Lelia Mander

Lelia Mander - Editor

New York, NY, USA

A former production editor in trade publishing, I offer proofreading and project management services.

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Overview


For 15 years I worked as a production editor for Oxford University Press, HarperCollins, and Artisan. In this capacity I managed quality control for books through all stages. I supervised the design, copyediting, and proofreading processes to make sure the finished product was everything the author and editor envisioned from the start.

It’s my job to make sure that the writer’s voice comes across free of typos, grammatical errors, or factual inconsistencies. A writer should never suffer from a mistake that should have been spotted and easily corrected. I can drill down into the details while also looking at the bigger picture. Is the book designed in a pleasing, readable manner? Is the editorial process keeping to schedule? Did we build in enough stages to check and double-check for changes? I am diplomatic and collaborative, with sound judgment. Tell me about your project and let’s explore working together.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
History
Politics & Current Affairs
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Romance
Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Editorial freelancer and project manager

Self-employed
October, 2015 – Present (about 4 years)

I provide proofreading and editorial consulting for the book publishing industry.

Managing Editor

Artisan
March, 2014 – October, 2015 (over 1 year)

Managed the editorial and production process for Artisan’s list of beautifully illustrated 4-color nonfiction titles, including books on cooking, home décor, fashion, and crafts (14 to 16 per year)

Senior Production Editor

HarperCollins
June, 2007 – March, 2014 (over 6 years)

I reviewed books at all stages of production to check quality control. I hired freelance copyeditors, proofreaders, and indexers, and coordinated with in-house designers from manuscript to bound books.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel

Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

** INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER **USA TODAY BESTSELLERWSJ BESTSELLERINDIE BOUND BESTSELLER From the show's creators comes the groundbreaking novel inspired by the hit Broadway show Dear Evan Hansen. Dear Evan Hansen, Today's going to be an amazing day and here's why...When a letter that was never meant to be seen by anyone draws high school senior Evan Hansen into a family's grief over th... read more

** INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER **USA TODAY BESTSELLERWSJ BESTSELLERINDIE BOUND BESTSELLER From the show's creators comes the groundbreaking novel inspired by the hit Broadway show Dear Evan Hansen. Dear Evan Hansen, Today's going to be an amazing day and here's why...When a letter that was never meant to be seen by anyone draws high school senior Evan Hansen into a family's grief over th... read more

Spies: The Secret Showdown Between America and Russia

Marc Favreau

A thrilling account of the Cold War spies and spycraft that changed the course of history, perfect for readers of Bomb and The Boys Who Challenged Hitler.The Cold War spanned five decades as America and the USSR engaged in a battle of ideologies with global ramifications. Over the course of the war, with the threat of mutually assured nuclear destruction looming, billions of dollars and tens o... read more

A thrilling account of the Cold War spies and spycraft that changed the course of history, perfect for readers of Bomb and The Boys Who Challenged Hitler.The Cold War spanned five decades as America and the USSR engaged in a battle of ideologies with global ramifications. Over the course of the war, with the threat of mutually assured nuclear destruction looming, billions of dollars and tens o... read more

Choosing Courage: Inspiring True Stories of What It Means to Be a Hero

Peter Collier

Riveting real-life accounts of heroism from Medal of Honor recipients, including Clinton Romesha (author of Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valor) and exceptional civilians like schoolteacher Jencie Fagan How does an ordinary person become a hero? It happens in a split second, a moment of focus and clarity, when a choice is made. Here are the gripping accounts of Medal of Honor recipient... read more

Riveting real-life accounts of heroism from Medal of Honor recipients, including Clinton Romesha (author of Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valor) and exceptional civilians like schoolteacher Jencie Fagan How does an ordinary person become a hero? It happens in a split second, a moment of focus and clarity, when a choice is made. Here are the gripping accounts of Medal of Honor recipient... read more

31 Bond Street: A Novel

Ellen Horan

Who killed Dr. Harvey Burdell? Thoughthere are no witnesses and no clues, fingers point to Emma Cunningham,the refined, pale-skinned widow who managed Burdell's house and hisservants. Rumored to be a black-hearted gold digger with designs on thedoctor's name and fortune, Emma is immediately put under house arrestduring a murder investigation. A swift conviction is sure to catapultflamboyant di... read more

Who killed Dr. Harvey Burdell? Thoughthere are no witnesses and no clues, fingers point to Emma Cunningham,the refined, pale-skinned widow who managed Burdell's house and hisservants. Rumored to be a black-hearted gold digger with designs on thedoctor's name and fortune, Emma is immediately put under house arrestduring a murder investigation. A swift conviction is sure to catapultflamboyant di... read more

