Missy Lacock

Missy Lacock - Editor

Missoula, MT, United States

An experienced editor with a master's degree in book publishing, I can support your book from brain to bestseller list. A great client list.

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Overview

Writing is difficult, lonely work, and an editor can be your first friend on the other side. My priority is to support your book from brain to bestseller list. It's a partnership, a safe space. Yes, I will correct your wily commas, but I'm also the fiercest champion of your book. I may even talk you off the ledge with fresh perspectives. Most of all, I respect your instincts as an author and never suppress your voice—the thing that makes your book uniquely yours.

About me: I provide book editing services to a range of clients, from self-published authors to major publishing houses, such as Bloomsbury Publishing, the original publisher of the Harry Potter series. I am an award-winning writer with more than seven years of professional editing experience and a master's degree in Writing: Book Publishing from Portland State University, one of only seven graduate publishing programs in the nation. Before launching my editorial service, I earned my stripes in-house at various publishing companies, including the award-winning publishing house Ooligan Press. I have served as an editor for dozens of other publishers and logged countless hours producing books, magazines, newspapers, literary journals, grant proposals, and more. Today I enjoy specializing in books of most genres. I have expert knowledge in the Chicago Manual of Style and edit manuscripts for the “four Cs” of communication: correctness, consistency, clarity, and coherency.

Publications have featured my writing more than 100 times, and I've been the recipient of an editor's choice award and the James Welch Jr. Memorial Award for outstanding writing. I love the sun, road trips, and music and am terrible at chess.

If I accept your project, I'll be happy to use my publishing knowledge to discuss query letters, agents, and publishing houses with you, as well as any other questions you have about the process. I look forward to getting to know you and discussing your editorial needs!
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Fantasy
Literature
Romance
Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • MS in Writing: Book Publishing
  • BA in English: Creative Writing
  • AA in Liberal Arts

Awards

  • 2012 UM James P. Welch Jr. Memorial Award
  • 2013 Fiction Editor’s Choice Award for The Oval

Work experience

Owner

Self-employed
September, 2015 – Present (almost 4 years)

• provide premium book editing services; clients range from self-published authors to major publishing houses, such as Bloomsbury Publishing, the original publisher of the Harry Potter series

Editorial Assistant

Trial Guides
October, 2014 – June, 2015 (8 months)

• completed developmental edits, copyedits, and proofreading for manuscripts (technique books for trial attorneys in civil plaintiffs’ law), blogs, and marketing copy
• styled and prepared manuscripts for design
• wrote tip sheets, including sales hooks, book descriptions, comp titles, and marketing and publicity highlights

Assistant Editor

brass|MEDIA Inc.
February, 2014 – September, 2015 (over 1 year)

• collaborated with design and editorial teams to create financial literature for young adults
• wrote, edited, fact checked, and proofread articles for a nationally syndicated magazine, white papers, and two blogs
• served as the manager for a blog with 800 contributors: managed pitches, submissions, editorial calendars, and payments;
edited and uploaded blog posts; wrote and scheduled tweets to promote blog content
• trained and supervised interns
• served as the interim Managing Editor for seven weeks; hired interns and trained the incoming managing editor

Editorial Assistant

Ooligan Press
October, 2013 – June, 2015 (over 1 year)

• participated in all publishing stages for books celebrating the Pacific Northwest, from evaluating book proposals to book marketing
• contributed to the Ooligan Press blog
• promoted to the Publisher’s Assistant June 2013

Associate Editor

The Portland Review
October, 2013 – June, 2014 (8 months)

• evaluated short fiction submissions for publication
• proofread entire issues of the literary journal
• contributed to the Portland Review blog

Copyeditor

Montana Kaimin
September, 2011 – December, 2013 (about 2 years)

• copyedited the newspaper for consistent AP style and error-free content

Portfolio (18 selected works)

The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading

Edmund White

A new memoir from acclaimed author Edmund White about his life as a reader.Literary icon Edmund White made his name through his writing but remembers his life through the books he has read. For White, each momentous occasion came with a book to match: Proust's Remembrance of Things Past, which opened up the seemingly closed world of homosexuality while he was at boarding school in Michigan; th... read more

