Lisa Mullenneaux

Lisa Mullenneaux - Editor

New York

Experienced editor and author dedicated to getting my clients the widest possible audience for their work. I specialize in nonfiction.

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I've worked on staff and on contract for most nonfiction and textbook publishers, but my range is wide. I offer developmental editing for poetry, fiction, and nonfiction manuscripts. I give 200% to my clients with honest, constructive feedback designed to get your words to the widest possible readership. With that in mind I can also point you to a sympathetic agent who can guide you through the publication process.

Samples of the books I've edited are below but some of my favorite projects are
* a novel based on the life of the German writer Thomas Mann
* an illustrated book on making cheese at home
* a scholarly book on the right to pain relief, and
* a history of Operation Bootstrap in Puerto Rico.

Unmatched as an editor, I've also published poetry, essays, and books. Please see my author's page.


“Lisa brings intensity of purpose to everything she does. I am confident she will serve her clients well.” Judith Kerman, author and publisher of Mayapple Press

“I recently sought the services of Lisa Mullenneaux for a thorough proofread of my latest novel and was extremely pleased with her work. Lisa charged a more-than-reasonable fee and delivered in a couple weeks. In addition to a spelling-and-grammar scan, she also suggested several editorial changes, which were very helpful. I can recommend her with total confidence and will definitely use her for the next book. Alan J. Paul, author of Mercy: The Devil is in the Details and Walrus: Monster in the Mist

“Lisa Mullenneaux’s professional generosity and editorial assistance has been a tremendous asset since 2013. She has a keen eye and ability to synthesize material. Lisa points out gaps in my writing that have encouraged me to make my papers more robust, less inchoate. Furthermore, I have enjoyed our working relationship. Lisa is dependable, precise, and earnest.” Amy Kraizman, CUNY Graduate Center

“Lisa Mullenneaux, you did an amazing job editing my dissertation. Your diligent and prompt responses made the writing process painless and enjoyable. Working those three years with you was such a wonderful and pleasant experience. You are not only an experienced editor but also knowledgeable in a range of topics. During the entire time, I felt like you were thoughtfully engaged in my own work. This made a huge impact on the writing and final manuscript. The stylesheet you created and your constant communication were of enormous help, and consequently, improved my writing skills.”

Yesenia Ruiz, author of a study of transnational migrant elites in the US and Mexico.

English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Computers & Internet
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
Health & Wellbeing
Medicine, Nursing, & Dentistry
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction


  • 2016 Award for Professional Development, University of Maryland UC, 2016
  • PEN America Emergency Grant, 2020
  • Winner of the Fourth Hektoen Grand Prix Essay Competition, 2016

Work experience

Adjunct Assoc. Professor of Writing

University of Maryland GC
March, 2015 – Present (over 6 years)


Penington Press
January, 2000 – December, 2004 (almost 5 years)

Freelance editor

Random House, Hearst, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, West Group, Delmar Careers, Gale, Simon & Schuster
May, 1999 – November, 2014 (over 15 years)

copy editor. indexer

Matthew Bender
April, 1990 – December, 1998 (over 8 years)

Portfolio (5 selected works)

The Psychology of Diversity: Beyond Prejudice and Racism

Jones, James M., Dovidio, John F., Vietze, Deborah L.

Clinical Sleep Disorders

Carney MD, Paul R., Berry MD, Richard B., Geyer MD, James D.

Lisa has 3 reviews

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Will Poundstone
Lisa was very helpful in getting my book ready for publishing. Her insights helped to make my book easier to read and understand.

Will Poundstone, September 2021

Jorgen Jensen
I am very happy with Lisa's work. Very helpful.

Jorgen Jensen, August 2021

Carol Shore
Lisa’s editorial comments were exactly the feedback I needed. I especially appreciated that her insights shared the reasoning behind her observations, adding suggestions from professional experience. From the very start, she was open, warm, accessible, informative and encouraging.

Carol Shore, July 2021

Lisa Mullenneaux
Thanks for much! Yours was my first project for Reedsy, and I hope all my authors are so easy to work with.

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