Michael S.

Michael S. - Editor

Houston, TX, USA

Versatile book copy editor with 15 years' industry experience. I work with both fiction and general nonfiction

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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. I've edited everything from academic articles and scholarly books to rock 'n' roll memoirs, sports autobiography, general self-help, political fiction, and even a book about whale music. I've been a regular freelancer for Oxford University Press for 10 years and have worked with University Press of Florida, New York University, Continuum International, and University of New England Press, among others. I've also copy edited and proofread commercial trade fiction and nonfiction for Avalon Publishing Group, Kirkus Direct, Perseus Books, Cardoza Publishing, Skyhorse Publishing, iUniverse, and more. I've edited over 100 trade and academic books. While I tend to specialize in nonfiction, I'm comfortable working with literary and commercial fiction as well.
Sample edit also available.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Humanities & Social Sciences
Political Science & Current Affairs
Writing & Publishing
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Literary Fiction

Work experience

Copyeditor/Proofreader

Self-employed
March, 2005 – Present (about 16 years)

Book copyediting projects for major academic publishers have included Robert Jarvis’s Florida’s Other Courts (University Press of Florida), Paul Reeve’s Religion of a Different Color (Oxford University Press), Tee Guidotti’s Health and Sustainability (Oxford UP), Michael Chafetz’s Intellectual Disability (Oxford UP), Storm of the Sea by Matthew Bahar, and Hard Questions: Facing the Problems of Life by John Kekes.

Scholarly Reference: Editorial reference projects for Oxford University Press include copyediting work on the Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature, Oxford Book of Operas, Encyclopedia of British Literature, Encyclopedia of Popular Music from 1900 to Present. Also did copyediting/developmental editing work on Oxford’s African American National Biography, the Dartmouth Award–winning Oxford Encyclopedia of Human Rights, Oxford Handbook of Latino Studies, Oxford Handbook of the Baroque, and the ongoing Oxford Bibliographies Online and Oxford Research Encyclopedia databases. I have working knowledge of Chicago Manual of Style, AP, MLA, and APA style.

Trade nonfiction editing includes: Green Suede Shoes by Larry Kirwan, Dreaming in Libro by Louise Bernikow, The Black Death: A Personal History by John Hatcher, Thousand Mile Song by David Rothenberg

Portfolio (21 selected works)

Game of My Life Denver Broncos: Memorable Stories of Broncos Football

Jim Saccomano

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-night game in 1973, through postseason games that included back-to-back World Championships and five other Super Bowl appearances, the Broncos have provided the Mile-High City’s primary identity on a nat... read more

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-night game in 1973, through postseason games that included back-to-back World Championships and five other Super Bowl appearances, the Broncos have provided the Mile-High City’s primary identity on a nat... read more

How Should We Live?: A Practical Approach to Everyday Morality

John Kekes

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 by very different ideals. Nonetheless for hundreds of years philosophers have sought a single, overriding ideal that should guide everyone, always, everywhere, and after centuries of debate we’re no closer... read more

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 by very different ideals. Nonetheless for hundreds of years philosophers have sought a single, overriding ideal that should guide everyone, always, everywhere, and after centuries of debate we’re no closer... read more

Religion of a Different Color

W. Paul Reeve

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 this book, W. Paul Reeve explores the ways in which nineteenth century Protestant white America made outsiders out of an inside religious ... 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 this book, W. Paul Reeve explores the ways in which nineteenth century Protestant white America made outsiders out of an inside religious ... read more

Storm of the Sea: Indians and Empires in the Atlantic's Age of Sail

Matthew R. Bahar

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 sailing ships on the rough waters of the north Atlantic and of an Indian navy pressing British seamen into its ranks. From their earliest enco... 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 sailing ships on the rough waters of the north Atlantic and of an Indian navy pressing British seamen into its ranks. From their earliest enco... read more

The Oxford Handbook of Latino Studies (Oxford Handbooks)

Ilan Stavans

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 countries of origin being redefined in the age of contested globalism? How are Latinos changing America and how is America changing Latinos? The... 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 countries of origin being redefined in the age of contested globalism? How are Latinos changing America and how is America changing Latinos? The... read more

Florida's Other Courts: Unconventional Justice in the Sunshine State (Florida Government and Politics)