A new memoir from acclaimed author Edmund White about his life as a reader.Literary icon Edmund White made his name through his writing but remembers his life through the books he has read. For White, each momentous occasion came with a book to match: Proust's Remembrance of Things Past, which opened up the seemingly closed world of homosexuality while he was at boarding school in Michigan; th... read more

We Belong in History: Writing with William Stafford

We Belong in History celebrates William Stafford’s life as a writer, teacher, and Poet Laureate of Oregon. This collection presents excellent student writing inspired by his work, a selection of Stafford’s work, and three sets of lesson plans written by teachers. This allows teachers everywhere to inspire their own students to write in response to Stafford’s work. With an introduction by curre... read more

We Belong in History celebrates William Stafford’s life as a writer, teacher, and Poet Laureate of Oregon. This collection presents excellent student writing inspired by his work, a selection of Stafford’s work, and three sets of lesson plans written by teachers. This allows teachers everywhere to inspire their own students to write in response to Stafford’s work. With an introduction by curre... read more

The Ghosts Who Travel with Me: A Literary Pilgrimage Through Brautigan's America

Allison Green

Curious about her enduring love for Richard Brautigan’s work, Allison Green embarks on a roadtrip tracing the route of his most famous work, Trout Fishing in America. Along the way she examines the way we relate to the things that influence us—the ancestors who created us, the past that shaped us, the writers who changed the way we saw the world—and how these things intertwine to make us who w... read more

Curious about her enduring love for Richard Brautigan’s work, Allison Green embarks on a roadtrip tracing the route of his most famous work, Trout Fishing in America. Along the way she examines the way we relate to the things that influence us—the ancestors who created us, the past that shaped us, the writers who changed the way we saw the world—and how these things intertwine to make us who w... read more

The Book of Beautiful Questions: The Powerful Questions That Will Help You Decide, Create, Connect, and Lead

Warren Berger

From the bestselling author of A More Beautiful Question, hundreds of big and small questions that harness the magic of inquiry to tackle challenges we all face--at work, in our relationships, and beyond.When confronted with almost any demanding situation, the act of questioning can help guide us to smart decisions. By asking questions, we can analyze, learn, and move forward in the face of un... read more

From the bestselling author of A More Beautiful Question, hundreds of big and small questions that harness the magic of inquiry to tackle challenges we all face--at work, in our relationships, and beyond.When confronted with almost any demanding situation, the act of questioning can help guide us to smart decisions. By asking questions, we can analyze, learn, and move forward in the face of un... read more

Mod Mirage: The Midcentury Architecture of Rancho Mirage

Melissa Riche, Jim Riche

No longer overshadowed by neighboring Palm Springs, Mod Mirage reveals in photos and stories the historic homes and communities of Rancho Mirage that make up its significant midcentury heritage. Mod Mirage documents the architecturally innovative homes and communities that were built on and adjacent to the historic Thunderbird and Tamarisk Country Clubs from 1950 to 1970, in what is now the co... read more

No longer overshadowed by neighboring Palm Springs, Mod Mirage reveals in photos and stories the historic homes and communities of Rancho Mirage that make up its significant midcentury heritage. Mod Mirage documents the architecturally innovative homes and communities that were built on and adjacent to the historic Thunderbird and Tamarisk Country Clubs from 1950 to 1970, in what is now the co... read more

Deadwood's Al Swearingen: Manifest Evil in the Gem Theatre

Jerry L. Bryant;Barbara Fifer

"He was the meanest man in the meanest town Deadwood. Prone to violence, ruthless in romance, and cutthroat in business, Al Swearingen ran the Gem Theatre with a cunning and wicked self-interest and his fists." Come along for an inside look at the life and times of "the Devil of Deadwood." You've followed his wicked misdeeds and cuss-filled rants on the HBO series Deadwood (as played by Ian Mc... read more

"He was the meanest man in the meanest town Deadwood. Prone to violence, ruthless in romance, and cutthroat in business, Al Swearingen ran the Gem Theatre with a cunning and wicked self-interest and his fists." Come along for an inside look at the life and times of "the Devil of Deadwood." You've followed his wicked misdeeds and cuss-filled rants on the HBO series Deadwood (as played by Ian Mc... read more

Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit Fourth Edition

Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit Fourth Edition. Two books

Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit Fourth Edition. Two books

