Lisa Howard

Lisa Howard – Editor

Every sentence matters! My passion is helping your words shine, whether you're at the beginning of your project or you need a final polish.

Overview

I'm a freelance editor, writer, and book coach who enjoys using all aspects of my language background—writing, editing, teaching, translating, presenting, and language-learning—to help authors express their ideas with clarity and style. As someone who's been on both sides of the page, I'm sensitive to the needs of authors as they hone their ability to communicate clearly and effectively with their target audiences, whether that involves creating accessible and thought-provoking nonfiction or crafting novels with characters and plots that will keep readers up all night.

Areas of expertise:

NONFICTION
• Food & cookbooks (from culinary arts to food politics and everything in between)
• Health & wellness
• Personal development
• Relationships
• Travel
• Culture & anthropology
• Sustainability & environment
• Book proposals
• Book coaching

FICTION
• Science fiction
• Fantasy
• Historical fiction
• Women's fiction
• Adventure (especially novels set abroad)
Services
Non-Fiction
Career Guides Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Health & Wellbeing Home & Garden Self-Help & Self-Improvement Travel
Fiction
Fantasy Science Fiction
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Jan, 2009 — Present

I'm a freelance editor and writer with degrees in Cultural Anthropology and German Language & Literature and a minor in Art History. During college, I studied at the Universität Oldenburg in Germany; later, I studied Spanish at Intercultura in Sámara (Costa Rica) and French at Lyon Bleu International in France. In addition to my foreign-language studies, I'm a certified ESL (English as a Second Language) instructor and have taught and translated in the US and abroad.

My editorial experiences include editing a variety of fiction and nonfiction projects as well as ghostwriting for individuals and and writing copy for marketing firms. Along with providing editorial assistance to individuals and publishers, I'm the author of two traditionally published books and dozens of magazine articles. I also regularly present health-centered programs at libraries and community centers and speak at writing conferences about the conjoined arts of writing and editing.

Portfolio

Coconut oil and other alternative oils are a hot topic these days in the cooking world, especially after the news of extra-virgin olive oil fraud broke out, as described in Extra Virginity. More and more people are becoming wary of the typical processed and re... read more
Despite what many people might think a gluten-free diet can be just as unhealthy as the standard American diet (also known as SAD). This is due to the fact that most store-bought gluten-free items—as well as many recipes in gluten-free cookbooks—include refine... read more
From the East Side of Detroit Michigan to a 20 year Air Force veteran, Seth has genuinely flipped the script in explaining the art of strategic thinking in the Black Collar Mindset. In this, h... read more
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Feeling stuck? Anxious? Stressed out? You’re not alone. In today’s fast-paced world, we’ve gotten used to feeling tense and overwhelmed. We want to enjoy our lives more, but many of us unconsc... read more
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Finally, an introduction to wine that takes the stiffness out of wine and puts the joie de vivre back in. You don't need to memorize reams of data to feel in control when shopping or deciding ... read more
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Passion is what drives us to do our best work. Without it, we lack the motivation to get things done, let alone persist and succeed. When passion is channeled through the right pursuit, howeve... read more
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SELF-HELP/Personal GrowthEveryone needs a few key abilities to obtain success--seven, to be exact. The good news is that these abilities are available to us all. The 7 Key Abilities is a prove... read more
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Chronic pain affects millions of people every day and is an invisible companion in households and workplaces across the country. It affects our sleep, our interactions with families and loved ... read more
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Quick, who comes to mind when I say “jerk”? Your ex? Your current partner? You? Letters to a J.E.R.K. - The No-Bullsh*t Guide to Relationships and Living a Life Meant™ is the straight-talk adv... read more
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The voice behind the popular grief podcast Coming Back: Conversations on Life After Loss puts pen to paper in her first book to create a powerful permission slip for anyone facing the devastat... read more
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Young And Driven: Overdrive

Dr. Cortlan J. Wickliff Esq.

Young and Driven: Overdrive is a collection of Dr. Cortlan J. Wickliff, Esq.'s secrets to academic and professional success, including the lessons, exercises, and tools that have allowed him t... read more
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Have you ever felt frightened or intimidated when out walking alone? Have you ever wondered what you should do if approached by an attacker? Have you ever worried about becoming yet another ho... read more
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What is a "good" man, today? Find out with these short chapters of insightful, witty, and research backed takeaways that define the characteristics, actions, and priorities of what makes a goo... read more
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We make things complicated. You hate your job? Stop doing it. Know you need to exercise and eat right to lose weight? Start doing it. Scared to leave the country and explore? Do it anyway. I h... read more
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The Art of Silence

