Marcia Santore

Marcia Santore - Editor

Plymouth, NH, USA

As an experienced story-focused editor and published author, I help bring out your voice and make your writing the best it can be.

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Overview

I work with new and experienced writers on nonfiction book projects including memoir, psychology, art, history, nursing, library science, spirituality, memoir, and prescriptive (“how to” or instructional) nonfiction, handbooks, manuals, and more. I’ve also worked with authors to perfect short-form essays, articles, and short stories.


One of my gifts as an editor is to hear what the reader will hear, so you—the author—can tell the story you mean to tell. I help clients see where even simple changes can better communicate their ideas completely and accurately, to maintain the flow of the story and carry the reader through to the end.


As a published author myself, I know the value of a good editor! I can help you to:

· Organize your ideas into a finished product (developmental editing)

· Revise and rewrite so you can be sure that what you've written is what you meant to say (line editing)

· Ensure grammar, punctuation and other style elements match your required style guide or house style (copy editing)

· Or just be that last "pair of fresh eyes" to double-check for mistakes (copy editing and proofreading)


I look forward to hearing more about your writing project and working together to tell your story.

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Art
Business & Management
Children’s Non-Fiction
Education & Reference
Psychology
Fiction
Cozy Mysteries
Magical Realism
Short Story

Certifications

  • Editorial Freelancers Association member
  • ACES: The Society for Editors member
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion content review certification, Pearson

Work experience

Writer/Editor

Self-employed
January, 2007 – Present (about 16 years)

Amalgamated Story works with publishers, new and experienced authors, academics and teachers, businesses, as well as educational, arts, and other nonprofit organizations on many kinds of writing and editing projects. I work with both professional and novice authors on books and e-books (mostly nonfiction, including academic and scholarly books, memoirs, history, self-help, how-to ... you name it, as well as some long and short fiction), white papers, annual reports, websites, grant proposals, product descriptions, and other marketing materials. I am a careful and accurate editor with the ability to manage a wide variety of projects, both short and long. I am also a published author.

One of my gifts as an editor is to hear what the reader will hear, so you—the author—can tell the story you mean to tell. Sometimes a writer knows what they intend so well that it doesn't end up on the page! Or they understand their ideas so well that they don't see how their words could be misinterpreted. I help clients see where even simple changes can better communicate their ideas completely and accurately, to maintain the flow of the story and carry the reader through to the end.

Some recent projects include:
• Copy editing for academic books on psychology, nursing, history, child development, library and information science, and other topics
• Writing career guides for high school students
• Developmental editing for books of literary fiction, magic realist and fantasy fiction, and genre fiction
• Developmental editing for nonfiction books, such as art therapy, company handbooks, B2B books, how-to books (prescriptive nonfiction), annual reports, and more.
• Copy editing for academic journals on art, education, and writing across the curriculum
• Copy editing for social science and education dissertations and theses
• Writing supplemental material for text books at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels, including multiple choice assessments, alt-text, e-reader text, etc.

I am based in New Hampshire and work remotely with clients around the world. My clients are pleased with and grateful for my communication skills, attention to detail, high quality work, and ability to meet or beat deadlines.

I look forward to working with you.

Editor, Plymouth Magazine

Plymouth State University
October, 2000 – January, 2007 (over 6 years)

Prior to starting my own writing and editing business, I served as editor of a university magazine for seven years. In that role, I wrote, edited, and helped shepherd countless long and short stories on the work being done by faculty, students, and alumni. It was important to maintain a tone that appealed to and was understood by a general audience. It was my goal, as editor, to represent the university well as an academic institution, the faculty as creators of new knowledge, the students as active and engaged learners, and the alumni as productive citizens making great contributions to the world. The best complement I received in this role was when an alum I knew personally told me: I didn't know you were editing the magazine. I just noticed I was looking forward to reading it now.

Portfolio (26 selected works)

Art Therapy in Response to Natural Disasters, Mass Violence, and Crises

Scarce, Joseph, Sanders, Amanda, Rollins, Maria, Charney, Jill, Lay, Ronald, Khalaf, Elia, Ballestas, Alicia, Weinapple, Devora, Linton, Jess, Wilson, Cynthia, Hurlbut, Geri, Bordonaro, Gaelynn P Wolf, Gloger, Daniela, Torres, Eduardo, Bobo, Katrina, Valicenti, Robin, Van Laar, Carla, Ocasio-Figueroa, Dr Maricel, Axtmann, Anais Lugo, Wray, Stephanie, ter Maat, Mercedes B, Obeid, Soraya, Pirotte, Natacha, Vandenborre, Laurence de Groote, Vincent, Dianne Tennyson, Naderi, Barbara, Lichty, Leigh Ann, Farrell-Kirk, Raquel, Asch, Jessica, Tricomi, Lisa, Gordon, Bree, Ramirez, Kelvin A, Kossak, Mitchell, Mageary, Joseph, Alfonso, Maria Regina a, Ortiz-Luis, Maria Johanna Pia G

How to Choose the Best Preschool for Your Child: The Ultimate Guide to Finding, Getting Into, and Preparing for Nursery School

Jenifer Wana

"The most useful tool out there for families about to embark on the search for a preschool!" -Helen Cohen, director, Frances Jacobson Early Childhood Center, Boston A must-have for parents of future preschoolers Starting preschool is one of the biggest milestones in a child's life. With this comprehensive, step-by-step guide, you won't have to navigate the preschool process alone. Whether the ... read more

