Lynne Ferguson

Lynne Ferguson – Editor

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


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.
Art Biographies & Memoirs Entertainment History Political Science & Current Affairs Sociology Travel
Literary Fiction
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

University of Texas Press

Aug, 2001 — Present

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.


Aug, 1989 — Present

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.

Dushkin Publishing Group

Jun, 1988 — Jun, 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.

Windsor Publications

Jun, 1987 — Jun, 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.

Mayfield Publishing Company

Jul, 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.

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