Patricia Fogarty

Patricia Fogarty - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Seasoned line editor, copy editor, proofreader of fiction (cozy mysteries, romance) and nonfiction (natural history, reference, self-help)

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Overview

In a 35-year freelance editing career, I’ve worked for Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Princeton University Press, and many other publishers. I helped develop three successful self-published nonfiction titles (The French Twist by Carol Cottrill, and two volumes by “the Simply Luxurious Life” author Shannon Ables). As a line editor, I’m skilled at improving the quality of writing while maintaining the author’s voice. I’m a good communicator and always strive to be easy to work with. I’m very careful with details and always meet deadlines.

In addition, I've worked for these publishers as a line editor, copy editor, and proofreader: Chanticleer Press: The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior (2001), companion volume to The Sibley Guide to Birds (2000); HarperCollins, Abbeville Press, Warner Books, Charles Scribner’s Sons, Westchester Book Group, Girl Scouts of America, Roundtable Press, Greenleaf Book Group, AMACOM (division of American Management Association), Watson-Guptill Publications, Berlitz Travellers Guides, and Penguin Travellers Guides.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Contemporary Romance
Cozy Mysteries
Historical Fiction
Non-Fiction
Health & wellbeing
Nature

Work experience

Editorial freelancer

Self-employed
January, 1985 – Present (over 35 years)

For self-published authors and book agents: line and copy editing of books on lifestyle, health and nutrition, public speaking, and other topics.

Penguin Random House: copy editing for Portfolio business imprint and other titles.

Simon & Schuster: copy editing for practical nonfiction imprint Tiller Press and other titles.

Kensington Publishing: copy editing and proofreading of mysteries and other genre fiction.

Princeton University Press: copy editing of natural history, art, and public affairs titles.

American Historical Association: copy editing for monthly newsletter Perspectives on History.

Chanticleer Press: as project manager for The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior (2001), companion volume to The Sibley Guide to Birds (2000), oversaw 48 authors and technical reviews, planned illustrations, supervised editors, edited text; all stages to disc.

MJF Books (packager of Barnes & Noble Classics series, launched 2003): led team of freelance copy editors for ancillary materials. Heavy editing, re-writing of author bios, historical time lines; styled experts' essays; checked facts. Supervised and approved freelancers' work. Prepared 200 titles over four years.

HarperCollins, Abbeville Press, Warner Books, Charles Scribner’s Sons, Book Industry Study Group, Westchester Book Group, Girl Scouts of America, Roundtable Press, Greenleaf Book Group: line editing, copy editing, proofreading, fact checking.

AMACOM (book publishing division American Management Association): line and copy editing of business titles.

The Landmark Ancient Histories: copy edited The Landmark Arrian: The Campaigns of Alexander (Pantheon Books, 2010).

Alison Rooney Communications: copy edited articles for multi-volume Eerdmans Encyclopedia of Early-Christian Art and Archaeology.

Berlitz Travellers Guides and Penguin Travellers Guides: copy editing.

Portfolio (13 selected works)

The French Twist: Twelve Secrets of Decadent Dining and Natural Weight Management

Carol Cottrill

Lessons from the country that knows how to savor delicious food—and still stay slim and healthy. With wit and wisdom, this book explores the attitudes of reverence and respect for food and dining in France—where the average citizen is slimmer and the average life expectancy is longer than in the United States. What does the land of croissants and creamy sauces know that calorie-obsessed Americ... read more

Lessons from the country that knows how to savor delicious food—and still stay slim and healthy. With wit and wisdom, this book explores the attitudes of reverence and respect for food and dining in France—where the average citizen is slimmer and the average life expectancy is longer than in the United States. What does the land of croissants and creamy sauces know that calorie-obsessed Americ... read more

Choosing the Simply Luxurious Life: A Modern Woman's Guide

Shannon Ables

How can you have a rich and fulfilling life? The choices you make, not your income or financial assets, are the most powerful determining factor for your quality of life. Women have never had so many options. Yet we often experience a kind of paralysis, an unconscious willingness to follow societal dictates rather than become the CEOs of our own lives. When we mindlessly follow the dots, we sm... read more

