Michael S.

Michael S. – Editor

Versatile editor of award-winning fiction and nonfiction with 15+ years' industry experience.

Overview

I will give your manuscript the professional polish it needs to succeed in today's competitive marketplace.


I've been a busy editorial freelancer since 2005, specializing in developmental editing, copy editing, and proofreading. I've edited everything from academic articles and scholarly books to rock 'n' roll memoirs, sports autobiography, general self-help, historical fiction, and even a book about whale music. I've been a regular freelancer for Oxford University Press for the past decade and have worked extensively with SUNY Press, Princeton University Press, Rochester University Press, Duke University Press, and Continuum International, among others. I've also edited and proofread commercial trade fiction and nonfiction for Knopf/Doubleday, Avalon Publishing Group, Kirkus Direct, Perseus Books, Cardoza Publishing, Skyhorse Publishing, iUniverse, and other prominent publishers. I've edited over 100 trade and academic books. I specialize in nonfiction but have also worked extensively with fiction (especially historical fiction). In addition to my freelance editorial experience, I also have four years' experience as a manuscript reader and evaluator (fiction and nonfiction) for two top NYC literary agencies.

Sample edit also available.

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Humanities & Social Sciences Political Science & Current Affairs Writing & Publishing
Fiction
Historical Fiction Literary Fiction
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Certifications
  • Certificate in Book and Magazine Publishing, NYU Summer Publishing Institute, 1994

Portfolio

Copy Editing
Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Copy Editing
How do you measure the soul of a city? In Denver, for the better part of five decades it’s been by the Broncos. From an ugly and inauspicious beginning to the first nationally televised Monday... read more
Proofreading
Copy Editing
Whale song is an astonishing world of sound whose existence no one suspected before the 1960s. Its discovery has forced us to confront the possibility of alien intelligence-not in outer space ... read more
Developmental Editing
This rock 'n' roll Angela's Ashes begins in County Wexford, Ireland, in the late 1950s, a now unrecognizable, priest-fearing backwater suffocating in superstition and strangled by sexual fever... read more
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
What is your highest ideal? What code do you live by? We all know that these differ from person to person. Artists, scientists, social activists, farmers, executives, and athletes are guided b... read more
Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Developmental Editing
Made with Reedsy
Drinks Are On The Devil (Boomtown Heavy Book 1)

Morrison, Roger

Copy Editing
Made with Reedsy
The Eisenhower Chronicles

Zucker, M B

Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment
Made with Reedsy
Cheerful Obedience

McLaughlin, Patrick

Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Made with Reedsy
Exoduster (Before Freedom)

King, Kristopher

Proofreading
Copy Editing Proofreading
Developmental Editing Copy Editing
This instant classic relives the most incredible hands by the greatest poker player of all time. Great players, legends and unforgettable events in the history of poker march in and out of fifty years of momentous hands. Sit side-by-side with Doyle as he repla... read more
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing Copy Editing
In this fresh approach to the history of the Black Death, John Hatcher, a world-renowned scholar of the Middle Ages, recreates everyday life in a mid-fourteenth century rural English village. By focusing on the experiences of ordinary villagers as they lived—a... read more
Winner of the 2010 Dartmouth Medal, this major five-volume encyclopedia offers comprehensive coverage of all aspects of human rights theory, practice, law, and history. The set will provide si... read more
Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Pushing past the conventional understanding of federal and state courts and the judicial system, this volume examines eight little-known Florida courts. Part 1 details general jurisdiction courts from 1513 to 1865 while part 2 profiles modern-era special juris... read more
At the beginning of the third decade of the 21st century, the Latino minority, the biggest and fastest growing in the United States, is at a crossroads. Is assimilation taking place in comparable ways to previous immigrant groups? Are the links to the countrie... read more
Narratives of cultural encounter in colonial North America often contrast traditional Indian coastal-dwellers and intrepid European seafarers. In Storm of the Sea, Matthew R. Bahar instead tells the forgotten history of Indian pirates hijacking European sailin... read more
Mormonism is one of the few homegrown religions in the United States, one that emerged out of the religious fervor of the early nineteenth century. Yet, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have struggled for status and recognition. In th... read more

Michael has 64 reviews

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Taylor W.

Taylor W.

Jun, 2024

Michael is a great fit for anyone with a passion to write. I am an amateur, fresh creative writer looking to work in fictional horror/psychological speculation. Michael was extremely polite, courteous, and friendly even in the face of basic formatting mistakes. I only gave him a manuscript at 3,000 words and he talked me down from my initial pricing, was very engaged in the work itself, and hel...
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Phoebe D.

Phoebe D.

May, 2024

Michael truly is a seasoned freelance editor who did an amazing job. Aside from his stellar editing, Michael also provided professional insights on the structural and developmental flow of my manuscript. Likewise, he was well-versed in the broad range of topics I explored in my manuscript, making him very easy to work with. I highly recommend him.
Andrew N.

Andrew N.

Apr, 2024

Michael made a daunting task seam easy I would thoughly recommend working with Michael Thanks Mate!
Robert P.

Robert P.

Apr, 2024

I have appreciated working with Michael on this project. I used Michael's services to do a complete proofreading of my manuscript as well as a reformatting of the manuscript's footnotes. From the start, Michael made himself readily available to work out the details of the project. Every time I had a question Michael responded promptly. He also kept me informed regarding the progress of his work...
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Terry S.

Terry S.

Mar, 2024

I asked Michael not only for a copy edit but for editorial comments/advice as well. He very thoroughly delivered on both requests, well beyond what I expected. His edits and recommendations will be very helpful and is greatly appreciated. This is my first manuscript and I consider the results Michael provided me to be worth every penny.

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