Maria Lewytzkyj-Milligan

Maria Lewytzkyj-Milligan - Editor

Sebastopol, CA, United States

I successfully completed fifty+ projects specializing in political and current events, leadership, suspense thrillers, romance and history.

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Overview

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Depending on the need, I bring my experience and versatility to various genres of work in fiction, nonfiction, niche ebooks, blog posts, presentation materials or serve your needs as an editor, writer or project partner combining our skills. If you are looking for someone who reflects your style and conveys your ideas in the best way possible, grab a chair and let's brainstorm to reach a successful outcome! With over 15 years experience as an editor and writer, I add experience in customer satisfaction surveying making customer satisfaction a high priority for me! I understand knowing your audience. I believe in win-win experiences that include rigor and excellence.

As you are about to see from the projects that I have listed on my profile, I have worked in a wide-range of genres. If I were to suggest which genres I specialize in, I would say that I have the most experience editing in the political and current events genre, closely followed by leadership books and suspense and thriller novels. Since I have ghost-written several books in romance and history genres, I would also say that I would be a great editor on your project since I study and have experience in both.

I am a professional developmental editor, ghostwriter, line editor, proofreader, creative writer, analyst, copywriter, public relations writer, blogger, social media outreach coordinator, and marketing writer. I think outside of the box, meet deadlines and love to surpass your expectations. I pride myself for having a great deal of self-initiative. Your final product will be effective, compelling and provocative. I love trying new ideas and unique results. I especially like to imagine scenarios and outcomes based on the right amount of research so that together we strategize to essentially choose the best wording for your needs and your area of specialty.

Among the many books I've edited, here are a few I've highlighted to demonstrate the wide-range of fiction and non-fiction genres I've worked in:

- crime and mystery novels;
- historical fiction novels;
- autobiographies;
- a leadership book by an internationally recognized leader in the field of international conflict resolution;
- a relationship book that sheds light on lessons from the movies about love by a well-regarded highly-acclaimed marriage and family therapist;
- a techno thriller by a praised sci-fi author;
- an organized crime mob adventure;
- an international suspense novel set in war-torn Iraq by a former military official;
- a coming-of-age redemption suspense about growing into manhood in the inner city and gang life by a well-received spiritual fiction writer;
- several religiously-themed books by highly-acclaimed pastors and religious leaders;
- satire.

Although I offer my editing services, my experience as a writer and ghostwriter lends a great deal of expertise and experience to the service that I provide for your project.

If you would like to get a sense of the ghostwriting projects I have written, please don't be shy. Ask. I will gladly discuss this with you and send you a list if you are at all interested in having me ghostwrite any section of your project.

I look forward to working with you on your project to bring my growing experience as an editor (developmental, stylistic, copy editing, proofreading, fact-checking and structural) and my attention to detail to every single page, chapter and book you are passionate about publishing!
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Education & Reference
History
Politics & Current Affairs
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Crime & Mystery
Cultural & Ethnic Themes
Fantasy
Romance
Science Fiction

Certifications

  • BA English Literature
  • MA International Policy Studies and Conflict Resolution

Work experience

Freelance Editor and Writer

Self-employed
February, 2013 – Present (over 6 years)

I have worked with a number of publishers and with authors directly. One of the publishers is Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.. I have worked as a developmental editor on the following Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. non-fiction political/current events titles:

"The Critical Few" by Jon Katzenbach, founder of the Katzenbach Center at Strategy&, PricewaterhouseCooper's strategy consulting business
"Building Resilience with Appreciative Inquiry - A Leadership Journey through Hope, Despair, and Forgiveness" by Joan McArthur-Blair and Jeanie Cockell
"The New Confessions of an Economic Hitman" second edition by John Perkins (New York Times bestseller)
"Locked Down, Locked Out" by Maya Schenwar
"Money is Not Speech" by Derek Cressman
"Intelligent Disobedience" by Ira Chaleff
“Collaborating with the Enemy” by Adam Kahane
“The Gift of Anger” by Joe Solmonese

I have also worked with other publishing houses as a ghost editor and ghost writer in both fiction and non-fiction genres. One of the publishing houses is Media City Books. I have ghost-edited a dozen manuscripts and ghostwritten a book for them.

Overall, I have worked on over 50 book projects. Many of the projects involved non-disclosure agreements. However, some of the published titles that I have permission to mention or received editing credit include:
“The Great Awakening: From Ordinary to Extraordinary,” which is a self-help book that provides knowledge and tools to experience success and "Breaking Shackles: The African-American Male Manifesto." Another self-help book that I edited is entitled "X, Z or Y - Which One Am I?" - a Personal Development and Self-Empowerment Program designed for teenagers and adults in their lives.

