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Lila Stromer

Lila Stromer - Editor

Queens, NY, United States

I specialize in editing nonfiction and academic books, and I'll work with you based on your specific writing style, voice, needs, and goals.

Overview

I have been an editor for more than 25 years, including as the managing editor of a journal, as a freelance editor, and as the owner of my own editorial services business. I have always been keenly aware of the varying and various needs of writers and projects. I have substantial experience working with both individual authors and publishers, having edited articles, books, and dissertations. Books that I have edited have been published by Chicago University Press, Cambridge University Press, Hart Publishing, Taylor & Francis Press, Paul H. Brookes Publishing, and others. Authors have also self-published via CreateSpace and Lulu Press.

I have edited across all the social science disciplines (sociology, anthropology, policial science, history, etc.) as well as business history and even some economics. Clients have included experienced writers, new writers, and ESL writers.

Creatively, I worked as a script reader for three Tony-award winning theaters (submitting reports on strengths and weaknesses of scripts) and as literary manager at a regional theater. I have also worked one-on-one with playwrights on dialogue, continuity, character development, and more.

My skills include:
• Moving seamlessly between different types of projects.
• Substantial experience editing all levels of writers (experienced, novice, ESL, etc.).
• Collaborating with clients to make sure individual needs and expectations are met.
• Experience with Chicago Manual of Style (CMoS), American Psychological Association (APA), Associated Press (AP), and myriad house guidelines.
• Editorial responsibilities can include but are not limited to: detailed line-by-line edit or simpler proofread; conformance with style manual/house style; polishing and rewriting for clarity; correcting wording (ESL authors); reorganizing paragraphs or sections for continuity and flow; deleting repeated information; comparing citations to references and vice versa; querying if copyrighted items have permissions approval; checking URLs; comparing tables/figures to text and vice versa; and more.

I hold a BA in English, with a Minor in Theater. I also hold a certificate of graduation from the New York Institute of Photography. One of my photos was published in American Theater magazine; before moving to New York City, I was the company photographer for ShawChicago.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
History Law Politics & Current Affairs Self-help & Self-improvement Social & Behavioral Sciences
Fiction
Plays & Screenplays

Certifications

  • Certificate of Graduation, New York Institute of Photography

Awards

  • Volunteer of the Year, Tree House Humane Society, for editorial and other work.
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Jackson Heights Beautification Group, for work as the managing editor of its quarterly community-based newspaper.

Work experience

Owner

Self-employed
January, 2011 – Present (over 6 years)

I started my editorial services business after working six years as the managing editor of an academic journal. Current recurring clients include two journals (one at the intersection of anthropology and US and international politics; the other on US and international business history). Current and past clients include individual book and article authors and small editorial houses for authors seeking to be self-published. Books that I have edited have been published by Chicago University Press, Cambridge University Press, Hart Publishing, and more, as well as have been self-published.

Managing Editor

Law & Social Inquiry
April, 2004 – October, 2010 (over 6 years)

As the managing editor of a quarterly academic journal, I edited more than 140 manuscripts accepted for publication. Over the course of six years, including book reviews, that totaled 6,600 edited pages (1,100 per year). Manuscripts covered all social science disciplines at the intersection of national or international law and across all time periods. I maintained four issues at once, from just entering copyedit through final proofread of the upcoming issue. I created the house style guide (based on Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed.). Over the course of my tenure, I also single-handedly moved the journal from paper submission, to e-submission, and finally to Scholar One. Duties included working closely with the editors, authors, referees, editorial board, and publishing staff.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Drone Wars: Transforming Conflict, Law, and Policy

Drones are the iconic military technology of many of today's most pressing conflicts, a lens through which U.S. foreign policy is understood, and a means for discussing key issues regarding the laws of war and the changing nature of global politics. Drones have captured the public imagination, partly because they project lethal force in a manner that challenges accepted rules, norms, and moral... read more

Drones are the iconic military technology of many of today's most pressing conflicts, a lens through which U.S. foreign policy is understood, and a means for discussing key issues regarding the laws of war and the changing nature of global politics. Drones have captured the public imagination, partly because they project lethal force in a manner that challenges accepted rules, norms, and moral... read more

Corruption and Human Rights Law in Africa (Studies in International Law)

Kolawole Olaniyan

Now available in paperback! This important new book provides a framework promoting and protecting human rights and combating corruption. The book makes three major points regarding the relationship between corruption and human rights law. First, corruption per se is a human rights violation, in so far as it interferes with the right of the people to dispose of their natural wealth and resource... read more

Now available in paperback! This important new book provides a framework promoting and protecting human rights and combating corruption. The book makes three major points regarding the relationship between corruption and human rights law. First, corruption per se is a human rights violation, in so far as it interferes with the right of the people to dispose of their natural wealth and resource... read more

Working Law: Courts, Corporations, and Symbolic Civil Rights (Chicago Series in Law and Society)

Lauren B. Edelman

Since the passage of the Civil Rights Act, virtually all companies have antidiscrimination policies in place. Although these policies represent some progress, women and minorities remain underrepresented within the workplace as a whole and even more so when you look at high-level positions. They also tend to be less well paid. How is it that discrimination remains so prevalent in the American ... read more

Since the passage of the Civil Rights Act, virtually all companies have antidiscrimination policies in place. Although these policies represent some progress, women and minorities remain underrepresented within the workplace as a whole and even more so when you look at high-level positions. They also tend to be less well paid. How is it that discrimination remains so prevalent in the American ... read more

Ethnicity and Empire in Kenya: Loyalty and Martial Race among the Kamba, c.1800 to the Present

