Lee Motteler

Lee Motteler - Editor

Pāhoa, HI, USA

I perform the highest quality book editing, with a wide range of experience, attention to detail, and retention of author's voice.

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Overview

After earning a BA with a major in geography and minor in history, I worked as map librarian for the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics in Honolulu, Rand McNally & Co. in Chicago, and the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, again in Honolulu. At the Bishop Museum I became an expert on Hawaiian and Pacific Islands geography and place names, compiling "Pacific Island Names: A Map and Name Guide to the New Pacific." I then served as Acting State Geographer for two years, before moving to the Big Island of Hawaii. Here I learned to edit on the computer.

Much of my work has been copyediting scholarly nonfiction books and reference materials for university presses. I have gained a reputation for highly detailed work with a record of on-time performance while keeping within budgets.

I have had a successful rapport with a great many authors, some of whom have expressed their satisfaction with my work. My favorite comments, perhaps, came from Steve Bein, who authored Compassion and Moral Guidance (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2013). He wrote the following to the managing editor: “I just sent the files back to Lee. I told him this already, but I’ll tell you too: I think he’s very good at his job. He is the third copyeditor I’ve worked with, and he has been by far the most professional, with the keenest eye and the lightest hand. I really appreciate a copyeditor who does not also want to be a stylist.” I strive to maintain this degree of rapport with every author's work.
Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Education & Reference
Geography
History
Political Science & Current Affairs

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
June, 1990 – Present (over 30 years)

• Self-employed owner of a small home-based business now specializing in freelance editing (1986–present)
• Freelance editing projects for University of Hawai‘i Press, Honolulu (1993–present)
• Freelance editing projects for miscellaneous clients (1990–present):
 ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, CA
 Bess Press, Honolulu, HI
 Cambridge University Press, through New York City client
 East-West Center, Honolulu, HI
 Kamehameha Publishing, Honolulu, HI
 MIT Press, Cambridge, MA
 MTM Publishing, Inc., New York
 Mutual Publishing, Honolulu, HI
 Oregon State University Press, Corvallis
 University Press of New England, Lebanon, NH
 Westchester Publishing Services, Danbury, CT

Portfolio (22 selected works)

Atlas of Hawaii, 3rd Edition

Sonia P. Juvik

A large-format atlas includes 250 geographical, topographical, and reference maps; 215 color photographs, charts, and graphs; an introduction to Hawaiian place names; and essays on the state's physical, biological, cultural, and social environment. Simultaneous. UP.

A large-format atlas includes 250 geographical, topographical, and reference maps; 215 color photographs, charts, and graphs; an introduction to Hawaiian place names; and essays on the state's physical, biological, cultural, and social environment. Simultaneous. UP.

Loyal to the Land: The Legendary Parker Ranch, 1950-1970: Volume 2, The Senior Stewards

Billy Bergin

This heartfelt and often personal work continues the story of the Big Island’s Parker Ranch, one of the largest and most beautiful cattle ranches in the United States. It begins with the dynastic transition in ranch management from the formidable A. W. Carter to his son, Hartwell, who would be responsible for bringing the ranch effectively into the twentieth century. Although supervision of th... read more

This heartfelt and often personal work continues the story of the Big Island’s Parker Ranch, one of the largest and most beautiful cattle ranches in the United States. It begins with the dynastic transition in ranch management from the formidable A. W. Carter to his son, Hartwell, who would be responsible for bringing the ranch effectively into the twentieth century. Although supervision of th... read more

Loyal to the Land: The Legendary Parker Ranch, 750-1950

Billy Bergin

Loyal to the Land is a sweeping history of one of the United States' largest working ranches, the Big Island of Hawaii's Parker Ranch. Dr. Bergin chronicles the ranch from its establishment on two acres purchased for ten dollars by John Palmer Parker to the years following World War II and the beginning of a new era of family ranch management under Parker’s grandson, Richard Smart. In this wid... read more

Loyal to the Land is a sweeping history of one of the United States' largest working ranches, the Big Island of Hawaii's Parker Ranch. Dr. Bergin chronicles the ranch from its establishment on two acres purchased for ten dollars by John Palmer Parker to the years following World War II and the beginning of a new era of family ranch management under Parker’s grandson, Richard Smart. In this wid... read more

The Hikers Guide to the Hawaiian Islands: Updated and Expanded

Stuart M. Ball Jr.