I’ve also edited several fiction manuscripts from authors on freelance websites including: “Guest Bed,” "The Appointment," “Though the Mountains May Fall” and “Withering Storms: Tears from a Black Family’s Burden” (Parts I and II).

Additionally, I have edited company, sector-related and academic reports and can easily transfer my skills to different professional products depending on your needs.

In terms of freelance writing, I have ghostwritten nearly a dozen history books for independent clients that focus on various empires and different cultures throughout history including: the Mayans, the Aztecs, the Hittites, the Sumerians, the Ottoman Empire, the Roman Empire, the Vikings, the Founding Fathers, FDR and other notable figures like crime boss Pablo Escobar. Additionally, I have ghostwritten several romance novellas.

Finally, I am also a published author under my own name. In 2014, the book "Putin's Putches: Ukraine and the Near-Abroad Crisis" was published by Mango Media.

Portfolio (17 selected works)

Putin's Putsches: Ukraine and the Near-Abroad Crisis

Maria Lewytzkyj

Is Putin preparing to declare war on Ukraine?The crisis began with the impeachment of the pro-Russian Ukrainian President who opposed the economic integration with the EU. Since then, polarizing hostility has continued to grow in what Putin calls the ‘near-abroad.’ The most recent development of the crisis became front page news on July 17, when Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, carrying 298 peopl... read more

Is Putin preparing to declare war on Ukraine?The crisis began with the impeachment of the pro-Russian Ukrainian President who opposed the economic integration with the EU. Since then, polarizing hostility has continued to grow in what Putin calls the ‘near-abroad.’ The most recent development of the crisis became front page news on July 17, when Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, carrying 298 peopl... read more

Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better

Maya Schenwar

Through the stories of prisoners and their families, including her own family's experiences, Maya Schenwar shows how the institution that locks up 2.3 million Americans and decimates poor communities of color is shredding the ties that, if nurtured, could foster real collective safety. As she vividly depicts here, incarceration takes away the very things that might enable people to build bette... read more

Through the stories of prisoners and their families, including her own family's experiences, Maya Schenwar shows how the institution that locks up 2.3 million Americans and decimates poor communities of color is shredding the ties that, if nurtured, could foster real collective safety. As she vividly depicts here, incarceration takes away the very things that might enable people to build bette... read more

The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

John Perkins

Shocking Bestseller: The original version of this astonishing tell-all book spent 73 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has sold more than 1.25 million copies, and has been translated into 32 languages. New Revelations: Featuring 15 explosive new chapters, this expanded edition of Perkins's classic bestseller brings the story of economic hit men (EHMs) up to date and, chillingly, hom... read more

Shocking Bestseller: The original version of this astonishing tell-all book spent 73 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has sold more than 1.25 million copies, and has been translated into 32 languages. New Revelations: Featuring 15 explosive new chapters, this expanded edition of Perkins's classic bestseller brings the story of economic hit men (EHMs) up to date and, chillingly, hom... read more

Intelligent Disobedience: Doing Right When What You're Told to Do Is Wrong

Ira Chaleff

When It's Smart to Say NoNearly every week we read about a tragedy or scandal that could have been prevented if individuals had said no to ill-advised or illegitimate orders. In this timely book, Ira Chaleff explores when and how to disobey inappropriate orders, reduce unacceptable risk, and find better ways to achieve legitimate goals.The inspiration for the book, and its title, comes from th... read more

When It's Smart to Say NoNearly every week we read about a tragedy or scandal that could have been prevented if individuals had said no to ill-advised or illegitimate orders. In this timely book, Ira Chaleff explores when and how to disobey inappropriate orders, reduce unacceptable risk, and find better ways to achieve legitimate goals.The inspiration for the book, and its title, comes from th... read more

The Gift of Anger: Use Passion to Build Not Destroy

Joe Solmonese

Under Joe Solmonese's leadership, the Human Rights Campaign became the model other organizations look toward to create effective social and political change. Against daunting odds, HRC was instrumental in passing landmark national legislation such as the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act; repealing “Don't Ask, Don't Tell”; and passing marriage equality acts in eig... read more

Under Joe Solmonese's leadership, the Human Rights Campaign became the model other organizations look toward to create effective social and political change. Against daunting odds, HRC was instrumental in passing landmark national legislation such as the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act; repealing “Don't Ask, Don't Tell”; and passing marriage equality acts in eig... read more

When Money Talks: The High Price of "Free" Speech and the Selling of Democracy

Derek Cressman

Special-interest money is destroying our democratic process. But now that the Citizens United decision has thrown out campaign spending limits as abridgments of free speech, Americans want to know what they can do about it. Derek Cressman gives us the tools, both intellectual and tactical, to fight back. There's nothing inherently unconstitutional in limiting the amount of speech, Cressman ins... read more

