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Michelle Mariano

Michelle Mariano - Editor

Baltimore, MD

PhD creative writer and editor for general, trade, and academic content. I edit in Chicago, MLA, APA, AP, and GPO. Chicago is my favorite.

Overview

I have a PhD in literature and creative writing, an MFA in poetry, and fifteen years of professional editing experience (fiction and nonfiction for general, trade, and academic markets). Combining a natural affinity for language with deep knowledge of editorial principles, I develop written products that are concise, accurate, and audience specific.

My education taught me to think deeply and critically about the ways content is shaped. As an editor, I believe that all writing—whether it aims to inform, persuade, or entertain—approaches the reader first and foremost through story, and that the most effective stories are those presented with clarity and precision.

I edited in house for over five years at Random House and Wiley, and I was editorial director at Heldref Publications, a nonprofit scholarly press, where I oversaw editing and proofreading for eighteen peer-reviewed journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. In addition to my full-time editorial positions, I’ve taken on many freelance projects over the years, including academic papers and monographs. Most recently, I edited UPenn professor Jessa Lingel’s "Uncommon People: Digital Technologies and the Struggle for Community" (forthcoming from MIT Press), a series of field studies focusing on countercultural communities and their online communication tactics.

Services
Languages
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Cultural & Ethnic Themes Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy Literature Short Story Themes & Motifs Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Education & Reference Politics & Current Affairs Social & Behavioral Sciences

Awards

  • Robert J. Sussman Prize in Fiction, Inprint Houston. 2014.
  • Donald Barthelme Memorial Prize in Fiction, Inprint Houston. 2012.
  • Peter Harris-Kunz Poetry Award, Best Manuscript, New Mexico State University. 2008.
  • Ruth Scott Academy of American Poets Prize, Academy of American Poets. 2006.

Work experience

Principal, Editorial & Brand Strategy

Michelle Mariano is self-employed

August, 2009 – Present (over 7 years)

Collaborate with clients to create and unify brand story and communications. Enable meaningful interaction with audiences by focusing on information that is relevant to them, presented in ways they understand.

Editorial Director, Humanities & Social Sciences

Heldref Publications

June, 2008 – December, 2009 (over 1 year)

Supervised an editorial staff of 13 (deputy director, managing editors, proofreaders, and interns) to produce a portfolio of 18 scholarly, peer-reviewed journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Associate Editor, Poetry

Puerto del Sol

August, 2005 – May, 2008 (over 2 years)

Instructor, Department of English

New Mexico State University

August, 2005 – May, 2008 (over 2 years)

Taught undergraduate courses in introductory and advanced composition, contemporary fiction, film studies, and creative writing.

Editorial Production Manager

Penguin Random House

August, 2003 – August, 2006 (about 3 years)

Managed a rotating portfolio of 20 titles; proofread and edited projects from manuscript to bound book/ebook; reviewed jacket art and copy from mechanical to final proof.

Assistant Managing Editor

John Wiley & Sons

July, 2001 – August, 2003 (about 2 years)

Portfolio (13 selected works)

The Piracy Crusade: How the Music Industry's War on Sharing Destroys Markets and Erodes Civil Liberties (Science/Technology/Culture)

Aram Sinnreich

In the decade and a half since Napster first emerged, forever changing the face of digital culture, the claim that “internet pirates killed the music industry” has become so ubiquitous that it is treated as common knowledge. Piracy is a scourge on legitimate businesses and hard-working artists, we are told, a “cybercrime” similar to identity fraud or even terrorism. In The Piracy Crusade, Aram... read more

In the decade and a half since Napster first emerged, forever changing the face of digital culture, the claim that “internet pirates killed the music industry” has become so ubiquitous that it is treated as common knowledge. Piracy is a scourge on legitimate businesses and hard-working artists, we are told, a “cybercrime” similar to identity fraud or even terrorism. In The Piracy Crusade, Aram... read more

Crow Lake (Today Show Book Club #7)

Mary Lawson

Crow Lake is that rare find, a first novel so quietly assured, so emotionally pitch perfect, you know from the opening page that this is the real thing—a literary experience in which to lose yourself, by an author of immense talent.Here is a gorgeous, slow-burning story set in the rural “badlands” of northern Ontario, where heartbreak and hardship are mirrored in the landscape. For the farming... read more