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 jurisdiction courts.Beginning with the state's colonial history, Florida's Other Courts challenges narratives that paint Spain's administrati... read more

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 jurisdiction courts.Beginning with the state's colonial history, Florida's Other Courts challenges narratives that paint Spain's administrati... read more

YogaNap

Kristen Rentz

Millions of Americans work all day and worry all night, then wake up, get back on the ride, and do it all over again. As a yoga instructor who is also an entertainment lawyer, Kristen Rentz understands what it means to feel wound up and stressed out. She initially developed her YogaNap program to help herself deal with the physical and mental rigors of law school, and quickly found that her st... read more

Millions of Americans work all day and worry all night, then wake up, get back on the ride, and do it all over again. As a yoga instructor who is also an entertainment lawyer, Kristen Rentz understands what it means to feel wound up and stressed out. She initially developed her YogaNap program to help herself deal with the physical and mental rigors of law school, and quickly found that her st... read more

Green Suede Shoes: An Irish-American Odyssey

Larry Kirwan

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 fevers. After an escape to the Bronx, Larry finds himself, like a musical Zelig, side by side with the Ramones and Blondie at CBGBs; the brothers McCourt, Lester Bangs, and Nick Tosches at The Bells of Hell; t... read more

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 fevers. After an escape to the Bronx, Larry finds himself, like a musical Zelig, side by side with the Ramones and Blondie at CBGBs; the brothers McCourt, Lester Bangs, and Nick Tosches at The Bells of Hell; t... read more

Encyclopedia of Human Rights

David P Forsythe

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 situation profiles and full coverage of the development of the movement, historical cases of abuse, the key figures, major organizations, and a range of other issues in economics, government, religion, and ... 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 situation profiles and full coverage of the development of the movement, historical cases of abuse, the key figures, major organizations, and a range of other issues in economics, government, religion, and ... read more

Thousand Mile Song: Whale Music in a Sea of Sound

David Rothenberg

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 but right here on earth. Thoughtful, richly detailed, and deeply entertaining, Thousand Mile Song uses the enigma of whale sounds to open up whales' underwater world of sonic mystery. In observing and tal... read more

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 but right here on earth. Thoughtful, richly detailed, and deeply entertaining, Thousand Mile Song uses the enigma of whale sounds to open up whales' underwater world of sonic mystery. In observing and tal... read more

The Black Death: A Personal History

John Hatcher

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—and died—during the Black Death (1345–50 AD), Hatcher vividly places the reader directly into those tumultuous years and describes in fas... read more

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—and died—during the Black Death (1345–50 AD), Hatcher vividly places the reader directly into those tumultuous years and describes in fas... read more

My 50 Most Memorable Hands By Doyle Brunson

Doyle Brunson

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 replays the excitement and life-changing moments of the most exciting and crucial hands in the history of poker—his early games as a rounder ... read more

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 replays the excitement and life-changing moments of the most exciting and crucial hands in the history of poker—his early games as a rounder ... read more

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Ben Yamino Ohanaka
This has been and still is a most exhilarating experience working with Michael Sandlin. His attention to detail, punctuality and vast range of experience makes him an ideal element to have on one's writing ventures.

Ben Yamino Ohanaka, January 2021


Michael Zucker
Mr. Sandlin was polite and professional throughout the process of our collaboration. He was always responsive to emails. He gave me ample feedback on my work, some of which was tough to hear but was useful for thinking critically about how to improve my writing. I did not agree with everything he said, leading to a healthy dialogue about creative decisions and why he gave the advice he did. ...
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Michael Zucker, November 2020


Jeremiah O'Neal
Once again, Michael did a great job explaining what I needed to do to make this book marketable and he was able to proof everything so it read more fluidly and clearly. At this time, I felt that the book was good enough and I've started the process on selling it. However, I will defiantly use Michael's services again if I ever decide to make a major revision.

Jeremiah O'Neal, October 2020


Johanna Rothman
Easy to work with. Great editing.

Johanna Rothman, September 2020


Vicki Wade
Michael answered all my questions and gave me the confidence I need to send my book to publishers. He provided comments to improve my manuscript and organized my sequencing. He was available throughout the editing process.

Vicki Wade, August 2020

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