Fatima Alexander

The Art of Silence is a masterpiece of contradictions. The title itself belies any advocacy of, any merit to, quiescence. The book is simultaneously a work of fiction and fact. The characters ... read more
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This debut book inspired by real life follows Mia and J, two struggling tech co-founders, as they hit the road with J's disabled and aging dogs for a California road trip. Narrated by Mia, an ... read more
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So we’re born here on earth right? We arrive with a complete lack of knowledge. There is no manual that we receive on how to operate life best or even what it’s all about. The knowledge we do ... read more
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Cooking and baking with cannabis used to be a guessing game. How much cannabis should you use? How strong will your edible be? What are the secrets to making great savory foods as well as swee... read more
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Arts Honor is a handbook written for those of you in the arts to help nourish your gift of creativity and to help you stay true to your muse. The promise to continue being creative is an honor... read more
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Real Estate industry is overflowing with competition. There are 5 million agents nationwide and most are marketing themselves in common ubiquitous means. Every real estate agent gets phone cal... read more
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Hormone imbalances impact men as well as women. Beginning at age 30, testosterone in men declines at a rate of 1%-3% per year. Accompanying this reduction are numerous health concerns ranging ... read more
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Discover simple ways to be happier in your everyday life with these hacks that encourage positive thinking to improve your mood and outlook in any situation.Everyone wants to be happier, but o... read more
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This quick, portable guide features more than 200 practical, effective ways to calm the mind, reduce stress, and erase tension in your body in less than five minutes.In 5-Minute Calm you’ll le... read more
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Passage 99

Janie Emaus

When Pleasure Sister, Caitlin, breaks a fundamental passage in The Manual, she is forced to examine her beliefs and make a choice which will forever change her life’s direction. Passage 99 is ... read more
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DISCOVER places for:•Brilliant sunsets•Pivotal third dates•Ice-breaking first dates•“Making up after a fight” dates•Where to go if you don’t want the evening to endANDTHE MOST ELEGANT, SEDUCTI... read more
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Ari's new book is the culmination of a lifetime of learning and thirty four years in business, the last three of which have been spent intensively studying, reflecting on, and writing about th... read more
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NO MORE MEDS

Dr. Corinne Weaver DC

Are you stressed out because your child keeps getting sick and you don’t know what steps to take?Are you sick of not getting answers from your doctor and always needing to drug your child?Is y... read more
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In 2051, commercial time travel became a global reality. Opportunities abounded for curious history buffs, futurists, and corrupt entrepreneurs. Selected Shorts and Other Methods of Time Trave... read more
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What do I eat? How do I cook healthy food? How do I shop for healthy food? The Guide to Healthy Eating will show you which foods are healthy and which food you should avoid. Furthermore, this ... read more
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The Skinny on Fats

Dr David Brownstein and Sheryl Shenefelt

The Skinny on Fats was written to educate you about the importance of consuming good sources of dietary fats. This book will teach you why we need fats and why we can't live without them. We w... read more
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Enlightened and insightful, Health Is in the Spirit by Claudia Burdick is essential reading for anyone that wants to take control of his, her, or their family’s health. It is a landmark indisp... read more
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Modernist Bread: The Art and Science is a revolutionary new understanding of one of the most important staples of the human diet. Created by the team that published the award-winning Modernist... read more
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In this powerful and informative guide, Holistic Food Therapist Kelly Genzlinger, CNC, CMTA explains how sugar and refined carbohydrate dependency is not your fault, but stems from impaired bi... read more
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Vangie F.

Vangie F.

Apr, 2024

Lisa has now reviewed seven chapters for my healthy-eating-related book. As with the earlier chapters, her edits and comments on the latest chapter were excellent. I will keep choosing Lisa Howard for my future work.
Michael W.

Michael W.

Apr, 2024

Oh wow, Lisa is amazing!! If she just was a great editor, correcting grammer/spelling/sentence structure issues, and helping clarify terms and subjects, that would be enough. But she is also so much fun to talk to! Her humor is hilarious. My work is so much better due to Lisa. Thank you!
Christopher B.

Christopher B.

Jan, 2024

A Stellar Collaborative Experience with Lisa Working with Lisa as the copywriter/proofreader for my debut book has been an absolute satisfaction. Her professionalism, dedication, and genuine aid have played a pivotal function in shaping my manuscript into a work of excellence. Lisa's professionalism stood out from the beginning of our collaboration. She approached the venture with a stage of ...
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Austin D.

Austin D.

Jan, 2024

I thoroughly enjoyed working with Lisa on the editing of the first book I have written. In hindsight, this was an ambitious project to take on as a first book, and a self-published work at that. Lisa was very helpful in explaining the basic publishing process as well as some of the ins and outs of the cookbook business to this newbie. She explained what her process would be (that she would rev...
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Marcus W.

Marcus W.

Jan, 2024

Always very helpful!

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