Crow Lake is that rare find, a first novel so quietly assured, so emotionally pitch perfect, you know from the opening page that this is the real thing—a literary experience in which to lose yourself, by an author of immense talent.Here is a gorgeous, slow-burning story set in the rural “badlands” of northern Ontario, where heartbreak and hardship are mirrored in the landscape. For the farming... read more

Animal Crackers: Stories

Hannah Tinti

With bravura storytelling, daring imagination, and fierce narrative control, this dazzling debut introduces that rare writer who finds humanity in our most unconventional behavior, and the humor beneath our darkest impulses.In these ten strange, funny, and unnerving stories, animals become the litmus test of our deepest fears and longings. In the title story, an elephant keeper courts danger f... read more

With bravura storytelling, daring imagination, and fierce narrative control, this dazzling debut introduces that rare writer who finds humanity in our most unconventional behavior, and the humor beneath our darkest impulses.In these ten strange, funny, and unnerving stories, animals become the litmus test of our deepest fears and longings. In the title story, an elephant keeper courts danger f... read more

Cash in the City: Affording Manolos, Martinis, and Manicures on a Working Girl's Salary

Juliette Fairley

A Girl's Guide to Managing the Money You Make While Living the Life You Want "Cash in the City is destined to become the urban girl's ultimate guide to a glamorous lifestyle . . . on a shoestring salary. It's overflowing with sage advice for living well, looking good, and having fun. I also found a very powerful and upbeat message for young women everywhere-You can create whatever life you des... read more

A Girl's Guide to Managing the Money You Make While Living the Life You Want "Cash in the City is destined to become the urban girl's ultimate guide to a glamorous lifestyle . . . on a shoestring salary. It's overflowing with sage advice for living well, looking good, and having fun. I also found a very powerful and upbeat message for young women everywhere-You can create whatever life you des... read more

Big Lonesome

Joseph Scapellato

An inventive, ranging debut story collection from a writer hailed by Claire Vaye Watkins as “Wallace Stegner on peyote, Nathanael West in a sweat lodge, Larry McMurtry on a vision quest.” Reinventing a great American tradition through an absurdist, discerning eye, Joseph Scapellato uses these twenty-five stories to conjure worlds, themes, and characters who are at once unquestionably familiar ... read more

An inventive, ranging debut story collection from a writer hailed by Claire Vaye Watkins as “Wallace Stegner on peyote, Nathanael West in a sweat lodge, Larry McMurtry on a vision quest.” Reinventing a great American tradition through an absurdist, discerning eye, Joseph Scapellato uses these twenty-five stories to conjure worlds, themes, and characters who are at once unquestionably familiar ... read more

The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour

James D. Hornfischer

“This will be a fight against overwhelming odds from which survival cannot be expected. We will do what damage we can.”With these words, Lieutenant Commander Robert W. Copeland addressed the crew of the destroyer escort USS Samuel B. Roberts on the morning of October 25, 1944, off the Philippine Island of Samar. On the horizon loomed the mightiest ships of the Japanese navy, a massive fleet th... read more

“This will be a fight against overwhelming odds from which survival cannot be expected. We will do what damage we can.”With these words, Lieutenant Commander Robert W. Copeland addressed the crew of the destroyer escort USS Samuel B. Roberts on the morning of October 25, 1944, off the Philippine Island of Samar. On the horizon loomed the mightiest ships of the Japanese navy, a massive fleet th... read more

Easter Island

Jennifer Vanderbes

In this extraordinary fiction debut--rich with love and betrayal, history and intellectual passion--two remarkable narratives converge on Easter Island, one of the most remote places in the world.It is 1913. Elsa Pendleton travels from England to Easter Island with her husband, an anthropologist sent by the Royal Geographical Society to study the colossal moai statues, and her younger sister. ... read more

In this extraordinary fiction debut--rich with love and betrayal, history and intellectual passion--two remarkable narratives converge on Easter Island, one of the most remote places in the world.It is 1913. Elsa Pendleton travels from England to Easter Island with her husband, an anthropologist sent by the Royal Geographical Society to study the colossal moai statues, and her younger sister. ... read more

