Martha Lang

Martha Lang - Editor

Winston-Salem, NC, USA

I am an Ivy League-educated developmental editor and writing coach, specializing in autobiography, memoir, self-help, and self-improvement.

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Overview


I currently have one opening for a new coaching or editorial assessment client! Accepting new developmental editing clients for October.

I am a seasoned developmental editor, writing coach, and published author with 30 years of experience. I have helped hundreds to produce their best work and become better writers. I would like to do so for you, too. My interdisciplinary Ivy-League Ph.D. allows me to move seamlessly across multiple areas of nonfiction. Because I have decades of experience as an editor and formal writing instructor, I work effectively with writers of widely varied experience and ability.

I have developed unique tools to help my clients master the writing process and their chosen genre. These include an assessment of each client's writing assets and needs as well as step-by-step checklists for successful manuscript revision.

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You may be looking at my picture and asking yourself, "what' that hat on her head?" It is a Quaker bonnet that forms a part of my religious observance. While I keep my work and religious lives separate, the values of Quakerism such as integrity, social equity, and clarity guide my approach to editing and coaching. Together, they also inform my underlying work philosophy: that each piece of writing is a form of storytelling and that each writer has a unique voice and truth to share through their narrative.

Testimonials:

" A special thank you to Martha Lang for your brilliant assistance and expertise with editing, and for walking me through this process in such a kind and compassionate way. "

Jamie Rezmovitzs, co-editor of
Evolving Leadership for Collective Wellbeing


"I am excited to tell you that because of you, I have been asked to send my manuscript to a Literary Agent! Woo Hoo! I know that your professionalism, accuracy, timeliness, and patience while working with me were the only reasons I was asked to send my manuscript! Again thanks so much for your help!!! Also, be prepared for more work, because I'm sure I will need you again! Woo Hoo, I'm in the Clouds!!! "

Charisse Gilbreath, author of
Road Map to the One


"Martha has done an amazing job helping me write articles geared towards a specific audience. I've always found writing challenging and have been over-critical in this area. Martha's constructive, kind, sincere, and encouraging feedback makes her top-notch for a writing coach and editor."

Dr. Mark Luongo, chiropractor and owner of Carolina Head & Spine Clinic of Chiropractic

Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Humanities & Social Sciences
Self-Help & Self-Improvement

Awards

  • Bayard Rustin Center Angelic Troublemaker Award, Guilford College
  • Best Organizational Advisor, Guilford College
  • Faculty Hearts and Hands Award, Guilford College

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
September, 2017 – Present (almost 4 years)

• Clients include Cactus Communications, academics, artists, and self-help authors.
• Have maintained 100% deadline conformance across hundreds of manuscripts.
• Have provided proofreading, copy editing, and structural editing of abstracts, research proposals, journal articles, book chapters, edited volumes, and book-length manuscripts.
• In November 2017 received a commendation in an internal newsletter from Cactus Communications as a “Positive Participator,” with the following note: “Martha’s relatively new to our systems and processes but has grasped our service scopes well and is quick to clarify any potential issues. She’s maintained a high QI [internal quality index rating] and has steadily increased her productivity on CACTUS assignments.”
• In December 2017, January 2018, February 2018, and March 2018 was among the 10 editors with highest combined productivity and internal quality index ratings for my division at Cactus Communications.

Peer Reviewer and Book Reviewer

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January, 2003 – July, 2017 (over 14 years)

• Served as a peer reviewer for the International Journal of Health Policy and Management, the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Sociological Compass, and Women’s Health Issues.
• Reviewed introductory sociology textbooks for McGraw-Hill, Oxford, SAGE Pine Forge, and Thomson Wadsworth.

Adjunct Faculty

Brown University, Tufts University, Guilford College, UTEP, Smith College, and Providence College
September, 2002 – May, 2017 (over 14 years)

• Served at Providence College, Smith College, University of Texas at El Paso, Guilford College, Tufts University, and Brown University.
• Developed and taught courses in sociology, environmental studies, history, and women’s studies, including general education courses in which formal writing instruction was a primary component.
• Developed effective classroom and online pedagogies for teaching writing to students from a variety of backgrounds including first-generation college students, second language learners, and adult students.
• Served as an advisor for honors theses and capstone projects, mentoring student through the processes of development, research, drafting, revision, and defense.
• Provided for colleagues copy editing and substantive editing of grant proposals, articles, book chapters, and book manuscripts.

Consulting Research Investigator

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
January, 2000 – March, 2005 (about 5 years)

• Tracked and measured over a three-year period the effectiveness of a voluntary home visitation program for a cohort of approximately 2300 families living in poverty.
• Collaborated closely with supervisor, stakeholders, and research associates in the research process and dissemination of findings.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

The Triumph of the Man Who Acts

Purinton, Edward Earle, Berkowitz, Ari

Change and Maintaining Change (Nebraska Symposium on Motivation Book 65)

Debra A. Hope, Rick A. Bevins

This unique multidisciplinary volume examines the dynamics of behavioral change and its maintenance, from the individual to the wider domains of public policy. Coverage traces how change may be achieved, sustained, or derailed, as well as underlying neurobiological, behavioral, and social processes that fuel unhealthy and risky behaviors. Contributors offer a wide range of prevention and inter... read more

This unique multidisciplinary volume examines the dynamics of behavioral change and its maintenance, from the individual to the wider domains of public policy. Coverage traces how change may be achieved, sustained, or derailed, as well as underlying neurobiological, behavioral, and social processes that fuel unhealthy and risky behaviors. Contributors offer a wide range of prevention and inter... read more

The Palgrave Handbook of Gender and Healthcare

An authoritative, state-of-the-art collection that brings together key experts to provide an overview of the field. This new paperback edition includes 3 new chapters on human resources and health, end-of-life care and complementary and alternative medicine as well as thorough updates to the introduction and conclusion.

