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Sarah Vostok

Sarah Vostok - Editor

Boston, MA, United States

Copy editor, proofreader, and project manager with nine years of experience working with various publishers, authors, and genres.

Overview

I am an experienced publishing professional with nine years of experience in all parts of the editorial, production, and design processes, including managing, reviewing, copy editing, and proofreading a wide variety of titles and genres. In 2010 I completed my Master’s Degree in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College. I was educated abroad in international schools throughout both middle and high school, and have extensive experience in Americanization of materials, as well as working with sensitive subjects.

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade Classics Crime & Mystery Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy Short Story Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Career Guides Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Education & Reference Entertainment Health & wellbeing

Certifications

  • MA, Publishing & Writing

Work experience

Scheduling Coordinator

Heinemann

November, 2015 – Present (about 1 year)

Manage all aspects of a multi-year children's literacy publishing project encompassing over 1,500 titles. Proofread and cold read all book titles.

Production Editor

Jones & Bartlett Learning

November, 2015 – November, 2015 (8 days)

Worked with authors and vendors through all stages of the production process. Copyedited and proofread manuscripts in addition to evaluating work from freelancers.

Custom Project Manager

Pearson Learning Solutions

March, 2014 – November, 2014 (8 months)

Prepared manuscripts for composition and oversaw all stages of proof through review by production services, field staff, and authors/customers, as appropriate. Direct all assigned titles through an electronic production environment to meet delivery and budget commitments.

Freelance Copy Editor and Proofreader

Self-Employed

August, 2013 – Present (over 3 years)

Copy edit manuscripts and proofread page proofs, checking for typos, style inconsistencies, and factual errors; Proofread or cold read pages.

Currently editing Culinary, YA, Reference, and Adult Trade for a wide variety of prominent publishing companies.

Editorial and Production

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

June, 2007 – July, 2013 (about 6 years)

Reviewed, copy edited, trafficked, and proofread trade manuscripts, book covers, and jackets, with the addition of field guides and cookbooks. Worked closely with authors on all stages of book production.

Portfolio (15 selected works)

The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War

Richard Rubin

“Richard Rubin has done something that will never be possible for anyone to do again. His interviews with the last American World War I veterans—who have all since died—bring to vivid life a cataclysm that changed our world forever but that remains curiously forgotten here.”—Adam Hochschild, author of To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914–1918In 2003, 85 years after the end o... read more

“Richard Rubin has done something that will never be possible for anyone to do again. His interviews with the last American World War I veterans—who have all since died—bring to vivid life a cataclysm that changed our world forever but that remains curiously forgotten here.”—Adam Hochschild, author of To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914–1918In 2003, 85 years after the end o... read more

For Today I Am a Boy

Kim Fu

“[A] sharply written debut…A coming-of-age tale for our time.” —Seattle Times At birth, Peter Huang is given the Chinese name Juan Chaun, “powerful king.” To his parents, newly settled in small-town Ontario, he is the exalted only son in a sea of daughters, the one who will finally fulfill his immigrant father’s dreams of Western masculinity. Peter and his sisters grow up in an airless house o... read more

“[A] sharply written debut…A coming-of-age tale for our time.” —Seattle Times At birth, Peter Huang is given the Chinese name Juan Chaun, “powerful king.” To his parents, newly settled in small-town Ontario, he is the exalted only son in a sea of daughters, the one who will finally fulfill his immigrant father’s dreams of Western masculinity. Peter and his sisters grow up in an airless house o... read more

The Shelter Cycle

Peter Rock

An American original, Peter Rock brings our strangest beliefs to vivid and sympathetic life in this haunting novel inspired by true events.The Shelter Cycle tells the story of two children, Francine and Colville, who grew up in the Church Universal and Triumphant, a religion that predicted the world could end in the late 1980s. While their parents built underground shelters to withstand the im... read more

An American original, Peter Rock brings our strangest beliefs to vivid and sympathetic life in this haunting novel inspired by true events.The Shelter Cycle tells the story of two children, Francine and Colville, who grew up in the Church Universal and Triumphant, a religion that predicted the world could end in the late 1980s. While their parents built underground shelters to withstand the im... read more

The Possibility Dogs: What I Learned from Second-Chance Rescues About Service, Hope, and Healing

