Kelly Lydick

Kelly Lydick - Editor

Phoenix, United States

I am passionate about the written word! I have 15+ years in editing in all genres, with special attention to business and travel.

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Overview

I have worked for fifteen years to edit nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. During that time, I have worked as an Editor for Avalon Travel, specifically for the Rick Steves series, and I have worked at Northern Arizona University's Thin Air literary magazine, as well as at Western Art Collector magazine. I've also copy edited Business textbooks for Cengage.

As an editor I am efficient with time, communicate directly, and work with a critical eye in order to hone the best versions of my clients' work. My feedback is to the point, but comprehensive where necessary.

As a writer, I understand how important it is to find the right editor for your book—and how scary it can be to anticipate comments from editors. This experience informs my style of feedback for authors. My own fiction, poetry, reviews, and interviews have appeared in Guernica, Drunken Boat, Switched-on Gutenberg, Mission at Tenth, Thema, Tarpaulin Sky, and many others.

I'm excited to work with clients who are passionate about their projects and the message they wish to share with the world.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Travel
Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Poetry
Romance

Awards

  • GRL - Top 5 Fiction Reviews of 2012

Work experience

Owner

Self-employed
October, 2018 – Present (over 1 year)

The Story Laboratory is a one-stop publishing consulting team that offers everything from developmental editing to book jacket design, query letter review, book proposals, and more!

Co-Founding Editor & Associate Editor

Immanence Journal
May, 2014 – Present (about 6 years)

Immanence launched its first edition in October 2016. It is the preeminent journal of applied mythology.

Owner

Self-employed
April, 2013 – Present (about 7 years)

As a consultant, I work with businesses and individuals to help bring to life projects in writing and the arts. I also consult in dreamwork and personal development.

Assistant Editor

International Artist Publishing
January, 2012 – January, 2013 (about 1 year)

For International Artist Publishing, I was the Assistant Editor of Western Art Collector magazine and responsible for composition of 8-10 articles for each monthly issue. I also worked with the production team to ensure editorial standards.

Essay Reviews Writer

Gently Read Literature (GRL)
January, 2010 – January, 2014 (about 4 years)

At Gently Read Literature, my work was selected by the Editor as one of the top five review writers for the year 2012.

Editor

Perseus Books Group
August, 2005 – January, 2012 (over 6 years)

At Perseus Books Group, I was the Editor for the Rick Steves travel series. I managed copyeditors and proofreaders and edited books in all phases of the production process to ensure timely delivery of more than 40 titles each year.

Portfolio (18 selected works)

Moon Monterey & Carmel: With Santa Cruz & Big Sur (Travel Guide)

Stuart Thornton

Quirky beach towns, deliciously fresh seafood, and scenic hikes and drives: discover what the locals love with Moon Monterey & Carmel. Inside you'll find:Flexible, strategic itineraries including long weekends in Monterey, Carmel, and Santa Cruz, and a three-day road trip from Big Sur to CambriaThe top sights and unique activities: Visit the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium or take a whale-watchin... read more

Quirky beach towns, deliciously fresh seafood, and scenic hikes and drives: discover what the locals love with Moon Monterey & Carmel. Inside you'll find:Flexible, strategic itineraries including long weekends in Monterey, Carmel, and Santa Cruz, and a three-day road trip from Big Sur to CambriaThe top sights and unique activities: Visit the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium or take a whale-watchin... read more

Rick Steves Iceland

Rick Steves, Ian Watson

Hike vast glaciers, marvel at steaming volcanic lakes, and explore the land of the midnight sun: with Rick Steves on your side, Iceland can be yours!Inside Rick Steves Iceland you'll find:Comprehensive coverage for exploring Iceland, whether you've got a long layover in Reykjavík or two weeks to dive into the whole countryRick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and mone... read more

Hike vast glaciers, marvel at steaming volcanic lakes, and explore the land of the midnight sun: with Rick Steves on your side, Iceland can be yours!Inside Rick Steves Iceland you'll find:Comprehensive coverage for exploring Iceland, whether you've got a long layover in Reykjavík or two weeks to dive into the whole countryRick's strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and mone... read more

Rick Steves Pocket Rome

Rick Steves, Gene Openshaw

Rick Steves' Pocket guidebooks truly are a “tour guide in your pocket.” Each colorful, compact book includes Rick's advice for prioritizing your time, whether you're spending 1 or 7 days in a city. Everything a busy traveler needs is easy to access: a neighborhood overview, city walks and tours, sights, handy food and accommodations charts, an appendix packed with information on trip planning ... read more

