Maya Elson

Maya Elson - Editor

Schenectady, NY, USA

Content editor, copyeditor, and proofreader specializing in crafts/DIY. Also have experience with kid lit and various non-fiction.

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Overview

I am an editor and writer with more than ten 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 craft 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.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
DIY & Crafts
Travel
Writing & Publishing
Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Young Adult

Certifications

  • MA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing (Emerson College 2007)

Work experience

Freelance copyeditor and proofreader

Self-employed
January, 2008 – Present (over 12 years)

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).

Content Editor (Books)

F+W/Interweave Press
February, 2016 – April, 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.

Editorial Assistant

Cold Spring Communication, Inc.
October, 2005 – June, 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.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Plum Dandi Knits: Simple Designs for Luxury Yarns

Alicia Plummer, Melissa Schaschwary

Polished knits. Plush yarns. Perfect match. Sometimes nature's most beautiful details are the perfect inspiration for creating simple yet luxurious knits. In Plum Dandi Knits, Alicia Plummer and Melissa Schaschwary--designers, friends, and leaders of the much-love Plum Dandi group on Ravelry--bring you 23 projects that reflect and react to the natural world with a sumptuous twist of plush fibe... read more

Polished knits. Plush yarns. Perfect match. Sometimes nature's most beautiful details are the perfect inspiration for creating simple yet luxurious knits. In Plum Dandi Knits, Alicia Plummer and Melissa Schaschwary--designers, friends, and leaders of the much-love Plum Dandi group on Ravelry--bring you 23 projects that reflect and react to the natural world with a sumptuous twist of plush fibe... read more

Knitting Ganseys, Revised and Updated: Techniques and Patterns for Traditional Sweaters

Beth Brown-Reinsel

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 the perennial bestseller includes 100% new photography, new patterns, and more! This special edition celebrates with new patterns for swea... read more

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 the perennial bestseller includes 100% new photography, new patterns, and more! This special edition celebrates with new patterns for swea... read more

Modern Machine Quilting: Make a perfectly finished quilt on your home machine

Catherine Redford

A Fresh Approach to Fresh Quilting! Clean lines, bold colors, contemporary designs--quilting has gone modern! And this book is the ultimate guide for creating modern quilts at home, all on a standard sewing machine. From the start, award-winning quilter and teacher Catherine Redford guides you through every stage of planning, constructing, and finishing a quilt. Learn a multitude of crisp walk... read more

A Fresh Approach to Fresh Quilting! Clean lines, bold colors, contemporary designs--quilting has gone modern! And this book is the ultimate guide for creating modern quilts at home, all on a standard sewing machine. From the start, award-winning quilter and teacher Catherine Redford guides you through every stage of planning, constructing, and finishing a quilt. Learn a multitude of crisp walk... read more

Crochet Kaleidoscope: Shifting Shapes and Shades Across 100 Motifs

Sandra Eng

Stitch up a colorful kaleidoscope of crochet! Explore a lively twist on crocheted motifs as you shift through various shapes and color combinations. From the traditional granny square to more complex forms, these faceted motifs are the building blocks to creating unique and stunning designs. Crochet Kaleidoscope will help make your projects pop with the perfect mix of color in every stitch. Al... read more

Stitch up a colorful kaleidoscope of crochet! Explore a lively twist on crocheted motifs as you shift through various shapes and color combinations. From the traditional granny square to more complex forms, these faceted motifs are the building blocks to creating unique and stunning designs. Crochet Kaleidoscope will help make your projects pop with the perfect mix of color in every stitch. Al... read more

Knit Mitts: Your Hand-y Guide to Knitting Mittens & Gloves

Kate Atherley

The Perfect Fit is at Your Fingertips! Why settle for boring store bought mittens and cold fingers, when you could knit the warmest, best fitting pair yourself? With Knit Mitts as your guide, you'll have the comprehensive information you need to create snug, warm, and practical mittens and gloves--right in the palm of your hand. Inside, knitting expert Kate Atherley offers solutions to common ... read more

