Maya Elson

Maya Elson – Editor

15+ years of experience as an editor, copyeditor, and proofreader specializing in crafts, kid lit, and non-fiction.


I am an editor and writer with more than 15 years of publishing experience and education. I developed skills on the job at book publishers and magazines, but also studied the industry and the craft of editing when I earned my master’s degree in writing, literature, and publishing at Emerson College.

I thoroughly enjoy helping authors— especially those focused on knitting, crochet, and sewing—deliver often technical content with an infusion of their unique voice and personality. I am adept at tweaking, tightening, and cleaning up instructional manuscripts to create books that are not only easy to understand, but also a pleasure to read. My background as an editor as well as a skilled knitter and crocheter make me particularly well suited to this type of work.

When I’m not acting as a development editor, I also enjoy copyediting and proofreading. My experience in these roles includes a variety of book genres in addition to craft, such as children’s novels, travel guides, and general non-fiction (illustrated and not). I’ve also done this type of work for magazines, namely in craft and lifestyle categories.

Before I joined the world of publishing, I spend about eight years doing marketing and advertising copywriting. The skills I honed then have turned out to be quite useful in my editorial work. I can write compelling back cover and catalogue copy, as well as content such as pattern descriptions that are, in their own way, a kind of pattern promotion within a book.
DIY & Crafts Travel Writing & Publishing
Middle Grade Picture Books Young Adult
English (US)
  • MA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing (Emerson College 2007)

Work experience


Jan, 2008 — Present

I provide book copyediting and proofreading services for a variety of genres, including craft (YARN HAPPY by Turid Lindeland, FELT SO GOOD by Tone Rørset, CREASE AND FOLD by Sok Song), hiking/travel guides (several books in the Best Day Hikes series for the Appalachian Mountain Club), and YA novels (SINCE YOU ASKED and I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE by Maurene Goo).

F+W/Interweave Press

Feb, 2016 — Apr, 2018 (about 2 years)

Once a book was acquired and on the right track, I took over as lead editor, working with authors to develop their content and make it the best it could be. Project management was also a big part of this job, making sure each book stayed on schedule and managing freelance technical editors, copyeditors, proofreaders, and sometimes illustrators or designers to get the work done on time. For many of the books I worked on I wrote back cover copy, pattern descriptions, and other supplementary content such as promotional blog posts as needed. I also did supplemental copyediting and proofreading as needed.

Cold Spring Communication, Inc.

Oct, 2005 — Jun, 2006 (8 months)

I assisted Scott Cooper, principal of Cold Spring Communication, with copyediting sections of book manuscripts, including COOLHUNTING by Peter Gloor and Scott Cooper, THE ORGANIZATION AND ARCHITECTURE OF INNOVATION by Thomas Allen and Gunter Henn, and DESIGN INSPIRED INNOVATION by James M. Utterback. Conducted and compiled online research and drafted text where needed, especially sidebars for The Organization and Architecture of Innovation.


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Originally released in 1993, Beth Brown-Reinsel's bestseller, Knitting Ganseys, is a classic in the hearts of traditional and modern knitters alike, bringing this historic tradition to your needles for 25 years! This completely revised and update version of th... read more
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