RJ Bergmann

RJ Bergmann - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Ph.D. candidate at Princeton University with four years' experience as a full-time book editor, specializing in academic nonfiction.

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Overview

I'm a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at Princeton University with four years' experience as a full-time book editor with major publishing houses including Simon & Schuster and Macmillan. I have experience editing everything from fiction to academic articles to college application essays. At present, I specialize in scholarly writing in all fields of the humanities but have also worked in the sciences and social sciences, as well as in a wide variety of non-academic media. I work with writing in all stages of readiness, from book proposals to completed manuscripts to page proofs.

My editing career began on the board of a small literary magazine during my undergraduate years at Harvard University, where I majored in English. I graduated in 2008 and proceeded directly to the Columbia Publishing Course, through which I made my way into my first full-time job as an editor. I moved around the publishing houses of New York from 2008 until 2012. Although I formally moved into the field of higher education at this point, I have continued my editing work on the side throughout.

I pride myself on being able to express complicated ideas simply and on helping my authors do the same for their readers. Writing is hard, and all writers need editors who can listen for the most fundamental meaning of a text and help the writer express it as clearly and engagingly as possible. At the end of the day, both writing and editing are about good communication, and I undertake this work with a friendly and encouraging outlook. An editor's work, in my view, is not just to correct writers, but to empower them.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Art
Biographies & Memoirs
Education & Reference
History
Music
Philosophy
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Fiction
Literature

Certifications

  • Columbia Publishing Course, completed 2008
  • BA, Harvard University 2008
  • MA, Princeton University 2018

Work experience

PhD Candidate

Princeton University, Department of Comparative Literature
September, 2014 – Present (about 5 years)

Assistant Editor

Simon & Schuster
February, 2010 – January, 2012 (almost 2 years)

Editorial Assistant

Henry Holt (Macmillan)
December, 2009 – August, 2010 (8 months)

Editorial Assistant

Kaplan Publishing
November, 2008 – October, 2009 (11 months)

Editorial Assistant

Sheep Meadow Press
August, 2008 – December, 2008 (4 months)

Portfolio (7 selected works)

The Gershwins and Me: A Personal History in Twelve Songs

Michael Feinstein

From celebrated entertainer Michael Feinstein comes a beautifully illustrated account of the lives and legacies of the Gershwins—told through stories of twelve of their greatest songs and accompanied by an original CD of those songs, performed by the author.The “Ambassador of the Great American Songbook” Michael Feinstein was just twenty years old when he got the chance of a lifetime: a job wi... read more

From celebrated entertainer Michael Feinstein comes a beautifully illustrated account of the lives and legacies of the Gershwins—told through stories of twelve of their greatest songs and accompanied by an original CD of those songs, performed by the author.The “Ambassador of the Great American Songbook” Michael Feinstein was just twenty years old when he got the chance of a lifetime: a job wi... read more

The Patient in the White Coat: My Odyssey from Health to Illness and Back

Rosalind Kaplan

A wise and moving memoir of a young doctor's journey from health to illness and back againRosalind Kaplan had it all-loving husband, newborn son, and an Ivy-League medical degree with a promising career ahead. That was, until the day when an accidental "stick" with an infected needle changed everything. In one day, Rosalind Kaplan went from doctor-poised, confident, and in control, to patient-... read more

A wise and moving memoir of a young doctor's journey from health to illness and back againRosalind Kaplan had it all-loving husband, newborn son, and an Ivy-League medical degree with a promising career ahead. That was, until the day when an accidental "stick" with an infected needle changed everything. In one day, Rosalind Kaplan went from doctor-poised, confident, and in control, to patient-... read more

Genetic Rounds: A Doctor's Encounters in the Field that Revolutionized Medicine

Robert Marion

A New York Times best-selling doctor-author shares extraordinary stories of moral problem-solving and medical detective work from 30 life-changing years in pediatric genetics.The best-selling author of The Intern Blues shares extraordinary medical detective stories from his 30-year career as a top pediatric geneticist. “…part medical detective story, part scientific tour de force, and part hig... read more

A New York Times best-selling doctor-author shares extraordinary stories of moral problem-solving and medical detective work from 30 life-changing years in pediatric genetics.The best-selling author of The Intern Blues shares extraordinary medical detective stories from his 30-year career as a top pediatric geneticist. “…part medical detective story, part scientific tour de force, and part hig... read more

How the Anglo-Saxons Read Their Poems (The Middle Ages Series)

Daniel Donoghue

The scribes of early medieval England wrote out their vernacular poems using a format that looks primitive to our eyes because it lacks the familiar visual cues of verse lineation, marks of punctuation, and capital letters. The paradox is that scribes had those tools at their disposal, which they deployed in other kinds of writing, but when it came to their vernacular poems they turned to a sp... read more

The scribes of early medieval England wrote out their vernacular poems using a format that looks primitive to our eyes because it lacks the familiar visual cues of verse lineation, marks of punctuation, and capital letters. The paradox is that scribes had those tools at their disposal, which they deployed in other kinds of writing, but when it came to their vernacular poems they turned to a sp... read more

The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards

William J Broad

A lead science writer for The New York Times—and lifelong yoga practitioner—examines centuries of history and research to scrutinize the claims made about yoga for health, fitness, emotional wellbeing, sex, weight loss, healing, and creativity. He reveals what is real and what is illusory, in the process exposing moves that can harm or even kill. A New York Times bestseller.The Science of Yoga... read more

A lead science writer for The New York Times—and lifelong yoga practitioner—examines centuries of history and research to scrutinize the claims made about yoga for health, fitness, emotional wellbeing, sex, weight loss, healing, and creativity. He reveals what is real and what is illusory, in the process exposing moves that can harm or even kill. A New York Times bestseller.The Science of Yoga... read more

Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius

Sylvia Nasar

An instant New York Times bestseller, in a sweeping narrative the author of the esteemed A Beautiful Mind takes us on a journey through modern history with the men and women who changed the lives of every single person on the planet. Grand Pursuit is the epic story of the making of modern economics, of how economics rescued mankind from squalor and deprivation by placing its material fate in i... read more

An instant New York Times bestseller, in a sweeping narrative the author of the esteemed A Beautiful Mind takes us on a journey through modern history with the men and women who changed the lives of every single person on the planet. Grand Pursuit is the epic story of the making of modern economics, of how economics rescued mankind from squalor and deprivation by placing its material fate in i... read more

Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World with a new concluding chapter by the author

Robin Wright

A decade after the 9/11 attacks, this groundbreaking and brilliantly received book takes readers deep into rebellions against both autocrats and extremists that are redefining politics, culture, and security across the Islamic world and beyond.A decade after the 9/11 attacks, Robin Wright’s Rock the Casbah took readers deep into rebellions against both autocrats and extremists that were redefi... read more

A decade after the 9/11 attacks, this groundbreaking and brilliantly received book takes readers deep into rebellions against both autocrats and extremists that are redefining politics, culture, and security across the Islamic world and beyond.A decade after the 9/11 attacks, Robin Wright’s Rock the Casbah took readers deep into rebellions against both autocrats and extremists that were redefi... read more

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