Written in the same accessible style and format as the highly successful The Hikers Guide to O‘ahu, this updated and expanded volume includes the best day hikes and backpacks on the Big Island, Kaua‘i, Maui, and O‘ahu. Each island is represented by thirteen hikes, for a total of fifty-two in all. Together they offer residents and visitors the essential information to safely explore some of Haw... read more

Written in the same accessible style and format as the highly successful The Hikers Guide to O‘ahu, this updated and expanded volume includes the best day hikes and backpacks on the Big Island, Kaua‘i, Maui, and O‘ahu. Each island is represented by thirteen hikes, for a total of fifty-two in all. Together they offer residents and visitors the essential information to safely explore some of Haw... read more

The Whale and His Captors; or, The Whaleman's Adventures (Seafaring America)

Henry T. Cheever

The Whale and His Captors is an important firsthand account of the golden age of American whaling, chronicling both its lore and science as practiced from the inception of the fishery to the mid-1800s. Late in the composition of Moby-Dick, Herman Melville found inspiration in Cheever and his writings that would provide the final flourishes for one of America’s classic novels. After exhausting ... read more

The Whale and His Captors is an important firsthand account of the golden age of American whaling, chronicling both its lore and science as practiced from the inception of the fishery to the mid-1800s. Late in the composition of Moby-Dick, Herman Melville found inspiration in Cheever and his writings that would provide the final flourishes for one of America’s classic novels. After exhausting ... read more

Buddhist and Islamic Orders in Southern Asia: Comparative Perspectives

Over the last few decades historians and other scholars have succeeded in identifying diverse patterns of connection linking religious communities across Asia and beyond. Yet despite the fruits of this specialist research, scholars in the subfields of Islamic and Buddhist studies have rarely engaged with each other to share investigative approaches and methods of interpretation. This volume wa... read more

Over the last few decades historians and other scholars have succeeded in identifying diverse patterns of connection linking religious communities across Asia and beyond. Yet despite the fruits of this specialist research, scholars in the subfields of Islamic and Buddhist studies have rarely engaged with each other to share investigative approaches and methods of interpretation. This volume wa... read more

Song King: Connecting People, Places, and Past in Contemporary China (Music and Performing Arts of Asia and the Pacific)

Levi S. Gibbs

When itinerant singers from China’s countryside become iconic artists, worlds collide. The lives and performances of these representative singers become sites for conversations between the rural and urban, local and national, folk and elite, and traditional and modern. In Song King: Connecting People, Places, and Past in Contemporary China, Levi S. Gibbs examines the life and performances of “... read more

When itinerant singers from China’s countryside become iconic artists, worlds collide. The lives and performances of these representative singers become sites for conversations between the rural and urban, local and national, folk and elite, and traditional and modern. In Song King: Connecting People, Places, and Past in Contemporary China, Levi S. Gibbs examines the life and performances of “... read more

Kamehameha the Great

Julie Stewart Williams, Kamehameha Schools/Bernice Pahuahi Bishop Estate Intermediate Reading

Highlights commonly accepted accounts of events and personal characteristics of the leader who united separate island chiefdoms into one Hawaiian nation.

Highlights commonly accepted accounts of events and personal characteristics of the leader who united separate island chiefdoms into one Hawaiian nation.

The Sounds of Social Space: Branding, Built Environment, and Leisure in Urban China

Dr. Paul Kendall

A giant statue of a six-pipe musical instrument stands in the heart of Kaili city. Yet despite its prominent placement, intended to convey the essence of the city, residents hold extremely low opinions of music-making in Kaili, particularly when compared to the “authentic” music found in surrounding ethnic minority villages. In this engaging, accessible work, author Paul Kendall investigates t... read more

A giant statue of a six-pipe musical instrument stands in the heart of Kaili city. Yet despite its prominent placement, intended to convey the essence of the city, residents hold extremely low opinions of music-making in Kaili, particularly when compared to the “authentic” music found in surrounding ethnic minority villages. In this engaging, accessible work, author Paul Kendall investigates t... read more

Cannabis Consulting: Helping Patients, Parents, and Practitioners Understand Medical Marijuana

Ezra Parzybok

As the movement for legalization of marijuana spreads across the country, it is important to weigh the possible benefits and pitfalls of cannabis use. Cannabis Consulting is both a handbook and a report from the front lines of medical marijuana use. Writing from the perspective of a parent and veteran schoolteacher turned professional cannabis consultant, Ezra Parzybok tells the often-inspirin... read more

