Sarah Cisco

Sarah Cisco - Editor Tick

Springfield, United States

Nonfiction editor specializing in business, technology, and how-to guides. Formerly of Wiley and Pearson.

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ABOUT ME

As a professional editor, I've worked for a range of businesses—including some of the world's top publishers. I'm passionate about helping my clients position themselves as leaders in their field, and one of the best ways to achieve that is by publishing great content.

But that's not always easy. It's hard to be objective about our own writing because we're so close to it.

Even strong writers tend to make the same types of mistakes. We overuse certain words and phrases without realizing it. We make silly blunders like typing "there" when we mean "their." And sometimes we forget that our audience doesn't know all the stuff that we know. We skim over topics that we really need to explain better.

And that's where I step in. As an experienced editor, I serve as the bridge between you and your readers, helping you to give them a book that's engaging and easy to read, logically organized, and crystal clear.

EXPERTISE

My primary focus is business and tech, but I've worked on a range of topics—everything from healthy eating to classic movies. I also enjoy working on how-to guides, narrative nonfiction, and general reference. In fact, I've edited several titles in the popular Idiot's Guide series. Just scroll down the page to see a sample of books I've worked on.

NEXT STEPS

If you're interested in working together, just send me your brief to get started. From there, we can discuss your editing needs and figure out the project details.

Thanks for stopping by, and I look forward to hearing from you!

Sarah

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Computers & Internet
Education & Reference
Finance & Accounting
Health & wellbeing
Home & Garden
Photography
Technology

Work experience

Associate Editor

Pearson Learning Solutions
September, 2012 – May, 2013 (8 months)

Interfaced with professors and universities across the country to create customized textbooks and e-learning solutions. Assisted the sales field with the acquisition of new and existing business while serving as the primary point of contact for custom projects. Ensured all projects met required sales margins and prepared sales forecasts.

Project Editor

John Wiley and Sons
October, 2007 – October, 2009 (about 2 years)

Managed the publication process for multiple technical books per year at a global publisher. Guided authors throughout the writing process and performed developmental editing on all assigned titles. Coordinated workflow within the project team and approved the work of technical editors and copy editors. Worked closely with the graphics and production teams while ensuring adherence to publication dates. Liaised with legal and marketing to ensure copyrights and branding for all assigned titles. Reviewed page layouts and finalized books for press.

Education and Communication Assistant

Arnerich Massena
March, 2003 – March, 2004 (about 1 year)

Collaborated with financial advisors to create a quarterly investment newsletter. Managed the newsletter production cycle and interfaced with vendors to coordinate printing and shipping. Ensured licensing, copyrights, and compliance for all content.

Nonfiction Editor

Self-employed
September, 2000 – Present (about 18 years)

Currently providing professional editing services to a range of clients, including first-time authors, freelance writers, and tech-based businesses. Past projects include working with top publishers such as Alpha Books/Penguin, Que, Addison-Wesley, Wharton School Publishing, Cisco Press, and New Riders/Peachpit.

Editorial Intern

New Riders/Peachpit
May, 2000 – August, 2000 (3 months)

Joined the New Riders/Peachpit team as a summer intern to develop proofreading and editing skills while learning about the computer publishing business. Took on the advanced responsibilities of project management at the request of the managing editor, and continued to work in a freelance capacity after the internship.

Portfolio (15 selected works)

The Care and Feeding of Your Young Employee: A Manager's Guide to Millennials and Gen Z

Jamie Belinne

Frustrated by the expectations and communication styles of your young employees? Stop losing productivity to disengaged, under-performing, unmotivated, young workers. This books gives simple, proven techniques supported by the author's nearly three decades of research and experiences to motivate, develop and retain high-performing young employees. The majority of the workforce is under 30, so ... read more

Frustrated by the expectations and communication styles of your young employees? Stop losing productivity to disengaged, under-performing, unmotivated, young workers. This books gives simple, proven techniques supported by the author's nearly three decades of research and experiences to motivate, develop and retain high-performing young employees. The majority of the workforce is under 30, so ... read more

