Mark Hall

Mark Hall - Editor

Buffalo, NY, USA

Editor and copywriter, formerly with Prometheus Books (20+ years), with eclectic interests in the humanities and social sciences.

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I'm an experienced editor and copywriter who is skilled at helping authors turn complex subject matter into succinct, readable prose. Now a freelancer, I worked for more than twenty years at Prometheus Books, where my responsibilities included editing (copy editing and substantive editing), proofreading, and writing descriptive copy for book covers, websites, and other marketing materials . My work spanned a broad range of nonfiction subjects, from history, philosophy, psychology, and popular science to memoirs and true crime.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Humanities & Social Sciences
Political Science & Current Affairs
Religion & Spirituality
Humanities & Social Sciences
History
Philosophy

Certifications

  • German language competency (Goethe Institute)

Awards

  • Mellon Fellowship
  • DAAD Fellowship (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst)
  • CASA Fellowship (Center for Arabic Study Abroad, alternate)
  • NDFL Fellowship (National Defense Fellowship, Title VI) for study of Arabic
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Graduated summa cum laude
  • New York State Regents Scholarship

Work experience

Freelance editor and copywriter

Self-employed
May, 2019 – Present (7 months)

Veteran editor and copywriter in the publishing industry with more than twenty-five years of experience interested in new opportunities.

Communications Editor and Metadata Manager

Prometheus Books
November, 2011 – May, 2019 (over 7 years)

Wrote and edited marketing copy for approximately sixty to ninety new books per year. Kept book data (metadata) current on company websites by editing or adding content. Assisted the editorial department with proofreading and copyediting.

Acquisitions Editor

Prometheus Books
January, 2009 – October, 2011 (over 2 years)

Interacted with agents and prospective authors to acquire high-quality nonfiction book manuscripts for publication. Responsibilities also included substantive editing and copywriting.

Director, Promotions and Advertising

Prometheus Books
March, 1999 – October, 2008 (over 9 years)

Wrote and edited copy and supervised production process for six book catalogues a year. Created ad copy and supervised production and placement of ads in various print, media, and online outlets. Administered company websites by uploading copy for newly published books, making updates, and implementing design changes. Assisted Marketing Director with trade shows and promotion campaigns.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

The Whole Story of Climate: What Science Reveals About the Nature of Endless Change

E. Kirsten Peters

In the publicity surrounding global warming, climate scientists are usually the experts consulted by the media. We rarely hear from geologists, who for almost two hundred years have been studying the history of Earth's dramatic and repeated climate revolutions, as revealed in the evidence of rocks and landscapes. This book, written by a geologist, describes the important contributions that geo... read more

In the publicity surrounding global warming, climate scientists are usually the experts consulted by the media. We rarely hear from geologists, who for almost two hundred years have been studying the history of Earth's dramatic and repeated climate revolutions, as revealed in the evidence of rocks and landscapes. This book, written by a geologist, describes the important contributions that geo... read more

God's Brain

Lionel Tiger, Michael McGuire

In the fractious debate on the existence of God and the nature of religion, two distinguished authors radically alter the discussion. Taking a perspective rooted in evolutionary biology with a focus on brain science, the authors elucidate the perennial questions about religion: What is its purpose? How did it arise? What is its source? Why does every known culture have some form of it? Their a... read more

In the fractious debate on the existence of God and the nature of religion, two distinguished authors radically alter the discussion. Taking a perspective rooted in evolutionary biology with a focus on brain science, the authors elucidate the perennial questions about religion: What is its purpose? How did it arise? What is its source? Why does every known culture have some form of it? Their a... read more

The SIMPOL Solution: A New Way to Think about Solving the World's Biggest Problems

John Bunzl, Nick Duffell

The SIMPOL Solution, spearheaded by the Simultaneous Policy (SIMPOL) Organization, gives voters around the world a new way to pressure their leaders to address global problems ranging from climate change to mass immigration and gross income disparities.Blending politics and psychology, The SIMPOL Solution shows how through simultaneous action--through cooperation--we can overcome the problems ... read more

