Jeannette Williams

Jeannette Williams - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Experienced copy editor, proofreader, and nonfiction developmental editor who's worked with Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and Abrams.

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Overview

First and foremost, I'm a problem solver. I've helped a variety of clients untangle ideas and content as an editor, ghost writer, and copy editor. I've worked with Penguin Random House, BOMB Magazine, Abrams, HarperCollins, public health organizations, and nonprofits — and I look forward to working with you!

As a copy editor and proofreader, I have helped authors polish materials ranging from business psychology (Adam Grant, Give and Take) to romance and pop culture (Aziz Ansari, Modern Romance) to memoirs (Moby, Porcelain) to math (Jordan Ellenberg, How Not to Be Wrong). (See my portfolio below for additional titles.)

As an editor and ghost writer, I have helped artists, scientists, educators, and other subject matter experts distill and organize complex information into accessible, digestible text for kindergarten to college-level audiences. (See my work at the Core Knowledge Foundation and the NYC Health Department.)

As a project manager with over a decade of experience, I've successfully completed nearly 1,500 projects ranging from teacher's guides to project intake systems to fiction and nonfiction books to learning curricula for health care providers.

Let me know how I can support you and your project!
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Health & wellbeing
History
Home & Garden
Life Sciences
Medicine & Nursing & Dentistry
Psychology

Work experience

Consultant

Self-employed
September, 2010 – Present (almost 10 years)

Support clients as a content strategist and project manager, adapting to each client’s unique voice, projects, requirements, and deadlines; clients include BOMB magazine, Abrams, HarperCollins, Teachstone, and Penguin Random House.

Director, Publications and Language Access

New York City Department of Health
February, 2016 – September, 2019 (over 3 years)

Senior Production Editor

Penguin Random House
August, 2011 – January, 2016 (over 4 years)

Copyedited and proofread titles for Viking, Pamela Dorman Books, Penguin Press, Portfolio, Current, and Sentinel.

Editor

Core Knowledge Foundation
August, 2008 – August, 2011 (about 3 years)

Distilled complex information from core content areas (e.g., science, math) into accessible teaching and learning tools for grades K-3.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Modern Romance

Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg

The #1 New York Times BestsellerA hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from Aziz Ansari, the star of Master of None and one of this generation’s sharpest comedic voicesAt some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom w... read more

The #1 New York Times BestsellerA hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from Aziz Ansari, the star of Master of None and one of this generation’s sharpest comedic voicesAt some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom w... read more

Give and Take

Adam Grant

A groundbreaking look at why our interactions with others hold the key to success, from the bestselling author of OriginalsFor generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But in today’s dramatically reconfigured world, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. In Give and Take, Adam Grant, an award-winning res... read more

A groundbreaking look at why our interactions with others hold the key to success, from the bestselling author of OriginalsFor generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But in today’s dramatically reconfigured world, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. In Give and Take, Adam Grant, an award-winning res... read more

Originals

Adam Grant

The #1 New York Times bestseller that examines how people can champion new ideas—and how leaders can fight groupthink, from the author of Give and Take and co-author of Option B“Reading Originals made me feel like I was seated across from Adam Grant at a dinner party, as one of my favorite thinkers thrilled me with his insights and his wonderfully new take on the world.” —Malcolm Gladwell, aut... read more

The #1 New York Times bestseller that examines how people can champion new ideas—and how leaders can fight groupthink, from the author of Give and Take and co-author of Option B“Reading Originals made me feel like I was seated across from Adam Grant at a dinner party, as one of my favorite thinkers thrilled me with his insights and his wonderfully new take on the world.” —Malcolm Gladwell, aut... read more

How Not to Be Wrong

Jordan Ellenberg

The Freakonomics of math—a math-world superstar unveils the hidden beauty and logic of the world and puts its power in our hands The math we learn in school can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. In How Not to Be Wrong, Jordan Ellenberg shows us how terribly limiting this view is: Math isn’t confined to abstract incidents that never occur in real... read more

The Freakonomics of math—a math-world superstar unveils the hidden beauty and logic of the world and puts its power in our hands The math we learn in school can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. In How Not to Be Wrong, Jordan Ellenberg shows us how terribly limiting this view is: Math isn’t confined to abstract incidents that never occur in real... read more

Porcelain

Moby

Havia diversas razões para Moby jamais deslanchar como DJ e músico na cena club nova-iorquina. Aquela era a Nova York das boates Palladium, Mars, Limelight e Twilo, a cidade do hedonismo desenfreado regado a drogas, e lá estava Richard Melville Hall, descendente distante do autor de Moby Dick, um garoto branco, pobre e magrelo de Connecticut, cristão devoto, vegano e totalmente careta. Moby te... read more

Havia diversas razões para Moby jamais deslanchar como DJ e músico na cena club nova-iorquina. Aquela era a Nova York das boates Palladium, Mars, Limelight e Twilo, a cidade do hedonismo desenfreado regado a drogas, e lá estava Richard Melville Hall, descendente distante do autor de Moby Dick, um garoto branco, pobre e magrelo de Connecticut, cristão devoto, vegano e totalmente careta. Moby te... read more

