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Sean Sabo

Sean Sabo - Editor

Allentown, United States

I'm a book editor and proofreader who specializes in health and wellness, narrative nonfiction, sports, cooking, gardening, and music topics

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Reviews (4)

I am currently a full-time freelance editor after having been an employee of Rodale Inc. for the past decade. Most recently, I was an Associate Project Editor for over four years.

During my time with Rodale, I worked exclusively on nonfiction, specifically in health and wellness categories. I first began my career at Rodale as a fact-checker for the New York Times bestselling series Eat This, Not That before taking on exercise and diet book projects associated with the magazines Men's Health, Women's Health, Bicycling, and Runner's World. Being a weight-lifter, I was often to the go-to person on our exercise books, specifically for Men's Health and Women's Health.

Because I would often have to coordinate the vision of a magazine with that of the projects I was working on, I am very detail-oriented and will not hesitate to be in contact with questions on my freelance projects. Consistency throughout a project is an important trait on which I pride myself. I am never late with a deadline and will often try to be a little early if possible.

From 2013 to 2017, I was also in charge with the wall and desk calendars for the magazines Runner's World, Bicycling, Prevention, and Organic Gardening (now Organic Life).

Since May of 2017, I have been working mainly with two other publishers on nonfiction freelance projects, mainly in sports categories. I have also worked freelance on fantasy and science fiction.

I have experience styling, and I am available for proofreading, cold reads, and freelance project management, if needed.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Calendars Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Health & wellbeing Music Nature Self-help & Self-improvement Sex & Relationships Sports & outdoor recreation

Work experience

Associate Project Editor, Books-Editorial

Rodale Inc.
April, 2013 – May, 2017 (about 4 years)

Managed book projects from their creation to publication and coordinated the editors, designers, and layout personnel during the process.
o Scheduled and coordinated book launch meetings at the beginning of projects to discuss the plan for the next 3 to 6 months.
o After receiving the manuscript from the editor, evaluated and styled the files using Microsoft Word templates and style names for use by designers and layout department.
o Responsible for hiring and overseeing freelance copy editors and reviewing their work both at manuscript and first pass stages.
o Provided quality control editorially between stages/passes of book production from the editor, author, designer, and layout personnel. This included communicating between all parties in the event that material was missing, still to come, and/or incomplete.
o Oversaw meetings about book projects to discuss workflow between all members of the team on the project throughout the duration of the projects. Responsible for knowing and informing others during departmental meetings about status of the overall project.
o Responsible for overseeing the reviewing and evaluating of design elements such as covers and marketing materials to remain on schedule.
o Maintained and communicated timing of projects to members to keep everything on schedule.
o Provided final sign-off on all projects and coordinated with Manufacturing to release projects when all materials were approved.
o Responsible, along with the editor, to coordinate with other brands, including with the magazine brands Bicycling, Men's Health, and Runner's World, if the book project was part of their brand.
o Main point person and primary Project Editor on the Books-Editorial team for DVDs and other Creative items, which included reviewing, editing, and evaluating DVD cases, labels, and marketing materials during the Creative projects and coordinating final sign-off with Manufacturing.
o Responsible for applying for Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication information.
o Worked closely with the e-book conversion team and was the head of quality control on the Books team for all books converted overseas into e-book form. This included reviewing and evaluating e-book files against the printed book to insure quality.

Book Project Editorial Assistant

Rodale Inc.
December, 2008 – March, 2013 (about 4 years)

Assisted Book Project Editors and served as primary Project Editor on projects such as paperback conversions and e-book versions of previously published titles.
o Provided secondary or tertiary editorial feedback on manuscripts and passes of books for other project editors. This included evaluating and comparing passes to insure that all edits were input by the Layout team.
o Performed an evaluation at the final pass before books were released to insure that all elements were complete and that there were no glaring editorial or design issues.
o Assisted the Managing Editor and Senior Managing Editor in communicating between brands, such as the magazines magazine brands Bicycling, Men's Health, and Runner's World, as well as working with the Creative team on DVD projects.
o Created and maintained barcodes for all Design needs.
o Applied for Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication information.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength

Scott Carney

What Doesn't Kill Us, a New York Times bestseller, traces our evolutionary journey back to a time when survival depended on how well we adapted to the environment around us. Our ancestors crossed deserts, mountains, and oceans without even a whisper of what anyone today might consider modern technology. Those feats of endurance now seem impossible in an age where we take comfort for granted. B... read more

What Doesn't Kill Us, a New York Times bestseller, traces our evolutionary journey back to a time when survival depended on how well we adapted to the environment around us. Our ancestors crossed deserts, mountains, and oceans without even a whisper of what anyone today might consider modern technology. Those feats of endurance now seem impossible in an age where we take comfort for granted. B... read more

Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success

Brad Stulberg, Steve Magness

"A transfixing book on how to sustain peak performance and avoid burnout" ― Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Option B, Originals, and Give and Take "An essential playbook for success, happiness, and getting the most out of ourselves." ― Arianna Huffington, author of Thrive and The Sleep Revolution "I doubt anyone can read Peak Performance without itching to apply something to t... read more

"A transfixing book on how to sustain peak performance and avoid burnout" ― Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Option B, Originals, and Give and Take "An essential playbook for success, happiness, and getting the most out of ourselves." ― Arianna Huffington, author of Thrive and The Sleep Revolution "I doubt anyone can read Peak Performance without itching to apply something to t... read more

The Man's Guide to Women: Scientifically Proven Secrets from the "Love Lab" About What Women Really Want

John Gottman, Julie Schwartz Gottman, Doug Abrams, Rachel Carlton Abrams

Results from world-renowned relationship expert John Gottman's famous Love Lab have proven an incredible truth: Men make or break relationships. Based on 40 years of research, The Man's Guide to Women unlocks the mystery of how to attract, satisfy, and succeed with a woman for a lifetime. For the first time ever, there is a science-based answer to the age-old question: What do women really wan... read more

Results from world-renowned relationship expert John Gottman's famous Love Lab have proven an incredible truth: Men make or break relationships. Based on 40 years of research, The Man's Guide to Women unlocks the mystery of how to attract, satisfy, and succeed with a woman for a lifetime. For the first time ever, there is a science-based answer to the age-old question: What do women really wan... read more

Bicycling Maximum Overload for Cyclists: A Radical Strength-Based Program for Improved Speed and Endurance in Half the Time

Roy Wallack, Jacques DeVore

Bicycling Maximum Overload for Cyclists is a radical strength-based training program aimed at increasing cycling speed, athletic longevity, and overall health in half the training time. Rather than improving endurance by riding longer distances, you'll learn how to do it by reducing your riding time and adding heavy strength and power training. Traditionally cyclists and endurance athletes hav... read more

Bicycling Maximum Overload for Cyclists is a radical strength-based training program aimed at increasing cycling speed, athletic longevity, and overall health in half the training time. Rather than improving endurance by riding longer distances, you'll learn how to do it by reducing your riding time and adding heavy strength and power training. Traditionally cyclists and endurance athletes hav... read more

The Road to Sparta: Reliving the Ancient Battle and Epic Run That Inspired the World's Greatest Footrace

Dean Karnazes

The Road to Sparta is the story of the 153-mile run from Athens to Sparta that inspired the marathon and saved democracy, as told--and experienced--by ultramarathoner and New York Times bestselling author Dean Karnazes.In 490 BCE, Pheidippides ran for 36 hours straight from Athens to Sparta to seek help in defending Athens from a Persian invasion in the Battle of Marathon. In doing so, he save... read more

The Road to Sparta is the story of the 153-mile run from Athens to Sparta that inspired the marathon and saved democracy, as told--and experienced--by ultramarathoner and New York Times bestselling author Dean Karnazes.In 490 BCE, Pheidippides ran for 36 hours straight from Athens to Sparta to seek help in defending Athens from a Persian invasion in the Battle of Marathon. In doing so, he save... read more

Redemption Alley: How I Lived to Bowl Another Frame

Bob Perry, Stefan Bechtel

After hitting rock bottom through addiction, bowling legend Bob Perry learned that religion is for people who don't want to go to hell. Spirituality is for people who have already been there. Perry tells his heart-wrenching, inspiring story of bowling for the mob and drug and alcohol addiction in his new book, Redemption Alley.Perry, considered by many to be one of the most naturally-talented ... read more

After hitting rock bottom through addiction, bowling legend Bob Perry learned that religion is for people who don't want to go to hell. Spirituality is for people who have already been there. Perry tells his heart-wrenching, inspiring story of bowling for the mob and drug and alcohol addiction in his new book, Redemption Alley.Perry, considered by many to be one of the most naturally-talented ... read more

Wheat Belly Slim Guide: The Fast and Easy Reference for Living and Succeeding on the Wheat Belly Lifestyle

William Davis

The #1 New York Times bestseller Wheat Belly taught us how to reverse years of chronic health problems by removing wheat from our daily diets. Now, Dr. William Davis has created a portable guide, perfect for quick reference at the grocery store. Wheat Belly Slim Guide contains: an extensive grocery and pantry list lists of safe sweeteners, safe thickeners, and safe flours a guide to carb count... read more

The #1 New York Times bestseller Wheat Belly taught us how to reverse years of chronic health problems by removing wheat from our daily diets. Now, Dr. William Davis has created a portable guide, perfect for quick reference at the grocery store. Wheat Belly Slim Guide contains: an extensive grocery and pantry list lists of safe sweeteners, safe thickeners, and safe flours a guide to carb count... read more

