Mollie Madden

Mollie Madden - Editor

Greenville, NC, USA

Versatile copy editor and proofreader with experience in academic publishing and a passion for romance, fantasy, and historical fiction.

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I have several years experience formatting, copy editing, and proofreading academic manuscripts, especially in the social sciences and humanities. I have worked on collections of articles, journals, and monographs, as well as dissertations, individual articles, and book proposals. Several of these projects involved working with multiple authors from around the world, and I am both familiar and comfortable working with authors writing in a second or third language--I know how hard that can be! I've worked on projects published by Berghahn Books, Cambridge University Press, and Boydell & Brewer. I'm familiar with the major citation systems, and I have an eye for detail--even in the footnotes. I've published an academic book so I also have an author's experience of academic publishing.

I am open to some fiction projects, specifically historical fiction, historical romance, and speculative fiction with historical elements.

I have a PhD in history and have taught history and writing history at the college level. My services include developmental editing, copy editing, proofreading, formatting, and indexing.

"I recently hired Mollie to proofread and provide notes on my book before beginning the process of querying agents. Her attention to detail helped me polish the manuscript to a shine, giving me the confidence to know that I was putting my best work forward. And as she is a published and experienced writer herself, I found Mollie to be a source of valuable insights to me along the way. I could be no more satisfied when my submission garnered interest from multiple agents with offers of representation. Whether you are a writer at the beginning of your project or near the end, looking for developmental input or more detailed line edits, you would be fortunate to have your work Mollie-fied!" -- B. Boey
English (UK)
English (US)

Work experience

Freelance copy editor, proofreader, and indexer

May, 2009 – Present (about 13 years)

I've been freelance editing while working in academia.

Assistant Editor

Center for Austrian Studies
September, 2009 – May, 2014 (over 4 years)

While at CAS I was the assistant editor for the Austrian History Yearbook (Cambridge University Press), which involved formatting, light copy editing, and proofing the annual journal, as well as handling administrative and logistical tasks related to publishing the journal. I was also an editorial assistant on a volume for Austrian and Habsburg Studies (Berghahn Books).

Mollie has 2 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

David McCormack
Molly did an excellent job working with me through editing my 1st book. She was responsive, professional, and reliable.

David McCormack, January 2022

Nadia Blair
Mollie was friendly, professional, and provided great feedback on my query letter and synopsis. She gave me great suggestions on how to revise my query letter/ marketing blurb. I would definitely work with her again. Thanks!

Nadia Blair, May 2021

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