Nena Rawdah

Nena Rawdah - Editor

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Nena Rawdah brings 17 years of publishing and bookselling experience to your writing about food, art, history, culture, and business.

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Overview

I bring 17 years of experience editing nonfiction for publishers and independent authors. As a longtime bookseller and bookstore buyer, I learned to identify writing that sells. I have a special passion for books on food and material culture, so bring me your cookbook, your treatise on cool collectibles, or your scholarly writing about art history. I love working on books about home economics and entrepreneurship, because I believe in helping people take charge of their lives. I'm a speedy and skillful fact checker, a dab hand with references and citations, and an Editors Canada certified copy editor. I also offer indexing for cookbooks. My clients describe me as "quick, meticulous, and flexible."
Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Antiques & Collectibles
Art
Business & Management
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
DIY & Crafts
Fashion & Textiles
History
Writing & Publishing

Certifications

  • Editors Canada Copy Editing

Work experience

Owner

St. Johns Booksellers
July, 2004 – February, 2016 (over 11 years)

Owned and operated a full-service, new and used neighbourhood bookstore. Selected new titles from publisher offerings each season, and identified the right used books to serve the diverse interests of my neighbours. Oversaw publicity, social media, marketing, author events, staffing, and finances.

Editorial Assistant

Collectors Press
September, 2002 – January, 2003 (4 months)

Edited and proofread manuscripts, including illustrated nonfiction and cookbooks. Wrote jacket copy for books. Requested and assembled promotional blurbs from appropriate sources. Communicated with authors and publisher. Located and secured artwork. Researched permissions for art and quotations. Prepared required Library of Congress deposit filings for new publications.

Editor

Self-employed
August, 2001 – Present (about 19 years)

Edited, indexed, proofread, and performed bibliographic research for manuscripts, marketing materials, academic writing, and business correspondence for individual clients via word of mouth and online services. Recent book projects include The Great Mental Models by Shane Parrish and Rhiannon Beaubien (Farnam Street, 2019), The Da Vinci Legacy by Dr. Jean-Pierre Isbouts and Christopher Heath Brown (Apollo Publishers, 2019), The Great Mental Models, Vol. 2 (Farnam Street, 2020), and Infamous Bodies: Early Black Women Celebrities and the Cultures of Human Rights by Dr. Samantha Pinto (Duke University Press, 2020).

Portfolio (8 selected works)

The da Vinci Legacy: How a 16th Century Solitary Genius Became a Global Pop Icon

Dr. Jean-Pierre Isbouts, Christopher Heath Brown

For the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, an acclaimed art historian and an art connoisseur uncover how this elusive artist became a pop icon with megastar status in modern times. Virtually everyone would agree that Leonardo da Vinci was the most important artist of the High Renaissance. Although he produced few finished works, it was Leonardo who singlehandedly created the defin... read more

For the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, an acclaimed art historian and an art connoisseur uncover how this elusive artist became a pop icon with megastar status in modern times. Virtually everyone would agree that Leonardo da Vinci was the most important artist of the High Renaissance. Although he produced few finished works, it was Leonardo who singlehandedly created the defin... read more

Retro Diner: Comfort Food from the American Roadside

Linda Everett

This colorful cookbook takes the reader on a culinary and cultural tour of American roadside diners of the 1950s and 1960s. Cooking enthusiast Everett extols the pleasures of comfort foods such as burgers, milkshakes, meatloaf, and homemade pie in the chapter introductions. Recipes include, for example, southern style corn fritters, real Scotch broth, red flannel hash, and apple pan dowdy. Ann... read more

This colorful cookbook takes the reader on a culinary and cultural tour of American roadside diners of the 1950s and 1960s. Cooking enthusiast Everett extols the pleasures of comfort foods such as burgers, milkshakes, meatloaf, and homemade pie in the chapter introductions. Recipes include, for example, southern style corn fritters, real Scotch broth, red flannel hash, and apple pan dowdy. Ann... read more

Story Driven: You don't need to compete when you know who you are

Bernadette Jiwa

"When you have something to say, you don't need to shout. Bernadette Jiwa helps us learn how to create the change we seek to make in the world."SETH GODINEvery one of us—regardless of where we were born, how we were brought up, how many setbacks we’ve endured or privileges we’ve been afforded—has been conditioned to compete to win. Ironically, the people who create fulfilling lives and careers... read more

