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Kristen Hall-Geisler

Kristen Hall-Geisler - Editor

Portland, Oregon

I love editing nonfiction books - especially technology and science - and the nonfiction parts of fiction, particularly historical novels.

Overview

You've researched your manuscript within an inch of its life. It's full of detail and maybe even footnotes. You want someone to make sure it makes sense, to help you smooth out the prose, to assist in translating your academic ideas and pet passions for mainstream readers. These are the best kinds of quests.

I've been a freelance writer and editor since 2006, with articles in the New York Times, Popular Science, How Stuff Works, Mental Floss, and many more. I specialize in automotive, technology, and science topics in my writing and editing, and the nonfiction aspects of fiction, like you'll find in historical novels.

As an editor, I enjoy digging into the details you've unearthed in your research and polishing the prose so it shines like a gem that anyone -- including lay readers -- can appreciate. Nonfiction authors who have an academic background but want to write for a more general audience make for fascinating collaborators. Fiction authors who have followed a historical thread as far as it leads them and knit a novel from it fascinate me. My job as editor is to make your project the coherent, convincing book you imagined writing on day one.

I have experience with all levels of editorial guidance, from giving high-level feedback on early drafts all the way through final proofreading. I also ghostwrite and fact check projects that need bolstering in those areas. My goal at every step is to give you enough confidence in your work to release it into the world without worry or regret. Though I do my best to honor your style and offer precise corrections, I always expect pushback from my authors -- I've certainly done it to my own editors. It's your project, and you always have control over the final product.

If you've got a project that needs polish, maybe we could work together. I'm often booked about a month in advance, so contact me as you're wrapping up your latest round of revisions to see if we might make a great team.

Services
Languages
English (CAN) English (US)
Non-Fiction
Education & Reference History Life Sciences Mathematics & Statistics Nature Sports & outdoor recreation Technology Transportation
Fiction
Historical Fiction

Work experience

Collaborative Editor

Indigo
November, 2012 – Present (about 5 years)

As a contract editor with Indigo, I have taken on a variety of book projects, but those I like best are the scientific and historical labors of love. Authors who have poured years of research and hours of writing into a project and are in search of some perspective and guidance as they move toward self-publishing are my favorite authors to work with.

Editor

Self-employed
September, 2006 – Present (over 11 years)

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Do Elephants Have Knees?

Charles R Ault Jr.

Thinking whimsically makes serious science accessible. That's a message that should be taken to heart by all readers who want to learn about evolution. Do Elephants Have Knees? invites readers into serious appreciation of Darwinian histories by deploying the playful thinking found in children’s books. Charles R. Ault Jr. weds children’s literature to recent research in paleontology and evoluti... read more

Thinking whimsically makes serious science accessible. That's a message that should be taken to heart by all readers who want to learn about evolution. Do Elephants Have Knees? invites readers into serious appreciation of Darwinian histories by deploying the playful thinking found in children’s books. Charles R. Ault Jr. weds children’s literature to recent research in paleontology and evoluti... read more

A Great Length of Time

Joyce Cherry Cresswell

Assigned as a nurse to a hospital ship during the Civil War, Dr. Rose Barnett hopes someone will apprentice her in the modern art of surgery. But she has more to learn than how to amputate the ruined limbs of Union soldiers. Confronted by her own preconceived notions of class, love, and race, she struggles to untangle life’s persistent contradictions. As a pacifist, her greatest challenge is c... read more

Assigned as a nurse to a hospital ship during the Civil War, Dr. Rose Barnett hopes someone will apprentice her in the modern art of surgery. But she has more to learn than how to amputate the ruined limbs of Union soldiers. Confronted by her own preconceived notions of class, love, and race, she struggles to untangle life’s persistent contradictions. As a pacifist, her greatest challenge is c... read more

An Irish Volunteer

Juliet Cardinal

An Irish Volunteer is based on the true stories of Joe Plunkett and Grace Gifford. Joe is an eccentric, mystical poet and the Catholic son of a count. He joins a secret rebel organization of writers, professors, philosophers, and activists in a revolution against the British Empire. Theirs is a desperate bid for Ireland’s freedom in 1916, as World War I rages in Europe. After hundreds of years... read more

An Irish Volunteer is based on the true stories of Joe Plunkett and Grace Gifford. Joe is an eccentric, mystical poet and the Catholic son of a count. He joins a secret rebel organization of writers, professors, philosophers, and activists in a revolution against the British Empire. Theirs is a desperate bid for Ireland’s freedom in 1916, as World War I rages in Europe. After hundreds of years... read more

Parentheses: A memoir of my life before, during and after my death

Fredrick Swan

Two days before he would die from a cardiac arrest and be resuscitated following a routine medical procedure, Fred Swan wrote a skeptical prayer in a journal. Discouraged and depressed he asked the Universe that he might wake from his upcoming procedure a “changed man, a man with a differing view” of his life. In the days ahead, a physician cautioned his family, “Before we start worrying about... read more

Two days before he would die from a cardiac arrest and be resuscitated following a routine medical procedure, Fred Swan wrote a skeptical prayer in a journal. Discouraged and depressed he asked the Universe that he might wake from his upcoming procedure a “changed man, a man with a differing view” of his life. In the days ahead, a physician cautioned his family, “Before we start worrying about... read more

Challenging Science Standards: A Skeptical Critique of the Quest for Unity

Charles R., Jr. Ault

For several decades educators have struggled to identify the attributes all sciences have in common. In the popular mind this effort constitutes the importance of teaching “the” scientific method. In the policy maker’s world this pursuit yields standards for all Americans that unify the sciences. For teachers, the quest for unity has typically meant teaching science as process. However, a curr... read more

For several decades educators have struggled to identify the attributes all sciences have in common. In the popular mind this effort constitutes the importance of teaching “the” scientific method. In the policy maker’s world this pursuit yields standards for all Americans that unify the sciences. For teachers, the quest for unity has typically meant teaching science as process. However, a curr... read more

From Surviving to Thriving: Classroom Accommodations for Students on the Autism Spectrum

Jonathan Chase

This guide for teachers provides a new look at classroom systems to support students on the autism spectrum. The easily adaptable accommodations in From Surviving to Thriving address common areas of need for students on the spectrum who are capable of participating in standard classrooms but need specific supports. Educators will learn not only what works but also why it works and how to imple... read more

This guide for teachers provides a new look at classroom systems to support students on the autism spectrum. The easily adaptable accommodations in From Surviving to Thriving address common areas of need for students on the spectrum who are capable of participating in standard classrooms but need specific supports. Educators will learn not only what works but also why it works and how to imple... read more

Count the Mountains

Pamela Lindholm-Levy

Linnie Ann Adams and her father leave Illinois for Denver expecting abundant rewards from a gold mine investment. All too soon both the stock and Linnie Ann’s father die, and she is left penniless and without prospects.She agrees to assist a mining town doctor in Rhodochrosite, Colorado, where explosions, cave-ins, barroom violence, childhood epidemics, and home childbirths fill her days. As t... read more

Linnie Ann Adams and her father leave Illinois for Denver expecting abundant rewards from a gold mine investment. All too soon both the stock and Linnie Ann’s father die, and she is left penniless and without prospects.She agrees to assist a mining town doctor in Rhodochrosite, Colorado, where explosions, cave-ins, barroom violence, childhood epidemics, and home childbirths fill her days. As t... read more

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