Sarah Lane

Sarah Lane - Editor

Bainbridge Island, WA, USA

Efficient, thorough, and highly experienced editor with freelance and in-house background in educational publishing.

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"Whenever there's a critical need to get my message right (from a marketing or educational perspective), I turn to Sarah. Sarah is able to turn my trash words into sentences that are works of art, in ways that I honestly haven't found anyone else able to do since my English teachers in school. My non-profit's marketing is now at a substantially more professional level, which has helped us in numerous ways, from recruiting volunteers to partnering with other orgs to fundraising. I know she can do the same for any other company or group out there. Hire her!"
—Loren Bast, Executive Director of Bainbridge Prepares

During my career, I've worked in house and as a freelancer editing textbooks and business materials, managing projects, writing more than 2,000 journalistic articles and essays, developing curriculum and training materials, and ghostwriting.

Numerous writers I edited for requested me on subsequent editions of their books. My educational publishing clients include Glencoe/McGraw-Hill; The Mountaineers Books; NTC/Contemporary Publishing; Scott, Foresman and Company; and The Wright Group. My business clients include Ernst & Young, The Spencer Foundation, Seattle City Light, Seattle Public Utilities, The Washington Health Foundation, and Columbia College Chicago. I edited A Hot Planet Needs Cool Kids by Julie Hall, widely praised by leaders in the green movement including Bill McKibben, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, and then-Congressman Jay Inslee.

When working with an author, I make sure to listen carefully to the specifics of the project before proceeding. Then I aim to provide exactly the level of edit requested. I edit first with an eye toward clarity, which encompasses grammar, structure, and transitions. I also make sure the tone is consistent and the writing is engaging.

Skills:

Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Photoshop
Blogging
Brochures and other marketing materials
Copyediting: developmental, general copyedits, editorial assessment
Journalism
Newsletters
One-sheets and pitches
Research
SEO optimization
Social media
WordPress websites: plugins, general CSS and html, keywords research and targeting, stats and SEO monitoring, and headers, colors, and fonts customization


"As a fledging author overwhelmed by the need to establish an online presence, I needed serious help. Hiring Inkshed was the smartest move I could have made. Sarah Lane understood my situation perfectly. She prepared a clear and manageable plan for how to proceed, and she cheerfully worked by my side to teach me not only how to navigate the mysterious ways of websites and social media, but why it matters. I learned strategy and larger goals, not merely the procedural mechanics involved. Both thumbs way up for Sarah and Inkshed!"
—Marlowe Benn, author of Relative Fortunes and Passing Fancies

"I hired Sarah for a blog post project and she exceeded my expectations. Not only did she deliver what I asked for within the time frame allowed but she put her own special touch to the post that showed how creative and skilled she is."
—Troy S.

"Sarah was extremely helpful in the setup of my business. She saved me tons of time and answered all of my questions quickly. I highly recommend her services."
—R. Miller, Miller Speech-Language Pathology


Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Career Guides
Earth & Space & Environmental Sciences
Education & Reference
Psychology
Fiction
Historical Fiction
LGBTQ (Fiction)
Literary Fiction

Certifications

  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Psychological First Aid
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Awards

  • Second place in national Chapter One Contest
  • Residency at Cottages at Hedgebrook

Work experience

Editor, Writer, Project Manager

Self-employed
May, 1992 – Present (about 28 years)

Provide clients with content for marketing, blogs, websites, newsletters, social media, presentations, and news releases, optimized for SEO when appropriate. Copyedit fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. Design and implement marketing plans, build and update WordPress websites, and provide staff training in website and social media management. Clients include individuals, businesses, and nonprofits.

Director of College Division

Proof Positive/Farrowlyne Associates
January, 1991 – November, 1992 (almost 2 years)

Managed editorial production of college projects, edited manuscripts, communicated with authors and clients, supervised and evaluated editorial staff, and bid for projects.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Rise: A Memoir

Rise Myers

An Ability to RiseRisé was named after the opera star Risë Stevens. It was as if her mother knew that Risé was not meant to be written into the family’s tragedies. In fact, from a young age Risé found a way to rise above the chaos, abuse, and molestation of her childhood, eventually escaping the weight of her family, and learning to love and believe in herself. This story is a testament to her... read more

An Ability to RiseRisé was named after the opera star Risë Stevens. It was as if her mother knew that Risé was not meant to be written into the family’s tragedies. In fact, from a young age Risé found a way to rise above the chaos, abuse, and molestation of her childhood, eventually escaping the weight of her family, and learning to love and believe in herself. This story is a testament to her... read more

News Reporting & Writing

Melvin Mencher

This edition continues to illustrate the principles of news reporting and writing with telling examples from print and broadcast journalism. Students are shown journalistic principles and concepts so that they may write accurate, precise and captivating news stories. Increasingly important news topics such as religion, education, domestic violence, juvenile crime and campus crime are included ... read more

This edition continues to illustrate the principles of news reporting and writing with telling examples from print and broadcast journalism. Students are shown journalistic principles and concepts so that they may write accurate, precise and captivating news stories. Increasingly important news topics such as religion, education, domestic violence, juvenile crime and campus crime are included ... read more

A Hot Planet Needs Cool Kids: Understanding Climate Change and What You Can Do About It

Julie Hall

Kids, parents, and teachers will find the very latest information about the causes and effects of climate change, how people are working to reduce it, and ways kids and their families and schools can join the fight. A Hot Planet Needs Cool Kids teaches and inspires through clear and accessible writing, engaging illustrations, hands-on activities, cool and hot facts, eco-hero features, and a ho... read more

Kids, parents, and teachers will find the very latest information about the causes and effects of climate change, how people are working to reduce it, and ways kids and their families and schools can join the fight. A Hot Planet Needs Cool Kids teaches and inspires through clear and accessible writing, engaging illustrations, hands-on activities, cool and hot facts, eco-hero features, and a ho... read more

The Narcissist in Your Life: Recognizing the Patterns and Learning to Break Free

Julie L. Hall

A highly illuminating examination of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) and its insidiously traumatic impact on family members and partners. Packed with insight, compassion, and practical strategies for recovery, this is a must-read for survivors and clinicians alike. Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) has a profoundly dehumanizing effect on those subject to its distortions, manipula... read more

A highly illuminating examination of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) and its insidiously traumatic impact on family members and partners. Packed with insight, compassion, and practical strategies for recovery, this is a must-read for survivors and clinicians alike. Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) has a profoundly dehumanizing effect on those subject to its distortions, manipula... read more

Foundations of Parasitology

Gerald D. Schmidt, Larry S. Roberts, John Janovy Jr.

Basic Media Writing: Workbook

Melvin Mencher

Book by Mencher, Melvin

Book by Mencher, Melvin

Omiyage

Marilyn Turkovich

The Cora: People of the Sierra Madre

Sarah Lane, Peggy Mueller, Marilyn Turkovich

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Trevor Sybertz
Sarah exceeded my expectations with her developmental edit and copyedit of my book. Her work is very thorough and I can already see how my book will be significantly improved by implementing her edits. She was able to identify multiple areas that I could improve the structure and message in my book to reach a broader audience. She also did a great job with correcting grammatical mistakes and re...
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Trevor Sybertz, May 2020

Sarah Lane
Thank you, Trevor. You were a pleasure to work with, and I am so excited to share your excellent book with friends when it gets published. Kudos on all your hard work.

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