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Melissa Caminneci

Melissa Caminneci - Editor

Cedar Rapids, IA, United States

Experienced freelance copy editor, proofreader, and book proposal writer. Formerly of Little, Brown and Company and The Monacelli Press.

Overview

Reviews (5)

I'm a Harvard graduate with over 5 years of experience in the book publishing industry. After working at Perigee Books (Penguin Random House), Little, Brown & Company (Hachette Book Group), and The Monacelli Press, the bulk of my corporate book publishing experience is in adult illustrated books. These are otherwise known as coffee table books! I have read countless cookbook proposals, and I would love to help any emerging author to relate their life experience in food in a way that is fresh and conversational. Much of my recent work in book proposal writing and consulting has been for cookbook authors, but I have also worked with art, photography, and illustrated history.


I am looking to work on more memoir and biography; in college I was a research assistant to Pulitzer-Prize winning biographer Megan Marshall, and in New York I regularly write essays and perform storytelling. Let me help you tell your story, as clearly and as engagingly as possible.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Architecture Art Biographies & Memoirs Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Design Entertainment Health & wellbeing History Photography
Fiction
Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy Plays & Screenplays Poetry Short Story Women's Fiction

Work experience

Freelance Editor, Proofreader, and Copywriter

Self-Employed
February, 2014 – Present (over 3 years)

- Proofread commercial fiction titles for Penguin Group USA by consulting resources The Chicago Manual of Style, Words into Type, and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition
- Write TV pitches, book proposals, and other marketing copy for 2 Market Media
- Consult with new authors to help structure their book proposals and pitch their platform

Assistant Editor

The Monacelli Press
August, 2013 – April, 2014 (8 months)

- Copy edited first drafts of incoming manuscripts
- Proofread final drafts of all titles and input text changes in InDesign
- Wrote official press releases for all titles and designed all of these press releases in InDesign
- Wrote jacket copy for all titles, mostly in the areas of Interior Design, Architecture, and Art
- Wrote sales copy for seasonal catalogs; attended sales and marketing meetings at Random House

Editorial Assistant

Little, Brown & Company
August, 2010 – August, 2013 (about 3 years)

- Evaluated book proposals by writing reader’s reports and compiling Bookscan sales of comparative titles
- Fact-checked and line-edited food reference titles The Food Lover’s Guide to Wine and See Mix Drink
- Proofread both original manuscript pages and layout pages
- Acted as liaison between author, designer, and copyeditor on multiple bought-bound titles
- Consulted on hiring of freelance designers and reviewed all phases of layouts from first pages to blues
- Organized image deliveries from authors and photographers and transmit final images to Production
- Participated in weekly editorial meetings as well as production status meetings with representatives from Production, Art, Managing Editorial, and Editorial departments

Editorial Intern

Perigee Books-Penguin Group USA
February, 2010 – April, 2010 (about 2 months)

- Evaluated both solicited and unsolicited proposals for all members of the imprint and wrote reader's reports
- Completed an archival photo research project for a Mad Men-inspired title
- Wrote readers' guides and jacket copy for multiple titles

Editorial Intern

The Iowa Review
October, 2009 – February, 2010 (4 months)

- Wrote reports evaluating all creative non-fiction submissions and attended editorial meetings
- Initiated and updated a Filemaker Pro database of all prize-winning pieces published by the magazine

Assistant Editor

Sententiae-Harvard Undergraduate Journal of Medieval Studies
April, 2008 – June, 2009 (about 1 year)

- Worked directly with authors to edit their academic articles
- Selected pieces for publication with the editorial board
- Led meetings regarding distribution method and publicity for the Medieval Studies journal

Research Assistant to Megan Marshall

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
October, 2006 – June, 2007 (8 months)

- Transposed the hand-written letters of Ebe Hawthorne, Nathaniel’s sister
- Made note of interesting subject matter in the letters
- Prepared checklists and attended one-on-one meetings with the author to review her project’s progress

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week

Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Recipes, tips, and strategies for easy, delicious vegan meals every day of the week, from America's bestselling vegan cookbook author.How does Isa Chandra Moskowitz make flavorful and satisfying vegan meals from scratch every day, often in 30 minutes or less? It's easy! In Isa Does It, the beloved cookbook author shares 150 new recipes to make weeknight cooking a snap. Mouthwatering recipes li... read more

Recipes, tips, and strategies for easy, delicious vegan meals every day of the week, from America's bestselling vegan cookbook author.How does Isa Chandra Moskowitz make flavorful and satisfying vegan meals from scratch every day, often in 30 minutes or less? It's easy! In Isa Does It, the beloved cookbook author shares 150 new recipes to make weeknight cooking a snap. Mouthwatering recipes li... read more

See Mix Drink: A Refreshingly Simple Guide to Crafting the World's Most Popular Cocktails

