Richard Carlin

Richard Carlin - Editor

Glen Ridge, NJ, USA

I'm a Grammy-winning author with over 30 years experience editing books in the humanities.

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Overview

I have over 30 years experience working with authors from proposal to finished manuscript, helping them create the best possible books. My strengths are in evaluating proposals; suggesting wording and approach that will give a proposal the widest appeal; working to tighten up and hone a manuscript to make it commercially attractive; suggesting changes that help authors sharpen their message.
My experience includes working at Oxford U Press, Pearson, Routledge/Taylor and Francis, Macmillan, Chicago Review Press, and Princeton Book Company, Publishers. Books that I have edited include major trade biographies and histories; textbooks; reference works; and scholarly monographs. My authors have written for major publications like Rolling Stone, Art News, and Mojo; academic journals; and teach at leading universities.

ENDORSEMENTS

"Richard Carlin is a fantastic editor. I had the privilege of working with him for seven years and saw firsthand how his creativity and innovative approach lead to success after success."--Frank Mortimer, Author and Higher Education Publishing Professional

"Richard is hardworking and knowledgeable about all aspects of publishing. He had a great relationship with his authors and was always a pleasure to work with. Richard is a great communicator and writer. He is also extremely creative. Richard has had a long and successful career in publishing and will be an asset to anyone seeking help shape their writing for publication."--Nancy Blaine, Author, Founder of Local Expeditions







Non-Fiction
Art
Biographies & Memoirs
History
Music

Awards

  • Best Liner Notes, Grammy 2016
  • Association of Recorded Sounds Collections, Best Music Biography, 2015
  • Library Journal, Best Reference Work, 1996

Work experience

Executive Acquisitions Editor

Oxford U Press
October, 2011 – August, 2019 (almost 8 years)

Oversaw music textbook list and build new lists for art history, studio art, and humanities courses. Sign $1.8 million new product and publish 15-20 new and revised titles annually. Produced original video documentaries and interactive etexts working with audio, video, animation, and other providers. Worked with marketing, sales, production, and manufacturing departments to create successful new products and revisions. Prepare financial and list plans. Attended academic meetings and campus travel to help sell product and find new possible projects.

Executive Editor

Pearson
November, 2005 – September, 2011 (almost 6 years)

Managed $15 million dollar list; signed $2 million in new product and revisions annually. Developed web-based solutions for introductory courses in music. Presented new titles at sales meeting; attended annual academic meetings and worked campus to promote the music list.

Executive Editor

Routledge/Taylor and Francis
April, 2000 – October, 2005 (over 5 years)

Managed music list for three markets: academic/trade; reference; and textbook. Established textbook list and introduced several new successful introductory titles. Oversee the development and introduction of new academic series publications aimed at the library market, and significantly built reference list, including both stand alone and series titles.

Executive Editor

Schirmer/Macmillan USA
April, 1995 – March, 2000 (almost 5 years)

Built textbook list from under $1M to $7M in 5 years, including new titles and revisions. Introduced new library reference product and built one established franchise, expanding product offerings in both print and digital. Oversaw academic and trade lists.

Portfolio (17 selected works)

Godfather of the Music Business: Morris Levy (American Made Music Series)

Richard Carlin

This biography tells the story of one of the most notorious figures in the history of popular music, Morris Levy (1927-1990). At age nineteen, he cofounded the nightclub Birdland in Hell's Kitchen, which became the home for a new musical style, bebop. Levy operated one of the first integrated clubs on Broadway and helped build the careers of Dizzy Gillespie and Bud Powell and most notably aide... read more

This biography tells the story of one of the most notorious figures in the history of popular music, Morris Levy (1927-1990). At age nineteen, he cofounded the nightclub Birdland in Hell's Kitchen, which became the home for a new musical style, bebop. Levy operated one of the first integrated clubs on Broadway and helped build the careers of Dizzy Gillespie and Bud Powell and most notably aide... read more

Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: The Apollo Theater and American Entertainment

Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment celebrates the seventy-five year history of the Apollo Theater, Harlem's landmark performing arts space and the iconic showplace for the best in jazz, blues, dance, comedy, gospel, R & B, hip-hop, and more since it opened its doors in 1934. This beautifully illustrated book is the companion volume to an exh... read more

Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment celebrates the seventy-five year history of the Apollo Theater, Harlem's landmark performing arts space and the iconic showplace for the best in jazz, blues, dance, comedy, gospel, R & B, hip-hop, and more since it opened its doors in 1934. This beautifully illustrated book is the companion volume to an exh... read more

Country Music: A Biographical Dictionary

Richard Carlin

This illustrated A-Z guide covers more than 700 country music artists, groups, and bands. Articles also cover specific genres within country music as well as instruments used. Written in a lively, engaging style, the entries not only outline the careers of country music's greatest artists, they provide an understanding of the artist's importance or failings, and a feeling for his or her style.... read more

This illustrated A-Z guide covers more than 700 country music artists, groups, and bands. Articles also cover specific genres within country music as well as instruments used. Written in a lively, engaging style, the entries not only outline the careers of country music's greatest artists, they provide an understanding of the artist's importance or failings, and a feeling for his or her style.... read more

Country Music: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Richard Carlin

Country Music: A Very Short Introduction presents a compelling overview of the music and its impact on American culture. Country music has long been a marker of American identity; from our popular culture to our politics, it has provided a soundtrack to our national life. While traditionally associated with the working class, country's appeal is far broader than any other popular music style. ... read more