The SIMPOL Solution, spearheaded by the Simultaneous Policy (SIMPOL) Organization, gives voters around the world a new way to pressure their leaders to address global problems ranging from climate change to mass immigration and gross income disparities.Blending politics and psychology, The SIMPOL Solution shows how through simultaneous action--through cooperation--we can overcome the problems ... read more

Adventures of an Accidental Sociologist: How to Explain the World Without Becoming a Bore

Peter L. Berger

Peter L. Berger is arguably the best-known American sociologist living today. Since the 1960s he has been publishing books on many facets of the American social scene, and several are now considered classics. So it may be hard to believe Professor Berger’s description of himself as an "accidental sociologist." But that in fact accurately describes how he stumbled into sociology. In this witty,... read more

Peter L. Berger is arguably the best-known American sociologist living today. Since the 1960s he has been publishing books on many facets of the American social scene, and several are now considered classics. So it may be hard to believe Professor Berger’s description of himself as an "accidental sociologist." But that in fact accurately describes how he stumbled into sociology. In this witty,... read more

Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven't Touched Since High School

Kevin Smokler

What do the great books of your youth have to say about your life now? Remember reading Catcher in the Rye and The Great Gatsby in high school? How about Slaughterhouse-Five and Pride and Prejudice? Would you read them again now that no one's grading you, just for your own enjoyment? This book helps you decide to do just that. Author Kevin Smokler will guide you through fifty books commonly as... read more

What do the great books of your youth have to say about your life now? Remember reading Catcher in the Rye and The Great Gatsby in high school? How about Slaughterhouse-Five and Pride and Prejudice? Would you read them again now that no one's grading you, just for your own enjoyment? This book helps you decide to do just that. Author Kevin Smokler will guide you through fifty books commonly as... read more

The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Christian Myth

John Allegro

Was Jesus of Nazareth a real historical person or a fictional character in a religious legend? What do the Dead Sea Scrolls reveal about the origins of Christianity? Has there been a conspiracy to suppress information in the Scrolls that contradicts traditional church teaching? John Allegro addresses these and many other intriguing questions in this fascinating account of what may be the most ... read more

Was Jesus of Nazareth a real historical person or a fictional character in a religious legend? What do the Dead Sea Scrolls reveal about the origins of Christianity? Has there been a conspiracy to suppress information in the Scrolls that contradicts traditional church teaching? John Allegro addresses these and many other intriguing questions in this fascinating account of what may be the most ... read more

Iron Butterflies: Women Transforming Themselves and the World

Birute Regine

This inspiring and compelling narrative weaves together stories of sixty successful women from all walks of life and throughout the world. The author spent several years in eight countries interviewing dynamic female role models: businesswomen, CEOs, a Congresswoman, a governor, an ex-Prime Minister, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, a winemaker, artists, doctors, nurses... read more

This inspiring and compelling narrative weaves together stories of sixty successful women from all walks of life and throughout the world. The author spent several years in eight countries interviewing dynamic female role models: businesswomen, CEOs, a Congresswoman, a governor, an ex-Prime Minister, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, a winemaker, artists, doctors, nurses... read more

The Real Story of Risk: Adventures in a Hazardous World

Glenn Croston

We live in a world of risk. It waits for us in our refrigerator and surrounds us on the freeway. It's lurking in our arteries and sitting in our 401(k) accounts. Given that we deal with risk on a constant basis, we should be good at it; as it turns out, though, we're not. We're blind to common risks like heart disease (one in five deaths), but we shrink in fear from rare events like shark atta... read more

We live in a world of risk. It waits for us in our refrigerator and surrounds us on the freeway. It's lurking in our arteries and sitting in our 401(k) accounts. Given that we deal with risk on a constant basis, we should be good at it; as it turns out, though, we're not. We're blind to common risks like heart disease (one in five deaths), but we shrink in fear from rare events like shark atta... read more

Acceleration: The Forces Driving Human Progress

Ronald G. Havelock

In this positive yet realistic appraisal of the human condition, social psychologist Ronald G. Havelock examines "the forward function," a cluster of six forces that has driven human progress from the Stone Age to the present. The author explains that the key to humanity’s past and future success is our ability to pass on what has been learned from one generation to the next, resulting in an e... read more