"When you have something to say, you don't need to shout. Bernadette Jiwa helps us learn how to create the change we seek to make in the world."SETH GODINEvery one of us—regardless of where we were born, how we were brought up, how many setbacks we’ve endured or privileges we’ve been afforded—has been conditioned to compete to win. Ironically, the people who create fulfilling lives and careers... read more

The Right Story: A brief guide to changing the world

Bernadette Jiwa

"Every Jiwa book is a special event, and this one is no exception. Memorable stories about stories, practical, hard-won insights about how people change and why. Short and powerful."SETH GODINSometimes bad ideas succeed, and we can’t stop them.Sometimes good ideas fail and we can’t save them.But we can learn from those failures and improve our chances of success. There is no such thing as a ba... read more

"Every Jiwa book is a special event, and this one is no exception. Memorable stories about stories, practical, hard-won insights about how people change and why. Short and powerful."SETH GODINSometimes bad ideas succeed, and we can’t stop them.Sometimes good ideas fail and we can’t save them.But we can learn from those failures and improve our chances of success. There is no such thing as a ba... read more

Come Fly With Us!: A Global History of the Airline Hostess

Johanna Omelia, Michael Waldock

The history of flight attendants, their tasks, attire, mystique, and eventual legal rights are told in this slightly oversized (9.25x11) volume. Much of the book is filled with historic advertisements and promotional photos of airlines worldwide, though US airlines are the predominant focus. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

The history of flight attendants, their tasks, attire, mystique, and eventual legal rights are told in this slightly oversized (9.25x11) volume. Much of the book is filled with historic advertisements and promotional photos of airlines worldwide, though US airlines are the predominant focus. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Retro Pies: A Collection of Celebrated Family Recipes

Linda Everett

Queen of retro Linda Everett takes us back to a time when all meals were made from scratch and mealtimes were a family affair. From the colonial New England coast to the Wild West, RETRO PIES takes readers on a sojourn for the ultimate in comfort food. Classics such as Miz Lizzie’s Chess Pie, Beacon Hill Apple Pie, Martha’s Cherry Pie, and Red Brick Cafe’s Banana Cream Pie are sure to become f... read more

Queen of retro Linda Everett takes us back to a time when all meals were made from scratch and mealtimes were a family affair. From the colonial New England coast to the Wild West, RETRO PIES takes readers on a sojourn for the ultimate in comfort food. Classics such as Miz Lizzie’s Chess Pie, Beacon Hill Apple Pie, Martha’s Cherry Pie, and Red Brick Cafe’s Banana Cream Pie are sure to become f... read more

Retro Food Fiascos: A Collection of Curious Concoctions (Retro Series)

Kathy Casey

Banana meatloaf, tuna Jell-O salad, and Spam smoothies—borderline tummy-turners to downright doubtful, RETRO FOOD FIASCOS is a showcase of culinary curiosities from some of America’s favorite magazines, cookbooks, and food companies. In the name of nutrition and creative cooking, the marketing and recipe writers of the 1950s cooked up some very suspicious combinations. Innovations in food proc... read more

Banana meatloaf, tuna Jell-O salad, and Spam smoothies—borderline tummy-turners to downright doubtful, RETRO FOOD FIASCOS is a showcase of culinary curiosities from some of America’s favorite magazines, cookbooks, and food companies. In the name of nutrition and creative cooking, the marketing and recipe writers of the 1950s cooked up some very suspicious combinations. Innovations in food proc... read more

The Great Mental Models: General Thinking Concepts

Farnam Street, Shane Parrish, Rhiannon Beaubien

The old saying goes, ''To the man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.'' But anyone who has done any kind of project knows a hammer often isn't enough. The more tools you have at your disposal, the more likely you'll use the right tool for the job -- and get it done right. The same is true when it comes to your thinking. The quality of your outcomes depends on the mental models in your... read more

The old saying goes, ''To the man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.'' But anyone who has done any kind of project knows a hammer often isn't enough. The more tools you have at your disposal, the more likely you'll use the right tool for the job -- and get it done right. The same is true when it comes to your thinking. The quality of your outcomes depends on the mental models in your... read more

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