The Good Gut

Justin Sonnenburg, Erica Sonnenburg

The groundbreaking science behind the surprising source of good health Stanford University’s Justin and Erica Sonnenburg are pioneers in the most exciting and potentially transformative field in the entire realm of human health and wellness, the study of the relationship between our bodies and the trillions of organisms representing thousands of species to which our bodies play host, the micro... read more

The groundbreaking science behind the surprising source of good health Stanford University’s Justin and Erica Sonnenburg are pioneers in the most exciting and potentially transformative field in the entire realm of human health and wellness, the study of the relationship between our bodies and the trillions of organisms representing thousands of species to which our bodies play host, the micro... read more

Believer

David Axelrod

New York Times Book Review“A stout defense--indeed, the best I have read--of the Obama years."A New York Times BestsellerDavid Axelrod has always been a believer. Whether as a young journalist investigating city corruption, a campaign consultant guiding underdog candidates against entrenched orthodoxy, or as senior adviser to the president during one of the worst crises in American history, Ax... read more

New York Times Book Review“A stout defense--indeed, the best I have read--of the Obama years."A New York Times BestsellerDavid Axelrod has always been a believer. Whether as a young journalist investigating city corruption, a campaign consultant guiding underdog candidates against entrenched orthodoxy, or as senior adviser to the president during one of the worst crises in American history, Ax... read more

The Invisible History of the Human Race

Christine Kenneally

• A New York Times Notable Book •“The richest, freshest, most fun book on genetics in some time.” —The New York Times Book Review We are doomed to repeat history if we fail to learn from it, but how are we affected by the forces that are invisible to us? In The Invisible History of the Human Race Christine Kenneally draws on cutting-edge research to reveal how both historical artifacts and DNA... read more

• A New York Times Notable Book •“The richest, freshest, most fun book on genetics in some time.” —The New York Times Book Review We are doomed to repeat history if we fail to learn from it, but how are we affected by the forces that are invisible to us? In The Invisible History of the Human Race Christine Kenneally draws on cutting-edge research to reveal how both historical artifacts and DNA... read more

Creation

Adam Rutherford

What is life? Humans have been asking this question for thou­sands of years. But as technology has advanced and our understanding of biology has deepened, the answer has evolved. For decades, scientists have been exploring the limits of nature by modifying and manipulating DNA, cells and whole organisms to create new ones that could never have existed on their own. In Creation, science writer ... read more

What is life? Humans have been asking this question for thou­sands of years. But as technology has advanced and our understanding of biology has deepened, the answer has evolved. For decades, scientists have been exploring the limits of nature by modifying and manipulating DNA, cells and whole organisms to create new ones that could never have existed on their own. In Creation, science writer ... read more

The Smarter Screen

Shlomo Benartzi

A leading behavioral economist reveals the tools that will improve our decision making on screensOffice workers spend the majority of their waking hours staring at screens. Unfortunately, few of us are aware of the visual biases and behavioral patterns that influence our thinking when we’re on our laptops, iPads, smartphones, or smartwatches. The sheer volume of information and choices availab... read more

A leading behavioral economist reveals the tools that will improve our decision making on screensOffice workers spend the majority of their waking hours staring at screens. Unfortunately, few of us are aware of the visual biases and behavioral patterns that influence our thinking when we’re on our laptops, iPads, smartphones, or smartwatches. The sheer volume of information and choices availab... read more

Our Robots, Ourselves

David A. Mindell

“[An] essential book… it is required reading as we seriously engage one of the most important debates of our time.”—Sherry Turkle, author of Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital AgeFrom drones to Mars rovers—an exploration of the most innovative use of robots today and a provocative argument for the crucial role of humans in our increasingly technological future. In Our Robo... read more

“[An] essential book… it is required reading as we seriously engage one of the most important debates of our time.”—Sherry Turkle, author of Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital AgeFrom drones to Mars rovers—an exploration of the most innovative use of robots today and a provocative argument for the crucial role of humans in our increasingly technological future. In Our Robo... read more

The Mind Club

Daniel M. Wegner, Kurt Gray

“Compelling, and so beautifully written…’The Mind Club’ deftly brings the most up-to-date research about other minds to readers of all backgrounds. It may cause you to think differently about crime and punishment, about business transactions and health care, and even about the upcoming elections. Things might just start looking up.”–The Wall Street JournalFrom dogs to gods, the science of unde... read more

“Compelling, and so beautifully written…’The Mind Club’ deftly brings the most up-to-date research about other minds to readers of all backgrounds. It may cause you to think differently about crime and punishment, about business transactions and health care, and even about the upcoming elections. Things might just start looking up.”–The Wall Street JournalFrom dogs to gods, the science of unde... read more

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Byron Harmon
I had a wonderful experience with Jeannette. She was super professional, talented and really knows how to edit.

Byron Harmon, December 2019

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