Susannah Charleson

“Reading The Possibility Dogs is like taking an amazing literary journey with a dear friend by your side. The characters you meet will enchant you, but the storyteller will capture your heart. If you love dogs, this is a can’t-miss book written by a kindred spirit.” —Jennifer Arnold, author of Through a Dog’s Eyes and In a Dog’s HeartAfter a grisly search-and-rescue operation led to troubling ... read more

“Reading The Possibility Dogs is like taking an amazing literary journey with a dear friend by your side. The characters you meet will enchant you, but the storyteller will capture your heart. If you love dogs, this is a can’t-miss book written by a kindred spirit.” —Jennifer Arnold, author of Through a Dog’s Eyes and In a Dog’s HeartAfter a grisly search-and-rescue operation led to troubling ... read more

Race the Wild #1: Rain Forest Relay

Kristin Earhart

When Russell entered the race, he knew it was going to be a wild ride. Especially the first race course! He'd been studying up on the Amazon's animals and culture forever. But nothing could prepare him or his teammates for what they'd find in the rain forest: raging rapids, poisonous venom, and sneaky competitors who'd do anything to win. Can the red team work together to make it to the finish... read more

When Russell entered the race, he knew it was going to be a wild ride. Especially the first race course! He'd been studying up on the Amazon's animals and culture forever. But nothing could prepare him or his teammates for what they'd find in the rain forest: raging rapids, poisonous venom, and sneaky competitors who'd do anything to win. Can the red team work together to make it to the finish... read more

Real Baby Food: Easy, All-Natural Recipes for Your Baby and Toddler

Jenna Helwig

Simple Recipes for a Wholesome Start Nothing compares with making your own baby food: It's fresh and unprocessed, you choose what goes into it, and it is a delicious way to introduce your child to a world of flavors. In Real Baby Food, Jenna Helwig helps you fit this loving act into a busy day's routine by making the process easy, fast, and flexible with 100 meals to begin a lifetime of health... read more

Simple Recipes for a Wholesome Start Nothing compares with making your own baby food: It's fresh and unprocessed, you choose what goes into it, and it is a delicious way to introduce your child to a world of flavors. In Real Baby Food, Jenna Helwig helps you fit this loving act into a busy day's routine by making the process easy, fast, and flexible with 100 meals to begin a lifetime of health... read more

A Night Divided

Jennifer A. Nielsen

From NYT bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen comes a stunning thriller about a girl who must escape to freedom after the Berlin Wall divides her family between east and west.With the rise of the Berlin Wall, twelve-year-old Gerta finds her family suddenly divided. She, her mother, and her brother Fritz live on the eastern side, controlled by the Soviets. Her father and middle brother, who h... read more

From NYT bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen comes a stunning thriller about a girl who must escape to freedom after the Berlin Wall divides her family between east and west.With the rise of the Berlin Wall, twelve-year-old Gerta finds her family suddenly divided. She, her mother, and her brother Fritz live on the eastern side, controlled by the Soviets. Her father and middle brother, who h... read more

Dead Upon a Time

Elizabeth Paulson

It's a fairy-tale nightmare . . .One girl is kept in a room where every day the only food she's given is a poisoned apple. Another is kept in a room covered in needles -- and if she pricks her finger, she'll die. Then there are the brother and sister kept in a cell that keeps getting hotter and hotter. . .A sinister kidnapper is on the loose in Kate's world. She's not involved until one day sh... read more

It's a fairy-tale nightmare . . .One girl is kept in a room where every day the only food she's given is a poisoned apple. Another is kept in a room covered in needles -- and if she pricks her finger, she'll die. Then there are the brother and sister kept in a cell that keeps getting hotter and hotter. . .A sinister kidnapper is on the loose in Kate's world. She's not involved until one day sh... read more

Titans

Victoria Scott

Ever since the Titans appeared in her Detroit neighborhood, Astrid Sullivan's world has revolved around the mechanical horses. It's not just the thrill of the race. It's the engineering of the horses themselves and the way they're programmed to seem so lifelike. The Titans are everything that fascinates Astrid, and nothing she'll ever touch.She hates them a little, too. Her dad lost everything... read more

Ever since the Titans appeared in her Detroit neighborhood, Astrid Sullivan's world has revolved around the mechanical horses. It's not just the thrill of the race. It's the engineering of the horses themselves and the way they're programmed to seem so lifelike. The Titans are everything that fascinates Astrid, and nothing she'll ever touch.She hates them a little, too. Her dad lost everything... read more