Special-interest money is destroying our democratic process. But now that the Citizens United decision has thrown out campaign spending limits as abridgments of free speech, Americans want to know what they can do about it. Derek Cressman gives us the tools, both intellectual and tactical, to fight back. There's nothing inherently unconstitutional in limiting the amount of speech, Cressman ins... read more

Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust

Adam Kahane

Collaboration is increasingly difficult and increasingly necessary Often, to get something done that really matters to us, we need to work with people we don't agree with or like or trust. Adam Kahane has faced this challenge many times, working on big issues like democracy and jobs and climate change and on everyday issues in organizations and families. He has learned that our conventional un... read more

Collaboration is increasingly difficult and increasingly necessary Often, to get something done that really matters to us, we need to work with people we don't agree with or like or trust. Adam Kahane has faced this challenge many times, working on big issues like democracy and jobs and climate change and on everyday issues in organizations and families. He has learned that our conventional un... read more

The Appointment: Lost & Found (Book 1) (Volume 1)

Luke P. Narlee

Author Luke P. Narlee returns with another wild and unpredictable tale about the human condition, only this time it's on a much larger scale. Depression has swept across the nation since the initiation of the lockdown. The public has been systematically deprived of anything that brings them entertainment, evokes or allows them to express emotion. When an utterly hopeless Jacob Johansen receive... read more

Author Luke P. Narlee returns with another wild and unpredictable tale about the human condition, only this time it's on a much larger scale. Depression has swept across the nation since the initiation of the lockdown. The public has been systematically deprived of anything that brings them entertainment, evokes or allows them to express emotion. When an utterly hopeless Jacob Johansen receive... read more

Breaking Shackles: The African-American Male Manifesto

Dr. Morris Bernard Clarington

African-American history is intertwined into the greater context of American history. To understand contemporary race relations in the United States of America, one must understand its past. Breaking Shackles! The African-American Male Manifesto by Dr. Morris B. Clarington is a seminal work on comprehending the nature of race, prejudice, and discrimination. This book follows the long and turbu... read more

African-American history is intertwined into the greater context of American history. To understand contemporary race relations in the United States of America, one must understand its past. Breaking Shackles! The African-American Male Manifesto by Dr. Morris B. Clarington is a seminal work on comprehending the nature of race, prejudice, and discrimination. This book follows the long and turbu... read more

The Critical Few: Energize Your Company’s Culture by Choosing What Really Matters

Jon Katzenbach, James Thomas, Gretchen Anderson

In a global survey by the Katzenbach Center, 80 percent of respondents believed that their organization must evolve to succeed. But a full quarter of them reported that a change effort at their organization had resulted in no visible results. Why? The fate of any change effort depends on whether and how leaders engage their culture: the self-sustaining patterns of behaving, feeling, thinking, ... read more

In a global survey by the Katzenbach Center, 80 percent of respondents believed that their organization must evolve to succeed. But a full quarter of them reported that a change effort at their organization had resulted in no visible results. Why? The fate of any change effort depends on whether and how leaders engage their culture: the self-sustaining patterns of behaving, feeling, thinking, ... read more

Compassionate Counterterrorism: The Power of Inclusion In Fighting Fundamentalism

Leena Al Olaimy

From purchasing pay-per-view pornography to smoking pot, many so-called Muslim terrorists prove by their actions that they aren't motivated by devotion to religion, Leena Al Olaimy argues. So why do they really turn to violence, and what does that tell us about the most effective way to combat terrorism? Al Olaimy sets the stage by providing a quick, thoughtful grounding in the birth of Islam ... read more

From purchasing pay-per-view pornography to smoking pot, many so-called Muslim terrorists prove by their actions that they aren't motivated by devotion to religion, Leena Al Olaimy argues. So why do they really turn to violence, and what does that tell us about the most effective way to combat terrorism? Al Olaimy sets the stage by providing a quick, thoughtful grounding in the birth of Islam ... read more

Building Resilience with Appreciative Inquiry : A Leadership Journey through Hope, Despair, and Forgiveness

Joan McArthur-Blair, Jeanie Cockell

Journey through hope, despair, and forgivenessLeaders cannot predict the complex challenges they are called on to face. Veteran consultants Joan McArthur-Blair and Jeanie Cockell show that Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is an invaluable tool to build resilience.AI is a widely used change approach that emphasizes identifying what's working well in a system. Leaders can use AI to increase their abili... read more

Journey through hope, despair, and forgivenessLeaders cannot predict the complex challenges they are called on to face. Veteran consultants Joan McArthur-Blair and Jeanie Cockell show that Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is an invaluable tool to build resilience.AI is a widely used change approach that emphasizes identifying what's working well in a system. Leaders can use AI to increase their abili... read more

