Mandy Erickson

Mandy Erickson - Editor Tick

San Mateo, CA, USA

Mostly I edit, but I also find opportunities to write about food, religion, heart surgery, ex-convicts, and many other fascinating topics.

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Overview

I have more than 25 years of experience editing in a wide variety of genres. A writer myself, I respect authors' writing styles while helping them produce more polished and professional prose. I am especially skilled at trimming copy and making technical content accessible to a wider audience.

My clients include Katy Butler, author of "Knocking on Heaven's Door"; Ethan Watters, author of "Urban Tribes"; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Entrepreneur; John Wiley and Sons; and many more publishers and authors.

"With Mandy Erickson as an editor I was able to successfully navigate the extraordinary process of writing a successful and well-received book. I was a first-time author, and her expertise was vital in helping me deliver my thoughts and ideas with clarity and insight. Once published, my book reached international best-selling status in its genre and became required reading at Rutgers University among others. As an author I can only claim this level of success by having had Mandy Erickson on my team."

—Erick Alvarez, author of "Muscle Boys"

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Health & wellbeing
LGBTQ (non fiction)
Fiction
Christian
LGBTQ

Certifications

  • MJ, UC Berkeley, 1990
  • BA in English, UC Berkeley, 1987

Awards

  • First place, Catholic Press Association
  • First place, California Newspapers Publishers Association
  • Third place, Contra Costa Press Club

Work experience

Freelance writer and editor

Self-employed
January, 1997 – Present (over 21 years)

I have edited books, newsletters, magazines, brochures, and website copy. My clients include "Foreign Affairs" magazine, Stanford University, the American Hospital Association, nonprofits, health care communications agencies, and individual authors.

I have written for the National Catholic Reporter, and for Stanford and UC Berkeley alumni magazines; for eight years I wrote restaurant reviews for the "San Francisco Chronicle." I have also written three books: "The Frequent Fiber Cookbook," "Start Your Own Coin-Operated Laundry," and "Start Your Own Executive Recruiting Service."

Senior copy editor

Wired magazine
October, 1994 – January, 1997 (over 2 years)

I oversaw the copy desk for the magazine and ensured the magazine went to print on time. I also edited most of the monthly magazine.

News reporter and copy editor

Alameda Newspaper Group
June, 1991 – October, 1994 (over 3 years)

I covered schools, police, and city council for the Tri-Valley Herald, then switched to the copy desk, where I edited business and general news for several newspapers, including the Oakland Tribune.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death

Katy Butler

"A thoroughly researched and compelling mix of personal narrative and hard-nosed reporting that captures just how flawed care at the end of life has become." (Abraham Verghese, T he New York Times Book Review). This groundbreaking blend of memoir and investigative reporting--hailed as "Notable Book of the Year" by The New York Times--ponders the "Good Death" and the forces that stand in its wa... read more

"A thoroughly researched and compelling mix of personal narrative and hard-nosed reporting that captures just how flawed care at the end of life has become." (Abraham Verghese, T he New York Times Book Review). This groundbreaking blend of memoir and investigative reporting--hailed as "Notable Book of the Year" by The New York Times--ponders the "Good Death" and the forces that stand in its wa... read more

Toddler Play (Gymboree)

Wendy S. Masi

Children are naturally ready to learn, and parents are eager to teach them. TODDLER PLAY was created specifically to help parents teach their children through age-appropriate play that is fun and relaxed. Based on the content of the successful Gymboree's Play & Music Programs, this book is a "recipe book" of games, finger rhymes, nursery songs, and craft exercises that parents can use to help ... read more

Children are naturally ready to learn, and parents are eager to teach them. TODDLER PLAY was created specifically to help parents teach their children through age-appropriate play that is fun and relaxed. Based on the content of the successful Gymboree's Play & Music Programs, this book is a "recipe book" of games, finger rhymes, nursery songs, and craft exercises that parents can use to help ... read more

The Health Care Handbook: A Clear and Concise Guide to the United States Health Care System, 2nd Edition

Elisabeth Askin , Nathan Moore, Vikram Shankar

"An astonishingly clear 'user's manual' that explains our health care system and the policies that will change it." Pauline Chen, MD - The New York Times The 2nd edition of the best-selling practical, neutral, and readable overview of the US health care system is now available. This updated edition of the Health Care Handbook covers: • New sections on health IT, team-based care and health care... read more