Rick Steves' Pocket guidebooks truly are a “tour guide in your pocket.” Each colorful, compact book includes Rick's advice for prioritizing your time, whether you're spending 1 or 7 days in a city. Everything a busy traveler needs is easy to access: a neighborhood overview, city walks and tours, sights, handy food and accommodations charts, an appendix packed with information on trip planning ... read more

Rick Steves Eastern Europe

Rick Steves, Cameron Hewitt

You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Eastern Europe—including the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, and Croatia.Explore Eastern Europe's top cities, from the romantic spires of Prague and the steamy thermal baths of Budapest to charming Kraków and laid-back Ljubljana. Enjoy the imperial sights of Vienna and walking tours of ... read more

You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Eastern Europe—including the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, and Croatia.Explore Eastern Europe's top cities, from the romantic spires of Prague and the steamy thermal baths of Budapest to charming Kraków and laid-back Ljubljana. Enjoy the imperial sights of Vienna and walking tours of ... read more

Rick Steves' Italian Phrase Book & Dictionary

Rick Steves

Buon giorno! From ordering calamari in Venice to making new friends in Tuscan hill towns, it helps to speak some of the native tongue. Rick Steves, bestselling author of travel guides to Europe, offers well-tested phrases and key words to cover every situation a traveler is likely to encounter. This handy guide provides key phrases for use in everyday circumstances, complete with phonetic spel... read more

Buon giorno! From ordering calamari in Venice to making new friends in Tuscan hill towns, it helps to speak some of the native tongue. Rick Steves, bestselling author of travel guides to Europe, offers well-tested phrases and key words to cover every situation a traveler is likely to encounter. This handy guide provides key phrases for use in everyday circumstances, complete with phonetic spel... read more

Sabbatical In The Sun

Jackie Ullerich

Jessica Slater would seem to have it all. She's young, personable, good looking and is making strides in her career as an educator. Her personal life, however, is in disarray. Recently divorced, she's also coping with the loss of her mother to cancer. What better time than now to take sabbatical leave, to shake the blues and escape wintery Northern Virginia.Jessica's choice for a sabbatical in... read more

Jessica Slater would seem to have it all. She's young, personable, good looking and is making strides in her career as an educator. Her personal life, however, is in disarray. Recently divorced, she's also coping with the loss of her mother to cancer. What better time than now to take sabbatical leave, to shake the blues and escape wintery Northern Virginia.Jessica's choice for a sabbatical in... read more

Strategic Management: Theory: An Integrated Approach

Charles W. L. Hill, Gareth R. Jones, Melissa A. Schilling

This leading strategy text presents the complexities of strategic management through up-to-date scholarship and hands-on applications. Highly respected authors Charles Hill, Gareth Jones, and Melissa Schilling integrate cutting-edge research on topics including corporate performance, governance, strategic leadership, technology, and business ethics. Based on real-world practices and current th... read more

This leading strategy text presents the complexities of strategic management through up-to-date scholarship and hands-on applications. Highly respected authors Charles Hill, Gareth Jones, and Melissa Schilling integrate cutting-edge research on topics including corporate performance, governance, strategic leadership, technology, and business ethics. Based on real-world practices and current th... read more

Rick Steves Pocket Athens

Rick Steves

Rick Steves Pocket guidebooks truly are a “tour guide in your pocket.” This colorful, compact 220-page book includes Rick's advice for prioritizing your time, whether you're spending 1 or 7 days in a city. Everything a busy traveler needs is easy to access: a neighborhood overview, city walks and tours, sights, handy food and accommodations charts, an appendix packed with information on trip p... read more

Rick Steves Pocket guidebooks truly are a “tour guide in your pocket.” This colorful, compact 220-page book includes Rick's advice for prioritizing your time, whether you're spending 1 or 7 days in a city. Everything a busy traveler needs is easy to access: a neighborhood overview, city walks and tours, sights, handy food and accommodations charts, an appendix packed with information on trip p... read more

