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Matthew Kiszka

Matthew Kiszka - Editor

Denver, United States

Full-time traveller who lives and works on the road. I particularly enjoy sociocultural and political non-fiction. Not your everyday editor.

Overview

If you are looking for an editor with a different perspective on the world, someone who thrives not behind a desk, but out in more inspiring environments, look no further. I travel full-time and work from the road, providing a unique take on the world and fresh, open eyes for your writing. I embrace fluidity, change, the idiosyncratic, and the unfamiliar.

A total of 10 years of editing experience, including in the academic publishing world and the countless hours I have spent editing others' work in professional settings, have made me a sharp proofreader and copyeditor. No matter what your style or genre are, I will fix any issues with structure, voice, grammar, punctuation, or overall "feel", and make your writing immaculate. My goal is to maintain your voice and make your writing consistent and powerful.

I have developed my editorial skills across a number of different environments, including an in-house academic publisher, an environmental commodities broker, a cleantech market research firm, the nonpartisan legislative council of the Colorado General Assembly, and a post-50 online fitness blog. My areas of expertise and interest include Energy and Renewables, Clean Technology, Transportation, Travel and Adventure, Literature and Poetry, Spirituality, Personal Growth, Health and Wellness, Outdoor Activities, the Natural World, DIY, and Politics.

I believe that professional encounters are an opportunity for growth; to learn more about yourself and others on a business and personal level. I aim to achieve meaningful professional relationships and I pride myself on my patience, easy-going nature, ability to work with all types of individuals at all levels of their profession, and, most importantly, my skills with the written word.

My girlfriend and I are currently traveling the U.S. and Canada with our chocolate Labrador in our self-converted 2016 Ram Promaster van. I am enlivened by travel, personal and spiritual growth, and the development of authentic human relationships. I hope to work with you to make your book something special!

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Politics & Current Affairs Social & Behavioral Sciences
Fiction
Literature

Certifications

  • LEED-AP

Work experience

Freelance Copyeditor and Proofreader

Self-employed
August, 2016 – Present (over 1 year)

Freelance writing, research, and editing services. Current clients include an energy utilities market research firm (ESource.com), post-50 fitness blog (FastTwitchGrandma.com), communications consultant (BethHallisy.com), and The Chautauqua Institution, a non-profit education center (chq.org).

Research Analyst

Colorado Legislative Council
September, 2013 – July, 2016 (almost 3 years)

Research analyst for the nonpartisan Legislative Council Staff within the Colorado General Assembly.

Performed research, wrote memoranda, and analyzed issues of legislative significance for state legislators in both parties of the House of Representatives and Senate.

Reviewed and edited the parallel work of peers on a daily basis. Checked research for accuracy and edited writing for clarity and consistency.

Developed subject matter expertise on transportation and energy-related matters, as well as construction defect law. Staffed the House Transportation & Energy Committee during legislative sessions and the Transportation Legislation Review Committee during interims, as well as the 2014 Marijuana Revenues Interim Committee.

Editorial Assistant

Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
December, 2006 – December, 2008 (about 2 years)

Editorial Assistant for all tasks related to the publishing of academic and trade texts in a national publishing house. Progressed from editorial and project assistance to project management, ultimately overseeing projects from manuscript stage to the final product.

Gained and developed experience in all aspects of academic book publishing - copyediting, proofreading, and indexing. Worked on simultaneous projects under tight schedules. Developed extensive formatting experience from the Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed.).

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Kerouac: The Definitive Biography

Paul Maher

Kerouac A biography of writer, poet, and beat generation icon Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), whose novel, "On the Road", catapulted him to the forefront of the literary world and influenced budding writers for generations to come. It recounts the story of this exceptional life and the key relationships that affected Kerouac's development as an artist. Full description

Kerouac A biography of writer, poet, and beat generation icon Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), whose novel, "On the Road", catapulted him to the forefront of the literary world and influenced budding writers for generations to come. It recounts the story of this exceptional life and the key relationships that affected Kerouac's development as an artist. Full description

Doing Business with the New Japan: Succeeding in America's Richest International Market

James Day Hodgson

The recent focus on China's boom has obscured the fact that Japan is once again on the rise. How do we manage our growing, and crucial, interdependence? The answer lies in the legions of Japanese and American managers and officials involved in the day-to-day and face-to-face negotiations that drive commerce. Opportunities for U.S. companies in Japan remain strong if businesspeople can learn to... read more

The recent focus on China's boom has obscured the fact that Japan is once again on the rise. How do we manage our growing, and crucial, interdependence? The answer lies in the legions of Japanese and American managers and officials involved in the day-to-day and face-to-face negotiations that drive commerce. Opportunities for U.S. companies in Japan remain strong if businesspeople can learn to... read more

Communication Law in America

Paul Siegel

Communication Law in America is a comprehensive, easy-to-follow overview of the complicated ways in which U.S. law determines who may say what to (and about) whom. It covers the usual content– libel, invasion of privacy, copyright and trademark, access to government information, advertising, electronic media– all the while giving readers a sense of how and why this country has come to weigh fr... read more

Communication Law in America is a comprehensive, easy-to-follow overview of the complicated ways in which U.S. law determines who may say what to (and about) whom. It covers the usual content– libel, invasion of privacy, copyright and trademark, access to government information, advertising, electronic media– all the while giving readers a sense of how and why this country has come to weigh fr... read more

The Origins of the Modern World: A Global and Ecological Narrative from the Fifteenth to the Twenty-first Century, 2nd Edition (World Social Change)

Robert B. Marks

This clearly written and engrossing book presents a global narrative of the origins of the modern world from 1400 to the present. Unlike most studies, which assume that the "rise of the West" is the story of the coming of the modern world, this history, drawing upon new scholarship on Asia, Africa, and the New World, constructs a story in which those parts of the world play major roles. Robert... read more

This clearly written and engrossing book presents a global narrative of the origins of the modern world from 1400 to the present. Unlike most studies, which assume that the "rise of the West" is the story of the coming of the modern world, this history, drawing upon new scholarship on Asia, Africa, and the New World, constructs a story in which those parts of the world play major roles. Robert... read more

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