Josh Raab

Josh Raab – Editor

Experienced, passionate, and versatile non-fiction editor. Clients include Al Gore, Garth Brooks, and various business leaders.

Overview

NOTE: I do not do proofreading.


Hello!


After graduating from New York University with a degree in English and Philosophy, I started working at the Knopf and Vintage imprints of Random House. I then started a literary press called theNewerYork which ran for five years and included Margaret Atwell, Lemony Snicket, and Mark Z. Danielewski as subscribers. As editor-in-chief of the press, I worked with over 800 writers, edited 25 books, and published or workshopped over 1,500 short stories and essays.


I was hired as an editor and producer at Melcher Media in New York City. I was responsible for book projects for the likes of Former Vice President Al Gore, country music superstar Garth Brooks, Netflix, Neil Patrick Harris, King Tutankhamun exhibits, and more. My books—which include one New York Times bestseller and several Amazon bestsellers—have over 2 million copies in circulation.


In working with me as a book producer, you can expect professional-grade publishing, including book cover design, editing, proofreading, fact-checking, printing, and marketing.


As an editor, you can expect substantial edits with well-reasoned comments and tons of dialogue. I find the more I communicate with my clients, the more I understand their goals and can help steer them in the right direction.

I will weed your work of redundancy, cliché, and verbosity that can weigh writing down. I also have a good eye for organization and can recommend new ordering, titling, and formatting, which will help your book flow more naturally. Fact-checking also comes with the job; if you quote statistics or studies, I will make sure there are correct citations (though I don't standardize/format citations). Once I'm done, you will have a clean, modern, engaging manuscript.


It's important to note I am NOT a proofreader. I will make corrections if I see errors, and I can and will often put together a style guide for the proofreader to adhere to, but everyone should hire a proofreader after the book is typeset and right before it goes to print. I can put you in touch with top-quality proofreaders.


I'm looking forward to talking!

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Humanities & Social Sciences Political Science & Current Affairs Psychology Self-Help & Self-Improvement Sex & Relationships Technology
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Oct, 2018 — Present

My team of editors, designers, proofreaders, fact checkers, and printers have millions of books in print. My teammates have worked on book projects for the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart, Netflix, Apple, Garth Brooks, Lemony Snicket, The Hollywood Reporter, Autodesk, and many more.

We turn industry expertise into bestselling books. Whether you want to establish credibility, expand your network, or woo investors or customers, a high-quality book is a priceless tool.

Melcher Media

Feb, 2017 — Sep, 2018 (over 1 year)

Project lead on highly-designed, illustrated books for celebrities and media companies. My accounts include Al Gore, Garth Brooks, Apple, Netflix, and more, and my books have over 2 million copies in print.

Responsibilities include overseeing every step of the publishing process: project management and client liaison; acquisitions and proposals; creative direction and design management; editorial oversight and manuscript creation; team building (freelancer on-boarding); photoshoot production; image rights; production, printing, and fulfillment; and marketing and publicity consultation.

The Industry L.A.

Feb, 2015 — Sep, 2016 (over 1 year)

I helped produce Los Angeles' most ambitious opera ever, HOPSCOTCH. A cast of 120+, for 1.5 months, in a fleet of 24 limousines, all being live streamed back to a temporary structure with 24 viewing screens. I found the writing talent and managed the writing process, I oversaw the branding and design (from merchandise to a comprehensive paperback book), managed the social media, printing, publicity, and more.

The show received rave reviews in The New Yorker, Wired, Fast Co.Create, The New York Times, The LA Times, California Sunday, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and more. See less

Self-employed

Aug, 2011 — Jul, 2016 (almost 5 years)

I started tNY.Press (formerly theNewerYork) to build a stage for modern storytellers. We publish literature in print in a literary magazine and single-author books, and online on. We have published over 1500 stories by 800+ writers. We are also a creative design firm fashioning books and print design for individuals and organizations. Experimental workshops and readings every month. Originally funded on Kickstarter.com.

Penguin Random House Publishers

Jan, 2010 — Aug, 2011 (over 1 year)

Managed the enhanced ebook edition of How to Life Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu. Gave seminar(s) to editorial and production at Knopf and Vintage on the future of the publishing industry.

Portfolio

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A New York Times bestseller!The follow up to the #1 New York Times bestselling An Inconvenient Truth and companion to Vice President Al Gore’s new documentary, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, this new book is a daring call to action. It exposes the rea... read more
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Go inside the electric world of Garth Brooks LIVE. From the first on-stage appearance in college to headlining his own record breaking tours and worldwide stardom. Includes behind the scene stories, insider secrets, interviews with band and crew. Five CDs with... read more
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The Inevitable June

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Is it June yet? Somewhere between prose and poetry and a graphic-novel, The Inevitable June is the story of your mind: a room with no doors, where the lights are always on. It is a surreal flash-fiction for every day in June. It is your imagination with teeth.... read more
This is an exciting and beautiful interactive story. Twitter length stories leave you with two options to continue. Jump around this colorful story. One story called "Invade" runs throughout the book, but you'll also find yourself on rickety bridges, in abusiv... read more
A man with lobster claws for hands. A woman who grows a blanket of feathers. A talking cow. A baby born from an egg. A hu-manatee. Modeled after a scientific journal, complete with abstracts and endnotes, Studies in Hybrid Morphology includes more than a dozen... read more
This is a collection of experimental short-fiction. The stories are beautifully designed and paired with art. The contributors come from all over the world. Artists throughout the ages, from Dali to Proust, have taken their talents to exposing time; here is th... read more
In the last few years, direct-to-consumer e-commerce companies have invaded the marketplace and our daily lives. Dinner? Blue Apron. Plans tonight? Netflix. Need new glasses? Warby Parker. Five o'clock shadow? Dollar Shave Club. It's never been a better time t... read more

Josh has 14 reviews

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Jonathan C.

Jonathan C.

Apr, 2024

It was great working with Josh as it was my first book. He showed me the ropes and took my manuscript to the next level. He was able to really turn it into a professional piece of work.
Robert R.

Robert R.

Mar, 2024

Excellent insights and comments to improve the content
Ron P.

Ron P.

Sep, 2023

Josh is super responsive and very easy to work with. He makes tackling a big project an absolute pleasure. The man is a true professional!
Tim L.

Tim L.

May, 2021

This is my first book and I looked long and hard for the right editor. From our first contact, Josh's enthusiasm for the project jumped through the screen. Going in, I didn't really appreciate the difference between a line edit and a developmental edit. Josh helped guide me through the process of the developmental edit, providing helpful insights that moved the manuscript forward in positive di...
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Mike P.

Mike P.

Mar, 2021

I am so thankful for Josh and for Reedsy. As a new author on the self publishing path I had many fears about this process. My confidence however skyrocketed as soon as Josh sent back my first edits. His ability to take my content and make it better was impressive. He simplified paragraphs and made them better, but still kept my voice. I appreciated his true interest and honest feedback. It was ...
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