Michael Jauchen

Michael Jauchen - Editor

Warner, NH, USA

Ph.D. in English with over 15 years of editorial experience helping writers with both trade titles and academic monographs.

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For the past fifteen years, I've worked as a literary coach and freelance editor, helping clients in a wide variety of academic disciplines and genres. I have a Ph.D. in English, and before moving into freelance editing full-time, I taught college writing for eighteen years. Currently, I'm also an editor-at-large at Belt Publishing, which focuses on trade nonfiction.

I work with writers who are at every step of the composition process. I’ve brainstormed book proposals and plot structures, offered developmental feedback on early drafts, line edited for clarity, and copy edited and proofread. From the largest structural questions to the smallest grammatical details, I work with writers to discover what their manuscript is trying to do and how to help get it there.

I collaborate regularly with academic clients from disciplines as diverse as political science, English, film studies, history, cultural studies, the humanities, sociology, and even mechanical engineering. My book clients have published or are under contract with Princeton University Press, Bloomsbury, Belt Publishing, and West Virginia University Press. I also edit journal articles, conference papers, abstracts, and dissertations. I’m deeply familiar with the forms and conventions of academic writing—I know how it works and I’ve published peer-reviewed scholarship myself—and I can help translate your ideas into clear, accessible prose. I’m fluent in the major style guides (CMOS, MLA, and APA), and I also have experience working with non-native English speakers who are looking to polish their prose.

Whether you’re looking for broad feedback about a manuscript that’s just getting started or for a meticulously rigorous eye to put the final touches on a project to make it absolutely pristine, I can offer timely and personalized feedback to help you get there.

English (US)
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Work experience

Freelance Editor

May, 2004 – Present (almost 17 years)

I offer developmental editing to clients for both trade and academic nonfiction in fields such as film studies, history, English, Asian studies, sociology, and cultural studies. I line edit and copy edit journal articles, monographs, and multiauthor volumes for clients writing for both specialized academic audiences and general readers. I also copy edit and proofread dissertations and theses, and I edit fiction and creative nonfiction.

Editor at Large

Belt Publishing
June, 2020 – Present (11 months)

I serve as primary editor and project manager for trade nonfiction titles, line edit and copy edit manuscripts with an eye toward popularizing writers’ styles for a general audience, and proofread trade nonfiction in coordination with chief editors and designer (using CMOS). Titles I’ve worked on have been reviewed or discussed in The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other national publications.

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