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Jill Gallagher

Jill Gallagher - Editor

Boston, United States

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

Overview

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!

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Career Guides Education & Reference Entertainment Health & wellbeing Self-help & Self-improvement Weddings
Fiction
Literature Short Story Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • Masters of Publishing & Writing from Emerson College

Work experience

Senior Editor

Bedford/St. Martin's, Macmillan Learning
October, 2012 – Present (about 5 years)

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.

Development Editor

Routledge
August, 2010 – September, 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

Assistant Editor

Cengage Learning
February, 2008 – August, 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

Freelance Proofreader and Copy Editor

Adams Media
January, 2007 – October, 2010 (over 3 years)

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

Portfolio (12 selected works)

The Practice of Creative Writing: A Guide for Students

Heather Sellers

The Practice of Creative Writing A Guide for Students

The Practice of Creative Writing A Guide for Students

Intersections: A Thematic Reader for Writers

Emily Isaacs, Catherine Keohane

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-eight in total-- with themes like Sports in American Society, Immigration, and Language and Identity, that keep students interested and s... 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-eight in total-- with themes like Sports in American Society, Immigration, and Language and Identity, that keep students interested and s... 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 wonderful melancholies, we travel from a suburban Red Lobster to a Baltimore sex stakeout, from brief earthly heavens and to a very literal He... read more

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 wonderful melancholies, we travel from a suburban Red Lobster to a Baltimore sex stakeout, from brief earthly heavens and to a very literal He... read more

Acting Out Culture: Readings for Critical Inquiry

James S. Miller

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 culture and question its rules.This book appeals especially to those students who are not full participants in the dominant culture, as ... read more

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 culture and question its rules.This book appeals especially to those students who are not full participants in the dominant culture, as ... read more

Real Writing with Readings: Paragraphs and Essays for College, Work, and Everyday Life

Susan Anker, Nicole Lask Aitken

This is the Teacher Edition one with all the answers written inside the book!!

This is the Teacher Edition one with all the answers written inside the book!!

Focus on Writing: Paragraphs and Essays

Laurie G. Kirszner, Stephen R. Mandell

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 important elements in academic writing--Topic sentence or Thesis statement, Evidence, Summary statement, and Transitions--this practical t... 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 important elements in academic writing--Topic sentence or Thesis statement, Evidence, Summary statement, and Transitions--this practical t... read more

Talk Dirty Italian: Beyond Cazzo: The curses, slang, and street lingo you need to know when you speak italiano

Alexis Munier, Emmanuel Tichelli

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, you'll sound like you just got off the boat with entries like the one below. And with the curses, slang, and idiomatic expressions spl... 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, you'll sound like you just got off the boat with entries like the one below. And with the curses, slang, and idiomatic expressions spl... read more

Mommy Rescue Guide Baby's First Year: Lifesaving Techniques and Advice to Enjoy the First 12 Months

Tekla S Nee

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 includes essentials about the first year, including the following sections: breastfeeding versus bottlefeeding; remedies for teething, diaper ... 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 includes essentials about the first year, including the following sections: breastfeeding versus bottlefeeding; remedies for teething, diaper ... read more

A Cup of Comfort for Adoptive Families: Stories that celebrate a special gift of love

Colleen Sell

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 experience these feelings firsthand. From first-time parents, anxiously awaiting the phone call that their little one has arrived to a single wo... 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 experience these feelings firsthand. From first-time parents, anxiously awaiting the phone call that their little one has arrived to a single wo... read more

The $7 a Meal Slow Cooker Cookbook: 301 Delicious, Nutritious Recipes the Whole Family Will Love!

Linda Larsen

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 kids--and fast.With this cookbook, families will find 301 great recipes that almost cook themselves, including Spicy Turkey Meatballs; He... 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 kids--and fast.With this cookbook, families will find 301 great recipes that almost cook themselves, including Spicy Turkey Meatballs; He... read more

The Everything Learning Italian Book: Speak, write, and understand basic Italian in no time

Ronald Glenn Wrigley

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 graffiti! With this guide you will make sense of this fascinating language in no time.This practical, hands-on libro comes with easy-to-under... 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 graffiti! With this guide you will make sense of this fascinating language in no time.This practical, hands-on libro comes with easy-to-under... read more

The 250 Eldercare Questions Everyone Should Ask

Lita Epstein

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 it be restructured to reduce expenses?How much money can I give my elders without impacting government aid? What are the goals of estat... read more

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 it be restructured to reduce expenses?How much money can I give my elders without impacting government aid? What are the goals of estat... read more

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