James Guida

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Canberra ACT, Australia

Editorial all-rounder, experience with FSG & The New Yorker among others

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Overview

I'm a freelance writer and editor who's recently moved home to Australia after a decade plus of living in New York. Over the years I've been an assistant editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, written copy for Google Maps and Open Road Integrated Media, and vetted grants and contracts for the wildlife nonprofit Audubon.

As a freelancer, I've done select fact-checking and proofing work on "Restless Daughter" by David Yaffe, "Thank You for Being Late" by Thomas L. Friedman, "Worldmaking" by David Milne, and most recently, "Killing the SS" by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. For "Classical Mythology" by Richard Martin and "War! What Is It Good For?" by Ian Morris, I've cleared a wide range of art, photo and textual permissions.

My own writing includes a book of original aphorisms, "Marbles," while online essays on cultural topics have been appearing at The New Yorker since 2012. Some other venues I've contributed to include The New York Review of Books, n+1, Meanjin, Orion, Tin House, The Yale Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Creative Nonfiction.

I most enjoy tightening non-fiction books in readiness for publication, but I'm open to other kinds of projects too. If you think I could be a good fit for your book, please get in touch!
Languages
English (AUS)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Art
Biographies & Memoirs
History
Music
Philosophy
Fiction
Classics
Literature

Awards

  • Fellowship in Nonfiction Literature from New York Foundation for the Arts, 2011

Work experience

Freelance Writer & Editor

Self-employed
January, 2012 – Present (over 7 years)

Essays and reviews at The New Yorker • The New York Review of Books • Tin House • Creative Nonfiction • n+1 • Orion • The Los Angeles Review of Books

Copywriting, fact-checking, and clearance of photo and textual permissions for print and digital publishing. Farrar, Straus and Giroux • Henry Holt & Co. • Google • Open Road Integrated Media • Stanford University Classics Department

Contracts Coordinator

National Audubon Society
October, 2008 – October, 2011 (about 3 years)

Writing, editing and approval of agreements for independent contractor services enlisted by environmental centers and sanctuaries across the U.S.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History (Bill O'Reilly's Killing Series)

Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard

The Instant #1 New York Times BestsellerConfronting Nazi evil is the subject of the latest installment in the mega-bestselling Killing seriesAs the true horrors of the Third Reich began to be exposed immediately after World War II, the Nazi war criminals who committed genocide went on the run. A few were swiftly caught, including the notorious SS leader, Heinrich Himmler. Others, however, evad... read more

The Instant #1 New York Times BestsellerConfronting Nazi evil is the subject of the latest installment in the mega-bestselling Killing seriesAs the true horrors of the Third Reich began to be exposed immediately after World War II, the Nazi war criminals who committed genocide went on the run. A few were swiftly caught, including the notorious SS leader, Heinrich Himmler. Others, however, evad... read more

Worldmaking: The Art and Science of American Diplomacy

David Milne

A new intellectual history of U.S. foreign policy from the late nineteenth century to the presentWorldmaking is a compelling new take on the history of American diplomacy. Rather than retelling the story of realism versus idealism, David Milne suggests that U.S. foreign policy has also been crucially divided between those who view statecraft as an art and those who believe it can aspire to the... read more

A new intellectual history of U.S. foreign policy from the late nineteenth century to the presentWorldmaking is a compelling new take on the history of American diplomacy. Rather than retelling the story of realism versus idealism, David Milne suggests that U.S. foreign policy has also been crucially divided between those who view statecraft as an art and those who believe it can aspire to the... read more

War! What Is It Good For?: Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots

Ian Morris

A POWERFUL AND PROVOCATIVE EXPLORATION OF HOW WAR HAS CHANGED OUT SOCIETY―FOR THE BETTER"War! / What is it good for? / Absolutely nothing," says the famous song―but archaeology, history, and biology show that war in fact has been good for something. Surprising as it sounds, war has made humanity safer and richer. In War! What Is It Good For?, the renowned historian and archaeologist Ian Morris... read more

A POWERFUL AND PROVOCATIVE EXPLORATION OF HOW WAR HAS CHANGED OUT SOCIETY―FOR THE BETTER"War! / What is it good for? / Absolutely nothing," says the famous song―but archaeology, history, and biology show that war in fact has been good for something. Surprising as it sounds, war has made humanity safer and richer. In War! What Is It Good For?, the renowned historian and archaeologist Ian Morris... read more

Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations

Thomas L. Friedman

#1 New York Times Bestseller • Los Angeles Times BestsellerOne of The Wall Street Journal's 10 Books to Read Now • One of Kirkus Reviews's Best Nonfiction Books of the Year • One of Publishers Weekly's Most Anticipated Books of the YearShortlisted for the OWL Business Book Award and Longlisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year AwardVersion 2.0, Updated and Expanded... read more

#1 New York Times Bestseller • Los Angeles Times BestsellerOne of The Wall Street Journal's 10 Books to Read Now • One of Kirkus Reviews's Best Nonfiction Books of the Year • One of Publishers Weekly's Most Anticipated Books of the YearShortlisted for the OWL Business Book Award and Longlisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year AwardVersion 2.0, Updated and Expanded... read more

Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell

David Yaffe

"She was like a storm." ―Leonard CohenJoni Mitchell may be the most influential female recording artist and composer of the late twentieth century. In Reckless Daughter, the music critic David Yaffe tells the remarkable, heart-wrenching story of how the blond girl with the guitar became a superstar of folk music in the 1960s, a key figure in the Laurel Canyon music scene of the 1970s, and the ... read more

"She was like a storm." ―Leonard CohenJoni Mitchell may be the most influential female recording artist and composer of the late twentieth century. In Reckless Daughter, the music critic David Yaffe tells the remarkable, heart-wrenching story of how the blond girl with the guitar became a superstar of folk music in the 1960s, a key figure in the Laurel Canyon music scene of the 1970s, and the ... read more

Classical Mythology: The Basics

Richard Martin

This is an engaging introduction which explores the latest thinking about Classical mythology, the history of interpreting myths and the role of myths in cultural tradition, from painting to opera, philosophy, politics, drama, and religion in the modern day. It answers such questions as what are ancient myths and who invented them where do gods come from what makes a hero how is Classical myth... read more

This is an engaging introduction which explores the latest thinking about Classical mythology, the history of interpreting myths and the role of myths in cultural tradition, from painting to opera, philosophy, politics, drama, and religion in the modern day. It answers such questions as what are ancient myths and who invented them where do gods come from what makes a hero how is Classical myth... read more

The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature

Jonathan Rosen

Aerial delights: A history of America as seen through the eyes of a bird-watcher John James Audubon arrived in America in 1803, when Thomas Jefferson was president, and lived long enough to see his friend Samuel Morse send a telegraphic message from his house in New York City in the 1840s. As a boy, Teddy Roosevelt learned taxidermy from a man who had sailed up the Missouri River with Audubon,... read more

Aerial delights: A history of America as seen through the eyes of a bird-watcher John James Audubon arrived in America in 1803, when Thomas Jefferson was president, and lived long enough to see his friend Samuel Morse send a telegraphic message from his house in New York City in the 1840s. As a boy, Teddy Roosevelt learned taxidermy from a man who had sailed up the Missouri River with Audubon,... read more

House of Happy Endings: A Memoir

Leslie Garis

Howard Garis, creator of the famed Uncle Wiggily series, along with his wife, Lilian, were phenomenally productive writers of popular children’s series—including The Bobbsey Twins and Tom Swift—from the turn of the century to the 1950s. In a large, romantic house in Amherst, Massachusetts, Leslie Garis, her two brothers, and their parents and grandparents aimed to live a life that mirrored the... read more

Howard Garis, creator of the famed Uncle Wiggily series, along with his wife, Lilian, were phenomenally productive writers of popular children’s series—including The Bobbsey Twins and Tom Swift—from the turn of the century to the 1950s. In a large, romantic house in Amherst, Massachusetts, Leslie Garis, her two brothers, and their parents and grandparents aimed to live a life that mirrored the... read more

The Atomic Bazaar: The Rise of the Nuclear Poor

William Langewiesche

In his shocking and revelatory new work, the celebrated journalist William Langewiesche investigates the burgeoning global threat of nuclear weapons production. This is the story of the inexorable drift of nuclear weapons technology from the hands of the rich into the hands of the poor. As more unstable and undeveloped nations find ways of acquiring the ultimate arms, the stakes of state-spons... read more

In his shocking and revelatory new work, the celebrated journalist William Langewiesche investigates the burgeoning global threat of nuclear weapons production. This is the story of the inexorable drift of nuclear weapons technology from the hands of the rich into the hands of the poor. As more unstable and undeveloped nations find ways of acquiring the ultimate arms, the stakes of state-spons... read more

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