Jennie Cohen

Jennie Cohen - Editor

Wilmington, VT, USA

Proofreader and copy editor specializing in fiction and literary nonfiction. Fifteen years' experience with premier New York publishers.

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Overview

I am a proofreader and copy editor specializing in fiction and literary nonfiction. I have worked with some of New York's premier book publishers for more than fifteen years.

I have a red pencil and I'm not afraid to use it.
Typos beware: I have a keen eye.
Narrative beware: I'm meticulously attentive.
Details beware: I'm terribly thorough.

I work on all types of books: all fiction genres, poetry, history, biography, current affairs, the list goes on. Production editors frequently seek me out for translated projects, as I speak a second language and am sensitive to the challenges of translation. (My undergrad degree is in comparative literature.) I also get all the yoga books because I've been teaching yoga almost as long as I've been proofreading professionally.

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Entertainment
Health & Wellbeing
Humanities & Social Sciences
Political Science & Current Affairs
Religion & Spirituality
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction

Certifications

  • New School "Fundamentals of Copy Editing" course 2006
  • Smith College B.A. in Comparative Literature 2001

Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Magna cum laude

Work experience

Freelance Proofreader

Flatiron/Celadon
January, 2022 – Present (7 months)

Read first pass against copyedited manuscript. Perform cold reads.

Freelance Proofreader

Anchor/Vintage
October, 2015 – March, 2016 (5 months)

Read first pass against copyedited manuscript. Perform cold reads.

Freelance Proofreader, Copy Editor

Melville House
June, 2013 – March, 2017 (over 3 years)

Read first pass against copyedited manuscript. Perform cold reads. Electronically copyedit manuscripts.

Freelance Copy Editor

Various independent authors
August, 2012 – Present (about 10 years)

Copyedit self-published nonfiction. Copyedit blog posts. Copyedit educational manuals.

Freelance Proofreader

Other Press
January, 2010 – Present (over 12 years)

Read first pass against copyedited manuscript. Perform cold reads.

Freelance Proofreader

Holt
November, 2009 – Present (almost 13 years)

Read first pass against copyedited manuscript. Perform cold reads.

Freelance Proofreader

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
June, 2008 – Present (about 14 years)

Read first pass against copyedited manuscript. Perform cold reads.

Blues Reader

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
July, 2005 – May, 2008 (almost 3 years)

Perform final stage of proofreading before publication.

Let Love Rule

Kravitz, Lenny, Ritz, David

Pelosi

Ball, Molly

Growing Up Biden: A Memoir

Owens, Valerie Biden

Jennie has 22 reviews

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Professionalism
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Communication & Punctuality

JJ Semple
Not only is Jennie a whiz-bang with grammar, typos, and usage, she excels at sorting out timelines, verifying historical events, and checking internal logic and consistency. A pro, through ad through.

JJ Semple, July 2022


Frank Senia
Jennie Is unbelievably talented, professional, and creative. Wonderful to work with and I highly recommend her.

Frank Senia, July 2022


Cory Gabel
Jennie was great to work with! Incredibly timely with her work, and answering my questions. And the work itself (proof reading) was dead-on accurate and captured every little detail and nuance. Would absolutely work with her again!

Cory Gabel, July 2022


Tsvi Jolles
Very professional.

Tsvi Jolles, July 2022


Dan Ehrenkrantz
Loved collaborating with Jennie.

Dan Ehrenkrantz, July 2022

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