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Kelly Lydick

Kelly Lydick - Editor

Phoenix, United States

I am passionate about the written word! I have 10+ years in editing in all genres, with special attention to business and travel.

Overview

Reviews (4)

I have worked for more than a decade 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 copyedited 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 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.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management Travel
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Poetry Romance

Awards

  • GRL - Top 5 Fiction Reviews of 2012

Work experience

Co-Founding Editor & Associate Editor

Immanence Journal
May, 2014 – Present (over 3 years)

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

Owner

Self-employed
April, 2013 – Present (over 4 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 (8 selected works)

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

Kelly has 4 reviews

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Lovergia Leve

kelly is a most powerful and professional person. Help me to do my work more insirational! I would, recommend her to any author seeking professional services. See you again soon. Thanks!

, September 2017


Jason Simmons

Working with Kelly was one of the best decisions I made on my quest to write a business book. She is clearly a talented and skilled editor. I can't put into words (no editing pun intended) how much more polished and more crisp my manuscript reads - and it's all thanks to her. Throughout the editing process, Kelly was communicative and regularly provided additional insights that were outside...

, July 2017


Teri Giannetti

Kelly is a great partner and quickly added value to my writing. I look forward to continuing to work with her in the future!

, June 2017


Teri Giannetti

Kelly did a wonderful job proofreading my book. Her attention to detail helped improve the quality of my manuscript in the final proofing stage. She was very responsive and overall a great partner. I would highly recommend her services.

, May 2017

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