The Instagram Playbook: Secret Methods for Dominating Your Niche and Becoming an Instagram Tycoon

Parker Esmay

You’re SMART! You know that if you aren’t winning on Instagram, you aren’t winning. Having an audience that identifies with your message means doing more business, making more money, and gaining influence. You just don’t know where to get started. Or maybe you know that your message and your content has potential, but you haven’t been able to gain any traction yet. How can you grow your accoun... read more

You’re SMART! You know that if you aren’t winning on Instagram, you aren’t winning. Having an audience that identifies with your message means doing more business, making more money, and gaining influence. You just don’t know where to get started. Or maybe you know that your message and your content has potential, but you haven’t been able to gain any traction yet. How can you grow your accoun... read more

Who The F*ck Am I To Be a Rockstar?!: How to Stop Hiding and Start Rocking Your Coaching Business Like a Boss

Megan Jo Wilson

IT’S TIME TO STOP HIDING! You paid for the best coach training. You learned the marketing funnels. You’re working your ass off to get paying clients, but your business refuses to move forward, and the vision you had for becoming a kickass 6-figure BossBabe has faded to black. The truth is that the fastest path to taking your business to the next level is by becoming confident, radiant, and utt... read more

IT’S TIME TO STOP HIDING! You paid for the best coach training. You learned the marketing funnels. You’re working your ass off to get paying clients, but your business refuses to move forward, and the vision you had for becoming a kickass 6-figure BossBabe has faded to black. The truth is that the fastest path to taking your business to the next level is by becoming confident, radiant, and utt... read more

Switching to a Mac Portable Genius

Paul McFedries

The Genius is in. You don't have to be a genius to switch from a PC to a Mac. But if you want to make the move with less hassle, put this savvy Portable Genius guide to work. Want to share data between your Mac and your PC? Understand the differences between Mac OS®X and Windows®? Learn how to perform everyday Mac tasks? Transfer important stuff like calendars, contact lists, and music? You'll... read more

The Genius is in. You don't have to be a genius to switch from a PC to a Mac. But if you want to make the move with less hassle, put this savvy Portable Genius guide to work. Want to share data between your Mac and your PC? Understand the differences between Mac OS®X and Windows®? Learn how to perform everyday Mac tasks? Transfer important stuff like calendars, contact lists, and music? You'll... read more

Nikon D300s Digital Field Guide

J. Dennis Thomas

What you need to know to take amazing photos—or shoot movies!—with your Nikon D300s camera This portable, full-color guide explains all essential controls, features, and functions of the Nikon D300s camera, including the exciting new D-Movie with auto-focus feature, 3-inch LCD screen, quiet shutter release, and external microphone for movie recording. You’ll find step-by-step instructions and ... read more

What you need to know to take amazing photos—or shoot movies!—with your Nikon D300s camera This portable, full-color guide explains all essential controls, features, and functions of the Nikon D300s camera, including the exciting new D-Movie with auto-focus feature, 3-inch LCD screen, quiet shutter release, and external microphone for movie recording. You’ll find step-by-step instructions and ... read more

Surveillance Zone: The Hidden World of Corporate Surveillance Detection & Covert Special Operations

Ami Toben

"After 22 years as an FBI Agent and 6 years in Corporate Security, I can affirm that Ami provides valuable real life expertise in an entertaining narrative that will not disappoint the expert or the layperson." -Former FBI Supervisory Special Agent and Global Head of Security for a major Silicon Valley corporation. Have you ever wondered if there is a hidden layer to the normal, everyday world... read more

"After 22 years as an FBI Agent and 6 years in Corporate Security, I can affirm that Ami provides valuable real life expertise in an entertaining narrative that will not disappoint the expert or the layperson." -Former FBI Supervisory Special Agent and Global Head of Security for a major Silicon Valley corporation. Have you ever wondered if there is a hidden layer to the normal, everyday world... read more

Investing for Non-Finance People: Essentials to Start Managing Your Own Investments

