Jill Gallagher

Jill Gallagher – Editor

I offer a decade of editorial experience in textbooks, nonfiction trade titles, and literary fiction. I also write essays and like donuts.


As both a writer and editor, I understand the delicate relationship dynamics at play when it comes to trusting your work to another person. I'm a great (and quick!) communicator who's well-equipped to deal with deadlines, project particulars, and the many intricacies of language. Trust me to find that plot hole, check that fact, or correct that dangling modifier--but in a nice way!

My experience as a textbook editor (first at Cengage, then Routledge, and now with Macmillan) has given me skills in seeing both the big picture (structure, pedagogy, design) and paying attention to the tiny details (Oxford commas, MLA documentation, and image attributions).

I've also worked as a freelance copy editor, proofreader, blog editor (for Fordham University Press and Fringe Magazine), and book reviewer (for Publisher's Weekly and the Ploughshares blog).

My essays have appeared or are forthcoming in BuzzFeed, Greatist, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and Catapult, and I write a tinyletter about dating and relationships called Leaving the Party Early & Alone. I formerly ran a literary style blog called Looks & Books. I got my Master's in Publishing & Writing from Emerson College.

I look forward to bringing my editorial and writing experience to your project!
Career Guides Education & Reference Health & Wellbeing Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Literary Fiction Short Story Women's Fiction
English (US)
  • Masters of Publishing & Writing from Emerson College

Work experience

Bedford/St. Martin's, Macmillan Learning

Oct, 2012 — Present

Manage the book creation process from project inception to publication. Hire, train, and manage editorial assistants. Edit college textbooks for a variety of disciplines, including English, communications, history, and college success. Develop content for accompanying learning software products. Responsible for market development, sales support, and content development of every title I edit.


Aug, 2010 — Sep, 2012 (about 2 years)

• Developed over 10 books per year on subjects ranging from strategic operations to philosophy
• Assisted in launching the textbook division of Routledge publishing
• Visited potential customers on campuses around the country
• Wrote detailed reports assessing competing publishers and their technology

Cengage Learning

Feb, 2008 — Aug, 2010 (over 2 years)

• Created and tracked budgets and schedules for ancillary and technology for humanities projects
• Wrote marketing copy and created sales presentations
• Served as a resources for sales staff and customers, fielding questions and solving issues

Adams Media

Jan, 2007 — Oct, 2010 (over 3 years)

Proofread and copyedited a variety of titles, from "Talk Dirty: Italian" to "Mommy Rescue Guide: Baby's First Year."


This book will answer all the financial and legal questions that can arise when caring for the elderly, including:How do you plan for the management of the elderÆs affairs should he become incompetent in the future? Is the proper insurance being carried or can... read more
Order zuppa di pesce at an Italian trattoria! Take a ride on il motorino! Say "Buon giorno" to your nuovo amico italiano!Learning italiano is fun--and far easier than you might think. Americans already know many Italian words, like soprano, al dente, and graff... read more
Gone are the days of TV trays and microwaveable meals as more and more families choose to return to the dinner table. Yet as food costs continue to rise, and parents are always strapped for time, they need new ways to cook easy and affordable meals for their k... read more
It takes a loving and caring couple to bring an adopted child into their home. And every year, thousands of couples make room in their homes—and their hearts—for these special children. This story collection celebrates the individuals and families who experien... read more
After nine months of constant attention from doctors, family, and friends, mommies often feel suddenly abandoned, alone, and in need of answers when baby finally comes. Answering common questions like “Is this normal?” and “What do I do now?”, this book includ... read more
This sort of Italian isn't Church sanctioned.Whether ordering a slice in Little Italy or riding along the Grand Canal, Talk Dirty: Italian is your guide to truly spitting the sauce. Loaded with plenty of words and expressions that could make Tony Soprano blush... read more
Focus on Writing offers students clear, thorough coverage of writing college paragraphs and essays in a visually inviting format and with a unique tool for assessing and revising writing: the easy-to-grasp, easy-to-remember TEST method. Reinforcing the most im... read more
This is the Teacher Edition one with all the answers written inside the book!!
Cultural messages bombard students daily, laden with unstated rules about what makes our work valuable, our bodies ideal, our connections meaningful. Acting Out Culture empowers students to critically read those messages and use writing to speak back to their ... read more
Hymnal for Dirty Girls

Rebekah Matthews

Rebekah Matthews’ debut collection snaps with poignant and sharp-edged stories, charged with desire and disquiet between women. Her characters evolve before our eyes, learning how to relate to each other in the strange confines of normalcy. In these six wonder... read more
Built around compelling readings and topics that students care deeply about, Intersections offers flexible academic reading and writing instruction that supports students without overwhelming them. Intersections offers eight chapters of timely readings—forty-e... read more
The Practice of Creative Writing A Guide for Students

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Roseanne C.

Roseanne C.

Nov, 2020

Jill was easy to work with, efficient, and did a great job!

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