Jon Arlan

Jon Arlan - Editor

Kansas City, MO, USA

Professional book editor and writer with a soft spot for non-fiction. I'm also a frequent traveler and (occasional) travel writer.

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Overview

I am passionate and professional editor and writer specializing in non-fiction, memoir, biography, and travel. Whether working with an idea, an early draft or an almost-finished manuscript, I want to collaborate with authors to empower them to connect their words with their vision.

I'm the author of the New York Times-recommended book Mountain Lines, a travelogue about walking across the French Alps. (The Times called it a "disarmingly engaging memoir by a millennial Kansan.") I've written travel and humor articles and essays for The Los Angeles Times, Off Assignment, Literary Hub, and many other places.

I spent my formative publishing years in New York City, first as a bookseller at the Strand, and then in various editorial roles at small and medium-sized publishing houses. I was an intern at Europe Editions before working my way up the ladder to Editor at Skyhorse Publishing.

In 2015, I took my show on the road, and have been a world-traveling freelance editor and writer ever since. I've edited books while crossing Siberia on a train, reviewed proposals in a river boat on the Nile, and even in a hut while hiking the highlands of Iceland. In the last seven years, I've been lucky enough to work on everything from coffee table books about German tanks to memoirs from inside the Kennedy administration to new editions of classic Louis L'Amour westerns.

I love personal stories with strong narratives that leave me surprised and inspired. I've been praised by authors for my patience, my easy-going attitude, and my ability to clarify, de-clutter, and organize work.

Having sold books, edited books, written books, and published books, I've seen the process from a number of different perspectives. I do my best to bring all of that experience to every project I work on. I'm always excited and deeply grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with authors to tell their stories.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
DIY & Crafts
Geography
History
Music
Travel

Work experience

Editor

Freelance
January, 2015 – Present (about 5 years)

Editor

Skyhorse Publishing
April, 2012 – January, 2015 (almost 3 years)

At Skyhorse, I edited and managed all stages of production for 30-40 titles per season across all genres and categories. I also directed a new commercial fiction imprint and produced catalog copy, jacket/flap copy, design direction for all my titles. I handled acquisitions, new title development, and contract negotiations as well.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

The Road Headed West: A 6,000-Mile Cycling Odyssey through North America

Leon McCarron

What happens when you swap the nine-to-five for two wheels and a journey of a lifetime?Terrified of the prospect of a life spent behind a desk, without challenge or excitement, Leon takes off to cross America on an overloaded bicycle packed with everything but common sense.Over five months and 6000 miles, he cycled from New York to Seattle and then on to the Mexican border, facing tornados, sw... read more

What happens when you swap the nine-to-five for two wheels and a journey of a lifetime?Terrified of the prospect of a life spent behind a desk, without challenge or excitement, Leon takes off to cross America on an overloaded bicycle packed with everything but common sense.Over five months and 6000 miles, he cycled from New York to Seattle and then on to the Mexican border, facing tornados, sw... read more

Words of Mercury: Tales from a Lifetime of Travel

Patrick Leigh Fermor

A career-spanning anthology from the greatest traveler—and travel writer—of the twentieth century.The adventures of Patrick “Paddy” Leigh Fermor, Britain’s most beloved traveler, began in 1933, when he embarked on a walk from Holland to Constantinople—the entire length of Europe—at the tender age of eighteen. Sleeping in barns, monasteries, and, on occasion, aristocratic country houses, the yo... read more

A career-spanning anthology from the greatest traveler—and travel writer—of the twentieth century.The adventures of Patrick “Paddy” Leigh Fermor, Britain’s most beloved traveler, began in 1933, when he embarked on a walk from Holland to Constantinople—the entire length of Europe—at the tender age of eighteen. Sleeping in barns, monasteries, and, on occasion, aristocratic country houses, the yo... read more

The World Is Our Classroom: How One Family Used Nature and Travel to Shape an Extraordinary Education

Cindy Ross

Cindy's story begins in the Rocky Mountain wilderness on a unique and extraordinary journey: two parents leading their young children 3,100 miles on the backs of llamas. This Canada-Mexico trek illustrated to Cindy and her husband what experiential education can do. Inspired by the experience, they went on to create a new way of supplementing their children?s education, focusing on two arenas ... read more