As the movement for legalization of marijuana spreads across the country, it is important to weigh the possible benefits and pitfalls of cannabis use. Cannabis Consulting is both a handbook and a report from the front lines of medical marijuana use. Writing from the perspective of a parent and veteran schoolteacher turned professional cannabis consultant, Ezra Parzybok tells the often-inspirin... read more

Jack Parker's Wiseguys: The National Champion BU Terriers, the Blizzard of '78, and the Road to the Miracle on Ice

Tim Rappleye

Over the winter of 1977–78, anyone within shouting distance of a two-mile stretch of Boston’s Commonwealth Avenue―from Fenway Park to the trolley curve at Packard’s Corner―found themselves pulled into the orbit of college hockey. The hottest ticket in a sports-mad city was Boston University’s Terriers, a team so tough it was said they didn’t have fans―they took hostages. Eschewing the usual re... read more

Over the winter of 1977–78, anyone within shouting distance of a two-mile stretch of Boston’s Commonwealth Avenue―from Fenway Park to the trolley curve at Packard’s Corner―found themselves pulled into the orbit of college hockey. The hottest ticket in a sports-mad city was Boston University’s Terriers, a team so tough it was said they didn’t have fans―they took hostages. Eschewing the usual re... read more

Mahathir's Islam: Mahathir Mohamad on Religion and Modernity in Malaysia

Sven Schottmann

Mahathir Mohamad’s legacy as Malaysia’s longest serving prime minister (1981–2003) is deeply controversial. His engagement with Islam, the religion of just over half Malaysia’s population, has often been dismissed as partisan maneuvering. Yet his willingness to countenance a more prominent place for Islam in government and society is what distinguished him from other modernist politicians, and... read more

Mahathir Mohamad’s legacy as Malaysia’s longest serving prime minister (1981–2003) is deeply controversial. His engagement with Islam, the religion of just over half Malaysia’s population, has often been dismissed as partisan maneuvering. Yet his willingness to countenance a more prominent place for Islam in government and society is what distinguished him from other modernist politicians, and... read more

Hawaiian Language: Past, Present, Future

Albert J. Schütz

Hawaiian Language: Past, Present, Future presents aspects of Hawaiian and its history that are rarely treated in language classes. The major characters in this book make up a diverse cast: Dutch merchants, Captain Cook’s naturalist and philologist William Anderson, ‘Ōpūkaha‘ia (the inspiration for the Hawaiian Mission), the American lexicographer Noah Webster, philologists in New England, miss... read more

Hawaiian Language: Past, Present, Future presents aspects of Hawaiian and its history that are rarely treated in language classes. The major characters in this book make up a diverse cast: Dutch merchants, Captain Cook’s naturalist and philologist William Anderson, ‘Ōpūkaha‘ia (the inspiration for the Hawaiian Mission), the American lexicographer Noah Webster, philologists in New England, miss... read more

Tomorrow's God: The Hebrew Lord in an Age of Science

Robert N. Goldman

What is the relationship between the Hebrew Bible and modern science? To answer this question, Robert Goldman invites the reader on a carefully guided intellectual journey spanning centuries of theological, philosophical, and scientific thought, before arriving at his provocative conclusion. He begins with the Hebrew Bible, examining the ancient concepts of “Olam” and “Yahweh,” whose meanings ... read more

What is the relationship between the Hebrew Bible and modern science? To answer this question, Robert Goldman invites the reader on a carefully guided intellectual journey spanning centuries of theological, philosophical, and scientific thought, before arriving at his provocative conclusion. He begins with the Hebrew Bible, examining the ancient concepts of “Olam” and “Yahweh,” whose meanings ... read more

The Future of Bangalore's Cosmopolitan Pasts: Civility and Difference in a Global City

Andrew C. Willford

Bangalore is often heralded as India’s future―a city where global technologies converge with multinational capital to produce a cosmopolitan workforce and vibrant economic growth. In this narrative the city’s main challenge revolves around its success: whether its physical infrastructure can support its burgeoning population. Most observers assume that Bangalore’s emergence as a “global city” ... read more

Bangalore is often heralded as India’s future―a city where global technologies converge with multinational capital to produce a cosmopolitan workforce and vibrant economic growth. In this narrative the city’s main challenge revolves around its success: whether its physical infrastructure can support its burgeoning population. Most observers assume that Bangalore’s emergence as a “global city” ... read more

Map of Hawai'i: The Big Island (Reference Maps of the Islands of Hawai'i)

