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Rachel Fudge

Rachel Fudge - Editor

San Francisco, CA, United States

Experienced copy editor, line editor, and proofreader specializing in academic and nonfiction books, articles, and white papers.

Overview

"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.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Architecture Art Computers & Internet Design Health & wellbeing History Home & Garden LGBTQ (non fiction) Nature Parenting & Families Photography Politics & Current Affairs Social & Behavioral Sciences Technology

Work experience

Freelance editor & writer

Self-employed
January, 1998 – Present (over 19 years)

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
ChangeLab Solutions
Dwell magazine
Left Coast Press
Peachpit Press
Solv LLC
SPUR
Thinkshift Communications
Tides
UNICEF
University of Alaska Press
U.S. National Park Service

Director of Communications

Education Outside
June, 2014 – January, 2016 (over 1 year)

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.

Communications Manager

Education Outside
January, 2013 – June, 2014 (over 1 year)

Senior Editor

Bitch Magazine
January, 2002 – January, 2007 (about 5 years)

Generated story ideas; worked with writers to develop and edit articles; copyedited and proofread articles; maintained production schedule; hired and supervised freelancers.

Portfolio (15 selected works)

There's a Moose in My Garden: Designing Gardens in Alaska and the Far North

Brenda C. Adams

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

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

A Need to Know: The Clandestine History of a CIA Family

H.L. Goodall Jr.

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 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

Living With Wildness: An Alaskan Odyssey

Bill Sherwonit

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

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

Gaining Daylight: Life on Two Islands (The Alaska Literary Series)

Sara Loewen

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

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

Oil and Water: A Novel (The Alaska Literary Series)

Mei Mei Evans

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

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

Land of Extremes: A Natural History of the Arctic North Slope of Alaska

Alex Huryn, John Hobbie

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

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

Bear Wrangler: Memoirs of an Alaska Pioneer Biologist

Will Troyer

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

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

Fashioning Teenagers: A Cultural History of Seventeen Magazine

Kelley Massoni

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

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

BITCHfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine

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

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

Gold Rush Grub: From Turpentine Stew to Hoochinoo

Ann Chandonnet

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

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

Women Who Eat: A New Generation on the Glory of Food (Live Girls)

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

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

Melting the Ice Curtain: The Extraordinary Story of Citizen Diplomacy on the Russia-Alaska Frontier

David Ramseur

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

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

Critical Norths: Space, Nature, Theory

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

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

Blood Trails (The Heir Hunter Book 1)

Diane Capri

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

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

Trace Evidence (The Heir Hunter Book 2)

Diane Capri

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

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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