Liz Gilbeau

Liz Gilbeau - Editor

Vernon, VT, USA

I am a freelance copy editor and proofreader who has worked on thousands of books for dozens of major publishers.

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Major projects I've worked on: Proofreading hundreds of Young Adult and Middle Grade novels for Scholastic. (My personal favorites are The Hunger Games series and Wings of Fire series.) Proofreading academic journals for Texas Tech and Harvard University Press. Copyediting a series of custom textbooks for the Health Assistant program at Remington College. Proofreading course books, lab manuals, teacher's manuals, and workbooks for grades K–12 for Oak Meadow (home-school curriculum). Copyediting online study guides for Course Hero. Copyediting manuscripts for Hachette Book Group, including The Plot to Destroy Democracy by Malcolm Nance, which went on to be a New York Times Bestseller.

I enjoy working on many different genres, but YA is my favorite. (I vividly remember the sting of adolescence.) My editing style is conversational. I offer suggestions for rewrites and ask a lot of questions, but I know the importance of not stepping on an author's toes. I take tons of notes while I work to zero in on inconsistencies. Basically, I'm like your slightly annoying friend who always corrects your grammar.
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Coming of Age
Contemporary Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Middle Grade
Middle Grade Fantasy
Young Adult Fantasy

Work experience

Copy Editor/Proofreader

October, 2018 – Present (over 3 years)

I have 17 years of experience as a copy editor and proofreader.

Editorial Proofreader

Oak Meadow
June, 2016 – Present (almost 6 years)

Editing textbooks for all grade levels and all subjects for home-school curriculum.

Proofreader/Copy Editor

Six Red Marbles
January, 2005 – October, 2018 (over 13 years)

I worked in-house for a book composition company for 13 years. Scholastic, Hachette, Penguin, W. W. Norton, Bedford St. Martin, Scott Foresman, and Harvard University Press were among our many clients.

The Silver Eyes (Five Nights at Freddy's Graphic Novel #1)

Cawthon, Scott, Breed-Wrisley, Kira, Schröder, Claudia

The Raven Boys

Maggie Stiefvater

The Light of Truth: Writings of an Anti-Lynching Crusader

Wells, Ida B., Bay, Mia, Bay, Mia, Gates, Henry Louis, Bay, Mia


Interland, Peter

Liz has 16 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Jessica Montanez
Working with Liz is always a pleasure. She is timely, professional, and her work is exemplary. This was our third collaboration, and I am looking forward to the next one already scheduled.

Jessica Montanez, May 2022

Pamela Bosch
Liz is the best! I'm terrible with Em-dashes and dialogue and she made it all look incredibly professional and perfect. It was like she could read my mind and know exactly how I wanted things to look but just couldn't do.

Pamela Bosch, March 2022

Charlotte Frohwitter
So fast and flawless!

Charlotte Frohwitter, February 2022

Jessica Montanez
Another great experience working with Liz. Not only is her work exceptional, but she is also a true professional and easy to communicate with. I highly recommend her.

Jessica Montanez, January 2022

Jessica Montanez
Liz was wonderful! I am looking forward to our next collaboration already in progress!

Jessica Montanez, January 2022

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