Nitza Jones

Nitza Jones - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Experienced copy editor and proofreader for psychology, business and management texts. Seven years experience at Springer.

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Overview

I have over twenty years’ experience editing and proofreading non-fiction texts in psychiatry, business and management. I've been working at Springer for the past 7 years in acquisitions writing and proofing metadata and copy for business and management text, research and professional books. With this experience, I know first-hand what acquisition editors are looking for in book proposals, marketing text and the shaping of content for particular audiences such as professionals, academics, students and scholars. In my capacity as acquisitions editor, I have a proven track record in nurturing authors, their ideas and manuscripts. I’ve also assisted book series and journal editors in writing marketing copy for their series and journal web pages.

Before working at Springer, I worked for 10 years on clinical psychiatric textbooks including researching, ghostwriting, copy editing and proofreading. In this capacity, I worked on several new editions of 5 titles in the
Kaplan & Sadock clinical psychiatry textbook series, for a total of 16 textbooks.

In my early career, I wrote local newspaper articles and reviewed and proofed manuscripts for both children and fiction books.

With this experience I can provide tailor-made services from a critique of your book proposal to a development edit of your manuscript, tackling structure, style and scope, and including a list of key recommendations. Alternatively, you may just need a consultation on how to approach publishers with your manuscript or book idea. I can provide these services for both fiction and non-fiction titles as well as short stories, essays and journal articles.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Psychology
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Short Story

Certifications

  • Certificate in Editing, NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies – 2008

Work experience

Editor, Business, Management and Finance Books

Springer
March, 2019 – Present (over 2 years)

Responsible for book acquisitions in the Business, Management and Finance book publishing program. Acquires and publish 40 book projects per year, including high profile projects such as Major Reference Works, Textbooks, Professional books and Open Access books. Manages several book series, including two conferences proceeding series and a professional book series. Attends four to six academic/research conferences globally. Mentors an Assistant Editors within the Business and Economics editorial team.
• Meet and negotiate book projects with authors/editors; send proposals and manuscripts out for peer review; modestly guide authors in manuscript development; review incoming manuscripts; write and edit marketing copy
• Act as a liaison between author/editors and production; troubleshoot production issues; answer production and author queries

Editor, Business and Economics

Springer
January, 2018 – March, 2019 (about 1 year)

Responsible for book acquisitions and journal management and development in the Business and Management publishing program. Acquires 32 book projects and publishes 30 titles per year, including high profile projects such as Major Reference Works, Textbooks, Professional books and Open Access books. Responsible for the management and growth of seven academic/research journals. Negotiate and prepare book and journal contracts. Manages several book series, including two conferences proceeding series and a professional book series. Attends four to six academic/research conferences globally. Mentors two Assistant Editors within the Business and Economics editorial team.
• Meet and negotiate book projects with authors/editors; send proposals and manuscripts out for peer review; modestly guide authors in manuscript development; review incoming manuscripts; write and edit marketing copy
• Act as a liaison between author/editors and production; troubleshoot production issues; answer production and author queries
• Guide and advise editors-in-chief of seven academic journals; provides and explains annual journal reports; attends journal editorial board meetings; work with editors-in-chief to increase submissions, citations, Web of Science Impact Factor and usage; help journals apply for major indexing database including Web of Science and Scopus

Associate Editor, Business and Economics

Springer
February, 2016 – January, 2018 (almost 2 years)

Assisted the Editorial Director of the Business and Management program in soliciting and evaluating book proposals, including managing the external peer review process. Negotiated contract terms with authors. Assisted authors with manuscript preparation as needed including evaluating drafts, answer queries regarding our manuscript guidelines. Reviewed incoming manuscript to ensure consistency and adherence to house manuscript guidelines. Provided minor copy editing of final manuscript when necessary. Communicated with authors regarding missing elements or deviation from house style. Prepared final manuscripts for handover to production and remained a point of contact for authors throughout the production process. Proofread covers, front matter and marketing copy. Liaised between author/editors and production. Troubleshoot major production issues and answer production and author queries. Provided editorial support to Editorial Director as needed. Attended four to six academic/research conferences globally. Guided and advised editors-in-chief of five academic journals.

Assistant Editor, Business and Economics

Springer
March, 2013 – February, 2016 (almost 3 years)

Provided editorial support the Editorial Director of the Business and Economics program. Handled non-strategic issues to maintain scholarly journals including updates to editorial board lists on journal website, add calls for papers, and arrange free journal subscriptions for board members. Handled administrative tasks including preparation of publishing agreements, updating internal management systems, requesting author/editor payments, and maintaining journal editorial board lists, etc.
• Managed editorial processes including the peer review process for new proposals
• Managed internal databases and status reports
• Liaised with authors as well as with colleagues in sales, marketing, production and editorial

Editorial Assistant/Project Editor

NYU School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
August, 2002 – March, 2013 (over 10 years)

Assisted the editor of psychiatric textbook series. Copy edited, proofread, and revised text in MS Word, hard copy, and Adobe Acrobat. Maintain style sheet. Proofread proofs against copyedits for typos, grammar, and consistency. Search for references for reference lists. Add updated material when necessary. Review and incorporate all edits from editors, contributing editors, contributors, editorial assistant, and freelancers. Handle all incoming and outgoing permission requests from publishers, authors, and American Psychiatric Association. Contact and coordinate outside reviewers. Coordinate distribution of gratis books and payment checks to editors, contributing editors, and contributors. Perform administrative duties such as answering phones, faxing, copying, and filing.
• Act as liaison between editors; publishers and executives at Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; Silverchair and Aptara Corp compositors; and over 1,000 textbook contributors. Handle inquiries, maintain timely production schedule, collect and distribute manuscripts, and handle book orders and distribution.
• Create, continually maintain and update extensive filing system that houses over 30,000 manuscript pages and all other files related to book production.
• Helped bring to market 17 textbooks within the series.

Portfolio (16 selected works)

Kaplan and Sadock's Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry (2 Volume Set)

Sadock, Benjamin J., Sadock, Virginia A., Ruiz MD, Dr. Pedro

Kaplan and Sadock's Concise Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Sadock MD, Benjamin J., Sadock MD, Virginia Alcott

Kaplan and Sadock's Synopsis of Psychiatry: Behavioral Sciences/Clinical Psychiatry

Sadock, Benjamin J., Sadock, Virginia A., Ruiz MD, Dr. Pedro

Kaplan & Sadock's Pocket Handbook of Clinical Psychiatry

Sadock MD, Benjamin J., Ahmad M.D., Samoon, Sadock MD, Virginia A.

Kaplan & Sadock's Pocket Handbook of Psychiatric Drug Treatment

Sadock MD, Benjamin J., Sadock MD, Virginia A., Sussman MD, Norman

Nitza has 4 reviews

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Terrance Hobson
Awesome editor. Gave great, insightful feedback. Will use again!

Terrance Hobson, September 2021


Estelle Mormain
It has been a pleasure collaborating with Nitza. She has done excellent work with my manuscript.

Estelle Mormain, May 2021


MonicaFaye Hall
Thank you Nitza! You delivered as promised and more.

MonicaFaye Hall, May 2021


Niema Perkins
My experience with Nitza was great! She was very professional and respectful. Her prices were very reasonable and within by budget. She was easy to work with and provided very insightful feedback and editorial suggestions. This being my first time writing a book and going through the editing process, I thought her feedback would have me feeling overwhelmed, but I received it well. I was so i...
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Niema Perkins, January 2021

Nitza Jones
Thank you, Niema, for your kind words. I enjoyed reading your work and to collaborating with you. I look forward to seeing the next draft.

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