Sarah Johansson

Sarah Johansson – Editor

Eagle-eyed former Bloomsbury editorial + production assistant with 7+ years of experience in editing and proofreading fiction and nonfiction

Overview

I have a master's in postcolonial literature and worked for Bloomsbury Publishing in London before I moved to the US. After I left Bloomsbury I started freelancing as a copyeditor and proofreader and have worked on a wide range of exciting projects throughout the past 7+ years.

I have edited and proofread poetry and short stories for Write Bloody Publishing in LA and have edited English translations of a series of Swedish children's books. I have also copyedited for companies like Lean In and Society6, as well as Sheryl Sandberg's Option B organization.

For a number of years I edited many of Bloomsbury's big-name cooking ebooks, making sure that highly complex layouts looked clean and sleek in ebook form and that they were of the highest editorial and technical standard. Bloomsbury is still one of my most consistent clients and I provide them with QA and proofreading of their adult trade, specialist, and children's ebooks (for many of the titles that are listed in my portfolio, I have worked on the ebook files).

Hit me up if you want your manuscript fine-tuned or scanned for errors. I am highly conscientious and genuinely interested in most subjects, and I want to help make your book the absolute best it can be.


Services
Non-Fiction
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits History Political Science & Current Affairs
Fiction
Historical Fiction Middle Grade Short Story Young Adult
Languages
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Oct, 2014 — Present

Copyediting, proofreading, translation (Swedish), and editorial services/QA for ebooks (from straightforward fiction to highly complex, illustrated nonfiction titles).

Completed and ongoing projects include:
• Editing of Bloomsbury Publishing’s big-name cooking ebooks and proofreading/QA of their wide range of fiction, nonfiction, children’s, and specialist ebooks.
• Copyedited ‘Getting Started’ guides and reading material for Lean In Circles.
• Copyedited stories of adversity for the community library in conjunction with the launch of Sheryl Sandberg’s Option B.
• Translated and edited a series of Swedish children’s books into English for bNosy.
• Conducted and copyedited interviews for Society6.

Bloomsbury Publishing

Oct, 2013 — Oct, 2014 (about 1 year)

• Managed ebook conversion of adult trade and specialist backlist titles.
• Mono and color, from simple to highly complex conversions.
• Coordinated with in-house departments, suppliers, and freelancers to guarantee that ebooks were delivered on time and within the approved budget.
• Handled the various tasks involved in ebook conversion from print files: editorial briefing, file sourcing, cost approval, quality assurance, and proofreading.
• Managed file corrections and updates to all ebooks, coordinating with digital distribution and sales teams.
• Ensured that digital books were produced to a high technical and editorial standard and quality for all major e-reading platforms.
• Created an ebook manual that established the house style for all ebooks going forward.
• Provided training for colleagues in quality assurance and digital processes.

Bloomsbury Publishing

Nov, 2012 — Sep, 2013 (10 months)

• Managed both the editorial and production parts of the department’s ebook conversion for backlist titles: clearing contracts, editorial briefing, communication with suppliers, cost approval, scheduling, quality assurance, final approval and upload of files for distribution.
• Other editorial and administrative tasks involved: proofreading and collating of manuscripts, liaison with authors, picture research, video editing for ebooks, reprint corrections, translation, blog posts, updating the company database.
• Coordinated extensive corrections to an ebook with the author of a bestselling title.

Portfolio

A classic fantasy with terrific girl power (and chocolate), perfect for fans of Shannon Hale and Jessica Day George.Aventurine is a brave young dragon ready to explore the world outside of her family's mountain cave . . . if only they'd let her leave it. Her f... read more
A chocolate-filled, girl-powered fantasy with a witty heroine who learns what home truly means, perfect for fans of Shannon Hale."Will satisfy readers who hunger for feel-good tales that pack a girl-power punch, like Gail Carson Levine’s Ella Enchanted or the ... read more
A trio of smart and stylish mermaids are about to make a splash in this hilarious start to a new middle-grade series that's The Little Mermaid meets My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish.Mermaids Beattie, Mimi, and Zelda's summer on land with temporary legs is going swim... read more
Moonrise

