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Nevin Mays

Nevin Mays - Editor

Portland, OR, United States

My goal is to guide writers to their best work, to coach them in eloquence and clarity, to lead them to their best stories and storytelling.

Overview

I'm a successful editor with a 15-year track record of identifying the best storytelling and coaching writers to their most delightful use of language. I love working with authors, helping to build and grow their careers.

I edited five books in a series called Complete and Explained for Scholastic Book Clubs' Storia e-book app. We selected documents that were on the Common Core exemplars list. These included the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights, The New Colossus (poem on the Statue of Liberty), the Gettysburg Address, and the Declaration of Independence. These are docs recommended be read—and understood—by eleven- and twelve-year-olds. Even the briefest of these docs, however, are pretty dense and use archaic English, so we “translated” them. First, we included the text verbatim, then section by section, we re-wrote it, using modern language. Then we explained the context of the document and the reason the words were chosen. As an example, we explained what “we hold these truths to be self-evident” means using words today’s students understand, then we gave some background about why the writers of those words felt it was necessary to say so—that they wanted to make it clear that the rights they were claiming weren’t up for debate, but were inherent to the human race, no matter your country.

Note: Storia is a proprietary e-reading app available only to Scholastic Book Clubs teachers and schools, so the books described above are not available to the general public.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade Children's Picture Books Fantasy Literature Romance Short Story Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Children's Books (Non-Fiction) Education & Reference

Certifications

  • Certificate in Book Publishing, New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Work experience

Storyteller

Green Bean Books

October, 2016 – Present (2 months)

I run baby storytime for Green Bean Books in Portland, Ore. Each week I select a different theme, and then read books and sing songs pertaining to that theme. For example, an "outdoors" theme includes songs about the weather, trees, and squirrels, and books with similar themes. I incorporate movement and parent-baby interaction as much as possible.

Owner

Nevin Mays is self-employed

April, 2015 – Present (over 1 year)

I coach writers and authors in finding their voice, honing their plot, and identifying their target audience. I offer guidance about how to appeal to agents and editors, and in working with publishers of all sizes.

Editorial Manager, eBooks

Scholastic

March, 2012 – August, 2014 (over 2 years)

I edited nonfiction picture books for toddlers, kindergartners, and first graders, as well as a short series of e-books that explained and gave context for major historical documents and speeches for upper elementary students.

I was also the editorial manager for Storia, Scholsastic's proprietary e-reading app, which means I was a curator, of sorts. I created book bundles around seasonality, topic, reading level...you name it, using my deep knowledge and understanding of children's reading habits and interests.

Associate Acquisitions Editor

Penguin Random House

March, 2007 – March, 2012 (almost 5 years)

I selected the most exceptional, most interesting, most informative children's and teen books for inclusion on our children's audiobook list. We acquired from all major US and Canadian publishers, so I developed a high level view of the industry and an eye for what works.

Copyeditor

Government Technology magazine

August, 2000 – July, 2002 (almost 2 years)

Government Technology is a nationally distributed magazine the covers, as the name suggests, technology and its uses in the state and local government sector. Technology can be hard to cover for the layman, and government workings tend to be dry, so I worked with writers to craft articles that were informative and clear, but still eloquent. I ensured writers maintained the tone of the magazine without sacrificing their unique voice. And of course, I edited for accuracy, grammar, spelling, etc.

Portfolio (6 selected works)

The Genetics of Health: Understand Your Genes for Better Health

Sharad P. Paul

Take charge of your health by understanding the connection between our evolutionary past and our future wellbeing with this practical guide to personalized health and nutrition—from distinguished physician Dr. Sharad Paul.Recognized as one of the best in his field, surgeon, academic, and philanthropist, Dr. Sharad Paul combines everyday health with evolutionary biology and explains how to impr... read more

Take charge of your health by understanding the connection between our evolutionary past and our future wellbeing with this practical guide to personalized health and nutrition—from distinguished physician Dr. Sharad Paul.Recognized as one of the best in his field, surgeon, academic, and philanthropist, Dr. Sharad Paul combines everyday health with evolutionary biology and explains how to impr... read more

Hopeful Healing: Essays on Managing Recovery and Surviving Addiction

Mackenzie Phillips

Actress and author of the courageous New York Times bestselling memoir High on Arrival, Mackenzie Phillips—Hollywood’s go-to person on substance abuse and a visible and outspoken advocate for addiction awareness and education—brings her knowledge and voice on the subject of recovery for the first time, and shares her experiences for those who are trying to overcome addiction.As the daughter of... read more

Actress and author of the courageous New York Times bestselling memoir High on Arrival, Mackenzie Phillips—Hollywood’s go-to person on substance abuse and a visible and outspoken advocate for addiction awareness and education—brings her knowledge and voice on the subject of recovery for the first time, and shares her experiences for those who are trying to overcome addiction.As the daughter of... read more

Like the Red Sky at Morning (Forget Me Not Book 2)

Brielle Skye

The story of Maxie and Isaac continues in the sequel to SOLITUDE OF A BIRDCAGE as the two lovers learn that some memories can't be erased, and the past is never far behind. She had a choice, and she chose him, only to be left guilt-ridden and heartbroken. Now Maxie Shannen is determined to move on from the past she shared with Isaac Cole—especially since he still doesn't remember it. Seeking c... read more

The story of Maxie and Isaac continues in the sequel to SOLITUDE OF A BIRDCAGE as the two lovers learn that some memories can't be erased, and the past is never far behind. She had a choice, and she chose him, only to be left guilt-ridden and heartbroken. Now Maxie Shannen is determined to move on from the past she shared with Isaac Cole—especially since he still doesn't remember it. Seeking c... read more

Animal Travel (Disney, Mickey Mouse Club House) (Smart Pad)

Reading and learning come to life with these interactive Smart Pads. Travel the animal world with Mickey and his gang. Press the pictures to hear fun sounds and find out cool facts.

Reading and learning come to life with these interactive Smart Pads. Travel the animal world with Mickey and his gang. Press the pictures to hear fun sounds and find out cool facts.

Princess Lessons (Sofia the First Smart Pad)

Reading and learning come to life with these interactive Smart Pads. Press the pictures to hear fun sounds and find out cool facts. And learn how to be a thoughtful royal with Sofia the First.

Reading and learning come to life with these interactive Smart Pads. Press the pictures to hear fun sounds and find out cool facts. And learn how to be a thoughtful royal with Sofia the First.

Color Me Buddha: Express Yourself to De-Stress Yourself

Matthew Smith

Express your inner artist while finding your inner peace as you color the intricately lush and stunning drawings by artist Matthew Smith. His motifs bring to life mythic struggles of man versus beast that will rouse your creative muse. The exquisite details Matt weaves into each of his creations reels you back to a place of solemn contemplation with images of animal strength and feminine grace... read more

Express your inner artist while finding your inner peace as you color the intricately lush and stunning drawings by artist Matthew Smith. His motifs bring to life mythic struggles of man versus beast that will rouse your creative muse. The exquisite details Matt weaves into each of his creations reels you back to a place of solemn contemplation with images of animal strength and feminine grace... read more

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