Michael Goldstein

Michael Goldstein - Editor

North Caldwell, NJ, USA

I'm the "write" guy for building up or breaking down anything entertaining, historical, or quirky. I also like to read books!

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My adventures in the wild world of editing began five years ago with a single proofreading assignment. I had no idea what I was doing back then. But soon, after a breath of fresh air and a few pointers, I turned a new page in the book of my life and quickly learned from my experience. With a New School MFA and a couple NYU classes under my belt, I took life by the horns and began a journey as the “write” guy for the job. Since that first proofreading job, I have developed a keen eye for catching errors and a devoted intuition for how to make a book a rewarding experience. Working with many different publishers, from the Big Five to various university presses to companies in between, I have gained a lifetime’s worth of perspectives, and I’ve worked on just as many books! I’m always ready for an adventure!

When I work with an author/client, I like to take my time with the flow of the manuscript. My primary reference for styling is the Chicago Manual of Style. While I tend to be careful with assessing wording in most areas, I won’t make any substantive changes unless asked. I admit that I probably haven’t delved as deeply into your area of expertise as you have, so I’m always open to communication. A good partnership should be just as strong as any sentence on a page.

Along with several years of experience stimulating creative content and supporting the editorial processes of various clients, I can offer you an adaptive and flexible attitude, an impeccable eye for detail, strong writing and communication skills, and proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and Adobe Acrobat. I also have an advanced understanding of the hard work that goes into publishing, which I acquired during the creation of my two books, Omagatoki: When Yokai Emerge, and Yokai Character Collection. I also have experience proofreading British English, as well as Americanizing British spelling and grammar. Reach out to me for a resume; I would welcome the opportunity to speak with you about how I’m the “write” guy for your project.

Check out my Portfolio to see some of the books I've worked on: I offer proofreading services for fiction projects, and proofreading, copyediting, and indexing services for nonfiction projects.

NOTE: In addition to the genres you see listed in my profile, I am also open to working on anything animal-related (both prehistoric and current)!

English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Education & Reference
Comics & Graphic Novels

Work experience

Freelance Indexer

January, 2019 – Present (over 2 years)

+ Analyzing academic/general nonfiction books and compiling and organizing specific words/names/phrases and their respective locators into accessible back-of-the-book content maps for various publishers, including Longleaf Services, Encounter Books, Tuttle Publishing, the University of Georgia Press, and Workman Publishing.

Freelance Copy Editor

January, 2018 – Present (over 3 years)

+ Using Microsoft Word Track Changes, Adobe Acrobat, and InDesign to review and edit inconsistencies in grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, hyphenation, style, and continuity for various nonfiction publishers, including Bedford/St. Martin’s, Encounter Books, Academic Studies Press, OR Books, Tuttle Publishing, and the Optical Society of America (through Lumina Datamatics).

+ Provided similar services to various university presses, including South Carolina, MIT, SUNY, Hawaii, and Michigan.

Freelance Proofreader

January, 2016 – Present (over 5 years)

+ Searching for and marking typographical and formatting errors in adherence to style sheets, house styles, and The Chicago Manual of Style for various trade publishers, including Kensington Publishing, Workman Publishing, St. Martin’s Press, Simon and Schuster, OR Books, HarperCollins, Heinemann, Beacon Press, and W. W. Norton.

+ Providing (or provided) similar services to such university presses as Princeton, Georgia, Duke, Penn State, Yale, and Cincinnati.

Portfolio (48 selected works)

Writing About Art

Gocsik, Karen, Adan, Elizabeth

Siren Song: My Life in Music

Stein, Seymour, Murphy, Gareth

An Education in Ruin

Bass, Alexis

The Basque Dragon (The Unicorn Rescue Society)

Gidwitz, Adam, Casey, Jesse, Aly, Hatem

The Beer Bible

Alworth, Jeff

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