"An astonishingly clear 'user's manual' that explains our health care system and the policies that will change it." Pauline Chen, MD - The New York Times The 2nd edition of the best-selling practical, neutral, and readable overview of the US health care system is now available. This updated edition of the Health Care Handbook covers: • New sections on health IT, team-based care and health care... read more

Muscle Boys: Gay Gym Culture

Erick Alvarez

What was once a lifestyle for a small number of gay men in big cities has become a way of life for many, and the gay gym is now a culture on its own. Muscle Boys: Gay Gym Culture explores the evolution and current structure of this gay subculture that surfaced in San Francisco, West Hollywood, and New York during the 1970s. Covering ancient Greek gymnasium culture, modern bodybuilding practice... read more

What was once a lifestyle for a small number of gay men in big cities has become a way of life for many, and the gay gym is now a culture on its own. Muscle Boys: Gay Gym Culture explores the evolution and current structure of this gay subculture that surfaced in San Francisco, West Hollywood, and New York during the 1970s. Covering ancient Greek gymnasium culture, modern bodybuilding practice... read more

The Frequent Fiber Cookbook: Easy and Delicious Recipes and Tips for People on a High Fiber Diet

Norene Gilletz

This updated 2012 second edition of The Frequent Fiber Cookbook is all you or a family member needs to be on a high fiber diet. High fiber diets can prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes, certain types of cancers, and most important, help you stay regular and lose weight. The Frequent Fiber Cookbook is designed to provide you with hundreds of delicious ways to increase fiber in your meals wi... read more

This updated 2012 second edition of The Frequent Fiber Cookbook is all you or a family member needs to be on a high fiber diet. High fiber diets can prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes, certain types of cancers, and most important, help you stay regular and lose weight. The Frequent Fiber Cookbook is designed to provide you with hundreds of delicious ways to increase fiber in your meals wi... read more

Urban Tribes: A Generation Redefines Friendship, Family, and Commitment

Ethan Watters

The numbers can't be ignored: the current generation of young Americans is delaying marriage longer than any other generation in history. But while the media trumpets this fact in a way that seems designed to scare us, until now no one has really taken the time to understand what people are doing instead. Driven by his personal desire to understand why his single life stretched far into his th... read more

The numbers can't be ignored: the current generation of young Americans is delaying marriage longer than any other generation in history. But while the media trumpets this fact in a way that seems designed to scare us, until now no one has really taken the time to understand what people are doing instead. Driven by his personal desire to understand why his single life stretched far into his th... read more

Start Your Own Coin-Operated Laundry (StartUp Series)

Mandy Erickson

All the expert advice you need to start your own lucrative coin-operated laundry With average profit margins of 25 percent, Laundromats are a great business for you to start. This revised and updated edition includes information on coinoperated laundries as well as wash-and-fold services and dry cleaning.

All the expert advice you need to start your own lucrative coin-operated laundry With average profit margins of 25 percent, Laundromats are a great business for you to start. This revised and updated edition includes information on coinoperated laundries as well as wash-and-fold services and dry cleaning.

Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects: Essential and Advanced Techniques, 5th Edition, Version CS5

Chris Meyer, Trish Meyer

* 5th Edition of best-selling After Effects book by renowned authors Trish and Chris Meyer covers the important updates in After Effects CS4 and CS5 * Covers both essential and advanced techniques, from basic layer manipulation and animation through keying, motion tracking, and color management * Companion DVD is packed with project files (for CS5), source materials, and nearly 200 pages of bo... read more

* 5th Edition of best-selling After Effects book by renowned authors Trish and Chris Meyer covers the important updates in After Effects CS4 and CS5 * Covers both essential and advanced techniques, from basic layer manipulation and animation through keying, motion tracking, and color management * Companion DVD is packed with project files (for CS5), source materials, and nearly 200 pages of bo... read more

Simplify your household (Simpler Life Series)

Tara Aronson

A handbook of easy-to-follow techniques for efficiently organizing, cleaning, and maintaining your home unravels the secrets to achieving a well-run, trouble-free environment at home.

A handbook of easy-to-follow techniques for efficiently organizing, cleaning, and maintaining your home unravels the secrets to achieving a well-run, trouble-free environment at home.

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