Country Music: A Very Short Introduction presents a compelling overview of the music and its impact on American culture. Country music has long been a marker of American identity; from our popular culture to our politics, it has provided a soundtrack to our national life. While traditionally associated with the working class, country's appeal is far broader than any other popular music style. ... read more

Country (American Popular Music)

Richard Carlin

American popular music reflects a rich cultural diversity. From Aaron Copland to Miles Davis to Elvis Presley to Muddy Waters, the United States has produced some of the most influential and beloved musicians and performers of the 20th century. The blues, jazz, and rock and roll - musical genres loved around the world - were born here, and American composers, producers, singers, and songwriter... read more

American popular music reflects a rich cultural diversity. From Aaron Copland to Miles Davis to Elvis Presley to Muddy Waters, the United States has produced some of the most influential and beloved musicians and performers of the 20th century. The blues, jazz, and rock and roll - musical genres loved around the world - were born here, and American composers, producers, singers, and songwriter... read more

Southern Exposure: The Story of Southern Music in Pictures and Words

Richard Carlin, Bob Carlin

Capturing a time when music was an integral part of life, this richly illustrated book documents, in revealing photographs and evocative descriptions, the wide variety of musical styles of the American South. Photos and text drawn from the archives of the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, and rarely seen private collections focus on life from the 1850s to World War II. Emphasizing how musi... read more

Capturing a time when music was an integral part of life, this richly illustrated book documents, in revealing photographs and evocative descriptions, the wide variety of musical styles of the American South. Photos and text drawn from the archives of the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, and rarely seen private collections focus on life from the 1850s to World War II. Emphasizing how musi... read more

The Big Book of Country Music: A Biographical Encyclopedia

Richard Carlin

The ultimate guide to country music and its greatest artists includes more than six hundred entries profiling all types of contributors, providing biographies of musicians, characterizing styles, and tracking recording careers in all forms of country music. Original.

The ultimate guide to country music and its greatest artists includes more than six hundred entries profiling all types of contributors, providing biographies of musicians, characterizing styles, and tracking recording careers in all forms of country music. Original.

English Concertina

Richard Carlin

The complete instruction guide with traditional tunes. Section on harmony, drones, counterpoint, buying and repair hints, a list of important records and much more. Includes a 33-1/3 rpm flexible instruction record.

The complete instruction guide with traditional tunes. Section on harmony, drones, counterpoint, buying and repair hints, a list of important records and much more. Includes a 33-1/3 rpm flexible instruction record.

Nursery Rhymes And Songs

Richard Carlin

This beautifully illustrated book of Mother Goose rhymes and songs is sure to delight children of all ages. Includes: Brahms' Lullaby, All The World Is Sleeping, The Man In The Moon, Rockabye Baby, and O Hush Thee My Baby.

This beautifully illustrated book of Mother Goose rhymes and songs is sure to delight children of all ages. Includes: Brahms' Lullaby, All The World Is Sleeping, The Man In The Moon, Rockabye Baby, and O Hush Thee My Baby.

Discovering Music

R. Larry Todd

Written to inspire students to connect intellectually and emotionally with music from the Western canon and beyond, Discovering Music offers the depth, breadth, and context that students need, in a concise, contemporary format that is visually appealing. The book follows the established sequence for Music Appreciation texts, opening with an introduction to the musical elements; the instruments... read more

Written to inspire students to connect intellectually and emotionally with music from the Western canon and beyond, Discovering Music offers the depth, breadth, and context that students need, in a concise, contemporary format that is visually appealing. The book follows the established sequence for Music Appreciation texts, opening with an introduction to the musical elements; the instruments... read more

Bruce Springsteen

Dave Marsh

Bruce Springsteen: Two Hearts is the definitive biography of one of the most important songwriters and performers of the last three decades. Critic Dave Marsh has traced Springsteen's career from its beginning, and has earned the singer's respect through his careful documentation and critical description of Springsteen's work. This biography brings together for the first time Marsh's two previ... read more

Bruce Springsteen: Two Hearts is the definitive biography of one of the most important songwriters and performers of the last three decades. Critic Dave Marsh has traced Springsteen's career from its beginning, and has earned the singer's respect through his careful documentation and critical description of Springsteen's work. This biography brings together for the first time Marsh's two previ... read more

Beethoven, Revised Edition

Maynard Solomon

Hailed as a masterpiece for its original interpretations of Beethoven's life and music, this edition takes into account the latest information and literature. Includes a 30-page bibliographical essay, numerous illustrations, and a full-color pictorial biography of the composer.

Hailed as a masterpiece for its original interpretations of Beethoven's life and music, this edition takes into account the latest information and literature. Includes a 30-page bibliographical essay, numerous illustrations, and a full-color pictorial biography of the composer.

Roadkill on the Three-Chord Highway: Art and Trash in American Popular Music

Colin Escott

It's the real stories, not the publicists' confections, that concern Colin Escott. We hear Perry Como's story in his own words: it wasn't all smooth. We learn about the astonishing twists and turns in Roy Orbison's life, and the stories behind the songs we know so well. And we go down with Vernon Oxford, the last great honky tonk singer, who came to Nashville just a little too late. These are ... read more

It's the real stories, not the publicists' confections, that concern Colin Escott. We hear Perry Como's story in his own words: it wasn't all smooth. We learn about the astonishing twists and turns in Roy Orbison's life, and the stories behind the songs we know so well. And we go down with Vernon Oxford, the last great honky tonk singer, who came to Nashville just a little too late. These are ... read more

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