How can you have a rich and fulfilling life? The choices you make, not your income or financial assets, are the most powerful determining factor for your quality of life. Women have never had so many options. Yet we often experience a kind of paralysis, an unconscious willingness to follow societal dictates rather than become the CEOs of our own lives. When we mindlessly follow the dots, we sm... read more

Living the Simply Luxurious Life: Making the Everydays Extraordinary and Discovering Your Best Self

Shannon Ables

What can you uniquely give the world? We often sell ourselves short with self-limiting beliefs, but most of us would be amazed and delighted to know that we do have something special — our distinctive passions and talents — to offer. And what if I told you that what you have to give will also enable you to live a life of true contentment? How is that possible? It happens when you embrace and c... read more

What can you uniquely give the world? We often sell ourselves short with self-limiting beliefs, but most of us would be amazed and delighted to know that we do have something special — our distinctive passions and talents — to offer. And what if I told you that what you have to give will also enable you to live a life of true contentment? How is that possible? It happens when you embrace and c... read more

Think Like a Shrink: Solve Your Problems Yourself with Short Term Therapy Techniques

Christ Zois MD, Pat Fogarty

Think Like a Shrink provides the tools one needs to help solve problems and feel much better about life. Dr. Zois shows how to find buried feelings, identify defenses, free oneself from anger and depression, develop successful relationships, stop being a victim, and more.

Think Like a Shrink provides the tools one needs to help solve problems and feel much better about life. Dr. Zois shows how to find buried feelings, identify defenses, free oneself from anger and depression, develop successful relationships, stop being a victim, and more.

The Solitary Bees: Biology, Evolution, Conservation

Bryan N. Danforth, Robert L. Minckley, John L. Neff, Frances Fawcett

The most up-to-date and authoritative resource on the biology and evolution of solitary beesWhile social bees such as honey bees and bumble bees are familiar to most people, they comprise less than 10 percent of all bee species in the world. The vast majority of bees lead solitary lives, surviving without the help of a hive and using their own resources to fend off danger and protect their off... read more

The most up-to-date and authoritative resource on the biology and evolution of solitary beesWhile social bees such as honey bees and bumble bees are familiar to most people, they comprise less than 10 percent of all bee species in the world. The vast majority of bees lead solitary lives, surviving without the help of a hive and using their own resources to fend off danger and protect their off... read more

Last Girl Standing

Lisa Jackson, Nancy Bush

New York Times bestselling Sisters of Suspense join forces for a gripping standalone novel about a clique of popular girls whose high school friendship is marked by a tragedy that continues to haunt them decades later.First they were five. Then they were four.Who's turn will it be next?At Bristol High they were an elite clique known as the Five Firsts: Amanda, Bailey, Carmen, Delta and Zora . ... read more

New York Times bestselling Sisters of Suspense join forces for a gripping standalone novel about a clique of popular girls whose high school friendship is marked by a tragedy that continues to haunt them decades later.First they were five. Then they were four.Who's turn will it be next?At Bristol High they were an elite clique known as the Five Firsts: Amanda, Bailey, Carmen, Delta and Zora . ... read more

Tell Me (Savannah Book 3)

Lisa Jackson

"Jam-packed with scary chills." --BooklistThe most hated woman in Savannah, Georgia, is about to be set free. Twenty years ago, beautiful Blondell O'Henry was convicted of murdering her eldest daughter, Amity, and wounding her two other children. The prosecution argued that Blondell wanted to be rid of them to be with her lover. But Blondell's son has now recanted his crucial testimony. . ."Ab... read more

"Jam-packed with scary chills." --BooklistThe most hated woman in Savannah, Georgia, is about to be set free. Twenty years ago, beautiful Blondell O'Henry was convicted of murdering her eldest daughter, Amity, and wounding her two other children. The prosecution argued that Blondell wanted to be rid of them to be with her lover. But Blondell's son has now recanted his crucial testimony. . ."Ab... read more

The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior

David Allen Sibley

From the New York Times best selling author of the peerless bird identification guide The Sibley Guide to Birds, a landmark exploration of how birds live and what they do. Designed to enhance the birding experience and to enrich the popular study of North American birds, The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior combines more than 795 of Sibley's beautiful full-color illustrations with author... read more

From the New York Times best selling author of the peerless bird identification guide The Sibley Guide to Birds, a landmark exploration of how birds live and what they do. Designed to enhance the birding experience and to enrich the popular study of North American birds, The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior combines more than 795 of Sibley's beautiful full-color illustrations with author... read more

Classics (6 Set) Huckleberry Finn; Frankenstein; Dracula; Jungle; Jane Eyre; Mansfield Park

Mark Twain, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Upton Sinclair, Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen

Enjoy these Barnes & Noble Classics! Each book gives an introduction, commentary, viewpoints, chronologies, notes, and discussion questions to bring the work into the context of our lives today. (1) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; (2) Frankenstein; (3) Dracula; (4) The Jungle; (5) Jane Eyre; (6) Mansfield Park.

