Madeleine Calvi

Madeleine Calvi – Editor

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

Overview

Freelance book editor specializing in self-help, spirituality, New Age, LGBTQ, and DIY. I’ve edited over 300 books, worked for 10 different publishing houses, and worked with clients ranging from indie authors to international publishers.


My specialty is nonfiction, especially psychology, spirituality, wellness, self-help, paganism, DIY, and LGBTQ.


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 make your book as polished, professional, and engaging as possible.


I always keep your needs and the needs of your audience in mind, and the final decision on everything is always yours. After all, it's your book—I'm here to provide my experience, expertise, guidance, and support, but you're the only one who can truly write your book.


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


Professional memberships: Editorial Freelancers Association, Publishing Professionals Network


Testimonials:


“Madeleine was wonderful to work with and they made my book ten times better.” —Kathy Nickerson, indie author


"Working with Madeleine was wonderful. They gave me such insightful and honest feedback on my manuscript, and everything they suggested made the book better. I am particularly appreciative of their expertise on my subject matter (mental health). Such a great value and I highly recommend them!" —Reba Buhr, indie author


"Madeleine was great to work with! They were responsive, professional and knowledgeable. Thanks so much for your help and support!!" -Cindy Tsai, indie author


"Madeleine has been a pleasure to work with. They are insightful, provide constructive feedback, and have actually supported my growth as a writer. Their knowledge about the publishing industry as well as niche social justice communities has been an invaluable resource." —Rahim Thawer, indie author


"Madeleine is everything you could want in an editor: Smart, resourceful, creative, meticulous, and deadline oriented. Their honest opinions, creative problem-solving, and dry wit make working together a true joy." —Mariah Bear, editor

Services
Non-Fiction
Buddhism Inspirational LGBTQ Non-Fiction New Age Parenting & Families Psychology Self-Help & Self-Improvement Sex & Relationships
Languages
English (US)
Awards
  • Nautilus Silver Book Award
  • IPPY Award (Independent Publishers Book Awards)

Work experience

Self-employed

Jan, 2019 — Present

• Edited dozens of books across a wide range of genres, for clients that ranged from indie authors to international publishers
• 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.

Self-employed

Feb, 2022 — Present

• 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.

Weldon Owen International

Feb, 2019 — Mar, 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.

Insight Editions

Jun, 2018 — Nov, 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

Jan, 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

Madeleine has 21 reviews

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Rahim T.

Rahim T.

Apr, 2024

I've secured FOUR book contracts with MC's help of providing coaching and editorial support for my book proposals. I'd recommend them to anyone!
Tricia S.

Tricia S.

Dec, 2023

I am so happy to have had the good fortune to work with Madeleine for the second time. Straight talk, powerful suggestions that make my work better, and a kind manner that is the bedrock of great working relationships, make the collaboration so productive and so pleasant. I look forward to many more projects. Thank you, Madeleine!
Benny B.

Benny B.

Nov, 2023

Madeleine was very professional in her approach. Her experience shows. As a copy editor, she was thorough and precise, maintaining consistency throughout the manuscript and suggesting and executing the recommended manuscript style for a non-fiction text. She also offered valuable suggestions for substituting terminology when it could improve the readability.
Jaren K.

Jaren K.

Sep, 2023

Madeleine was an absolute pleasure to work with. They were professional, but much more importantly in my firm opinion, they were empathetic. They are trauma informed, and with my body of work, and what I have been through, that was the top quality on my list. The editorial assessment was thorough, and they had excellent ideas that I will be employing in my book. I have several more books in the...
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Tricia S.

Tricia S.

Aug, 2023

Wow! That's how I would describe working with Madeleine. If going above and beyond in every aspect of collaboration with you is what you look for in an editor, you cannot go wrong in choosing Madeleine. From reaching out to get to know me before we even began our work together, to helping me to define my own objectives and target audience in ways that I hadn't even thought of, to providing t...
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