Lynne Ferguson

Lynne Ferguson - Editor

Austin, TX, USA

I've been working with authors for thirty-five years: editing, proofreading, indexing. Let me bring my wealth of experience to your project.

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I've worked in book publishing for thirty-five years, spending time at scholarly, trade, and educational presses over the course of my career. I still work for a university press as my day job but I also do editing, proofreading, and indexing on the side, and I'm proud to say I've never missed a deadline. Recent highlights have included copyediting books on transgender identity and climate change; proofreading a memoir about the founder of Austin's Armadillo World Headquarters and a book about autobiographical comics; and indexing books on the history of the Environmental Protection Agency, race as represented on Broadway, and the poet Seamus Heaney.
English (UK)
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Political Science & Current Affairs
Literary Fiction

Work experience

Senior Manuscript Editor

University of Texas Press
August, 2001 – Present (almost 21 years)

Manage the copyediting and production of fifteen to twenty scholarly and general-interest books per season. Hire and oversee freelance editors, determine copyediting schedules, clean up and code manuscripts, guide and advise authors, assist sponsoring editors in assembling art and permissions, and prepare final manuscripts for design. Carefully check all aspects of manuscripts, in close communication with proofreader, production coordinator, and designers, as they move through each phase of production. Edit and proofread selected manuscripts and page proofs in-house. Edit catalog copy for my titles and assist in proofreading of two seasonal catalogs annually.

Freelance editor, proofreader, and indexer

August, 1989 – Present (almost 33 years)

Edit and proofread a wide variety of materials, including scholarly papers and book-length manuscripts, fiction, and exhibition catalogs. Prepare indexes for scholarly and trade books. In the 1990s and early 2000s wrote and published several young adult nonfiction books for the Creative Company in Mankato, Minnesota, for a series on famous authors and a series on architecture.

Annual Editions Editor

Dushkin Publishing Group
June, 1988 – June, 1989 (about 1 year)

Edited a series of supplementary college-level textbooks in the social sciences. Worked with editors, designers, and support staff to ensure accuracy and meet deadlines.

Photo Editor

Windsor Publications
June, 1987 – June, 1988 (about 1 year)

Selected photographs, both historical and contemporary, for coffee-table books about cities in the U.S. and Canada. Conducted photo research, corresponded and negotiated with photographers, obtained permissions, wrote captions, and worked with in-house designers and text editors.

Editorial Assistant

Mayfield Publishing Company
July, 1985 – May, 1987 (almost 2 years)

Assisted one of the acquisitions editors in a textbook publishing company. Sought and developed manuscripts for publication, designed and published a newsletter to encourage potential authors, and conducted market research.

Night Moves

Hopper, Jessica

Freddie Mercury: An Illustrated Life

Casas, Alfonso, Sublette, Ned

The Red Caddy: Into the Unknown with Edward Abbey

Bowden, Charles, Urrea, Luis Alberto

The Last Days of El Comandante

Barrera Tyszka, Alberto, Harvey, Rosalind, Mendez Sayer, Jessie

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