "heritage" has become an important trope of belonging, legitimacy and commodification. Many recent studies treat the "heritage language learner" as an objective category. However, it is a social construct, whose meaning is contested by researchers, school administrators and the students themselves. Based on ethnographic fieldwo... read more

Heritage language education is a relatively new field developed as "heritage" has become an important trope of belonging, legitimacy and commodification. Many recent studies treat the "heritage language learner" as an objective category. However, it is a social construct, whose meaning is contested by researchers, school administrators and the students themselves. Based on ethnographic fieldwo... read more

Unveiling the Whale: Discourses on Whales and Whaling (Environmental Anthropology and Ethnobiology)

Arne Kalland†

Whaling has become one of the most controversial environmental issues. It is not that all whale species are at the brink of extinction, but that whales have become important symbols to both pro- and anti-whaling factions and can easily be appropriated as the common heritage of humankind. This book, the first of its kind, is therefore not about whales and whaling per se but about how people com... read more

Whaling has become one of the most controversial environmental issues. It is not that all whale species are at the brink of extinction, but that whales have become important symbols to both pro- and anti-whaling factions and can easily be appropriated as the common heritage of humankind. This book, the first of its kind, is therefore not about whales and whaling per se but about how people com... read more

Confronting Genocide: Judaism, Christianity, Islam

Steven Leonard Jacobs

Confronting Genocide is the first collection of essays by recognized scholars primarily in the field of religious studies to address this timely topic. In addition to theoretical thinking about both religion and genocide and the relationship between the two, these authors look at the tragedies of the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, Rwanda, Bosnia, and the Sudan from their own unique vantage ... read more

Confronting Genocide is the first collection of essays by recognized scholars primarily in the field of religious studies to address this timely topic. In addition to theoretical thinking about both religion and genocide and the relationship between the two, these authors look at the tragedies of the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, Rwanda, Bosnia, and the Sudan from their own unique vantage ... read more

The Making of the Pentecostal Melodrama

Katrien Pype

How religion, gender, and urban sociality are expressed in and mediated via television drama in Kinshasa is the focus of this ethnographic study. Influenced by Nigerian films and intimately related to the emergence of a charismatic Christian scene, these teleserials integrate melodrama, conversion narratives, Christian songs, sermons, testimonies, and deliverance rituals to produce commentarie... read more

How religion, gender, and urban sociality are expressed in and mediated via television drama in Kinshasa is the focus of this ethnographic study. Influenced by Nigerian films and intimately related to the emergence of a charismatic Christian scene, these teleserials integrate melodrama, conversion narratives, Christian songs, sermons, testimonies, and deliverance rituals to produce commentarie... read more

Constitutional Courts in Comparison: The U.S. Supreme Court and the German Federal Constitutional Court

Constitutional litigation in general attracts two distinct types of conflict: disputes of a highly politicized or culturally controversial nature and requests from citizens claiming a violation of a fundamental constitutional right. This volume shows that the U.S. Supreme Court and the German Federal Constitutional court fulfill similar functions and are faced with similar issues: the vast maj... read more

Constitutional litigation in general attracts two distinct types of conflict: disputes of a highly politicized or culturally controversial nature and requests from citizens claiming a violation of a fundamental constitutional right. This volume shows that the U.S. Supreme Court and the German Federal Constitutional court fulfill similar functions and are faced with similar issues: the vast maj... read more

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