Myles Osborne

This book is about the creation and development of ethnic identity among the Kamba. Comprising approximately one-eighth of Kenya's population, the British considered the Kamba East Africa's premier "martial race" by the mid-twentieth century: a people with an apparent aptitude for soldiering. The reputation, indeed, was one that Kamba leaders used to leverage financial rewards from the colonia... read more

This book is about the creation and development of ethnic identity among the Kamba. Comprising approximately one-eighth of Kenya's population, the British considered the Kamba East Africa's premier "martial race" by the mid-twentieth century: a people with an apparent aptitude for soldiering. The reputation, indeed, was one that Kamba leaders used to leverage financial rewards from the colonia... read more

The Unwieldy American State: Administrative Politics since the New Deal

Joanna L. Grisinger

The Unwieldy American State offers a political and legal history of the administrative state from the 1940s through the early 1960s. After Progressive Era reforms and New Deal policies shifted a substantial amount of power to administrators, the federal government's new size and shape made one question that much more important: how should agencies and commissions exercise their enormous author... read more

The Unwieldy American State offers a political and legal history of the administrative state from the 1940s through the early 1960s. After Progressive Era reforms and New Deal policies shifted a substantial amount of power to administrators, the federal government's new size and shape made one question that much more important: how should agencies and commissions exercise their enormous author... read more

Having People, Having Heart: Charity, Sustainable Development, and Problems of Dependence in Central Uganda

China Scherz

Believing that charity inadvertently legitimates social inequality and fosters dependence, many international development organizations have increasingly sought to replace material aid with efforts to build self-reliance and local institutions. But in some cultures—like those in rural Uganda, where Having People, Having Heart takes place—people see this shift not as an effort toward empowermen... read more

Believing that charity inadvertently legitimates social inequality and fosters dependence, many international development organizations have increasingly sought to replace material aid with efforts to build self-reliance and local institutions. But in some cultures—like those in rural Uganda, where Having People, Having Heart takes place—people see this shift not as an effort toward empowermen... read more

Finding Pathways: Mixed-Method Research for Studying Causal Mechanisms (Strategies for Social Inquiry)

Nicholas Weller, Jeb Barnes

Social scientists have identified a need to move beyond the analysis of correlation among variables to the study of causal mechanisms that link them. Nicholas Weller and Jeb Barnes propose that a solution lies in 'pathway analysis', the use of case studies to explore the causal links between related variables. This book focuses on how the small-N component of multi-method research can meaningf... read more

Social scientists have identified a need to move beyond the analysis of correlation among variables to the study of causal mechanisms that link them. Nicholas Weller and Jeb Barnes propose that a solution lies in 'pathway analysis', the use of case studies to explore the causal links between related variables. This book focuses on how the small-N component of multi-method research can meaningf... read more

Essential Writings of Thorstein Veblen

The 38 selections in the volume include complete texts of all of Veblen’s major articles and book reviews from 1882 to 1914, plus key chapters from his books The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899), The Theory of Business Enterprise (1904) and The Instinct of Workmanship (1914). These writings present a wide range of Veblen’s most significant contributions, especially with respect to the philos... read more

The 38 selections in the volume include complete texts of all of Veblen’s major articles and book reviews from 1882 to 1914, plus key chapters from his books The Theory of the Leisure Class (1899), The Theory of Business Enterprise (1904) and The Instinct of Workmanship (1914). These writings present a wide range of Veblen’s most significant contributions, especially with respect to the philos... read more

The Day the Crabs Got Out: The Revival of Black America

Phd, Eddie Taylor

This little book is not intended to be an exhaustive account on the work and history of Black America. It is suggestive and explanatory. It's objective is to stimulate men and women to the discovery and perception of the truth that the answer for the community is within the community. This book investigates the progress and awakening of the Black community through development and improvement. ... read more

This little book is not intended to be an exhaustive account on the work and history of Black America. It is suggestive and explanatory. It's objective is to stimulate men and women to the discovery and perception of the truth that the answer for the community is within the community. This book investigates the progress and awakening of the Black community through development and improvement. ... read more

Superhealing: Engaging Your Mind, Body, and Spirit to Create Optimal Health and Well-being

Elaine Ferguson MD

From Hippocrates in ancient Greece to the medical healers of today, the impact that the mind-body connection has had on overall health has been widely recognized. And while advancements in technology are vast, the constraints of conventional medicine are an impediment to successfully preventing, reversing, or addressing the causes of chronic diseases―diseases such as diabetes, high blood press... read more

From Hippocrates in ancient Greece to the medical healers of today, the impact that the mind-body connection has had on overall health has been widely recognized. And while advancements in technology are vast, the constraints of conventional medicine are an impediment to successfully preventing, reversing, or addressing the causes of chronic diseases―diseases such as diabetes, high blood press... read more

Don't Medicate—Educate!: One Family, Three Cases of Autism, Safe Treatment for Dangerous Behavior

Ilana Slaff MD

Dr. Slaff writes about her personal and professional involvement in autism. She discusses her identical twin brothers’ and daughter’s life-threatening behaviors—one requiring surgery—and how her brothers’ different residential placements have made them so different. She discusses the controversy of aversive skin shock, a research-based treatment that saved her brother’s life. She describes the... read more

Dr. Slaff writes about her personal and professional involvement in autism. She discusses her identical twin brothers’ and daughter’s life-threatening behaviors—one requiring surgery—and how her brothers’ different residential placements have made them so different. She discusses the controversy of aversive skin shock, a research-based treatment that saved her brother’s life. She describes the... read more

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