Jane Haxby

Jane Haxby - Editor

Charlottesville, VA, USA

Kind, dedicated, collaborative editor with extensive experience in academic nonfiction.

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I've been an editor for over a decade now, and have worked with trade presses (Macmillan), small presses (Dalkey Archive Publishing, Black Sparrow Books), and university presses (Oxford UP, UVA Press, NYU Press). Authors I've worked with include documentary historians, professors of economics and business, and religious studies scholars, as well as writers of literary fiction and creative nonfiction. With a BA in religious studies from Yale and an MA in English from the University of Virginia, and over twenty years of experience in universities (including five years as a biology lab technician at the University of Pennsylvania!), I'm well-versed in the challenges and joys of academic writing. Most of my work has been copyediting; I have also indexed five books and developmentally edited one. Along with academic writing, I've copyedited or proofread almost forty trade books in genres including popular nonfiction, memoir, and fiction.

Editing is a collaboration, and I see every project as an opportunity to help and to learn. I approach each book with curiosity and kindness, eager to find and amplify its best qualities while smoothing out any oversights or inconsistencies. It is my great privilege and joy to help you, the author and expert, to communicate your ideas, in your own unique voice, to readers. I take pride in my attention to detail and ability to meet tight deadlines and juggle disparate tasks. I love books and am delighted to help them be the best they can be!

English (US)
Education & Reference
Humanities & Social Sciences
Religion & Spirituality
Literary Fiction


  • Copyediting Certificate, UCSD (2013)
  • MA in English, University of Virginia (2011)
  • BA, Religious Studies, Yale (1999)
  • Editing Certificate (Developmental track), University of Chicago Graham School (2020)

Work experience

Freelance editor and indexer

June, 2007 – Present (about 15 years)

I provide line editing, copyediting, proofreading, and indexing to authors and presses. In academic nonfiction, I have copyedited and indexed books in history, religious studies, philosophy, and language pedagogy. In trade/popular press, I have copyedited memoirs, biographies, and works of nonfiction; I have also proofread fiction (including experimental and in translation), memoir, creative nonfiction, and poetry collections.


Darden Business Publishing, University of Virginia
January, 2018 – Present (over 4 years)

Support Darden faculty in the case-writing process to ensure products meet the high standards for Darden teaching materials. Copyedit print and nonprint materials in accordance with Darden Business Publishing style and the Chicago Manual of Style and assist with releases and third-party permissions for cases and related supplements. Developmentally edit, index, and serve as production editor for books for Darden imprint with the UVA Press; current project: Rajkumar Venkatesan, Marketing Analytics: Essential Tools for Data-Driven Decisions (expected 2021).

Copy Editor

Washington Papers, University of Virginia
June, 2015 – January, 2018 (over 2 years)

Copyedited, proofread, fact-checked, formatted, and indexed documentary editions of annotated letters to and from George Washington. Edited and wrote communications materials, including grant applications, a biannual newsletter, and blog posts ( Revised and maintained house style guide. Guided volumes through production and served as a liaison with the UVA Press. Contributed to the following volumes: George Washington’s Barbados Diary, 1751–52 (2018); The Papers of George Washington Revolutionary War Series 24–26 (2016–18); and The Papers of George Washington Presidential Series 19 (2017).


University of Virginia Undergraduate Admissions Office
September, 2013 – March, 2016 (over 2 years)

Read and evaluated undergraduate applications for admission.

Instructional Support Specialist

Sweet Briar College
June, 2012 – June, 2015 (about 3 years)

Wrote and edited grant applications and reports, including data analysis, for a teacher-training project, funded by the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia, designed to promote hands-on learning of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in elementary schools. Edited over forty lesson plans written by teachers in the program.

Adjunct lecturer and writing specialist

Sweet Briar College
September, 2008 – June, 2011 (over 2 years)

Taught classes in the work of T. S. Eliot, Katherine Mansfield, and Virginia Woolf. Advised the senior thesis project of an English major. Tutored undergraduates and supervised student tutors.

Curriculum writer

Success for All Foundation
September, 2006 – February, 2007 (5 months)

Wrote approximately fifteen lesson plans for a reading program designed to foster comprehension and enjoyment of reading among elementary school children.

Lab technician

University of Pennsylvania
October, 1999 – May, 2004 (over 4 years)

Maintained a plant genetics lab; implemented a complex and successful plant genetics project; and supervised work-study students, 1999–2003. Managed an animal learning lab, 2003–4.

Portfolio (22 selected works)

George Washington's Barbados Diary, 1751-52

Washington, George, Anderson, Alicia K., Price, Lynn A.

Rethinking Ibn 'Arabi

Lipton, Gregory A.

Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle

Emlen, Douglas J., Tuss, David J.

Pity the Beast

McLean, Robin

My Father's Diet

West, Adrian Nathan

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