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Sheila Trask

Sheila Trask - Editor

Vermont

Developmental editing, manuscript critiques, ghostwriting, copyediting, and copywriting (jacket copy and author bios)

Overview

Certified copyeditor, professional librarian, freelance editor, and ghostwriter. Editorial work includes projects for Kirkus Editorial, Book In A Box, Dartmouth Journal Services, Publishers Weekly, and BookPage, as well as individual authors. Recent projects include a Disney-Hyperion young adult series, memoirs, self-help, and business books.

I've also reviewed hundreds of books for the big names in book publishing, including Publishers Weekly, BookPage, Kirkus, The San Francisco Book Review, Foreword Magazine and many more. I have developed a strong sense of audience through this work.

I have been a contest judge for CritiqueMyNovel's Ink & Insight contest, and the Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards.

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Education & Reference Nature New Age Parenting & Families Psychology Religion & Spirituality Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Literature Thriller Young Adult & Teen

Certifications

  • Master of Science, Library and Information Science, Drexel University
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Middlebury College
  • Copyediting Certificate, University of California, San Diego

Work experience

Editorial Services

Self-employed
January, 2012 – Present (almost 6 years)

Edit non-fiction books: business & entrepreneurship, self-help & psychology, and memoir, as a freelance editor with Book In A Box.
Create promotional copy for Kirkus Editorial: taglines, book descriptions, series descriptions, and author biographies.
Write features, reviews, author profiles, and author interviews for fiction and nonfiction books for: Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, BookPage, The San Francisco Book Review, Foreword Magazine, BlueInk Reviews.
Provide manuscript critiques, developmental editing, proofreading and copy editing services directly to authors (
Proofread medical journal articles for Dartmouth Journal Services.

Portfolio (9 selected works)

Serafina and the Black Cloak

Robert Beatty

A brave and unusual girl named Serafina lives secretly in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age. Serafina's pa, the estate's maintenance man, has warned her to keep herself hidden from the fancy folk who live on the floors above, but when children at the estate start disappearing, Serafina and her friend Braeden Vanderbilt must work together to solve a... read more

A brave and unusual girl named Serafina lives secretly in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age. Serafina's pa, the estate's maintenance man, has warned her to keep herself hidden from the fancy folk who live on the floors above, but when children at the estate start disappearing, Serafina and her friend Braeden Vanderbilt must work together to solve a... read more

Victim Advocate's Guide to Wellness:: Six Dimensions of Vicarious Trauma-Free Life

Olga Phoenix

Victim advocates work with the trauma of others on a daily basis. Helping people who suffer can be difficult, traumatic, and draining. Thousands of victim advocates struggle with depression, obesity, immune disorders, addiction, and anxiety – frequently the results of vicarious trauma. Fortunately, vicarious trauma is preventable. This book is your personal guide to living healthy and content ... read more

Victim advocates work with the trauma of others on a daily basis. Helping people who suffer can be difficult, traumatic, and draining. Thousands of victim advocates struggle with depression, obesity, immune disorders, addiction, and anxiety – frequently the results of vicarious trauma. Fortunately, vicarious trauma is preventable. This book is your personal guide to living healthy and content ... read more

Burning Uncle Tom's Cabin

Carl Waters, Dr. Kal Chinyere

Eliza and George are married slaves, but owned by different masters. When Eliza finds out their son Harry is being sold to pay off a debt, she takes a unexpected opportunity to escape - without George. Staying just ahead of the slave hunters, George also escapes and heads to Canada, hoping Eliza and Harry are doing the same. Their love for each other is strong, but the road to freedom is long ... read more

Eliza and George are married slaves, but owned by different masters. When Eliza finds out their son Harry is being sold to pay off a debt, she takes a unexpected opportunity to escape - without George. Staying just ahead of the slave hunters, George also escapes and heads to Canada, hoping Eliza and Harry are doing the same. Their love for each other is strong, but the road to freedom is long ... read more

Vulnerable: (McIntyre Security Bodyguard Series - Book 1)

April Wilson

"I freaking loved it. I NEED book 2 now!!!" - 5 stars"This series keeps getting better and better!" - 5 starsWelcome to the McIntyre Security Bodyguard Series! Vulnerable is the first in a series of closely interrelated books that focus on the McIntyre family and their friends. If you love romance novels featuring strong alpha protectors, bodyguards, and slightly damaged characters, with a lit... read more