Shadow of Atlantis

Josh Kilen

Atlantis Reigns Supreme… For Now.Once, a great nation arrogantly challenged the rule of Atlantis. Decades later, the earth still bears the scorched remains of their folly, and the world rests in submission. Atlantis watches from afar, content to let the local governments rule themselves, its deadly might a threat to every nation. The city of Tag Tamar sits poised to take its place in history a... read more

Atlantis Reigns Supreme… For Now.Once, a great nation arrogantly challenged the rule of Atlantis. Decades later, the earth still bears the scorched remains of their folly, and the world rests in submission. Atlantis watches from afar, content to let the local governments rule themselves, its deadly might a threat to every nation. The city of Tag Tamar sits poised to take its place in history a... read more

Guest Bed

Luke P Narlee

In this highly engaging debut novel, Luke P. Narlee intricately weaves romance, mystery, and psychological suspense as a marriage in trouble opens the door to temptation and turmoil.Ron’s day is off to a bad start. Blinded by frustration after another argument with his wife, and heartbroken that his marriage may be over, he accidentally crashes his car on his way to work. Dazed, he takes the t... read more

In this highly engaging debut novel, Luke P. Narlee intricately weaves romance, mystery, and psychological suspense as a marriage in trouble opens the door to temptation and turmoil.Ron’s day is off to a bad start. Blinded by frustration after another argument with his wife, and heartbroken that his marriage may be over, he accidentally crashes his car on his way to work. Dazed, he takes the t... read more

The Great Awakening!: From Ordinary to Extraordinary

Dr. Morris Bernard Clarington

Journey with Dr. Clarington down the road of enlightenment. His book “The Great Awakening! From Ordinary to Extraordinary” will inspire and challenge readers. This book provides readers with the knowledge and tools to experience success. Discover for yourself the benefits of principle-centered living. Dr. Clarington’s approach to success is simple, but demands commitment and discipline. His pr... read more

Journey with Dr. Clarington down the road of enlightenment. His book “The Great Awakening! From Ordinary to Extraordinary” will inspire and challenge readers. This book provides readers with the knowledge and tools to experience success. Discover for yourself the benefits of principle-centered living. Dr. Clarington’s approach to success is simple, but demands commitment and discipline. His pr... read more

The NAFTA Report

James Weitz

When Gonzo, a young and inexperienced Mexican businessman, comes up with a half-baked business plan to export Mexican tap water to the USA and sell it as a laxative, hilarity ensues. Will democratically enacted U.S. regulations help prevent a disastrous race to the bottom? Or can Gonzo and his lawyers sidestep and stumble their way through the U.S. regulatory system? After they implement their... read more

When Gonzo, a young and inexperienced Mexican businessman, comes up with a half-baked business plan to export Mexican tap water to the USA and sell it as a laxative, hilarity ensues. Will democratically enacted U.S. regulations help prevent a disastrous race to the bottom? Or can Gonzo and his lawyers sidestep and stumble their way through the U.S. regulatory system? After they implement their... read more

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Joy Osaka-Lu
Writing is an incredibly intimate act, first the author with him/herself and then onward with beta readers and finally, the editor. It is an act of complete vulnerability and defenselessness that the author agrees to when he/she realizes it is time to refine it for publication. Not only is Maria in a place of professional esteem to cover the delicate tasks of copyediting, proofing, soliciting ...
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Joy Osaka-Lu, August 2019


Anita Ward
Maria has been helpful throughout the whole process.

Anita Ward, July 2019


Adam Seward
Maria was an excellent proofreader, which is all I contracted for. She is also a fine editor, which service she provided voluntarily out of her interest in the work. She is diligent, meticulous, perceptive, helpful, patient, professional in all respects without being condescending, didactic, or supercilious. May I say that I worked with a previous professional editor who couldn't seem to keep u...
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Adam Seward, May 2019


Meli Farahmand
Maria is an incredibly talented writer, and I am very happy that I worked with her on editing my book. She is a lovely person and very hard worker.

Meli Farahmand, February 2019

Maria Lewytzkyj-Milligan
I am very impressed with Meli's work. Her dedication to bringing out the best in people is refreshing, bold and so timely. I feel her dedication to helping people make sense of the world and shape ...
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Haneef Arbubakrr
Working with Maria has been great! This is my first project and I couldn’t ask for a better partner. She understands my vision and pulls more out of me. She’s readily available and constantly sends feedback. Maria has definitely exceeded all expectations I had for an editor! I highly recommend her.

Haneef Arbubakrr, October 2018

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