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Monica James

Monica James - Editor

New York, NY, United States

Veteran copy editor for leading New York City publishers who enjoys collaborating with writers to make their work the best it can be.

Overview

Reviews (6)

I'm a copy editor and proofreader with more than 15 years' experience and a diverse client list that includes St. Martin's, Penguin Random House, Regan Arts, John Wiley & Sons, and Page Street Publishing. Whether it's a novel or a cookbook, I love polishing a manuscript until it shines. I excel at eagle-eyed proofreading, concise edits, and kindly worded suggestions for tweaks to bring out the best in each author's work. Please get in touch if you'd like to discuss your project.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Paranormal Romance Romance Thriller

Work experience

Copy Editor

Scholastic
February, 2009 – May, 2015 (about 6 years)

Freelance Copy Editor/Proofreader

Self-Employed
October, 2004 – Present (almost 13 years)

Clients include St. Martin's, Wiley, Random House, Regan Arts, as well as Glamour, Vanity Fair, Food & Wine, Martha Stewart, and Rolling Stone.

Portfolio (15 selected works)

The Prophet

Kahlil Gibran

2015 Reprint of the 1923 Edition. Kahlil Gibran's masterpiece, "The Prophet", is one of the most beloved classics of our time. Published in 1923, it has been translated into more than twenty languages, and the American editions alone have sold more than nine million copies. "The Prophet" is a collection of poetic essays that are philosophical, spiritual, and, above all, inspirational. Gibran's... read more

2015 Reprint of the 1923 Edition. Kahlil Gibran's masterpiece, "The Prophet", is one of the most beloved classics of our time. Published in 1923, it has been translated into more than twenty languages, and the American editions alone have sold more than nine million copies. "The Prophet" is a collection of poetic essays that are philosophical, spiritual, and, above all, inspirational. Gibran's... read more

Angel Lane

Sheila Roberts

With irresistible humor, warmth, and affection, author Sheila Roberts serves up a generous, open-hearted story about the friendships we make, the chances we take, and the lives we touch every day. Keep the heart in Heart Lake. That's exactly what three small-town shop owners hope to do when they launch their "Have a Heart" campaign-asking neighbors to commit one random act of kindness every da... read more

With irresistible humor, warmth, and affection, author Sheila Roberts serves up a generous, open-hearted story about the friendships we make, the chances we take, and the lives we touch every day. Keep the heart in Heart Lake. That's exactly what three small-town shop owners hope to do when they launch their "Have a Heart" campaign-asking neighbors to commit one random act of kindness every da... read more

Your Next Breath (Catherine Ling)

Iris Johansen

SHE CAN RUN FROM THE PAST. Catherine Ling created a brand-new life for herself, far from her rough beginnings on the streets of Hong Kong. But someone has followed her trail...and is playing a deadly game with her, striking closer to her heart with each blow. First, there's the death of the former prostitute who helped Catherine when she was still a child. Next, the CIA operative who had known... read more

SHE CAN RUN FROM THE PAST. Catherine Ling created a brand-new life for herself, far from her rough beginnings on the streets of Hong Kong. But someone has followed her trail...and is playing a deadly game with her, striking closer to her heart with each blow. First, there's the death of the former prostitute who helped Catherine when she was still a child. Next, the CIA operative who had known... read more

Close My Eyes: The Emotional and Intriguing Psychological Suspense Thriller

Sophie McKenzie

Everything she knows about her life is a lie. When Geniver gave birth to a stillborn daughter, her whole world came crashing down. Eight years later, she and her husband, Art, have slipped into the kind of rut that seems inescapable. But then a stranger shows up at their home, telling Gen the very thing she's always wanted to hear…How far will she go to learn the truth?It's insane, unbelievabl... read more

Everything she knows about her life is a lie. When Geniver gave birth to a stillborn daughter, her whole world came crashing down. Eight years later, she and her husband, Art, have slipped into the kind of rut that seems inescapable. But then a stranger shows up at their home, telling Gen the very thing she's always wanted to hear…How far will she go to learn the truth?It's insane, unbelievabl... read more

Live and Let Love: An Agent Ex Novel

Gina Robinson

Live and Let LoveGina RobinsonThough Willow Pierce has moved forward since her husband died two years ago, she can't ignore her sixth sense that Jack is alive.When newcomer Con Russo comes to town, Willow is convinced he's Jack. She'd never forget his eyes. Willow is determined to learn the truth about Con's identity―even if it means brazenly seducing him. Secret agent Jack Pierce was almost k... read more