In this positive yet realistic appraisal of the human condition, social psychologist Ronald G. Havelock examines "the forward function," a cluster of six forces that has driven human progress from the Stone Age to the present. The author explains that the key to humanity’s past and future success is our ability to pass on what has been learned from one generation to the next, resulting in an e... read more

A Long Silence: Memories of a German Refugee Child, 1941-1958

Sabina De Werth Neu

After more than sixty years, the nightmarish sufferings of so many victims of Germany’s Nazi regime have been documented extensively. Rarely, however, does one hear about the experiences of German children during World War II. Coming of age amidst the chaos, brutality, and destruction of war in their homeland, they had no understanding of what was happening around them and often suffered sever... read more

After more than sixty years, the nightmarish sufferings of so many victims of Germany’s Nazi regime have been documented extensively. Rarely, however, does one hear about the experiences of German children during World War II. Coming of age amidst the chaos, brutality, and destruction of war in their homeland, they had no understanding of what was happening around them and often suffered sever... read more

No One Had a Tongue to Speak: The Untold Story of One of History's Deadliest Floods

Utpal Sandesara, Tom Wooten

Foreword by Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Social Medicine and Chair, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Cofounder of Partners In HealthOn the rainy night of August 11, 1979, a mud-splattered jeep slowed to a halt by the shores of a vast man-made lake in western India. Stepping from the vehicle, an exhausted government eng... read more

Foreword by Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Social Medicine and Chair, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Cofounder of Partners In HealthOn the rainy night of August 11, 1979, a mud-splattered jeep slowed to a halt by the shores of a vast man-made lake in western India. Stepping from the vehicle, an exhausted government eng... read more

Let Us Water the Flowers: The Memoir of a Political Prisoner in Iran

Jafar Yaghoobi

This book is must reading for Americans trying to understand the complexities of Iranian politics and the nature of the current regime, many of whose leaders were involved in the systematic execution of political prisoners in the 1980s. According to Amnesty International, the cumulative death toll of this mass purging of political enemies, which continued to early 1989, ranges from 4,500 to 10... read more

This book is must reading for Americans trying to understand the complexities of Iranian politics and the nature of the current regime, many of whose leaders were involved in the systematic execution of political prisoners in the 1980s. According to Amnesty International, the cumulative death toll of this mass purging of political enemies, which continued to early 1989, ranges from 4,500 to 10... read more

Masters of True Crime: Chilling Stories of Murder and the Macabre

Spanning murder cases from the beginning of the twentieth century to today, this is a must-read for fans of true crime and will also be compelling to mystery and thriller readers. The contributors include Harold Schechter, Katherine Ramsland, Carol Anne Davis, Burl Barer, and other leading writers in this genre. In February 1975, nine-year-old Marcia Trimble left her house in Nashville to deli... read more

Spanning murder cases from the beginning of the twentieth century to today, this is a must-read for fans of true crime and will also be compelling to mystery and thriller readers. The contributors include Harold Schechter, Katherine Ramsland, Carol Anne Davis, Burl Barer, and other leading writers in this genre. In February 1975, nine-year-old Marcia Trimble left her house in Nashville to deli... read more

Our Political Nature: The Evolutionary Origins of What Divides Us

Avi Tuschman

The first book to explore the natural history of political orientations, now with a foreword by Sebastian JungerBy blending serious research with relevant contemporary examples, Our Political Nature casts important light on the ideological clashes that so dangerously divide and imperil our world today. It shows how political orientations arise from three clusters of measurable personality trai... read more

The first book to explore the natural history of political orientations, now with a foreword by Sebastian JungerBy blending serious research with relevant contemporary examples, Our Political Nature casts important light on the ideological clashes that so dangerously divide and imperil our world today. It shows how political orientations arise from three clusters of measurable personality trai... read more

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chester sullivan
My connection with Mark Hall has given new life to a book project I've been pursuing over the last decade. His insight and guidance, and his research and writing, I might add, have been invaluable. He is a seasoned professional and I greatly value his work.

chester sullivan, September 2019

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