James A. Bier

Features of the ninth edition of this full-color, topographic map of the Big Island include detailed road networks; large-scale inset maps of towns; points of interest (historic, natural, and cultural); hiking trails, parks, and beaches; waterfalls, peaks, and ridges (with altitudes); more than 2,200 place names (index included); and Hawaiian words spelled with diacritical marks.24 x 30 (unfol... read more

Features of the ninth edition of this full-color, topographic map of the Big Island include detailed road networks; large-scale inset maps of towns; points of interest (historic, natural, and cultural); hiking trails, parks, and beaches; waterfalls, peaks, and ridges (with altitudes); more than 2,200 place names (index included); and Hawaiian words spelled with diacritical marks.24 x 30 (unfol... read more

Map of Maui: The Valley Isle (Reference Maps of the Islands of Hawai'i)

James A. Bier

Features of the ninth edition of this full-color, topographic map of the Valley Isle include detailed road networks, large-scale inset maps of towns, points of interest (historic, natural, and cultural), hiking trails, parks, beaches, waterfalls, peaks, and ridges (with altitudes), and more than 1,200 place names (index included). Most notably, Hawaiian words are spelled with all diacritical m... read more

Features of the ninth edition of this full-color, topographic map of the Valley Isle include detailed road networks, large-scale inset maps of towns, points of interest (historic, natural, and cultural), hiking trails, parks, beaches, waterfalls, peaks, and ridges (with altitudes), and more than 1,200 place names (index included). Most notably, Hawaiian words are spelled with all diacritical m... read more

Hawai'i Place Names: Shores, Beaches, and Surf Sites

John R. K. Clark

Winner, 2003 Ka Palapala Pookela Award for Excellence in Text or Reference BooksIn his latest book, John Clark, author of the highly regarded "Beaches of Hawaii" series, gives us the many captivating stories behind the hundreds of Hawaii place names associated with the ocean--the names of shores, beaches, and other sites where people fish, swim, dive, surf, and paddle. Significant features and... read more

Winner, 2003 Ka Palapala Pookela Award for Excellence in Text or Reference BooksIn his latest book, John Clark, author of the highly regarded "Beaches of Hawaii" series, gives us the many captivating stories behind the hundreds of Hawaii place names associated with the ocean--the names of shores, beaches, and other sites where people fish, swim, dive, surf, and paddle. Significant features and... read more

Landfalls of Paradise: Cruising Guide to the Pacific Islands (Latitude 20 Books (Paperback))

Earl R. Hinz, Jim Howard

"The only complete cruising guide to the islands of the Pacific . . . a must." ―Islands"A trove of information for the cruiser planning to set sail for the Pacific. . . A very readable, easy-to-follow guide." ―SantanaThe fifth edition of this sailing standard includes updated charts and text reflecting changes in regulations and facilities for most countries and specific ports of entry. New ap... read more

"The only complete cruising guide to the islands of the Pacific . . . a must." ―Islands"A trove of information for the cruiser planning to set sail for the Pacific. . . A very readable, easy-to-follow guide." ―SantanaThe fifth edition of this sailing standard includes updated charts and text reflecting changes in regulations and facilities for most countries and specific ports of entry. New ap... read more

Compassion and Moral Guidance (Monographs of the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy)

Steve Bein

Compassion is a word we use frequently but rarely precisely. One reason we lack a philosophically precise understanding of compassion is that moral philosophers today give it virtually no attention. Indeed, in the predominant ethical traditions of the West (deontology, consequentialism, virtue ethics), compassion tends to be either passed over without remark or explicitly dismissed as irreleva... read more

Compassion is a word we use frequently but rarely precisely. One reason we lack a philosophically precise understanding of compassion is that moral philosophers today give it virtually no attention. Indeed, in the predominant ethical traditions of the West (deontology, consequentialism, virtue ethics), compassion tends to be either passed over without remark or explicitly dismissed as irreleva... read more

Pacific Island Names: A Map and Name Guide to the New Pacific (Bishop Museum Miscellaneous Publication, 34)

Lee S. Motteler

First published twenty years ago, Pacific Island Names: A Map and Name Guide to the New Pacific has become an essential reference and the official source for standard rendering of the names of the myriad islands of the oceanic Pacific. This fully revised second edition features new island maps throughout, now in color, and a comprehensive index including variant names assigned by early Europea... read more

First published twenty years ago, Pacific Island Names: A Map and Name Guide to the New Pacific has become an essential reference and the official source for standard rendering of the names of the myriad islands of the oceanic Pacific. This fully revised second edition features new island maps throughout, now in color, and a comprehensive index including variant names assigned by early Europea... read more

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