Dancing Naked at the Edge of Dawn

Kris Radish

From the bestselling author of The Elegant Gathering of White Snows comes a poignant, outrageous, refreshingly liberating story about one woman whose life takes an unexpected turn....Meg Fratano has just witnessed the unthinkable: her husband of twenty—seven years making love to another woman. In her bed. And all Meg wanted to do was watch. Quietly, secretly, watch. Then she realized her life ... read more

From the bestselling author of The Elegant Gathering of White Snows comes a poignant, outrageous, refreshingly liberating story about one woman whose life takes an unexpected turn....Meg Fratano has just witnessed the unthinkable: her husband of twenty—seven years making love to another woman. In her bed. And all Meg wanted to do was watch. Quietly, secretly, watch. Then she realized her life ... read more

The Book of Joe

Jonathan Tropper

Right after high school, Joe Goffman left sleepy Bush Falls, Connecticut and never looked back. Then he wrote a novel savaging everything in town, a novel that became a national bestseller and a huge hit movie. Fifteen years later, Joe is struggling to avoid the sophomore slump with his next novel when he gets a call: his father's had a stroke, so it's back to Bush Falls for the town's most fa... read more

Right after high school, Joe Goffman left sleepy Bush Falls, Connecticut and never looked back. Then he wrote a novel savaging everything in town, a novel that became a national bestseller and a huge hit movie. Fifteen years later, Joe is struggling to avoid the sophomore slump with his next novel when he gets a call: his father's had a stroke, so it's back to Bush Falls for the town's most fa... read more

True Love (and Other Lies)

Whitney Gaskell

Travel writer Claire Spencer doesn't believe in fate, much less any part of that fairy tale, happy ending, love at first sight stuff. Especially not for Amazon-sized women like her. So when Jack, the sexy man who sits next to her on a flight from New York to London, asks her out, Claire figures there has to be a catch. Is he blind? Sleazy? On the rebound? But she decides to accept, and finds h... read more

Travel writer Claire Spencer doesn't believe in fate, much less any part of that fairy tale, happy ending, love at first sight stuff. Especially not for Amazon-sized women like her. So when Jack, the sexy man who sits next to her on a flight from New York to London, asks her out, Claire figures there has to be a catch. Is he blind? Sleazy? On the rebound? But she decides to accept, and finds h... read more

The Man Who Ate the 747

Ben Sherwood

This is a story of the greatest love, ever. An outlandish claim, outrageous perhaps, but trust me--And so begin the enchanting, unforgettable tale of J. J. Smith, Keeper of the Records for The Book of Records, an ordinary man searching for the extraordinary. J.J. has clocked the world's longest continuous kiss, 30 hours and 45 minutes. He has verified the lengthiest single unbroken apple peel,... read more

This is a story of the greatest love, ever. An outlandish claim, outrageous perhaps, but trust me--And so begin the enchanting, unforgettable tale of J. J. Smith, Keeper of the Records for The Book of Records, an ordinary man searching for the extraordinary. J.J. has clocked the world's longest continuous kiss, 30 hours and 45 minutes. He has verified the lengthiest single unbroken apple peel,... read more

The Smoke Thief

Shana Abe

For centuries they’ve lived in secret among northern England’s green and misted hills. Creatures of extraordinary beauty, power, and sensuality, they possess the ability to shape-shift from human to dragon and back again. Now their secret–and their survival–is threatened by a temptation that will break every boundary....Dubbed the Smoke Thief, a daring jewel thief is confounding the London pol... read more

For centuries they’ve lived in secret among northern England’s green and misted hills. Creatures of extraordinary beauty, power, and sensuality, they possess the ability to shape-shift from human to dragon and back again. Now their secret–and their survival–is threatened by a temptation that will break every boundary....Dubbed the Smoke Thief, a daring jewel thief is confounding the London pol... read more

The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud: A Novel

Ben Sherwood

The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud tells the haunting story of a young man who narrowly survives a terrible car wreck that kills his little brother. Years later, the brothers’ bond remains so strong that it transcends the normal boundaries separating life and death. Charlie St. Cloud lives in a snug New England fishing village. By day he tends the lawns and monuments of the ancient cemete... read more

The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud tells the haunting story of a young man who narrowly survives a terrible car wreck that kills his little brother. Years later, the brothers’ bond remains so strong that it transcends the normal boundaries separating life and death. Charlie St. Cloud lives in a snug New England fishing village. By day he tends the lawns and monuments of the ancient cemete... read more

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