Lois Stuck

Lois Stuck - Editor

Valparaiso, IN, USA

Editor of nonfiction books for over 30 years. Publishers have consistently trusted me with their most challenging projects.

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Overview

I have a B.A. in English and Education, but rather than become a classroom teacher, I chose to put that training to use to help authors create their best work. In my career of over three decades as an editor, I have worked on books with deeply important messages--and sometimes thousands of footnotes! And I enjoyed all of it.
You can trust me with your message because my goal is to help you, the author, do your best work. I want to retain your voice, and I have no intention of inserting my thoughts or preferences. I will help remove obstacles (grammatical errors, sentence structure problems, redundancies, confusing wording, etc.) to help you get your message out as clearly as possible.
I have worked on hundreds of books, across many genres. They include books about becoming a professional public speaker, marriage relationships, recovery from abuse, worship, running an online business,
depression, faith, and much more.
I look forward to getting to know you and helping you get your polish your message.

Since I am new to Reedsy, I am including two recommendations from authors I have worked with--one a first-time author, and the other over an editor I have worked for over a period of decades.

From Jack Bender, author of Skin on Skin, addressing the needs of those living in poverty.

"I chose Lois over a number of other copy editors because of the inquiries that I made. I found Lois to be continually professional and exceptionally fast. I urged her to use her considerable experience to go beyond the standard role of copy editor. I was rewarded for having done so. I wanted to put out a good book and soon realized that she could be an asset toward that end. Lois displays a helpful orientation toward reader reception, warning me that a position I took was reasonable but that it might bother a subset of my audience. She is tactful, always respecting what I’ve written but often suggesting alternatives. There’s a little bit of mystery surrounding her work. I asked myself on more than one occasion how she could dive deeply into my project, yet still provide such good turnaround time. Would I seek her help in the future? Unquestionably, yes."

From Paul Brinkerhoff, previously an in-house editor and now owner of his own editing company:

"When I was at Baker Books many of my projects were the 'thoughtful trade' books, and when I couldn't edit them, my go-to editor was Lois. She's experienced and knows how to edit long and complicated projects (faster than I can).

"I know that trust is essential in Lois's relationships with the people, especially those for whom she works. Such integrity combined with dogged Germanic focus and undaunted tenacity in tackling even dissertations and similar tomes makes her a good fit for editing both academic and trade books. She readily understands and follows instructions, is conscientious, and does a good and thorough job editing manuscripts. Her editorial style sheets are detailed and complete.

" The pleasure is mine to recommend Lois Stück as an expert book editor."

Paul J. Brinkerhoff, Editor and Publishing Consultant, Grace and Truth Communications



Services
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Christian Non-Fiction
Education & Reference
Health & Wellbeing
Humanities & Social Sciences
Inspirational
Parenting & Families

Work experience

Freelance Copy Editor

Zondervan
January, 1999 – December, 2005 (almost 7 years)

Freelance Copy Editor

Baker Book House
May, 1993 – Present (about 28 years)

Freelance copy editor for Baker Academic and Baker Trade Books. Over the years, the in-house editors have gotten to know the quality of my work and my reliability, and they have trusted me with challenging projects as well as projects that needed a fast turn-around. Two in-house editors have gone on to start their own companies and continue to contact me for freelance work.

Freelance Copy Editor

Self-employed
March, 1982 – Present (over 39 years)

Freelance Copy Editor

Fleming H. Revell
January, 1982 – December, 1989 (almost 8 years)

Editor

Azusa Pacific University
June, 1977 – July, 1981 (about 4 years)

Edited and supervised production for all university publications. Edited the university’s bimonthly magazine, winning press association awards in 1980 and 1981.

Staying Power: Building a Stronger Marriage When Life Sends Its Worst

Kent, Carol, Kent, Gene, Lambert, David, Lambert, Cindy

Jesus Skeptic

John S. Dickerson

Top Performance: How to Develop Excellence in Yourself and Others

Ziglar, Zig, Ziglar, Tom, Partridge, Howard, Mattson, David, Dhanam, Krish, Flanagan, Bryan, Savage, Jim

Faithful and Fractured

Proeschold-Bell, Rae Jean, Byassee, Jason

Seeing Is Believing

Boyd, Gregory A

Women As Christ's Disciples

Luter, Boyd, McReynolds, Kathy, Luter, A. Boyd

Lois has 7 reviews

Professionalism
Professionalism
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Quality
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Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Nicole Fabiano
Lois provided valuable feedback on my writing which really helped me to refine the content in meaningful ways. I would definitely recommend her to other writers!

Nicole Fabiano, May 2021


cathy speed
Lois is truly amazing. She is a top class professional, meticulous, and just a joy to work with. I would recommend her to anyone at any level who is seeking support. You will not find a better colleague to work with. I will recommend her to all of my colleagues to support their projects.

cathy speed, March 2021


Anthony Durnin
Lois is the best. I'm so happy with her work. She is a true professional and assisted me through this process.

Anthony Durnin, January 2021


Pat Gorham
Lois was phenomenal! She did exactly what I asked with quick turn around.

Pat Gorham, December 2020


Sheila Arrington
My experience working with Lois was extremely professional. Lois is timely and efficient she truly takes great consideration in making sure you don't lose your voice during the editing process. Lois' extensive experience of my genre added so much more depth to sharing my message. I would highly recommend Lois her diligence and grace are exceptional. Sheila Arrington

Sheila Arrington, November 2020

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