Tero Toivanen

Investing is a skill that even non-finance people should learn to master. Whether your goal is to have comfortable retirement, finance your children’s education, reach financial independence or just retain the purchasing power of savings, investing is the way to reach these targets.Investing for Non-Finance People describes the basic investing principles in a straightforward way so you are abl... read more

Investing is a skill that even non-finance people should learn to master. Whether your goal is to have comfortable retirement, finance your children’s education, reach financial independence or just retain the purchasing power of savings, investing is the way to reach these targets.Investing for Non-Finance People describes the basic investing principles in a straightforward way so you are abl... read more

Million Dollar Bedroom: Scrappy Lessons of Success, Setbacks, and Other Surprises Not Taught in Business School

Matt DeCoursey

FROM DEBT TO DOT COM Based in a spare bedroom in his home, Matt DeCoursey built companies that generated millions of dollars in revenue and huge amounts of profit. And he started it all with only an American Express card with an $8,000 limit and a determined vision to succeed. Using the inspiring narrative of his startup journey—from its profitable highs to its scrambling lows and all the hard... read more

FROM DEBT TO DOT COM Based in a spare bedroom in his home, Matt DeCoursey built companies that generated millions of dollars in revenue and huge amounts of profit. And he started it all with only an American Express card with an $8,000 limit and a determined vision to succeed. Using the inspiring narrative of his startup journey—from its profitable highs to its scrambling lows and all the hard... read more

Failsafe Strategies: Profit and Grow from Risks That Others Avoid (paperback)

Sayan Chatterjee

A revolutionary approach to pursuing your best business opportunities -- without the risk! * Specific new techniques for neutralizing risk up-front, so you can take advantage of opportunities your competitors are walking away from. * Powerful new tools for sustaining long-term growth and profitability. * Based on Dr. Sayan Chatterjee's breakthrough research on the sources and nature of busines... read more

A revolutionary approach to pursuing your best business opportunities -- without the risk! * Specific new techniques for neutralizing risk up-front, so you can take advantage of opportunities your competitors are walking away from. * Powerful new tools for sustaining long-term growth and profitability. * Based on Dr. Sayan Chatterjee's breakthrough research on the sources and nature of busines... read more

Nightly Business Report Presents Lasting Leadership: What You Can Learn from the Top 25 Business People of our Times

Mukul Pandya, Robbie Shell, Susan Warner, Sandeep Junnarkar, Jeffrey Brown

Now in paperback. . . . What outstanding leaders do, and how they do it. Building corporate culture that can withstand anything. Reinventing your business: when it's time, how to do it. Key attributes of lasting leadership. The greatest business leaders of our generation. How they achieved the impossible. What you can learn from them. How to use those lessons to supercharge your career. Two of... read more

Now in paperback. . . . What outstanding leaders do, and how they do it. Building corporate culture that can withstand anything. Reinventing your business: when it's time, how to do it. Key attributes of lasting leadership. The greatest business leaders of our generation. How they achieved the impossible. What you can learn from them. How to use those lessons to supercharge your career. Two of... read more

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Selling your Own Home

Jeffrey J. Wuorio, forsalebyowner.com, Marcia Layton Turner

Do it yourself … and keep the commission! CD-ROM included. Now anyone who wants to sell their home on their own can learn how. Whether readers are willing to pay a small commission for online help or a flat fee for an MLS listing, or they want to handle every step on their own, this guide will walk them through the process, providing tips on everything from signs and open houses to appraisals ... read more

Do it yourself … and keep the commission! CD-ROM included. Now anyone who wants to sell their home on their own can learn how. Whether readers are willing to pay a small commission for online help or a flat fee for an MLS listing, or they want to handle every step on their own, this guide will walk them through the process, providing tips on everything from signs and open houses to appraisals ... read more

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Classic Movies

Lee Pfeiffer

Sit back, grab some popcorn, and let the credits roll. The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Classic Movies provides comprehensive information on the best classic films from the silent era up through 1969, cross-referenced several different ways for easy access. Also contains fun, “insider” trivia and facts about the movies, the stars, and factors that influenced the movie or the audience at the time... read more

Sit back, grab some popcorn, and let the credits roll. The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Classic Movies provides comprehensive information on the best classic films from the silent era up through 1969, cross-referenced several different ways for easy access. Also contains fun, “insider” trivia and facts about the movies, the stars, and factors that influenced the movie or the audience at the time... read more

The Pocket Idiot's Guide to the New Food Pyramids

Elizabeth M. Ward M.S. R.D.