Enjoy these Barnes & Noble Classics! Each book gives an introduction, commentary, viewpoints, chronologies, notes, and discussion questions to bring the work into the context of our lives today. (1) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; (2) Frankenstein; (3) Dracula; (4) The Jungle; (5) Jane Eyre; (6) Mansfield Park.

No Safe Secret

Fern Michaels

#1 New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels weaves a powerful story of betrayal, courage, and starting over . . . From her silver Mercedes to her designer kitchen, Molly’s life is gleaming and beautiful—at least on the surface. But no one in her exclusive neighborhood in Goldenhills, Massachusetts, knows what living with her demanding husband Tanner is really like. They know even less a... read more

#1 New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels weaves a powerful story of betrayal, courage, and starting over . . . From her silver Mercedes to her designer kitchen, Molly’s life is gleaming and beautiful—at least on the surface. But no one in her exclusive neighborhood in Goldenhills, Massachusetts, knows what living with her demanding husband Tanner is really like. They know even less a... read more

Death Comes to the Nursery (A Kurland St. Mary Mystery Book 7)

Catherine Lloyd

Delighted by the quiet uproar of raising their newborn, Lady Lucy and Major Sir Robert Kurland could not be more pleased at the prospect of welcoming another into their home. But their preparations are soon overshadowed by a baffling case of murder . . . Once known to all in her village as the rector’s daughter, Lucy is now a mother herself—to a wonderful eighteen-month-old son, Ned. Upon disc... read more

Delighted by the quiet uproar of raising their newborn, Lady Lucy and Major Sir Robert Kurland could not be more pleased at the prospect of welcoming another into their home. But their preparations are soon overshadowed by a baffling case of murder . . . Once known to all in her village as the rector’s daughter, Lucy is now a mother herself—to a wonderful eighteen-month-old son, Ned. Upon disc... read more

The Landmark Arrian: The Campaigns of Alexander

Arrian

Arrian’s Campaigns of Alexander, widely considered the most authoritative history of the brilliant leader’s great conquests, is the latest addition to the acclaimed Landmark series. After twelve years of hard-fought campaigns, Alexander the Great controlled a vast empire that was bordered by the Adriatic sea to the west and modern-day India to the east. Arrian, himself a military commander, co... read more

Arrian’s Campaigns of Alexander, widely considered the most authoritative history of the brilliant leader’s great conquests, is the latest addition to the acclaimed Landmark series. After twelve years of hard-fought campaigns, Alexander the Great controlled a vast empire that was bordered by the Adriatic sea to the west and modern-day India to the east. Arrian, himself a military commander, co... read more

The Eerdmans Encyclopedia of Early Christian Art and Archaeology

Splendid, monumental reference work, authoritative and lavishly illustrated More than 400 distinguished scholars, including archaeologists, art historians, historians, epigraphers, and theologians, have written the 1,455 entries in this monumental encyclopedia—the first comprehensive reference work of its kind. From Aachen to Zurzach, Paul Corby Finney's three-volume masterwork draws on archae... read more

Splendid, monumental reference work, authoritative and lavishly illustrated More than 400 distinguished scholars, including archaeologists, art historians, historians, epigraphers, and theologians, have written the 1,455 entries in this monumental encyclopedia—the first comprehensive reference work of its kind. From Aachen to Zurzach, Paul Corby Finney's three-volume masterwork draws on archae... read more

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Kitty Coburn
Patricia was absolutely brilliant to work with, very conscientious and brilliant at keeping in touch. I'm looking forward to working with her again.

Kitty Coburn, June 2020

Patricia Fogarty
Kitty -- Thanks for such a nice review. Hope we can work together again. Best of luck with the book. Pat

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