Lisa White

Lisa White - Editor

Boston, MA, USA

As an editor with over 25 years' experience specializing in nature and memoir, I can help you take your project to the next level.

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Overview

Let's collaborate to let your voice speak! I don't feel the need to impose changes for the sake of making my own mark; I just want your book to be the best it can be. That said, I'm not shy about suggesting changes that will help improve your work. I aim to make writing clear and easy to understand. I am detail oriented but not persnickety.

As an acquisitions editor, I have experience shepherding books all the way through the publishing process, from—well, yes, acquisition—to finished books. I've read hundreds (thousands?) of proposals, query letters, and manuscripts.

I am prompt, professional, thorough, and responsible. Having edited field guides for many years, I have an eye for detail and can handle complex projects with many components. I've also edited many narrative books, including winners of the John Burroughs Medal Award and the National Outdoor Book Award.

Some of the well-known nature authors I've worked with include Pete Dunne, Lang Elliott, Tim Gallagher, Kenn Kaufman, Don Kroodsma, Noah Strycker, Bill Thompson III, Merlin Tuttle, Scott Weidensaul, and Julie Zickefoose.

If you feel I'd be a good match to work with you on your project, or have questions to help you decide, I'd love to hear from you.






Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Home & Garden
Nature

Work experience

Copyeditor/Proofreader

Self-employed
September, 2020 – Present (almost 2 years)

I provide a range of editorial services, from project management to copyediting and proofreading.

Executive Editor

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
February, 1992 – September, 2020 (over 28 years)

I worked at HMH in a number of capacities over the years, starting as a manuscript editor. I acquired and edited books for nearly 20 years.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

The Lion Tracker's Guide to Life

Boyd Varty

Somewhere deep inside, you know what your gift, purpose, and mission are. Boyd Varty, a lion tracker and life coach, reveals how the wisdom from the ancient art of tracking can teach you how to recognize these essential ingredients in a meaningful life. Know how to navigate, don’t worry about the destination, and stay alert. These are just a few of the strategies that contribute to both succes... read more

Somewhere deep inside, you know what your gift, purpose, and mission are. Boyd Varty, a lion tracker and life coach, reveals how the wisdom from the ancient art of tracking can teach you how to recognize these essential ingredients in a meaningful life. Know how to navigate, don’t worry about the destination, and stay alert. These are just a few of the strategies that contribute to both succes... read more

Saving Jemima: Life and Love with a Hard-Luck Jay

Julie Zickefoose

For fans of Wesley the Owl and The Soul of an Octopus, the story of a sick baby bird nursed back to health and into the wild by renowned writer/artist Julie Zickefoose.When Jemima, a young orphaned blue jay, is brought to wildlife rehabilitator Julie Zickefoose, she is a virtually tailless, palm-sized bundle of gray-blue fluff. But she is starved and very sick. Julie’s constant care brings her... read more

For fans of Wesley the Owl and The Soul of an Octopus, the story of a sick baby bird nursed back to health and into the wild by renowned writer/artist Julie Zickefoose.When Jemima, a young orphaned blue jay, is brought to wildlife rehabilitator Julie Zickefoose, she is a virtually tailless, palm-sized bundle of gray-blue fluff. But she is starved and very sick. Julie’s constant care brings her... read more

A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration

Kenn Kaufman

A close look at one season in one key site that reveals the amazing science and magic of spring bird migration, and the perils of human encroachment. Every spring, billions of birds sweep north, driven by ancient instincts to return to their breeding grounds. This vast parade often goes unnoticed, except in a few places where these small travelers concentrate in large numbers. One such place i... read more

A close look at one season in one key site that reveals the amazing science and magic of spring bird migration, and the perils of human encroachment. Every spring, billions of birds sweep north, driven by ancient instincts to return to their breeding grounds. This vast parade often goes unnoticed, except in a few places where these small travelers concentrate in large numbers. One such place i... read more

How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature

Scott Sampson

“This timely, significant work carries a far-reaching message for families and the planet.”—Publishers Weekly “In a time when the connection between humans and the rest of nature is most vulnerable, Scott offers parents and teachers a book of encouragement and knowledge, and to children, the priceless gift of wonder.”—Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle The... read more

“This timely, significant work carries a far-reaching message for families and the planet.”—Publishers Weekly “In a time when the connection between humans and the rest of nature is most vulnerable, Scott offers parents and teachers a book of encouragement and knowledge, and to children, the priceless gift of wonder.”—Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle The... read more

Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World

Noah Strycker

In 2015, Noah Strycker set himself a lofty goal: to become the first person to see half the world’s birds in one year. For 365 days, with a backpack, binoculars, and a series of one-way tickets, he traveled across forty-one countries and all seven continents, eventually spotting 6,042 species—by far the biggest birding year on record. This is no travelogue or glorified checklist. Noah ventures... read more

In 2015, Noah Strycker set himself a lofty goal: to become the first person to see half the world’s birds in one year. For 365 days, with a backpack, binoculars, and a series of one-way tickets, he traveled across forty-one countries and all seven continents, eventually spotting 6,042 species—by far the biggest birding year on record. This is no travelogue or glorified checklist. Noah ventures... read more

The Singing Life Of Birds: The Art And Science Of Listening To Birdsong

Donald Kroodsma

Listen to birds sing as you’ve never listened before, as the world-renowned birdsong expert Donald Kroodsma takes you on personal journeys of discovery and intrigue. Read stories of wrens and robins, thrushes and thrashers, warblers and whip-poor-wills, bluebirds and cardinals, and many more bird. Learn how each acquires its songs, how songs vary from bird to bird and place to place, how some ... read more