Nurse Life Care Planning Scope and Standards of Practice

American Association of Nurse Life Care Planners, MBA, BSN, RN, CNLCP, Joan Schofield, RN, CRRN, CCM, CLCP, MSCC, CNLCP, Nancy Zangmeister, MS, RN, CLNC, LNCP-C, CMSP, Becky Czarnik, MSN, RN, MSCC, CLCP, CNLCP, Lori Dickson, RN, BSN, CRRN, CNLCP, Jacquelyn Godlove-Morris, MN, RN-BC, CCRN, CCM, CNLCP, LNCC, Wendie A. Howland, MSN, RN, CNLCP, CCM, Shelly Kinney, RN, CCM, LNCC, CNLCP, CLCP, MSCC, CBIS, CEAS II, Victoria Powell, RN, LMT, CCM, CLCP, CNLCP, MSCC, LNCC, Patricia Rapson, RN, CCM, CDMS, CNLCP, MSCC, Anne Sambucini

The Deposition Handbook,Revised 5th Edition

DENNIS SUPLEE, NICOLE REIMANN

Widely regarded as the definitive text on taking and defending depositions, the Deposition Handbook provides practical advice on every stage of deposition. In this revised Fifth Edition, Dennis Suplee and Nicole Reimann provide specific techniques for eliciting information, guidelines for video depositions, case studies, checklists, numerous examples, rules of conduct, and sample questions. Th... read more

Widely regarded as the definitive text on taking and defending depositions, the Deposition Handbook provides practical advice on every stage of deposition. In this revised Fifth Edition, Dennis Suplee and Nicole Reimann provide specific techniques for eliciting information, guidelines for video depositions, case studies, checklists, numerous examples, rules of conduct, and sample questions. Th... read more

Becoming a Trial Lawyer A Guide for the Lifelong Advocate

Rick Friedman

In the first edition of Becoming a Trial Lawyer, legendary advocate Rick Friedman taught us that the process of becoming a trial lawyer doesn't end. Now, Friedman returns in this second edition with new lessons on losing, comparing yourself to others, luck, and more that prove a true advocate's education is never finished. Trial law is not for the weak of heart. Advocates at any stage of their... read more

In the first edition of Becoming a Trial Lawyer, legendary advocate Rick Friedman taught us that the process of becoming a trial lawyer doesn't end. Now, Friedman returns in this second edition with new lessons on losing, comparing yourself to others, luck, and more that prove a true advocate's education is never finished. Trial law is not for the weak of heart. Advocates at any stage of their... read more

You Can't Teach Hungry: Creating the Multimillion Dollar Law Firm, Revised 1st Edition

John Morgan

This book is the ultimate guide to building the multimillion-dollar law firm. In You Can't Teach Hungry, John Morgan shares his secrets, laying out a chapter-by-chapter road map to a sustainable legal practice. Morgan takes you through his earliest life lessons and combines them with practical advice he's gained from twenty-eight years of experience practicing law. You will see the inside work... read more

This book is the ultimate guide to building the multimillion-dollar law firm. In You Can't Teach Hungry, John Morgan shares his secrets, laying out a chapter-by-chapter road map to a sustainable legal practice. Morgan takes you through his earliest life lessons and combines them with practical advice he's gained from twenty-eight years of experience practicing law. You will see the inside work... read more

the Traders

Jack Roberts

Combining mysticism, wisdom, magic, and wonder into a lamenting tale of letting go of what you thought you were in order to be who you are, The Traders is transforming the lives of readers. Jack Roberts’ fable tells the magical story of a nameless broken man and a wandering gypsy of a woman as they take a sojourn around the world in search of what it means to be alive. His quest will lead him ... read more

Combining mysticism, wisdom, magic, and wonder into a lamenting tale of letting go of what you thought you were in order to be who you are, The Traders is transforming the lives of readers. Jack Roberts’ fable tells the magical story of a nameless broken man and a wandering gypsy of a woman as they take a sojourn around the world in search of what it means to be alive. His quest will lead him ... read more

Testosterone Replacement Therapy - Miracle or Killer: The Truth about this Controversial Therapy

Robert Cope MD

In March 2015, the FDA released a warning that Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) may be associated with heart attack, stroke, and death. That warning has caused a lot of consternation and worry to those patients who are on or could need testosterone replacement in the future, and has put physicians who prescribe this therapy in an uncomfortable position. Feeling that the data that has bee... read more