"I freaking loved it. I NEED book 2 now!!!" - 5 stars"This series keeps getting better and better!" - 5 starsWelcome to the McIntyre Security Bodyguard Series! Vulnerable is the first in a series of closely interrelated books that focus on the McIntyre family and their friends. If you love romance novels featuring strong alpha protectors, bodyguards, and slightly damaged characters, with a lit... read more

The Cherry Tree Is Blossoming: Selected Works

Richard Coyle

The Cherry Tree is Blossoming contains the selected letters, journals, poems, journals, fictions, and drama of the widely-regarded writer and playwright Richard "McCarthy" Coyle. Starting as a newspaper man at the Daily News in NYC, before moving on to a Stamford fellowship, and eventually writing plays and journalism as an independent writer, Richard produced, over his lifetime, an extraordin... read more

The Cherry Tree is Blossoming contains the selected letters, journals, poems, journals, fictions, and drama of the widely-regarded writer and playwright Richard "McCarthy" Coyle. Starting as a newspaper man at the Daily News in NYC, before moving on to a Stamford fellowship, and eventually writing plays and journalism as an independent writer, Richard produced, over his lifetime, an extraordin... read more

Crimes of Cunning: A comedy of personal and political transformation in the deteriorating American workplace.

Tony Mayo

Fast-paced, funny, and smart. This novel puts you into the world of a young MBA striving to succeed at a famous high-tech company. Brash and confident yet comically inept, Tony clashes with colleagues, clients, and even his biggest supporters. He fires his most loyal employee, derails the career of his only friend, and nearly destroys his young marriage before transforming from chilly corporat... read more

Fast-paced, funny, and smart. This novel puts you into the world of a young MBA striving to succeed at a famous high-tech company. Brash and confident yet comically inept, Tony clashes with colleagues, clients, and even his biggest supporters. He fires his most loyal employee, derails the career of his only friend, and nearly destroys his young marriage before transforming from chilly corporat... read more

Serafina and the Twisted Staff

Robert Beatty

Serafina's defeat of the Man in the Black Cloak has brought her out of the shadows and into the daylight realm of her home, Biltmore Estate. Every night she visits her mother in the forest, eager to learn the ways of the cat¬amount. But Serafina finds herself caught between her two worlds: she's too wild for Biltmore's beautifully dressed ladies and formal customs, and too human to fully join ... read more

Serafina's defeat of the Man in the Black Cloak has brought her out of the shadows and into the daylight realm of her home, Biltmore Estate. Every night she visits her mother in the forest, eager to learn the ways of the cat¬amount. But Serafina finds herself caught between her two worlds: she's too wild for Biltmore's beautifully dressed ladies and formal customs, and too human to fully join ... read more

Selling is Not Optional: How to Master the Most Important Skill in Business and Life

Mike Brunel

Who's afraid of big, bad sales?Almost everyone, says NRS Media co-founder Mike Brunel. Cold calls freak people out, and nobody wants to be thought of as the stereotypical sleazy salesperson. It doesn't have to be that way, though.In Selling is Not Optional, Brunel shares the key insight that led to his own success as an international media businessman: we are all in sales. How we think about s... read more

Who's afraid of big, bad sales?Almost everyone, says NRS Media co-founder Mike Brunel. Cold calls freak people out, and nobody wants to be thought of as the stereotypical sleazy salesperson. It doesn't have to be that way, though.In Selling is Not Optional, Brunel shares the key insight that led to his own success as an international media businessman: we are all in sales. How we think about s... read more

Crashing Through Walls

Janis K Ruoff

Two weeks after her son Jeff's eighteenth birthday, the author boarded a plane. A flight attendant called her name and said, "There's been an accident." Jeff was in a coma with a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). In this riveting memoir, Janis Ruoff tells the story of Jeff's recovery and the family's life since that day. This story is a profound, tragic and yet oddly hilarious tale of the l... read more

Two weeks after her son Jeff's eighteenth birthday, the author boarded a plane. A flight attendant called her name and said, "There's been an accident." Jeff was in a coma with a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). In this riveting memoir, Janis Ruoff tells the story of Jeff's recovery and the family's life since that day. This story is a profound, tragic and yet oddly hilarious tale of the l... read more

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