Crosstown Crush: A Sins In the City Novel

Cara McKenna

The first in a new series from the “wicked-hot”* author of Hard Time and Give It All explores the fantasies of a daring married couple—and those of a stranger invited to play along in their scandalous little games… When he’s working, Mike Heyer is all business—every inch the alpha male, with the hard, capable body to back up his persona. But at home he can be a different man entirely, harborin... read more

The first in a new series from the “wicked-hot”* author of Hard Time and Give It All explores the fantasies of a daring married couple—and those of a stranger invited to play along in their scandalous little games… When he’s working, Mike Heyer is all business—every inch the alpha male, with the hard, capable body to back up his persona. But at home he can be a different man entirely, harborin... read more

Essential Pépin: More Than 700 All-Time Favorites from My Life in Food

Jacques Pépin

For the first time ever, the legendary chef collects and updates the best recipes from his six-decade career. With a searchable DVD demonstrating every technique a cook will ever need.In his more than sixty years as a chef, Jacques Pépin has earned a reputation as a champion of simplicity. His recipes are classics. They find the shortest, surest route to flavor, avoiding complicated techniques... read more

For the first time ever, the legendary chef collects and updates the best recipes from his six-decade career. With a searchable DVD demonstrating every technique a cook will ever need.In his more than sixty years as a chef, Jacques Pépin has earned a reputation as a champion of simplicity. His recipes are classics. They find the shortest, surest route to flavor, avoiding complicated techniques... read more

Cooking Solo: The Joy of Cooking for Yourself

Klancy Miller

100 delicious recipes to make meals for yourself with style, sophistication, and the occasional indulgence At a time when 31 million American adults live alone, Klancy Miller is here to show that cooking for one is something to embrace. While making single servings from other cookbooks means scaling down ingredients, adjusting cooking times, or being stuck with leftovers, Cooking Solo gives re... read more

100 delicious recipes to make meals for yourself with style, sophistication, and the occasional indulgence At a time when 31 million American adults live alone, Klancy Miller is here to show that cooking for one is something to embrace. While making single servings from other cookbooks means scaling down ingredients, adjusting cooking times, or being stuck with leftovers, Cooking Solo gives re... read more

1,000 Spanish Recipes (1,000 Recipes)

Penelope Casas

The legacy work by one of the most influential experts on Spanish cuisine Penelope Casas was one of the premier experts on Spanish food: She taught Americans about jamón serrano, Manchego cheese, and chorizo, in addition to countless dishes, from patatas bravas to churros. She wrote several acclaimed books, and 1,000 Spanish Recipes is her final work and legacy. It is the latest—and a very spe... read more

The legacy work by one of the most influential experts on Spanish cuisine Penelope Casas was one of the premier experts on Spanish food: She taught Americans about jamón serrano, Manchego cheese, and chorizo, in addition to countless dishes, from patatas bravas to churros. She wrote several acclaimed books, and 1,000 Spanish Recipes is her final work and legacy. It is the latest—and a very spe... read more

Ash and Silver: A Sanctuary Novel

Carol Berg

In Dust and Light, national bestselling author Carol Berg returned to the world of the award-winning Flesh and Spirit. Now she continues the saga of a man whose past is veiled in shadows.... Ever since the Order of the Equites Cineré stole his memory, his name, and his heart, thinking about the past makes Greenshank’s head ache. After two years of rigorous training, he is almost ready to embra... read more

In Dust and Light, national bestselling author Carol Berg returned to the world of the award-winning Flesh and Spirit. Now she continues the saga of a man whose past is veiled in shadows.... Ever since the Order of the Equites Cineré stole his memory, his name, and his heart, thinking about the past makes Greenshank’s head ache. After two years of rigorous training, he is almost ready to embra... read more

How to Get a Meeting with Anyone: The Untapped Selling Power of Contact Marketing

Stu Heinecke

The hard part just got easy.You know how to sell—that’s your job, after all—but getting CEOs and other VIPs to call you back is the tricky part.So what if that impossible-to-reach person weren’t so impossible to reach after all?Hall-of-fame-nominated marketer and Wall Street Journal cartoonist Stu Heinecke discovered that he could get past traditional gatekeepers and reach those elusive execut... read more

The hard part just got easy.You know how to sell—that’s your job, after all—but getting CEOs and other VIPs to call you back is the tricky part.So what if that impossible-to-reach person weren’t so impossible to reach after all?Hall-of-fame-nominated marketer and Wall Street Journal cartoonist Stu Heinecke discovered that he could get past traditional gatekeepers and reach those elusive execut... read more

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