"The most useful tool out there for families about to embark on the search for a preschool!" -Helen Cohen, director, Frances Jacobson Early Childhood Center, Boston A must-have for parents of future preschoolers Starting preschool is one of the biggest milestones in a child's life. With this comprehensive, step-by-step guide, you won't have to navigate the preschool process alone. Whether the ... read more

Breaking Silence: Living With Sickle Cell Anemia

James Griffin III

This powerful book gives you a behind the scenes look at what it’s like to live with the chronic illness, Sickle Cell Anemia. Diagnosed at the tender age of two James faced many daily obstacles and challenges because of his condition but stayed determined not to let it define him. Out of the fear of being judged and looked upon negatively by others, James worked diligently to keep his health a... read more

This powerful book gives you a behind the scenes look at what it’s like to live with the chronic illness, Sickle Cell Anemia. Diagnosed at the tender age of two James faced many daily obstacles and challenges because of his condition but stayed determined not to let it define him. Out of the fear of being judged and looked upon negatively by others, James worked diligently to keep his health a... read more

Breaking the Hush Factor: Ten Rules for Talking with Teenagers about Sex

Dr. Karen Rayne

"A go-to guide for parents who are looking to prepare their pre-teens or teens with information and support to create sexually healthy lives." - Debby Herbenick, PhD, Associate Professor at Indiana University and Author of Sex Made Easy "Breaking the Hush Factor is a joy to read! Dr. Karen Rayne is a trusted, expert authority on speaking with children about sex and sexuality. Her voice is cari... read more

"A go-to guide for parents who are looking to prepare their pre-teens or teens with information and support to create sexually healthy lives." - Debby Herbenick, PhD, Associate Professor at Indiana University and Author of Sex Made Easy "Breaking the Hush Factor is a joy to read! Dr. Karen Rayne is a trusted, expert authority on speaking with children about sex and sexuality. Her voice is cari... read more

Medical Office Professionals: A Practical Career Guide (Practical Career Guides)

Marcia Santore

Welcome to medical office professional careers! If you are interested in a career in the medical office professional field, you’ve come to the right book. So what exactly do these people do on the job, day in and day out? What kind of skills and educational background do you need to succeed in these fields? How much money can you expect to make, and what are the pros and cons of these various ... read more

Welcome to medical office professional careers! If you are interested in a career in the medical office professional field, you’ve come to the right book. So what exactly do these people do on the job, day in and day out? What kind of skills and educational background do you need to succeed in these fields? How much money can you expect to make, and what are the pros and cons of these various ... read more

Fine Artists: A Practical Career Guide (Practical Career Guides)

Marcia Santore

Welcome to the fine artist field! If you are interested in a career as a fine artist, you’ve come to the right book. So what exactly do these people do on the job, day in and day out? What kind of skills and educational background do you need to succeed in these fields? How much can you expect to make, and what are the pros and cons of these various fields? Is this even the right career path f... read more

Welcome to the fine artist field! If you are interested in a career as a fine artist, you’ve come to the right book. So what exactly do these people do on the job, day in and day out? What kind of skills and educational background do you need to succeed in these fields? How much can you expect to make, and what are the pros and cons of these various fields? Is this even the right career path f... read more

Craft Artists: A Practical Career Guide (Practical Career Guides)

Marcia Santore

Welcome to the Craft Artists field! If you are interested in a career as a craft artist field, you’ve come to the right book. So what exactly do these people do on the job, day in and day out? What kind of skills and educational background do you need to succeed in these fields? How much can you expect to make, and what are the pros and cons of these various fields? Is this even the right care... read more

Welcome to the Craft Artists field! If you are interested in a career as a craft artist field, you’ve come to the right book. So what exactly do these people do on the job, day in and day out? What kind of skills and educational background do you need to succeed in these fields? How much can you expect to make, and what are the pros and cons of these various fields? Is this even the right care... read more

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (Theories of Psychotherapy Series®)

Chapman, Alexander L., Dixon-Gordon, Katherine L.

Building and Sustaining a Hospital-Based Nursing Research Program

Albert PhD CCNS CCRN NE-BC FAHA FCCM, Dr. Nancy

Marcia has 4 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Andrew Johanson
Marica Santore is spot on. I handed Marica a “Hot Mess”. What I mean by a “Hot Mess”, I am a practicing psychotherapist who had no intent in writing a book. For the last six years I have been writing down thoughts and case and insights I have about therapy and what it is all about. There was no organization to my writing. I offered a few of my writing to my children and wife. They read my mater...
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Andrew Johanson, September 2022


Troy Kinsey
I truly enjoyed working with Marcia. Besides suggesting corrections to tighten up my 3 fiction stories, she provided valuable "food for thought" regarding the structure of each story, especially pointing out those areas that might confuse or take the reader "out of the story". This is the first time I have worked with a professional editor and I couldn't be happier with the result. I plan on ta...
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Troy Kinsey, April 2022


Charles McAdams
I enjoyed working with Marcia. She was always quick to respond to my questions and very professional.

Charles McAdams, December 2021


joseph scarce
Marcia was a developmental editor on my book she also provided line editing. She was exceptional with communicating with me on the progress of the book weekly and suggested changes as we went along. She provided her opinion on layout and how to approach contributors to provide feedback good or bad. She was great to work with I would highly recommend her. I learned so much, and really appreciat...
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joseph scarce, January 2021

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