Rick Steves' Pocket London

Rick Steves, Gene Openshaw

Rick Steves' Pocket guidebooks truly are a “tour guide in your pocket.” Each colorful, compact book includes Rick's advice for prioritizing your time, whether you're spending one or seven days in a city. Everything a busy traveler needs is easy to access: a neighborhood overview, city walks and tours, sights, handy food and accommodations charts, an appendix packed with information on trip pla... read more

Rick Steves' Pocket guidebooks truly are a “tour guide in your pocket.” Each colorful, compact book includes Rick's advice for prioritizing your time, whether you're spending one or seven days in a city. Everything a busy traveler needs is easy to access: a neighborhood overview, city walks and tours, sights, handy food and accommodations charts, an appendix packed with information on trip pla... read more

Rick Steves Italy 2017

Rick Steves

You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Italy.From the beaches to the Alps, from fine art to fine pasta, Italy has it all. With this book, you'll trace Italian culture from Rome's Colosseum to Michelangelo's David to the bustling elegance of Milan. Experience the art-drenched cities of Venice and Florence, explore the ancient ruins of the Roman F... read more

You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Italy.From the beaches to the Alps, from fine art to fine pasta, Italy has it all. With this book, you'll trace Italian culture from Rome's Colosseum to Michelangelo's David to the bustling elegance of Milan. Experience the art-drenched cities of Venice and Florence, explore the ancient ruins of the Roman F... read more

Marketing Strategy: A Beginner's Guide to B2B Marketing Success

Jason W. Simmons

This book is written for B2B marketers who are interested in learning how to create a competitive marketing strategy for their organizations. The practical content within the book is meant to serve as a user’s manual or guide on how to achieve that.The structure is laid out in the chronological sequence one would need to follow in order to create an effective marketing strategy, and is broken ... read more

This book is written for B2B marketers who are interested in learning how to create a competitive marketing strategy for their organizations. The practical content within the book is meant to serve as a user’s manual or guide on how to achieve that.The structure is laid out in the chronological sequence one would need to follow in order to create an effective marketing strategy, and is broken ... read more

It's All About the How: A Practical Guide for Executing Business Strategies

Teri Giannetti

Talk and plan less; do more and do it well.Executing business strategies requires efficiency. It’s All about the How provides practical advice, stories, ideas and proven tools that empower business professionals to successfully implement strategies and deliver results.1.Hands down, your success will depend on the quality of the “How.” Too many leaders and managers get caught up in the details ... read more

Talk and plan less; do more and do it well.Executing business strategies requires efficiency. It’s All about the How provides practical advice, stories, ideas and proven tools that empower business professionals to successfully implement strategies and deliver results.1.Hands down, your success will depend on the quality of the “How.” Too many leaders and managers get caught up in the details ... read more

Beyond Applause: Make a Meaningful Difference through Transformational Speaking

Michelle Barry Franco

You are meant to stand on that awesome stage and change lives with your message. You love seeing thought leaders share their stories and expertise from the stage. You know the impact that captivating speaking can have because your own life has been changed by great speakers. Most of all, you feel lit up by inspiring speakers. But you also feel something else. It’s a feeling deep in your belly,... read more

You are meant to stand on that awesome stage and change lives with your message. You love seeing thought leaders share their stories and expertise from the stage. You know the impact that captivating speaking can have because your own life has been changed by great speakers. Most of all, you feel lit up by inspiring speakers. But you also feel something else. It’s a feeling deep in your belly,... read more

The Curated Home: A Fresh Take on Tradition

Grant Gibson

Infuse thoughtfully furnished rooms with your own personal style, for every part of your home. Drawing on inspiration from his personal style, world travels, and client experience, Grant K. Gibson takes you on a journey to curate your perfect home. This highly instructional design book covers wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling, in an engaging and comprehensive look at what makes a home both functi... read more

Infuse thoughtfully furnished rooms with your own personal style, for every part of your home. Drawing on inspiration from his personal style, world travels, and client experience, Grant K. Gibson takes you on a journey to curate your perfect home. This highly instructional design book covers wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling, in an engaging and comprehensive look at what makes a home both functi... read more

Moon Boston (Travel Guide)

Cameron Sperance

Experience the Life of the City with Moon Travel Guides!Moon Boston takes you on a tour of the city's great pastimes: catch a game at Fenway, watch the rowboats on the Charles River, snag a seat at the bar at the tiny Neptune Oyster, and more.What's inside Moon Boston:Explore the City: Navigate by neighborhood or by activity with color-coded maps, or follow a guided neighborhood walkSee the Si... read more

