Kerri Landis

Kerri Landis – Editor

14+ years of publishing experience in developmental editing, copy editing, and proofreading. Specializing in non-fiction how-to books.


I am an accomplished, detail-oriented, and fast-learning editor with 14+ years of practical experience. Proven excellence in developmental editing, copy editing, proofreading, book production, and writing. I have experience with editing multiple subject areas, including woodworking, DIY, crafts, cooking, lifestyle, education, and medicine. Over my career, I've contributed my editorial eye to more than 100 titles. I also know the process of book making from beginning to end.

Whether you're looking for someone to help you flesh out an outline, jump into the nitty-gritty of a rough draft, or polish a near-final draft with a proofread, I can help. I'm well versed in editing without losing an author's voice, and can be as relaxed or nitpicky as you like. You can expect detailed notes from me, whether you prefer Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat PDF, or Adobe InDesign. Other than the standard markup for spelling, punctuation, and grammar, I also enjoy providing feedback on the flow of the piece to improve readability, and I will point out areas that I think would benefit from more information. By the end of the edit, you will have actionable feedback to get your writing ready to print--and hopefully some advice that will improve your future writing as well.

Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits DIY & Crafts Education & Reference Home & Garden Sports & Outdoors
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
  • Editor of Woodturning with Resin, 2021 Indies Award Gold winner, Hobbies & Home (Adult Nonfiction)

Work experience


Nov, 2022 — Present

Collaborate with book publishers, editorial services, and national retailers to accommodate editorial needs. Tasks range from
developmental editing, copyediting, proofreading, freelancer coordination, and book production to printer file submission. Clients
include Cedar Lane Press, Chelsea Green Publishing, Elsevier, Quarto Group, and Woodcraft.


Nov, 2022 — Present

Cedar Lane Press

Nov, 2020 — Nov, 2022 (about 2 years)

■Responsible for editorial work at all stages on all titles from manuscript creation through production; some acquisition.
■Collaborated with Popular Woodworking and Woodcraft Magazine staff to create books with their content.
■Maintained and updated CoreSource metadata and correspond with Ingram Publisher Services.
■Developmental editor of Woodturning with Resin, 2021 Indies Award Gold winner, Hobbies & Home (Adult Nonfiction).

Caslon Publishing

Mar, 2019 — Nov, 2020 (over 1 year)

■Provided support to the publisher and linguistic specialist throughout the editorial process via communication with authors and freelancers, manuscript organization and development, copy editing, and book production.
■Managed the production schedule; coordinated with printers.
■Responsible for tracking inventory and reprinting titles when necessary.
■Assisted with customer support via phone and email, as well as order fulfillment.

Spring House Press

Apr, 2016 — Mar, 2019 (almost 3 years)

■Working under the editorial director, responsibilities spanned the editorial process, including corresponding with authors, developmental editing, copy editing, indexing, directing freelancers, crafting back cover copy, creating and maintaining the schedule, and coordinating with the layout design team.
■Honed remote working processes to optimize efficiency and teamwork.


Aug, 2014 — Apr, 2016 (over 1 year)

■Conducted editing, proofreading, copy editing, and manuscript coding for written projects in various formats. Clients included: a medical textbook publisher; an online editing service used by students, ESL writers, and professionals; and a craft book publisher.

Fox Chapel Publishing

May, 2004 — Jul, 2012 (about 8 years)

■Managed an editorial department with three full-time staff; set the book publication list; orchestrated the scheduling and editorial work at a rate of ninety books per year; discovered, acquired, and developed original book manuscripts for multiple subject areas; performed developmental edits on several titles each season.
■Edited original books at a pace of about one per month, for a total of more than thirty published titles, from 06/08 through 10/11; concurrently managed and coordinated out-of-house editing of more than fifteen published titles.
■Selected by manager to function as the lead developmental editor for original royalty books.
■Organized and directed photo shoots of both gallery and process photography; simultaneously drafted captions.
■Created and implemented procedures to organize and streamline processes between the editorial, marketing, and design departments and within the editorial department.
■Trained and managed the editorial department’s interns and freelancers.


Kerri has 2 reviews





Robert B.

Robert B.

Jan, 2024

Although I never personally met Kerri Landis, my feeling throughout the editing process was that he was an old friend who happened to be a highly skilled editor who was doing everything possible to make my book a success. He understood what I was trying to communicate, and I felt that he was rooting for me. His high level of effort remained the same from the first page to the last, and he had e...
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Kerri L.
Thank you, Robert! It was a pleasure working with you, and I'm so glad I could help. Your book is going to be very helpful for a lot of kids out there.
Scott W.

Scott W.

Nov, 2023

Kerri was a true professional to work with from the beginning to the end of this project. I decided to write a "how to" book and Kerri's experience in that field immediately stood out, which is why I opted to work with her. At the beginning, she provided a sample of how she edits using the first several pages of my book, and her feedback was exactly what I envisioned. She then set expectatio...
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Kerri L.
Scott, thank you very much for your kind review! I enjoyed working with you and I am glad I could help. I think you wrote a great book that will be very useful to readers starting out in decoy carv...
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