Sara Leone

Sara Leone – Editor

I am an accomplished editor with experience in copyediting, proofreading, and project management. I am an Ivy League graduate.


I worked for the past seven years as a project editor at a distinguished academic press. I had to leave my position to care for my ailing mother. I'm heartbroken to say that she recently passed away. At present, I am working full-time as a freelancer. I am able to devote all of my time to Reedsy projects. I have worked with over 300 scholars from around the world to ensure that their manuscripts are typo-free, thought-provoking works. Before my current position, I was the managing editor of a scholarly journal on maritime history. I began grad school at the University of Cambridge. I transferred to Brown University to complete my studies. My field is history. I have undergrad degrees in anthropology, German studies, and studio art. In addition to English, if your project contains German language words, I could be of assistance in editing.

My philosophy is that the most important aspect of any project is my relationship with the author. I came to copyediting and proofreading from academia, so I understand the intense connection between the author and the writing. I always honor and maintain the author's voice. My experience goes beyond the academic world, too. I served as the editor of a newsletter/magazine for families, making history accessible for all ages. In fact, I even wrote text for a box that contained women's underwear. It was a stretch but I finally made it fit. But seriously, regardless of topic, I keep that most important end goal in sight: your reader.
Biographies & Memoirs Entertainment History Humanities & Social Sciences LGBTQ Non-Fiction
Historical Fiction LGBTQ Fiction Literary Fiction
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

Duke University Press

Mar, 2013 — Nov, 2019 (over 6 years)

I am responsible for supervising manuscript editing, proofreading, and production for 25-30 trade and scholarly books per year. My tasks include:

*Copyedit and proof manuscript, cover copy, blurbs, and index
*Work in partnership with author to ensure that writing has clarity and accurate scholarship
*Primary liaison between author and Duke University Press throughout editorial production
*Direct scheduling to ensure that projects meet all deadlines for design, composition, and printing
*Monitor quality, costs, and schedule throughout the entire book production cycle

Brown University

Jan, 2004 — Jun, 2009 (over 5 years)

*Managed 300+ courses with colleagues in humanities and social sciences depts. for high school summer programs and undergraduate summer courses. Edited descriptions for all disciplines to ensure that faculty fully articulated course potential for targeted student markets. Planned and supervised logistics including master scheduling calendar, classroom bookings, media services requests, computing needs, textbook ordering, supplies, and field trips
*Implemented yearly course recruitment campaigns with department chairs and faculty to create adult, undergraduate and high school curriculum; wrote recruitment brochures, website and e-communication
*Created and presented faculty training sessions
*Brown Writers’ Symposium - coordinated all aspects of the program, from vetting initial short story applications, to developing online initiatives that allowed participants to critique work from their homes after the program ended

Mystic Seaport Museum

Mar, 1994 — Sep, 2003 (over 9 years)

I was the managing editor of the Log of Mystic Seaport and the editor of the Wind Rose. It was a full-time job, but I continued to work on both publications part-time when I began grad school.

The Log of Mystic Seaport (Scholarly Maritime History Journal)
*Selected content and photos, edited six to ten history articles per issue
*Wrote four news columns per issue, and on an as-needed basis, journal articles regarding the Museum
*Primary liaison with authors from submission process to final proof
*Managed $65,000 publications budget. Reduced budget by 34% while maintaining high quality by exploring new options for production

Wind Rose (Bimonthly Maritime History Magazine)
*Created new publication, and planned yearly schedule and content; coordinated with 200+ Museum staff to adhere to deadlines
*Edited approx. 20-30 submissions per issue, selected photos and wrote articles as needed
*Served as primary contact for external vendors and freelancers
*Managed $50,000 yearly publication budget

*Wrote all program publicity including brochures, program announcements, press releases, invitations and surveys
*Instituted e-initiatives including membership web site and “membermail” e-mail news bulletin
*Served as editor of the Annual Report, wrote chairman’s message and blurbs on various Development projects
*Wrote “Mystic Seaport Salutes” column; interviewed trustees and high level donors for quarterly piece that highlighted various methods of giving
*Composed newsletters for Watercraft endowment, Shipyard endowment, and Capital Campaign


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Sara has 6 reviews





Otilija Š.

Otilija Š.

Jun, 2024

Sara did a great job. She was very cooperative, responsive, and edited the manuscript with high standards. I would recommend her anytime.
Dieter S.

Dieter S.

Mar, 2021

what do you wont me to write it took painful 9 month to edit my book ? is that it ?
Aruna K.

Aruna K.

Dec, 2020

Sara put in a great deal of time and effort in her work, which she takes very seriously. She is passionate and brings that to the table.
Alex B.

Alex B.

Aug, 2020

It was a pleasure working with Sara on my rather long manuscript. She was very thorough and diligent; reading and re-reading my work several times. She made numerous comments, which I am sure will strengthen my work, and make it more coherent. She was able to see how the small details fit into the larger arc of my narrative. Thank you, Sara.
Sara L.
Thank you so much, Alex. Your clear communication was quite helpful as I re-read your manuscript. I hope this project is successful for you. I look forward to reading it in book form!
Teri K.

Teri K.

May, 2020

Excellent editing attention to detail and comprehension of content.

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