Live and Let LoveGina RobinsonThough Willow Pierce has moved forward since her husband died two years ago, she can't ignore her sixth sense that Jack is alive.When newcomer Con Russo comes to town, Willow is convinced he's Jack. She'd never forget his eyes. Willow is determined to learn the truth about Con's identity―even if it means brazenly seducing him. Secret agent Jack Pierce was almost k... read more

The Rope: An Anna Pigeon Novel (Anna Pigeon Mysteries)

Nevada Barr

The RopeNevada BarrIt's 1995. Fresh off the bus from New York City, a broken-hearted 35-year-old named Anna Pigeon takes her first job as a park employee: a decidedly unglamorous, seasonal stint at the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. On her day off, she goes hiking alone in the park―never to return. Her co-workers assume she's moved on since her cabin is cleaned out. But when Anna wake... read more

The RopeNevada BarrIt's 1995. Fresh off the bus from New York City, a broken-hearted 35-year-old named Anna Pigeon takes her first job as a park employee: a decidedly unglamorous, seasonal stint at the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. On her day off, she goes hiking alone in the park―never to return. Her co-workers assume she's moved on since her cabin is cleaned out. But when Anna wake... read more

Eyes of a Child

Richard North Patterson

A man has been found dead, a gun still wedged in his mouth. It looks like Ricardo Arias killed himself…but the physical evidence tells a different story. The police investigation turns up all sorts of troubling data―a bitter estrangement between Ricardo and his wife, Terri; an ugly custody battle over their six-year-old daughter, Elena; charges of child molestation. And before long there's a m... read more

A man has been found dead, a gun still wedged in his mouth. It looks like Ricardo Arias killed himself…but the physical evidence tells a different story. The police investigation turns up all sorts of troubling data―a bitter estrangement between Ricardo and his wife, Terri; an ugly custody battle over their six-year-old daughter, Elena; charges of child molestation. And before long there's a m... read more

The Uncollected David Rakoff: Including the entire text of Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish (An Anchor Books Original)

David Rakoff

Bestselling and Thurber Prize–winning humorist David Rakoff was one of the most original, delightfully acerbic voices of his generation. Here, in one place, is the best of his previously uncollected material—most never before published in book form. David Rakoff’s singular personality spills from every page of this witty and entertaining volume, which includes travel features, early fiction wo... read more

Bestselling and Thurber Prize–winning humorist David Rakoff was one of the most original, delightfully acerbic voices of his generation. Here, in one place, is the best of his previously uncollected material—most never before published in book form. David Rakoff’s singular personality spills from every page of this witty and entertaining volume, which includes travel features, early fiction wo... read more

The Road to Happiness Is Always Under Construction

Linda Gray

To celebrate her 75th birthday, Linda Gray, the iconic star of Dallas and timeless beauty, is sharing her road map to happiness in her revelatory memoir.When Linda Gray, iconic star of Dallas, was twenty years old, a magazine editor coldly rejected her as a model, writing that, perhaps one day, “you might shape into something.” Since then, Linda has been evolving and growing, and has shaped in... read more

To celebrate her 75th birthday, Linda Gray, the iconic star of Dallas and timeless beauty, is sharing her road map to happiness in her revelatory memoir.When Linda Gray, iconic star of Dallas, was twenty years old, a magazine editor coldly rejected her as a model, writing that, perhaps one day, “you might shape into something.” Since then, Linda has been evolving and growing, and has shaped in... read more

Save the Bees with Natural Backyard Hives: The Easy and Treatment-Free Way to Attract and Keep Healthy Bees

Rob McFarland, Chelsea McFarland

Save the Bees with Natural, Chemical-Free BeekeepingRob and Chelsea McFarland first started caring for bees, then founded the nonprofit HoneyLove, to meet a need often heard today - we've got to save the bees. For more than two decades, honeybee colonies have steadily declined around the world. Bees and other pollinators are one of the most critical components of our food supply - if they disa... read more

Save the Bees with Natural, Chemical-Free BeekeepingRob and Chelsea McFarland first started caring for bees, then founded the nonprofit HoneyLove, to meet a need often heard today - we've got to save the bees. For more than two decades, honeybee colonies have steadily declined around the world. Bees and other pollinators are one of the most critical components of our food supply - if they disa... read more

Lookbook Cookbook: Simple, Delicious, Gluten-free & Vegan Dishes for Fashion Loving Foodies