What’s new about the new food pyramids? The release of the USDA’s new food pyramids has given rise to thousands of questions. What’s “new” about it? How does it work? What nutritional information is relevant? Add to the questions and controversies the fact that the only source for information on the pyramids is the USDA website, which is difficult to use and unavailable to the millions of Amer... read more

What’s new about the new food pyramids? The release of the USDA’s new food pyramids has given rise to thousands of questions. What’s “new” about it? How does it work? What nutritional information is relevant? Add to the questions and controversies the fact that the only source for information on the pyramids is the USDA website, which is difficult to use and unavailable to the millions of Amer... read more

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Macs

Paul McFedries

Are you a visual learner? Than Teach Yourself VISUALLY Macs is the book for you! This resource: Offers a perfect introduction for visual learners looking to gain a general understanding of Macs and some of the common peripherals associated with them. Demonstrates everything you need to know about transitioning from Windows to a Mac, using iPhoto, creating home movies with iMovie, and connectin... read more

Are you a visual learner? Than Teach Yourself VISUALLY Macs is the book for you! This resource: Offers a perfect introduction for visual learners looking to gain a general understanding of Macs and some of the common peripherals associated with them. Demonstrates everything you need to know about transitioning from Windows to a Mac, using iPhoto, creating home movies with iMovie, and connectin... read more

Hackers Beware: The Ultimate Guide to Network Security

Eric Cole

Hackers Beware starts with a roadmap of the various areas of hacking but quickly delves into the details of how specific attacks work and how to protect against them. Since most attacks we hear about either occur or are perceived to come from hackers, people are very interested "in how they do that" - the techniques hackers use to break into systems. Hackers Beware is unique in that it gives s... read more

Hackers Beware starts with a roadmap of the various areas of hacking but quickly delves into the details of how specific attacks work and how to protect against them. Since most attacks we hear about either occur or are perceived to come from hackers, people are very interested "in how they do that" - the techniques hackers use to break into systems. Hackers Beware is unique in that it gives s... read more

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Megan Wilson

I cannot say enough about Sarah's incredible talent as an editor and her professionalism as a partner in collaboration! She was supportive, flexible, and encouraging under a very tight deadline. If I could give 100 stars I would!! THANK YOU SARAH for helping me get my book and my message out into the world!

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Megan Wilson, October 2018


Peter Maris

Sarah did a great job editing my book. She went above and beyond and kept her word along the way in terms of deadlines and scope of work. I highly recommend her.

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Peter Maris, August 2018


Marti Kilby

Sarah was wonderful to work with! I am a first time author going the self-publishing route and Sarah provided invaluable advice. I had several questions about the process and Sarah always replied within 24 hours, providing very detailed information and suggestions. Her edits were thoughtful and supported the conversational style of my non-fiction work and she delivered her work ahead of sche...

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Marti Kilby, July 2018


Parker Esmay

Sarah is a syntax ninja! She finished the project early, was a great communicator, and turned my sloppy mess into something I can be proud of. I highly recommend her to anyone who needs a kick a** editor. It was a pleasure working with her and I hope we have the opportunity to work together again. Thanks for all your help!

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Parker Esmay, June 2018


Marcus Carey

Sarah absolutely exceeded my expectations and was the first person I hired on Reedsy. Her communications with me were very clear and professional. Her edits on my manuscript were helpful, consistent, and accurate. I would highly recommend Sarah to anyone looking to get detailed edits and notes for their work.

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Marcus Carey, June 2018

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