Brian D. Murphy

StartFragment Have you tried mixing a Mojito? What about a Rusty Nail? Or a Cosmopolitan? With See Mix Drink, the first-ever cocktail book to offer instruction through info-graphics, making the drinks you love at home is as easy as, well, See, Mix, Drink. This unique, illustrated guide graphically demonstrates how to make 100 of today's most popular cocktails. For each drink, color-coded ingre... read more

StartFragment Have you tried mixing a Mojito? What about a Rusty Nail? Or a Cosmopolitan? With See Mix Drink, the first-ever cocktail book to offer instruction through info-graphics, making the drinks you love at home is as easy as, well, See, Mix, Drink. This unique, illustrated guide graphically demonstrates how to make 100 of today's most popular cocktails. For each drink, color-coded ingre... read more

The Food Lover's Guide to Wine

Karen Page, Andrew Dornenburg

2011 Gourmand Wine Book Award winner - USAA wine book unlike any other, THE FOOD LOVER'S GUIDE TO WINE offers a fresh perspective via the single aspect of wine most compelling to food lovers: flavor.At the heart of this indispensable reference, formatted like the authors' two previous bestsellers The Flavor Bible and What to Drink with What You Eat, is an encyclopedic A-to-Z guide profiling hu... read more

2011 Gourmand Wine Book Award winner - USAA wine book unlike any other, THE FOOD LOVER'S GUIDE TO WINE offers a fresh perspective via the single aspect of wine most compelling to food lovers: flavor.At the heart of this indispensable reference, formatted like the authors' two previous bestsellers The Flavor Bible and What to Drink with What You Eat, is an encyclopedic A-to-Z guide profiling hu... read more

My Ideal Bookshelf

The books that we choose to keep --let alone read-- can say a lot about who we are and how we see ourselves. In MY IDEAL BOOKSHELF, dozens of leading cultural figures share the books that matter to them most; books that define their dreams and ambitions and in many cases helped them find their way in the world. Contributors include Malcolm Gladwell, Thomas Keller, Michael Chabon, Alice Waters,... read more

The books that we choose to keep --let alone read-- can say a lot about who we are and how we see ourselves. In MY IDEAL BOOKSHELF, dozens of leading cultural figures share the books that matter to them most; books that define their dreams and ambitions and in many cases helped them find their way in the world. Contributors include Malcolm Gladwell, Thomas Keller, Michael Chabon, Alice Waters,... read more

Kurt Vonnegut Drawings

Nanette Vonnegut

Those who know Kurt Vonnegut as one of America's most beloved and influential writers will be surprised and delighted to discover that he was also a gifted graphic artist. This book brings together the finest examples of his funny, strange, and moving drawings in an inexpensive, beautifully produced gift volume for every Vonnegut fan. Kurt Vonnegut's daughter Nanette introduces this volume of ... read more

Those who know Kurt Vonnegut as one of America's most beloved and influential writers will be surprised and delighted to discover that he was also a gifted graphic artist. This book brings together the finest examples of his funny, strange, and moving drawings in an inexpensive, beautifully produced gift volume for every Vonnegut fan. Kurt Vonnegut's daughter Nanette introduces this volume of ... read more

Cuba Then: Rare and Classic Images from the Ramiro Fernandez Collection

Ramiro Fernandez

Vintage photos from one of the largest archives of Cuban photography in the world capture the island’s history. The enduring fascination of Cuba intensifies as the island once again becomes a seductive travel destination. From Ramiro Fernández, whose collection of Cuban photography and ephemera is one of the largest outside of the island nation, comes a dazzling array of images of Cuban life, ... read more

Vintage photos from one of the largest archives of Cuban photography in the world capture the island’s history. The enduring fascination of Cuba intensifies as the island once again becomes a seductive travel destination. From Ramiro Fernández, whose collection of Cuban photography and ephemera is one of the largest outside of the island nation, comes a dazzling array of images of Cuban life, ... read more

Houses of the Presidents: Childhood Homes, Family Dwellings, Private Escapes, and Grand Estates

Hugh Howard, Roger Straus

HOUSES OF THE PRESIDENTS offers a unique tour of the houses and day-to-day lives of America's presidents, from George Washington's time to the present. Author Hugh Howard weaves together personal, presidential, and architectural histories to shed light on the way our chief executives lived. Original photography by Roger Straus III brings the houses and furnishings beautifully to life. From Jef... read more

HOUSES OF THE PRESIDENTS offers a unique tour of the houses and day-to-day lives of America's presidents, from George Washington's time to the present. Author Hugh Howard weaves together personal, presidential, and architectural histories to shed light on the way our chief executives lived. Original photography by Roger Straus III brings the houses and furnishings beautifully to life. From Jef... read more

Kentucky: Historic Houses and Horse Farms of Bluegrass Country

Pieter Estersohn

In Kentucky: Historic Houses and Horse Farms, pre-eminent architectural and interiors photographer Pieter Estersohn guides us through Bluegrass Country, the legendary landscape around Lexington, Kentucky. The wealthiest town west of the Alleghenies prior to the Civil War, Lexington has a rich architectural and cultural history that is manifest in the elegant houses within and around the center... read more