An authoritative, state-of-the-art collection that brings together key experts to provide an overview of the field. This new paperback edition includes 3 new chapters on human resources and health, end-of-life care and complementary and alternative medicine as well as thorough updates to the introduction and conclusion.

Handbook of Medical Sociology, Sixth Edition

Composed entirely of specially commissioned chapters by many outstanding scholars in medical sociology, this edition reflects important changes in the study of health and illness. In addition to updated and reconceived chapters on the impacts of gender, race, and inequality on health, this volume has new chapters on topics that include:• social networks, neighborhoods, and social capital• disa... read more

Composed entirely of specially commissioned chapters by many outstanding scholars in medical sociology, this edition reflects important changes in the study of health and illness. In addition to updated and reconceived chapters on the impacts of gender, race, and inequality on health, this volume has new chapters on topics that include:• social networks, neighborhoods, and social capital• disa... read more

Social Inequalities, Health and Health Care Delivery (Research in the Sociology of Health Care)

J. J. Kronefeld, Kronenfeld

Research on social inequalities has a very long tradition in sociological research, and discussion of the impact of social inequalities on health and health care delivery has long been one of the more important topics covered by medical sociologists. The research presented in this volume varies in its coverage and its approach to issues of social inequality in health and health care delivery. ... read more

Research on social inequalities has a very long tradition in sociological research, and discussion of the impact of social inequalities on health and health care delivery has long been one of the more important topics covered by medical sociologists. The research presented in this volume varies in its coverage and its approach to issues of social inequality in health and health care delivery. ... read more

Managing to Care: Care Management and Service System Reform (Social Institutions and Social Change)

Ann E. P. Dill

The point of departure for Managing to Care is widespread concern that the present delivery of health and social welfare services is fragmented, uncoordinated, inefficient, costly, wasteful, and ultimately detrimental to clients' health and wellbeing. Dill traces the evolution of case management from its start as a tool for integrating services on the level of the individual client to its curr... read more

The point of departure for Managing to Care is widespread concern that the present delivery of health and social welfare services is fragmented, uncoordinated, inefficient, costly, wasteful, and ultimately detrimental to clients' health and wellbeing. Dill traces the evolution of case management from its start as a tool for integrating services on the level of the individual client to its curr... read more

Evolving Leadership for Collective Wellbeing: Lessons for Implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Building Leadership Bridges)

History was made when the United Nations published Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and world leaders stepped up to pledge unifying commitments to secure a sustainable future "where all life can thrive." Now, we the people—the world's individuals, organizations, and communities that have been championing the shared vision of a sustainable future—need access t... read more

History was made when the United Nations published Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and world leaders stepped up to pledge unifying commitments to secure a sustainable future "where all life can thrive." Now, we the people—the world's individuals, organizations, and communities that have been championing the shared vision of a sustainable future—need access t... read more

Martha has 13 reviews

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Leah Tilly
I wouldn't have chosen anyone but Martha for doing my final edit. This memoir will be my first published book, and my most significant literary achievement. I have learned so much from her and gained the necessary confidence to move forward with my writing.

Leah Tilly, July 2021


Réginette Schafer
I hired Martha hesitatingly, not knowing how well we would match. Some of my memoir manuscript had already been written, so I did need someone to look at and edit the old as well as serve as coach and light editor for the new. I needed a coach for accountability as well as for helping with the direction of my memoir, which is terrifically confusing because it comprises two different worlds at d...
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Réginette Schafer, June 2021


Inderjeet Singh Pattiwal
I am so happy to have found Martha on Reedsy! It has been such a pleasure working with Martha! Her effective, easy to follow report and detailed, clear developmental edit has helped me to identify and resolve many issues in my manuscript! Martha has transformed my manuscript to have better structure, flow and ensured that it followed the industry standard of a self-help book. I could not have a...
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Inderjeet Singh Pattiwal, June 2021


Angel A
Martha and her editing process has exceed our expectations in all of these areas (professionalism, quality, value, and communication). My partner and I are new to the writing field and we are fortune to have found Martha to edit our work. She works well with beginners like us and lays it out in a way we can easily understand. Our manuscript looks professional and has a chance for publication. ...
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Angel A, February 2021


Elie R
Martha was very helpful in navigating me as starting author with helpful recommendations and going beyond on accomodating the shifting timeline of the project. Martha always delivered before the deadline and was great in communication on every step, giving detailed manual on how properly handle the tools and what the best way to work with readers. And that's on top of great work re-structuring,...
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Elie R, February 2021

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