Hartwood: Bright, Wild Flavors from the Edge of the Yucatán

Eric Werner, Mya Henry

Winner, IACP Cookbook Award for Culinary Travel Named a Best & Most Beautiful Cookbook of the Year by Bon Appétit, Cooking Light, Departures, Fine Cooking, Food52, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Vice, Yahoo!, and more The best things happen when people pursue their dreams. Consider the story of Eric Werner and Mya Hen... read more

Winner, IACP Cookbook Award for Culinary Travel Named a Best & Most Beautiful Cookbook of the Year by Bon Appétit, Cooking Light, Departures, Fine Cooking, Food52, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Vice, Yahoo!, and more The best things happen when people pursue their dreams. Consider the story of Eric Werner and Mya Hen... read more

The Picnic: Recipes and Inspiration from Basket to Blanket

Marnie Hanel, Andrea Slonecker, Jen Stevenson

Winner, IACP Cookbook Award A picnic is a great escape from our day-to-day and a chance to turn a meal into something more festive and memorable. The Picnic shares everything you need to plan an effortless outdoor get-together: no-fail recipes, helpful checklists, and expert advice. With variations on everyone’s favorite deviled eggs, 99 uses for a Mason jar (think cocktail shaker, firefly cat... read more

Winner, IACP Cookbook Award A picnic is a great escape from our day-to-day and a chance to turn a meal into something more festive and memorable. The Picnic shares everything you need to plan an effortless outdoor get-together: no-fail recipes, helpful checklists, and expert advice. With variations on everyone’s favorite deviled eggs, 99 uses for a Mason jar (think cocktail shaker, firefly cat... read more

Fathermucker: A Novel

Greg Olear

“All kinds of funny—raucously, wickedly, sweetly, saucily, surprisingly, profanely funny…a wonderful novel.”—Jess Walter, author of The Financial Lives of the Poets“Deft and funny, true and real. If you read one book this year, read this one.”—Molly Jong-Fast, author of The Social Climber’s Handbook Senior editor at the online literary magazine The Nervous Breakdown and author of Totally Kille... read more

“All kinds of funny—raucously, wickedly, sweetly, saucily, surprisingly, profanely funny…a wonderful novel.”—Jess Walter, author of The Financial Lives of the Poets“Deft and funny, true and real. If you read one book this year, read this one.”—Molly Jong-Fast, author of The Social Climber’s Handbook Senior editor at the online literary magazine The Nervous Breakdown and author of Totally Kille... read more

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf Goodman

Bergdorf Goodman, Sara James Mnookin, Holly Brubach

A gorgeously illustrated companion to the fashion documentary of the same name, Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf Goodman is an unforgettable collection of anecdotes, from the hilarious to the poignant, in commemoration of the internationally renowned luxury specialty store’s 111th anniversary. With delightful remembrances from celebrities, designers, and highly regarded fashion insiders—from Manol... read more

A gorgeously illustrated companion to the fashion documentary of the same name, Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf Goodman is an unforgettable collection of anecdotes, from the hilarious to the poignant, in commemoration of the internationally renowned luxury specialty store’s 111th anniversary. With delightful remembrances from celebrities, designers, and highly regarded fashion insiders—from Manol... read more

The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It (Grove Art)

Paul Collier

In the universally acclaimed and award-winning The Bottom Billion, Paul Collier reveals that fifty failed states--home to the poorest one billion people on Earth--pose the central challenge of the developing world in the twenty-first century. The book shines much-needed light on this group of small nations, largely unnoticed by the industrialized West, that are dropping further and further beh... read more

In the universally acclaimed and award-winning The Bottom Billion, Paul Collier reveals that fifty failed states--home to the poorest one billion people on Earth--pose the central challenge of the developing world in the twenty-first century. The book shines much-needed light on this group of small nations, largely unnoticed by the industrialized West, that are dropping further and further beh... read more

Married Love: And Other Stories

Tessa Hadley

"A supremely perceptive writer of formidable skill and intelligence," (New York Times Book Review), Tessa Hadley is the author of four critically acclaimed novels, including The London Train, a New York Times Notable Book. A regular contributor to The New Yorker, Hadley returns to the short story form in this brilliant collection, her first since the celebrated Sunstroke and Other Stories. Mar... read more

"A supremely perceptive writer of formidable skill and intelligence," (New York Times Book Review), Tessa Hadley is the author of four critically acclaimed novels, including The London Train, a New York Times Notable Book. A regular contributor to The New Yorker, Hadley returns to the short story form in this brilliant collection, her first since the celebrated Sunstroke and Other Stories. Mar... read more

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