Corn Flakes with John Lennon: And Other Tales from a Rock 'n' Roll Life

Robert Hilburn

Robert Hilburn's storied career as a rock critic has allowed him a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of some of the most iconic figures of our time. He was the only music critic to visit Folsom Prison with Johnny Cash. He met John Lennon during his lost weekend period in Los Angeles and they became friends. Bob Dylan granted him his only interviews during his "born-again" period and the occa... read more

Robert Hilburn's storied career as a rock critic has allowed him a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of some of the most iconic figures of our time. He was the only music critic to visit Folsom Prison with Johnny Cash. He met John Lennon during his lost weekend period in Los Angeles and they became friends. Bob Dylan granted him his only interviews during his "born-again" period and the occa... read more

Drink Vermont: Beer, Wine, and Spirits of the Green Mountain State

Liza Gershman

Experience more than ninety breweries, wineries, distilleries, and cideries in Vermont.With Vermont’s thriving spirits industry—the state is home to eighteen distilleries, nearly fifty breweries, and more than a dozen wineries—you can find hard apple cider, whiskey, and everything in between.Drink Vermont is an exploration of the flavors, people, and locations throughout the state. Famous for ... read more

Experience more than ninety breweries, wineries, distilleries, and cideries in Vermont.With Vermont’s thriving spirits industry—the state is home to eighteen distilleries, nearly fifty breweries, and more than a dozen wineries—you can find hard apple cider, whiskey, and everything in between.Drink Vermont is an exploration of the flavors, people, and locations throughout the state. Famous for ... read more

Tales from the Miami Hurricanes Sideline: A Collection of the Greatest Hurricanes Stories Ever Told

Jim Martz

University of Miami football is more than national championships, thirty-game winning streaks, and being a pipeline to the NFL. It’s the Gator Flop, defeating Tulane on a fifth down, and playing three games in eight days. It’s converting third and 44 against Notre Dame, Michael Irvin talking smack with Florida State’s Deion Sanders, and Vinny Testaverde being sacked by hamburgers. It’s the Jet... read more

University of Miami football is more than national championships, thirty-game winning streaks, and being a pipeline to the NFL. It’s the Gator Flop, defeating Tulane on a fifth down, and playing three games in eight days. It’s converting third and 44 against Notre Dame, Michael Irvin talking smack with Florida State’s Deion Sanders, and Vinny Testaverde being sacked by hamburgers. It’s the Jet... read more

You and Your Gender Identity: A Guide to Discovery

Dara Hoffman-Fox

Are you wrestling with questions surrounding your gender that just don’t seem to go away? Do you want answers to questions about your gender identity, but aren’t sure how to get started?In this groundbreaking guide, Dara Hoffman-Fox, LPC―accomplished gender therapist and thought leader whose articles, blogs, and videos have empowered thousands worldwide―helps you navigate your journey of self-... read more

Are you wrestling with questions surrounding your gender that just don’t seem to go away? Do you want answers to questions about your gender identity, but aren’t sure how to get started?In this groundbreaking guide, Dara Hoffman-Fox, LPC―accomplished gender therapist and thought leader whose articles, blogs, and videos have empowered thousands worldwide―helps you navigate your journey of self-... read more

Called for Traveling: My Nomadic Life Playing Pro Basketball around the World

Tyler Smith

Called for Traveling is a pro basketball journey that spans four continents, seven countries and twelve teams over eleven hilarious and adventurous years. After playing his college ball at Penn State, Tyler Smith had a path in mind of where he wanted his pro basketball career to lead. Bringing his own toilet paper to away games, courts made of concrete, and fully-geared riot police at every st... read more

Called for Traveling is a pro basketball journey that spans four continents, seven countries and twelve teams over eleven hilarious and adventurous years. After playing his college ball at Penn State, Tyler Smith had a path in mind of where he wanted his pro basketball career to lead. Bringing his own toilet paper to away games, courts made of concrete, and fully-geared riot police at every st... read more

Sean has 4 reviews

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Bryan Collins

Sean was great to work with and has the key attribute every proofreader needs: an attention to detail. I was more than happy with how he treated my book, and I intend to work with him again.

, November 2017


Steve Fecske

Sean did a great job for me. He took a lot of time to understand what I was trying to do and he made my book better. I am greatly appreciative for his hard work and the grind of going through the minutia of my many words. Thank you.

, October 2017


George Araman

Mr. Sabo is a great professional proofreader. I really enjoyed his meticulous approach and highly recommend him.

, October 2017


Bryan Collins

He did a great job proofreading my book. I intend to work with Sean again soon.

, October 2017

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