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.
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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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New York Times-bestselling author and editor. I love working with clients to extract their best stories and help them get published.
Editor & book consultant with 30 + years' experience working for major trade publishers in NYC. Narrative nonfiction is my forte.