Jessica Milan

A Lookbook of Style, A Cookbook of Easy RecipesWho says fashionistas can't enjoy delicious food? Jessica Milan, a model-turned-photographer and health-conscious foodie, brings you a lookbook of unique style and a cookbook of tasty vegan and gluten-free meals. Flip through and you will find super simple recipes for smoothies, apps, snacks, mains and treats paired with photos of real girls indul... read more

A Lookbook of Style, A Cookbook of Easy RecipesWho says fashionistas can't enjoy delicious food? Jessica Milan, a model-turned-photographer and health-conscious foodie, brings you a lookbook of unique style and a cookbook of tasty vegan and gluten-free meals. Flip through and you will find super simple recipes for smoothies, apps, snacks, mains and treats paired with photos of real girls indul... read more

The Clever Cookbook: Get-Ahead Strategies and Timesaving Tips for Stress-Free Home Cooking

Emilie Raffa

Get in the Kitchen with Pro Tips, Tricks, Shortcuts & Amazing RecipesThe Clever Cookbook is your kitchen’s new best friend. Emilie Raffa’s debut cookbook is packed with all the timesaving shortcuts and flavor-boosting tips that she learned in culinary school and puts to use daily as a busy mom cooking easy and delicious meals for her family. When you cook with this book, it’s like Emilie is ri... read more

Get in the Kitchen with Pro Tips, Tricks, Shortcuts & Amazing RecipesThe Clever Cookbook is your kitchen’s new best friend. Emilie Raffa’s debut cookbook is packed with all the timesaving shortcuts and flavor-boosting tips that she learned in culinary school and puts to use daily as a busy mom cooking easy and delicious meals for her family. When you cook with this book, it’s like Emilie is ri... read more

Nourish: The Paleo Healing Cookbook: Easy Yet Flavorful Recipes that Fight Autoimmune Illnesses

Rachael Bryant

Over 120 Easy Recipes That Battle Autoimmune Illness and Heal Your BodyLet Nourish show you just how delicious healing can be! Following the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol can reduce inflammation and ease your autoimmune symptoms with every bite. With over 120 simple, tasty and nutrient-dense recipes, Nourish can help you heal your gut, regain your health and feel great.Recipes like Glazed & Baked ... read more

Over 120 Easy Recipes That Battle Autoimmune Illness and Heal Your BodyLet Nourish show you just how delicious healing can be! Following the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol can reduce inflammation and ease your autoimmune symptoms with every bite. With over 120 simple, tasty and nutrient-dense recipes, Nourish can help you heal your gut, regain your health and feel great.Recipes like Glazed & Baked ... read more

The Ways to New: 15 Paths to Disruptive Innovation

Jean-Marie Dru

Break free and lead the market with the roadmap to Disruption The Ways to New gives you a blueprint for innovation, helping you dig your organization out of the quicksand and get on the fast track to growth. Author Jean-Marie Dru is the originator the Disruption methodology, which he shares here; he is also an international authority on breaking the mold and leading the market, and this book i... read more

Break free and lead the market with the roadmap to Disruption The Ways to New gives you a blueprint for innovation, helping you dig your organization out of the quicksand and get on the fast track to growth. Author Jean-Marie Dru is the originator the Disruption methodology, which he shares here; he is also an international authority on breaking the mold and leading the market, and this book i... read more

Monica has 6 reviews

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Kim Derting

As a traditionally published author, this was my first time working with a freelance copyeditor, and Monica was the right choice for me. She was professional, easy to communicate with, and thorough. Even though I thought my draft was clean (let's face it, it's never clean enough!), she caught the things I'd overlooked and helped bring my manuscript to the next level. I will definitely work with...

, July 2017


Amanda Hadley

She managed to finish the project early and was very detail orientated. I like that she asked questions and provided extra feedback.

, July 2017


Leland Schneider

Monica is a wonderful editor. Highly recommended. She added structure and flow to each sentence. I was expecting strong copy editing but received so much more. I look forward to working with her again.

, July 2017


Lita McCoy

Monica was a joy to work with and everything was on point and on time. I look forward to working with her again on future projects.

, February 2017


Vanessa Waltz

I hired Monica for copy-editing and proofreading my romance novel. Monica was very communicative and did a good job fixing grammatical errors, but I wish she had spent more time fixing redundancies in the text like starting each sentence with same pronouns, repeated words, and identifying passive phrasing. However, she did find multiple continuity issues with my story, which was great.

, November 2016

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