In Kentucky: Historic Houses and Horse Farms, pre-eminent architectural and interiors photographer Pieter Estersohn guides us through Bluegrass Country, the legendary landscape around Lexington, Kentucky. The wealthiest town west of the Alleghenies prior to the Civil War, Lexington has a rich architectural and cultural history that is manifest in the elegant houses within and around the center... read more

Small Plates and Sweet Treats: My Family's Journey to Gluten-Free Cooking, from the Creator of Cannelle et Vanille

Aran Goyoaga

Trained pastry chef, blogger, and mother of two Aran Goyoaga turned to gluten-free cooking when she and her children were diagnosed with gluten intolerance. Combining the flavors of her childhood in Bilbao, Spain, with unique artistry and the informal elegance of small-plate dining, Aran has sacrificed nothing.Dishes range from soups and salads to savory tarts and stews to her signature desser... read more

Trained pastry chef, blogger, and mother of two Aran Goyoaga turned to gluten-free cooking when she and her children were diagnosed with gluten intolerance. Combining the flavors of her childhood in Bilbao, Spain, with unique artistry and the informal elegance of small-plate dining, Aran has sacrificed nothing.Dishes range from soups and salads to savory tarts and stews to her signature desser... read more

Eleven Madison Park: The Cookbook

Daniel Humm, Will Guidara

Eleven Madison Park is one of New York City's most popular fine-dining establishments, where Chef Daniel Humm marries the latest culinary techniques with classical French cuisine.Under the leadership of Executive Chef Daniel Humm and General Manager Will Guidara since 2006, the restaurant has soared to new heights and has become one of the premier dining destinations in the world. ELEVEN MADIS... read more

Eleven Madison Park is one of New York City's most popular fine-dining establishments, where Chef Daniel Humm marries the latest culinary techniques with classical French cuisine.Under the leadership of Executive Chef Daniel Humm and General Manager Will Guidara since 2006, the restaurant has soared to new heights and has become one of the premier dining destinations in the world. ELEVEN MADIS... read more

Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs

Sally Mann

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEARThe New York Times, Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Vogue, NPR, Publishers Weekly, BookPage A revealing and beautifully written memoir and family history from acclaimed photographer Sally Mann. In this groundbreaking book, a unique interplay of narrative and image, Mann's preoccupation with family, race, mortality, and ... read more

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEARThe New York Times, Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Vogue, NPR, Publishers Weekly, BookPage A revealing and beautifully written memoir and family history from acclaimed photographer Sally Mann. In this groundbreaking book, a unique interplay of narrative and image, Mann's preoccupation with family, race, mortality, and ... read more

Egg: A Culinary Exploration of the World's Most Versatile Ingredient

Michael Ruhlman

In this innovative cookbook, James Beard award-winning author Michael Ruhlman explains why the egg is the key to the craft of cooking. For culinary visionary Michael Ruhlman, the question is not whether the chicken or the egg came first, it's how anything could be accomplished in the kitchen without the magic of the common egg. He starts with perfect poached and scrambled eggs and builds up to... read more

In this innovative cookbook, James Beard award-winning author Michael Ruhlman explains why the egg is the key to the craft of cooking. For culinary visionary Michael Ruhlman, the question is not whether the chicken or the egg came first, it's how anything could be accomplished in the kitchen without the magic of the common egg. He starts with perfect poached and scrambled eggs and builds up to... read more

Melissa has 5 reviews

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Amelio Nazarko

I really enjoyed working with Melissa. She handled our collaboration both promptly and professionally. Her revisions were subtle and maintained the personality of my work but still extremely thoughtful, which made a drastic impact on the clarity of my piece.

, August 2017


Paul Sherman

Melissa is a true professional. She did a final edit of my manuscript, and surpassed all my expectations. Her editing was insightful, meticulous, and precise. It was exactly what I needed. She is a master at fixing grammar and style problems, while retaining the nuances of certain sentences and words. She is great with details too. She found a number of tiny errors in an endless list of photo c...

, August 2017


Jennifer May

Melissa is the perfect balance of professional and compassionate. I was very pleasantly surprised with the prompt turnaround of the first edit, which was incredibly detailed and thorough. Melissa's notes and advice have been instrumental in taking a book that I felt had become boring and unstructured, to one that I am once again now very passionate and inspired to finish and release. I would h...

, May 2017


Holli Bassin

Melissa is professional, intelligent, understanding, thoughtful, thorough and knows her stuff! She was able to ask just the right questions to give the reader a thorough understanding of my thought process and simultaneously enhanced my voice. I loved working with Melissa and would work with her again in a heartbeat!

, December 2016


N.S. Johnson

Melissa was my first editor at Reedsy. She was most helpful and easy-going right from the beginning, and her rate was most reasonable! Thank you, Melissa. You were great to work with and I hope we can collaborate again.

, October 2016

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