The Perfect Fit is at Your Fingertips! Why settle for boring store bought mittens and cold fingers, when you could knit the warmest, best fitting pair yourself? With Knit Mitts as your guide, you'll have the comprehensive information you need to create snug, warm, and practical mittens and gloves--right in the palm of your hand. Inside, knitting expert Kate Atherley offers solutions to common ... read more

The Art of Crochet Blankets: 18 Projects Inspired by Modern Makers

Rachele Carmona

Discover a new source of inspiration for your crochet hook...the beautiful work of today's modern makers! Follow popular crochet blanket designer Rachele Carmona through her unique collection of crochet blankets inspired by the work of popular independent artists. The Art of Crochet Blankets will help you create your own colorful crochet blankets as unique works of art for your home! Inside th... read more

Discover a new source of inspiration for your crochet hook...the beautiful work of today's modern makers! Follow popular crochet blanket designer Rachele Carmona through her unique collection of crochet blankets inspired by the work of popular independent artists. The Art of Crochet Blankets will help you create your own colorful crochet blankets as unique works of art for your home! Inside th... read more

Sew Caroline Weekend Style: 15 Easy-Sew Patterns for the Must-Have Weekend Wardrobe

Caroline Hulse

Weekends never looked better! From Friday night to Sunday brunch, "What should I wear?" is never a dilemma when you can simply sew your perfect weekend look. In Sew Caroline Weekend Style, SewCaroline.com blogger Caroline Hulse delivers all the learn-to-sew info a beginner needs, including must-have tools and materials, basic stitches, and step-by-step finishing techniques. From there, you'll ... read more

Weekends never looked better! From Friday night to Sunday brunch, "What should I wear?" is never a dilemma when you can simply sew your perfect weekend look. In Sew Caroline Weekend Style, SewCaroline.com blogger Caroline Hulse delivers all the learn-to-sew info a beginner needs, including must-have tools and materials, basic stitches, and step-by-step finishing techniques. From there, you'll ... read more

AMC's Best Day Hikes along the Maine Coast: Four-Season Guide to 50 of the Best Trails From the Maine Beaches to Downeast

Carey Kish

Explore the full length of the rugged coast of Maine in 50 hikes, enjoying classic views, historical lighthouses, and abundant natural beauty. Walk through century-old stands of white pine in Vaughan Woods Memorial State Park. Trek Portland's finest green spaces. Traverse the ridges of Camden Hills State Park and Acadia National Park's Cadillac Mountain. Explore the shoreline of Downeast Maine... read more

Explore the full length of the rugged coast of Maine in 50 hikes, enjoying classic views, historical lighthouses, and abundant natural beauty. Walk through century-old stands of white pine in Vaughan Woods Memorial State Park. Trek Portland's finest green spaces. Traverse the ridges of Camden Hills State Park and Acadia National Park's Cadillac Mountain. Explore the shoreline of Downeast Maine... read more

Coolhunting: Chasing Down the Next Big Thing

Peter Gloor, Scott Cooper

What do the iPod, MySpace, and YouTube all have in common? They're fresh, they're sexy, and most importantly -- they're cool. But while many companies embark on the eternal quest for the next big thing, very few know how to actually find it. Coolhunting will take readers into the very heart of the search and show them how to find trendsetters, spot innovations, and turn brilliant ideas into ho... read more

What do the iPod, MySpace, and YouTube all have in common? They're fresh, they're sexy, and most importantly -- they're cool. But while many companies embark on the eternal quest for the next big thing, very few know how to actually find it. Coolhunting will take readers into the very heart of the search and show them how to find trendsetters, spot innovations, and turn brilliant ideas into ho... read more

I Believe in a Thing Called Love

Maurene Goo

One of NPR's Best Books of 2017One of Kirkus Reviews's Best Books of 2017 One of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2017One of Seventeen.com's Best YA Books of 2017"Hilarious." ―Publishers Weekly, starred review"Powerful messages of inclusion and acceptance." ―Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewDesi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That's how she became student body president. V... read more

One of NPR's Best Books of 2017One of Kirkus Reviews's Best Books of 2017 One of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2017One of Seventeen.com's Best YA Books of 2017"Hilarious." ―Publishers Weekly, starred review"Powerful messages of inclusion and acceptance." ―Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewDesi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That's how she became student body president. V... read more

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