Experience the Life of the City with Moon Travel Guides!Moon Boston takes you on a tour of the city's great pastimes: catch a game at Fenway, watch the rowboats on the Charles River, snag a seat at the bar at the tiny Neptune Oyster, and more.What's inside Moon Boston:Explore the City: Navigate by neighborhood or by activity with color-coded maps, or follow a guided neighborhood walkSee the Si... read more

Rick Steves Best of England

Rick Steves

Hit England's can't-miss art, sights, and bites in two weeks or less with Rick Steves Best of England!Expert advice from Rick Steves on what's worth your time and moneyTwo-day itineraries covering London, Bath, the Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon, Liverpool, the Lake District, and YorkOver 60 full-color maps and vibrant photosRick's tips for beating the crowds, skipping lines, and avoiding tour... read more

Hit England's can't-miss art, sights, and bites in two weeks or less with Rick Steves Best of England!Expert advice from Rick Steves on what's worth your time and moneyTwo-day itineraries covering London, Bath, the Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon, Liverpool, the Lake District, and YorkOver 60 full-color maps and vibrant photosRick's tips for beating the crowds, skipping lines, and avoiding tour... read more

Moon Galápagos Islands (Travel Guide)

Lisa Cho

The Galapagos archipelago is one of the most beautiful, wild, and untouched places on earth. Travel back in time with Moon Galápagos Islands. Inside you'll find:Strategic tour information with advice on visiting sustainably, which boats to take, how long to stay, and where to stop along the wayDetailed maps and directions for exploring on your ownThe top activities and unique experiences: Snor... read more

The Galapagos archipelago is one of the most beautiful, wild, and untouched places on earth. Travel back in time with Moon Galápagos Islands. Inside you'll find:Strategic tour information with advice on visiting sustainably, which boats to take, how long to stay, and where to stop along the wayDetailed maps and directions for exploring on your ownThe top activities and unique experiences: Snor... read more

Mastering Product Management: A Step-by-Step Guide

Kevin Brennan

Mastering Product Management: A Step-by-Step Guide offers practical, real-world advice on the most important things a Product Manager will be involved with, and will deliver, in the quest for creating and capturing value. It covers the full new product cycle, from idea discovery through product end-of-life. Each section is short and concise, around two to three pages. Rather than dive deep int... read more

Mastering Product Management: A Step-by-Step Guide offers practical, real-world advice on the most important things a Product Manager will be involved with, and will deliver, in the quest for creating and capturing value. It covers the full new product cycle, from idea discovery through product end-of-life. Each section is short and concise, around two to three pages. Rather than dive deep int... read more

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Cheryl O'Donoghue
I've written three books in the past three years and have worked with three different editors. While each did an admirable job, Kelly Lydick performed at a higher level on every Reedsy measure--professionalism, quality, value, and communication and punctuality. I enthusiastically recommend her services, especially to those writers who have been working on their craft for a number of years and ...
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Cheryl O'Donoghue, April 2020

Kelly Lydick
I'm SO glad I was able to partner with you on your book! Thank you so much for the kind review. I'm thrilled to know that you are pleased with the work, and I'm honored to be your support through t...
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Melissa O. Fuller
Kelly is great! Great suggestions and extended our contract as needed. I look forward to working with her again.

Melissa O. Fuller, February 2020


Kelley Messer
Kelly is a reliable professional and did a wonderful job! Her edits maintained the integrity of my work while improving the final product. She was the right editor for my travel guide/travel memoir.

Kelley Messer, January 2020

Kelly Lydick
I'm SO glad I got to partner with you on your book! It was a pleasure to read and work with you! Can't wait to get the final copy. :)

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Peter Y
I really enjoyed working with Kelly. She took time out during Christmas break to give really good feedback about my book. She was especially helpful in making sure that I cited all my references and that my book was easy to read for someone who's not as familiar with my field. You can't go wrong with hiring her!

Peter Y, January 2020

Kelly Lydick
I am honored to have worked with Peter on his book, which has so much great advice for those who want to become successful Product Managers. It's a well-written, thoughtful read for anyone in the s...
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Andre Watson
Without Kelly's guidance, I'm not sure my book would ever have the possibility of being published. Not only has she helped me as an editor, but her coaching on how to navigate the publishing process has been invaluable. Highly recommend!

Andre Watson, May 2019

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