Cindy's story begins in the Rocky Mountain wilderness on a unique and extraordinary journey: two parents leading their young children 3,100 miles on the backs of llamas. This Canada-Mexico trek illustrated to Cindy and her husband what experiential education can do. Inspired by the experience, they went on to create a new way of supplementing their children?s education, focusing on two arenas ... read more

The Complete Guide to German Armored Vehicles: Panzers, Jagdpanzers, Assault Guns, Antiaircraft, Self-Propelled Artillery, Armored Wheeled and Semi-Tracked Vehicles, and More

David Doyle

The market’s most comprehensive guide to German combat vehicles.The Complete Guide to German Armored Vehicles is an encyclopedia of all the armored vehicles used by the Nazis in World War II. At over four hundred pages and with over six hundred photos, many of which never before seen by the public, this volume becomes the market’s most comprehensive on the subject. David Doyle, award-winning a... read more

The market’s most comprehensive guide to German combat vehicles.The Complete Guide to German Armored Vehicles is an encyclopedia of all the armored vehicles used by the Nazis in World War II. At over four hundred pages and with over six hundred photos, many of which never before seen by the public, this volume becomes the market’s most comprehensive on the subject. David Doyle, award-winning a... read more

The Bitcoin Guidebook: How to Obtain, Invest, and Spend the World's First Decentralized Cryptocurrency

Ian DeMartino

Bitcoin is not another payment processor. Like the Internet, Bitcoin is a technology that runs through a distributed network. No one controls it, and no one can shut it down. Bitcoin has been called the currency of the Internet, but it is much more powerful than that—more astute observers have called it the Internet of currency.The Bitcoin Guidebook is for anyone who doesn’t want to be left be... read more

Bitcoin is not another payment processor. Like the Internet, Bitcoin is a technology that runs through a distributed network. No one controls it, and no one can shut it down. Bitcoin has been called the currency of the Internet, but it is much more powerful than that—more astute observers have called it the Internet of currency.The Bitcoin Guidebook is for anyone who doesn’t want to be left be... read more

The Gatekeepers: Inside Israel's Internal Security Agency

Dror Moreh

The companion to the Oscar-nominated documentary—six former heads of Shin Bet honestly assess their attempts to stop Palestinian terror in Israel. Imagine the following situation: You have just received a tip that six suicide bombers are making their way into the heart of Israel’s major cities, each one to a different city, to set off an explosion in the most crowded centers of population. How... read more

The companion to the Oscar-nominated documentary—six former heads of Shin Bet honestly assess their attempts to stop Palestinian terror in Israel. Imagine the following situation: You have just received a tip that six suicide bombers are making their way into the heart of Israel’s major cities, each one to a different city, to set off an explosion in the most crowded centers of population. How... read more

How You Got Screwed: What Big Banks, Big Government, and Big Business Don't Want You to Know_and What You Can Do About It

Allen Marshall

If you’re like most people, you want nothing more than a fair shot in life: a chance to seek out opportunities, work hard, and make your own way in this world. But as author Allen Marshall explains in How You Got Screwed, the game has been rigged, making it almost impossible for you to win. How You Got Screwed explains exactly how the rules have been made to favor those in charge. Consider the... read more

If you’re like most people, you want nothing more than a fair shot in life: a chance to seek out opportunities, work hard, and make your own way in this world. But as author Allen Marshall explains in How You Got Screwed, the game has been rigged, making it almost impossible for you to win. How You Got Screwed explains exactly how the rules have been made to favor those in charge. Consider the... read more

Walking to Samarkand: The Great Silk Road from Persia to Central Asia

Bernard Ollivier

Acclaimed journalist Bernard Ollivier continues his epic journey across Persia and Central Asia as he walks the length of the Great Silk Road. Walking to Samarkand is journalist Bernard Ollivier’s stunning account of the second part of his 7,200-mile walk from Istanbul, Turkey to Xi’an, China along the Silk Road--the longest and perhaps most mythical trade route of all time. Picking up where O... read more

Acclaimed journalist Bernard Ollivier continues his epic journey across Persia and Central Asia as he walks the length of the Great Silk Road. Walking to Samarkand is journalist Bernard Ollivier’s stunning account of the second part of his 7,200-mile walk from Istanbul, Turkey to Xi’an, China along the Silk Road--the longest and perhaps most mythical trade route of all time. Picking up where O... read more

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