Kathy Nida

Kathy Nida – Editor

Freelance copyeditor and proofreader offering 25 years of experience in scientific and educational publishing


I am a deadline- and detail-oriented freelance editor pursuing freelance assignments in editing, proofreading, and writing, offering over 25 years of experience in scientific editing and publishing fields, with 8+ years as a freelancer. I am highly organized, self-motivated, computer-proficient, and professional. Currently I am a middle-school science teacher who has developed curriculum in science and utilizing technology in science, and am looking for freelance opportunities in copyediting and proofreading. I am also a practicing, exhibiting artist, and hold degrees in art and comparative literature, as well as teaching credentials in life and general science, with a M.Ed. in Cross-Cultural education. I have edited both scientific books and fiction.

Action & Adventure Classics Fantasy Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Science Fiction Thriller & Suspense Women's Fiction Young Adult
Art Education & Reference Health & Wellbeing Humanities & Social Sciences Medicine, Nursing, & Dentistry Nature
English (UK) English (US)
  • UCSD Copyediting Certificate

Work experience


May, 2015 — Present

Providing freelance services in copyediting and proofreading for clients.

Cajon Valley, Mountain Empire, and Palm Middle Schools

Feb, 2003 — Present

Developing curriculum for life science, incorporating technology in the classroom

Academic Press (Elsevier Science/Harcourt)

Mar, 1996 — Dec, 2002 (almost 7 years)

Copyedit and reference-edit manuscripts
Copyedit online using Word-based templates
Adhere to publishers' style, Chicago Manual of Style, APA, MLA, and other style manuals
Edit and code author-prepared subject indexes
Set and maintain publishing schedules and deadlines
Process and review manuscripts
Size, code, and correct art
Proofread word-for-word as needed
Communicate with authors and typesetter regarding problems, deadlines, design issues, etc.
Obtain permissions for previously published art, tables, or text
Review author corrections and typesetters' work
Hire subject indexers
Review page proofs and revised pages
Review marketing information for ad campaigns and back matter copy
Prepare documentation to release published material to printers

The majority of my freelance work has been for Academic Press, a subsidiary of Harcourt, Inc., now part of Elsevier Science. In this capacity, I have managed or edited more than 65 scientific books on topics including life sciences, molecular biology, physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, chemistry, medicine, psychology, and online and computer resources. I have worked with numerous authors of different nationalities and language backgrounds.

Academic Press

Dec, 1994 — Mar, 1996 (about 1 year)

See freelance work, same duties, but in house

Academic Press

Jun, 1994 — Dec, 1994 (6 months)

Processed and managed journal submissions
Proofread page proofs and revised pages for books and journal articles, reviewing author corrections
Assisted in editorial responsibilities for books and journals

Brian F. Smith and Associates (Archaeologist)

Oct, 1993 — Jun, 1994 (8 months)

Edited reports for style, design, grammar, spelling, and numerical accuracy
Catalogued company's reference library, providing brief analysis of each reference

Converse Consultants West

Apr, 1990 — Oct, 1993 (over 3 years)

Typed and edited reports
Wrote and edited marketing proposals to city, county, and military agencies
Supervised word processing and report production departments and staff
Managed vendors


Analysis and Management of Animal Populations deals with the processes involved in making informed decisions about the management of animal populations. It covers the modeling of population responses to management actions, the estimation of quantities needed i... read more
With the recent changes in the health care industry, surgeons face increasing pressure to devote their time to their clinical activities, thus limiting their research efforts. It is essential that young and creative individuals are encouraged to perform resear... read more
The study of language has increasingly become an area of interdisciplinary interest. Not only is it studied by speech specialists and linguists, but by psychologists and neuroscientists as well, particularly in understanding how the brain processes meaning. Th... read more
Principles of Cloning is the first comprehensive book on animal cloning since the creation of Dolly. The contributing authors are the principal investigators on each of the animal species cloned to date, and are expertly qualified to present the state-of-the-a... read more
Metabolic bone degeneration (osteoporosis) affects millions of people--primarily postmenopausal women--and is directly responsible for debilitating hip, vertebral, and limb fractures in the elderly. Incorporating advances made within just the past five years, ... read more
The Handbook of Educational Policy provides a comprehensive overview of policy questions in education reform at local, state, and national levels. The book raises controversial questions, such as who really benefits from educational reform, and investigates is... read more
In SLOW CALORIES, FAST CALORIES: Decoding Weight and Blood Sugar Like Never Before, Sara Tang, Fulbright Fellow, NTP, has finally cracked the code on the relationship between your food and blood sugar and how this relationship could impact your weight and over... read more
I'm Not Crazy: Stigma Revealed

Editor, Salli McQuaid

If your life has in any been touched by mental illness, you will find this art quilt catalog -- and the exhibition -- irresistible. "I'm Not Crazy: Stigma Revealed" chronicles the striking international art exhibition "I'm Not Crazy," conceived of and curated ... read more
The challenge of managing projects is to combine the technology of the future with lessons from the past. In the Third Edition of Project Management for the 21st Century, noted authors Bennet Lientz and Kathryn Rea provide a modern, proven approach to project ... read more
Menopause: Biology and Pathobiology is a comprehensive volume covering all aspects of the biology, anatomy, physiology, pathobiology, and pharmacology of menopause, as well as its diagnosis and management.The book is divided into four sections: Basic Biology, ... read more
Tumor Suppressing Viruses, Genes, and Drugs profiles the new generation of cancer treatments now in development. The book examines the innovative new approaches of viral, gene, and signal therapies that promise to replace or enhance conventional methods such a... read more
Connecting Paradigms: A Trauma-Informed & Neurobiological Framework for Motivational Interviewing Implementation provides an innovative approach to helping those struggling with past trauma to make critical life changes and heal from their pain and suffering. ... read more

Kathy has 5 reviews





Alysha H.

Alysha H.

Sep, 2023

Working with Kathy was a dream! We had a complicated educations text with many different components that needed to work together seamlessly. Kathy was thorough, responsive and wonderful to work with! Will definitely be working with her again for future projects.
Lydia G.

Lydia G.

Aug, 2022

Kathy is knowledgeable, professional, friendly, and flexible. I was impressed with her attention to detail. As a proofreader, she caught a lot of errors on my project, after it had been through many readers and editors. I'd definitely hire her again.
Kathy N.
Lydia was easy to work with and answered questions quickly. Her manuscript was as described.
Matt B.

Matt B.

Sep, 2018

This is the third time I've had Kathy edit my work. She is the best!
Matt B.

Matt B.

Dec, 2017

Second time working with Kathy makes everything easy and simple. Can't wait to work with her again in the future!
Matt B.

Matt B.

Jul, 2017

Kathy was a perfect fit for my book. Her copyediting was thorough and easy to follow. My book's quality improved dramatically thanks to Kathy's work!

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