"Rachel is, quite simply, the best copy editor I've ever worked with. I can't recommend her highly enough." —Allison Arieff, editorial director at SPUR
I help people express themselves with clarity, integrity, and personality. Whether I'm copyediting an academic monograph or polishing prose for a nonprofit’s website, my goal is to eliminate errors, streamline text, and ensure consistency—all while letting the author’s (or organization’s) personality shine through.
My favorite punctuation mark is the em dash, and I am a lifelong advocate for the serial comma.
I provide an array of editorial and strategic communications services to nonprofits, publishers, and more:
• Write and edit website copy, marketing materials, and fundraising materials
• Copyedit and line edit white papers, magazines, books, websites, and collateral material
• Write articles and reviews for publications like Bitch magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Women's Review of Books, Mother Jones, and more
• Partial client list:
Alaska Journal of Anthropology
Left Coast Press
University of Alaska Press
U.S. National Park Service
Lead the communications strategy for a fast-growing, innovative, mission-driven nonprofit. Partnered with senior leadership team to guide and strengthen the organization's position in the field, influence, and brand. Responsible for all digital and print communications, including marketing materials, social media strategy and implementation, and stakeholder outreach.
Generated story ideas; worked with writers to develop and edit articles; copyedited and proofread articles; maintained production schedule; hired and supervised freelancers.
This one-of-a-kind guide provides a crash course in the laws governing the President of the United States. In engaging and accessible prose, two law professors explain the principles that inform everything from President Washington's disagreements with Congress to President Trump's struggles with the courts, and more. Timely and to the point, this guide provides the essential information every... read more
Just five years after a Soviet missile blew a civilian airliner out of the sky over the North Pacific, an Alaska Airlines jet braved Cold War tensions to fly into tomorrow. Crossing the Bering Strait between Alaska and the Russian Far East, the 1988 Friendship Flight reunited Native peoples of common languages and cultures for the first time in four decades. It and other dramatic efforts to th... read more
Michael Flint is the heir hunter of last resort. A forensic genealogist and former clandestine agent specializing in high-end private investigations, he promises clients he can find anyone, anytime, anywhere—dead or alive. Laura Oakwood stands to lose more than $50 million in mineral royalties if she’s not found within seventy-two hours. But she presents an extra challenge: she’s been running ... read more
What do you do when a young moose calf wants to dine on your freshly planted Lady’s Mantle for lunch? What plants can handle a summer of nearly endless sun? How do you harness the wild beauty of the north for your own backyard? There’s a Moose in My Garden is the first book to tackle these questions and more with practical, user-friendly advice from an award-winning gardener.Adams provides hel... read more
In scenes eerily parallel to the culture of fear inspired by our current War on Terror, A Need to Know explores the clandestine history of a CIA family defined, and ultimately destroyed, by their oath to keep toxic secrets during the Cold War. When Bud Goodall’s father mysteriously died, his inheritance consisted of three well-worn books: a Holy Bible, The Great Gatsby, and a diary. But they t... read more
In 1974, twenty-four-year-old Bill Sherwonit stepped into a whole new life—deep in the Alaska wild. In this engaging essay collection, Sherwonit now recollects his adventures and trials of his more than thirty years in the Alaska wilderness. From the streets of Anchorage to wildlife preserves where wolves and bears freely roam, Sherwonit has witnessed the collision of man and nature firsthand ... read more
For many the idea of living off the land is a romantic notion left to stories of olden days or wistful dreams at the office. But for Sara Loewen it becomes her way of life each summer as her family settles into their remote cabin on Uyak Bay for the height of salmon season. With this connection to thousands of years of fishing and gathering at its core, Gaining Daylight explores what it means ... read more
What happens when the American dream collides head-on with a nation’s dependence on fossil fuels? Oil and Water, a novel by Mei Mei Evans, focuses on precisely this question. Starting with a star-crossed supertanker, a wayward fishing boat, and a well-known hazard in the Gulf of Alaska, the story presents a region plunged into an oil-slicked crisis. As thousands of miles of shoreline and sea a... read more
This book is a comprehensive guide to the natural history of the North Slope, the only arctic tundra in the United States. The first section provides detailed information on climate, geology, landforms, and ecology. The second provides a guide to the identification and natural history of the common animals and plants and a primer on the human prehistory of the region from the Pleistocene throu... read more
Beginning in 1951, Will Troyer embarked on a thirty-year career with the U.S. Department of the Interior that included positions such as fish and game warden and manager of the Kodiak Island brown bear preserve. Troyer’s engaging prose affirms his passionate connection to the natural world, as he describes experiences such as being in the midst of a herd of 40,000 caribou. Bear Wrangler is an ... read more
Founded in 1944 by Helen Valentine, Seventeen magazine was the first modern “teen magazine.” An immediate success, it became iconic in establishing the tastes and behaviors of successive generation of teen girls covering the last half of the 20th century. Kelley Massoni has written the first cultural history of the origins of Seventeen and its role in shaping the modern teen girl ideal. Using ... read more
In the wake of Sassy and as an alternative to the more staid reporting of Ms., Bitch was launched in the mid-nineties as a Xerox-and-staple zine covering the landscape of popular culture from a feminist perspective. Both unabashed in its love for the guilty pleasures of consumer culture and deeply thoughtful about the way the pop landscape reflects and impacts women's lives, Bitch grew to be a... read more
Ann Chandonnet brings us a rollicking history of gold rush food complete with hearty recipes ranging from sourdough flapjacks to stewed porcupine. From miners meals and home remedies to holiday fare, beverages, and housekeeping, Gold Rush Grub follows the trail of stampeders from Sutter's Mill in California to Alaska and the Klondike.The first food history of its kind, Gold Rush Grub presents ... read more
More than just great food writing, this long-overdue rebuttal to the notion that all women are on a diet celebrates food with grace, wit, and gusto. Women are reclaiming their pots and pans, but it’s a new era in the kitchen. Today’s generation of women is putting a fresh spin on the "joy of cooking"and eating and entertaining.Women both in and out of the culinary profession share their stori... read more
For millennia, “the North” has held a powerful sway in Western culture. Long seen through contradictions—empty of life yet full of promise, populated by indigenous communities yet ripe for conquest, pristine yet marked by a long human history—it has moved to the foreground of contemporary life as the most dramatic stage for the reality of climate change. This book brings together scholars from... read more
The child of billionaire tech CEO Veronica Beaumont is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant. With his health rapidly declining, she hires Michael Flint, the heir hunter of last resort, to do the impossible: find Josh Hallman, the boy’s father, to provide a hoped-for match. Six years ago, Hallman piloted a plane that crashed, claiming the lives of two friends. Hallman’s body was never ... read more
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Developmental editor with twelve years experience. Have worked in memoir, literary fiction, music, religion, social sciences, and more.
An experienced freelance editor, proofreader, researcher and writer specializing in arts and humanities, education and fiction publishing.