Sarah Crossan

From Carnegie Award-winning author Sarah Crossan comes a poignant and thought-provoking novel that explores life, death, love and forgiveness.Seventeen-year-old Joe hasn't seen his brother in ten years. Ed didn’t walk out on the family, not exactly. It’s somet... read more
The # 1 New York Times bestselling sequel to Sarah J. Maas' spellbinding A Court of Thorns and Roses.Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court--but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human,... read more
"A sharp fantasy thriller." --People"Swoonworthy." --Time"Sharp, dark, thoughtful and romantic." --Cassandra Clare, #1 New York Times bestselling author When their worlds collide, X and Zoe are pushed to the edge of everything in this much-buzzed-about tour de... read more
Finalist for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for NonfictionLonglisted for the National Book Award in NonfictionNamed one of the Best Books of the Year by:Washington Post * Boston Globe * NPR* Bustle * BookRiot * New York Public LibraryFrom the award-winni... read more
National Book Critics Circle Award WinnerNew York Times BestsellerA New York Times Notable Book of the YearA Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of the YearA Boston Globe Best Book of 2016A Chicago Review of Books Best Nonfiction Book of 2016From the Civil... read more
From the New York Times bestselling author of Unaccountable comes an eye-opening, urgent look at America's broken health care system--and the people who are saving it."A must-read for every American." --Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief, FORBES One in five America... read more
From the internationally acclaimed and bestselling historians William Dalrymple and Anita Anand, the first comprehensive and authoritative history of the Koh-i-Noor diamond, arguably the most celebrated jewel in the world.On March 29, 1849, the ten-year-old le... read more
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZEThe “devastatingly moving” (People) first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cas... read more
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER FROM THE VIRAL SENSATION TAKING ON THE BILLIONAIRES 'Listen out for Rutger Bregman. He has a big future shaping the future' Observer 'A more politically radical Malcolm Gladwell' New York Times 'The Dutch wunderkind of new ideas' Gu... read more
The Dragon Lady

Louisa Treger

'A daring blend of romance, crime and history, and an intelligent exposé of the inherent injustice and consequences of all forms of oppression' Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous ConditionsOpening with the shooting of Lady Virginia 'Ginie' Courtauld in her tranquil g... read more
The New York Times bestseller from the author of Chasing the Scream, offering a radical new way of thinking about depression and anxiety.There was a mystery haunting award-winning investigative journalist Johann Hari. He was thirty-nine years old, and almost e... read more
We Come Apart

Sarah Crossan

YA rising stars Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan join forces to break readers' hearts in this contemporary story of star-cross'd lovers. Jess would never have looked twice at Nicu if her friends hadn't left her in the lurch. Nicu is all big eyes and ill-fittin... read more
Tom Kerridge is known for beautifully crafted food and big, bold flavors. Tom's Table features 100 delicious everyday recipes so that anyone can achieve his Michelin-endorsed cooking at home. This is the sort of food you'll cook again and again, whether you br... read more
The power of good, natural food beats any fad diet. By bombarding your body with a sea of nutrients and a range of delicious flavors, your skin will glow, your hair will shine, your stress levels will decrease, and you'll feel full of energy. This is what the ... read more
Gluten is found in an extraordinary number of foods, yet it can be problematic for so many of us. Whether you need to cut gluten out of your own diet or you're cooking for friends and family with gluten intolerance, the River Cottage Gluten-Free Cookbook will ... read more
Tucked away in London's edgy Soho district, Polpo is one of the most irrepressibly buzzing restaurants in town. Critics and food aficionados have been flocking to this understated bacaro where Russell Norman serves up small dishes-think tapas-from the back str... read more
Between 2011 and 2014 PJ Harvey and Seamus Murphy set out on a series of journeys together to Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Washington, D.C.. Harvey collected words, Murphy collected pictures, and together they created an extraordinary chronicle of our life and tim... read more
From the bestselling author of Return of a King, the story of how the East India Company took over large swaths of Asia, and the devastating results of the corporation running a country.In August 1765, the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor a... read more
Derrick C. Brown is a comedian, poet and storyteller. He is the winner of the 2013 Texas Book of The Year award for Poetry. He is a former Paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne and is the president of one of what Forbes and Filter Magazine call "...one of the best... read more

Sarah has 9 reviews

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Tim D.

Tim D.

May, 2022

Sarah does great work! Second time I have worked with her, and I will look forward to the third.
Sara S.

Sara S.

May, 2021

Working with Sarah was a fantastic experience. Her suggestions really helped me feel like I was submitted the best version of my story.
Jeremy O.

Jeremy O.

Aug, 2020

Sarah is thoughtful, patient and professional. She helped me dissect my first chapter that was in an unfamiliar setting and went above and beyond in her fact checking. She also caught a punctuation glitch that adversely affected my entire manuscript. Lastly, I'm in the home-stretch phase of publishing my manuscript and sent her a barrage of frantic changes after the collaboration began. She...
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Jeff K.

Jeff K.

Jun, 2020

I hired Sarah to copyedit my children's book manuscript. I was looking for a professional copyedit, and she did not disappoint. She corrected issues of flow and syllable count, and provided comments explaining the reasoning. Every interaction was extremely professional, and her edit was right on. I would highly recommend Sarah and will look to utilize her again on future projects.
Stacy H.

Stacy H.

Jun, 2020

This is my second time working with Sarah, and I am very happy with the outcome of her review and recommendations. Sarah is very professional and I would absolutely utilize her expertise again.

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