In March 2015, the FDA released a warning that Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) may be associated with heart attack, stroke, and death. That warning has caused a lot of consternation and worry to those patients who are on or could need testosterone replacement in the future, and has put physicians who prescribe this therapy in an uncomfortable position. Feeling that the data that has bee... read more

Make Some Room: Powerful Life Lessons Inspired by an Epic 16-day Colorado River Rafting Trip Through Grand Canyon

Angie Mattson Stegall

In June of 2013, author Angie Mattson Stegall and her then-boyfriend/now-husband Nelson spent sixteen days rafting 225 miles of the Colorado River through Grand Canyon. Having never done a trip like this before, she wasn’t really sure what to expect. Thankfully, the friends who invited them prepared them well: 1. Take everything you think you will need. 2. Leave everything else behind. Turns o... read more

In June of 2013, author Angie Mattson Stegall and her then-boyfriend/now-husband Nelson spent sixteen days rafting 225 miles of the Colorado River through Grand Canyon. Having never done a trip like this before, she wasn’t really sure what to expect. Thankfully, the friends who invited them prepared them well: 1. Take everything you think you will need. 2. Leave everything else behind. Turns o... read more

Two Moons: Memories from a World with One

Re Johnston

Reincarnation offers a second chance . . . but it comes with strings attached. On Jay's world coming of age is a big deal. That's when the recollections start. Recollections are powerful dreams filled with memories of the dreamer's previous life on Earth. They can lay the foundation of a successful second life, even change the world. Jay remembers everything of the woman he was on Earth. Ri Su... read more

Reincarnation offers a second chance . . . but it comes with strings attached. On Jay's world coming of age is a big deal. That's when the recollections start. Recollections are powerful dreams filled with memories of the dreamer's previous life on Earth. They can lay the foundation of a successful second life, even change the world. Jay remembers everything of the woman he was on Earth. Ri Su... read more

In a Boulder's Shadow

James Mandeville (Jm) Briggs

When you've been brought to your knees, once you're able to stand again, where do you go? In a Boulder's Shadow begins a week into the New Year. A college baseball player kneels in the snow on a Chicago sidewalk, staring at the bodies of his friend and an eleven-year-old boy. Knowing his failed attempt to rescue the child from a gang initiation led to their deaths, he begins roaming aimlessly ... read more

When you've been brought to your knees, once you're able to stand again, where do you go? In a Boulder's Shadow begins a week into the New Year. A college baseball player kneels in the snow on a Chicago sidewalk, staring at the bodies of his friend and an eleven-year-old boy. Knowing his failed attempt to rescue the child from a gang initiation led to their deaths, he begins roaming aimlessly ... read more

I Want To Be A P.R.I.N.C.I.P.A.L.: Nine Steps That Will Take You From Classroom to Front Office

Joyce Montalbano

Are you a classroom teacher who wants to expand your career in education? This book is a must read for any teacher who wants to become a school principal If you are thinking of becoming a school administrator and perhaps returning to school to earn your doctorate, you will want to look at the entire PROCESS that will get you there. From resumé to interviews, from classroom to front office, thi... read more

Are you a classroom teacher who wants to expand your career in education? This book is a must read for any teacher who wants to become a school principal If you are thinking of becoming a school administrator and perhaps returning to school to earn your doctorate, you will want to look at the entire PROCESS that will get you there. From resumé to interviews, from classroom to front office, thi... read more

Solipsism

Noel Luis Nuñez

They’re the last two people on the planet. And sworn enemies.Teens Jack Higgins and Skylar Williams are polar opposites. Jack is a word nerd who has a better chance of winning a spelling bee than surviving an apocalypse. Skylar is a tough tomboy with a potentially deadly secret who longs for a life of her own away from her overprotective father.Then the world goes dark and the mysterious creat... read more

They’re the last two people on the planet. And sworn enemies.Teens Jack Higgins and Skylar Williams are polar opposites. Jack is a word nerd who has a better chance of winning a spelling bee than surviving an apocalypse. Skylar is a tough tomboy with a potentially deadly secret who longs for a life of her own away from her overprotective father.Then the world goes dark and the mysterious creat... read more

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