Listen to birds sing as you’ve never listened before, as the world-renowned birdsong expert Donald Kroodsma takes you on personal journeys of discovery and intrigue. Read stories of wrens and robins, thrushes and thrashers, warblers and whip-poor-wills, bluebirds and cardinals, and many more bird. Learn how each acquires its songs, how songs vary from bird to bird and place to place, how some ... read more

The Man Who Climbs Trees: The Lofty Adventures of a Wildlife Cameraman

James Aldred

“A vertiginous, white-knuckled adventure through some of the most spectacular forests in the world.” ​—Washington Post Meet the man who climbs trees for a living.​ In this adventure memoir, Aldred carries us with him across the globe and up to the top of these towering forest titans as he recalls his most memorable encounters with trees and their inhabitants.​ Every child knows the allure of c... read more

“A vertiginous, white-knuckled adventure through some of the most spectacular forests in the world.” ​—Washington Post Meet the man who climbs trees for a living.​ In this adventure memoir, Aldred carries us with him across the globe and up to the top of these towering forest titans as he recalls his most memorable encounters with trees and their inhabitants.​ Every child knows the allure of c... read more

The Secret Lives of Bats: My Adventures with the World's Most Misunderstood Mammals

Merlin Tuttle

Few people realize how sophisticated and intelligent bats are. Merlin Tuttle knows, and he has stopped at nothing to find and protect them on every continent they inhabit. Sharing highlights from a lifetime of adventure and discovery, Tuttle takes us to the frontiers of bat research to show that frog-eating bats can identify frogs by their calls, that some bats have social sophistication simil... read more

Few people realize how sophisticated and intelligent bats are. Merlin Tuttle knows, and he has stopped at nothing to find and protect them on every continent they inhabit. Sharing highlights from a lifetime of adventure and discovery, Tuttle takes us to the frontiers of bat research to show that frog-eating bats can identify frogs by their calls, that some bats have social sophistication simil... read more

Good Birders Don't Wear White: 50 Tips From North America's Top Birders

In these 50 light and fun original essays, the biggest names in birding dispense advice to birders of every level, on topics ranging from feeding birds and cleaning binoculars to pishing and pelagic birding. Whether satirizing bird snobs or relating the traditions and taboos of the birding culture, each essay is as chock-full of helpful information as it is entertaining.

In these 50 light and fun original essays, the biggest names in birding dispense advice to birders of every level, on topics ranging from feeding birds and cleaning binoculars to pishing and pelagic birding. Whether satirizing bird snobs or relating the traditions and taboos of the birding culture, each essay is as chock-full of helpful information as it is entertaining.

Good Birders Still Don't Wear White

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Good Birders Still Don't Wear White

Good Birders Still Don't Wear White

Fastest Things on Wings: Rescuing Hummingbirds in Hollywood

Terry Masear

A heartwarming memoir by “one of California’s hardest-working hummingbird rehabilitators . . . will leave the average bird lover agog” (The Washington Post). Before he collided with a limousine, Gabriel, an Anna’s hummingbird with a head and throat cloaked in iridescent magenta feathers, could spiral 130 feet in the air, dive 60 miles per hour in a courtship display, hover, and fly backward. W... read more

A heartwarming memoir by “one of California’s hardest-working hummingbird rehabilitators . . . will leave the average bird lover agog” (The Washington Post). Before he collided with a limousine, Gabriel, an Anna’s hummingbird with a head and throat cloaked in iridescent magenta feathers, could spiral 130 feet in the air, dive 60 miles per hour in a courtship display, hover, and fly backward. W... read more

What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World

Jon Young

A guide to listening to songbirds—the key to observing nature in a whole new way. Includes audio of bird vocalizations! A lifelong birder, tracker, and naturalist, Jon Young is guided in his work and teaching by three basic premises: the robin, junco, and other songbirds know everything important about their environment, be it backyard or forest; by tuning in to their vocalizations and behavio... read more

A guide to listening to songbirds—the key to observing nature in a whole new way. Includes audio of bird vocalizations! A lifelong birder, tracker, and naturalist, Jon Young is guided in his work and teaching by three basic premises: the robin, junco, and other songbirds know everything important about their environment, be it backyard or forest; by tuning in to their vocalizations and behavio... read more

The Grail Bird: Hot on the Trail of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker

Tim Gallagher

An award-winning writer and photographer chases after the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, the "ghost bird" of the swamp, in this birder's adventure story, reconstructing his search for a bird that was once declared extinct. 20,000 first printing.

An award-winning writer and photographer chases after the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, the "ghost bird" of the swamp, in this birder's adventure story, reconstructing his search for a bird that was once declared extinct. 20,000 first printing.

The First Frontier: The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery, and Endurance in Early America

Scott Weidensaul

Frontier: the word carries the inevitable scent of the West. But before Custer or Lewis and Clark, before the first Conestoga wagons rumbled across the Plains, it was the East that marked the frontier—the boundary between complex Native cultures and the first colonizing Europeans.Here is the older, wilder, darker history of a time when the land between the Atlantic and the Appalachians was con... read more

Frontier: the word carries the inevitable scent of the West. But before Custer or Lewis and Clark, before the first Conestoga wagons rumbled across the Plains, it was the East that marked the frontier—the boundary between complex Native cultures and the first colonizing Europeans.Here is the older, wilder, darker history of a time when the land between the Atlantic and the Appalachians was con... read more

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George Wood
Lisa is amazing! Far exceeded my high expectations. Fast, accurate and super responsive. THANK YOU!!!

George Wood, June 2022

Lisa White
Thank you for the kind comments, George. It was a pleasure working with you, and I wish you all the best with your book.

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