Madeleine Calvi

Madeleine Calvi - Editor

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Experienced editor specializing in psychology, spirituality, self-help, and LGBTQ. You bring the content, I'll bring the polish. (Nicely!)

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Freelance editor, copyeditor, and proofreader. I have experience in editing books at every stage of the process and level of detail, and six years of experience working at and with professional publishing houses.

My specialty is trade nonfiction, especially the genres of psychology, spirituality, wellness, self-help, paganism, LGBTQ, and DIY. That said, I have experience with a wide range of genres (you can look at my portfolio down below!) and can work outside those specialties.

I love working with authors and helping them build the best and strongest version of their books. Whether I'm fixing formatting, hunting down typos, standardizing punctuation, or helping you find the structure that best fits your content, I am confident I can work with you to help bring your book up to publishing house standards.

Note that query letter review applies to nonfiction book proposals specifically.

Presses: New Harbinger, North Atlantic Books, Insight Editions, Weldon Owen, Callisto, Counterpoint, Rare Bird Books, Rockridge Press, Crossed Crow Books, Modern Wisdom Press.

"Madeleine is everything you could want in an editor: Smart, resourceful, creative, meticulous, and deadline oriented. Whether you're seeking a fast-yet-impeccable proofread or have a more complex project involving image research, subtle ghostwriting, and author coaching, they will deliver. Their honest opinions, creative problem-solving, and dry wit make working together a true joy." —Mariah Bear, editor
English (US)
LGBTQ Non-Fiction
New Age
Religion & Spirituality
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Sex & Relationships

Work experience

Freelance Editor

January, 2019 – Present (almost 4 years)

• Worked as an editor, copyeditor, proofreader, and project manager for books across a wide range of genres.
• Copyedited and proofread dozens of books from publishers, indie authors, nonprofits, and more.
• Helped overhaul books, starting at the structure level, to make them clearer and better.
• Collaborated extensively with authors and in-house editors.
• Formatted and cleaned up manuscripts, preparing them to move to the next step in the publishing process.

Nonprofit Publishing Consultant

February, 2022 – Present (10 months)

• Worked directly with nonprofits to create high-quality books and advance their causes.
• Guided nonprofit clients through the whole self-publishing process.
• Created useful resources and professional-quality books while minimizing costs.
• Compiled existing blog posts, campaigns, pamphlets, and more to help build out books.

Editorial Assistant

Weldon Owen International
February, 2019 – March, 2020 (about 1 year)

• Edited dozens of books at every level, from developmental editing to copyediting to proofreading.
• Managed and edited a series of seven books on self-care and spirituality.
• Performed stylistic extensive edits to make books more eloquent, punchy, humorous, etc.
• Worked extensively with highly visual and illustrated books.

Editorial Intern

Insight Editions
June, 2018 – November, 2018 (5 months)

• Worked on official books for world-class brands, including Disney, Marvel, DC, and, Game of Thrones
• Worked on a range of books from guided journals to highly complex and visual art books.
• Performed extensive market analysis and competition research.
• Edited marketing material to ensure they were error free and accurate.


Counterpoint Press
January, 2018 – May, 2018 (4 months)

• Worked on award-winning books in fiction and nonfiction.
• Researched and compiled data on the unique market and competition for a wide variety of books.
• Copyedited hundreds of pages worth of promotional materials and marketing briefs.

Portfolio (33 selected works)

Madeleine has 13 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Ashlinn Romagnoli
I had never worked with an editor before Madeleine and was a little nervous about the prospect, but they were everything I could have hoped for! From an overarching perspective, their response to my brief was thoughtful and detailed; they really made me feel like they'd actually read my brief and were excited to work together---and their pricing was very reasonable. Choosing them felt like a n...
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Ashlinn Romagnoli, November 2022

Cindy Baehl de Lescure
A very thoughtful, kind, helpful assessment of my book.

Cindy Baehl de Lescure, November 2022

Kathy Nickerson
Madeleine was wonderful to work with and she made my book ten times better. She brought a fresh, insightful, and deeply thoughtful perspective to my manuscript. Her suggested changes were appropriate and enhanced the clarity of my message. I look forward to working with Madeleine again and I am sure you'll feel the same way if you choose her as your editor.

Kathy Nickerson, September 2022

Karree-Lyn Gordon
Madeline was very professional and provided me lots of good resources to help in my journey. Our working relationship was cut short due to extenuating circumstances but she was extremely proactive and communicative. I hope to get a chance to work with her again in the future.

Karree-Lyn Gordon, August 2022

John Daughety
Madeleine is a wonderful person and their editorial assessment, thoughts, and suggestions helped round out the tone of my book.

John Daughety, June 2022

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