Skye Loyd

Skye Loyd - Editor

Seattle, WA, USA

I've been a copy editor for 20 years with SAGE and Wiley. I have a background in science, literature, art, and music. Nothing gets by me!

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Overview

I am cursed with noticing everything! The details won't leave me alone! I will find your errors wherever they hide, your overrepeated ideas, your bits of flotsam that get in the way of lucid thought. I will leave only clear prose, easily read and understood, in your unique voice, to be embraced by millions of grateful readers.

I have copyedited books and academic articles for 20 years. I'm proficient in Chicago and APA styles. I have a wide background in art, music, and wildlife biology, which helps me to comprehend and improve on a wide range of subjects. I enjoy bringing out clarity from confusing or muddled sentences.

My clients have included Wiley, Rowman & Littlefield, and SAGE. I edited nonfiction books and academic journal articles for these publishers. I also freelanced as a book project manager for Wiley, which gave me insight into how a multiauthored book comes together.

Now I do developmental editing and copyediting of novels, and I love it! I've found that my eye for details honed on academic books helps me catch those troublesome little turns of phrase that make writing less than elegant.

When I work with you, I always remember that you are the author. It's your voice that must come through, no matter how much is changed. I use Tracked Changes so that you can accept my changes or not. I leave lots of comments to help you understand certain changes or to make suggestions. I am very flexible, and I will help new authors through the process of getting a book ready for publishing. I truly enjoy learning from each author.

Member of the Editorial Freelancers Association.

Testimonials:

"Skye is an incredible editor to work with. Her edits and suggestions were spot-on, crystal clear, and highly insightful. She improved my manuscript immensely. I also appreciated her excellent and prompt communication with me. In addition, she is a compassionate and empathetic person. A truly gifted editor, writer, and thinker!"

DJ Lee, author of essay collection


"Posting this review feels counterintuitive as I would love to keep Skye’s expertise all to myself (tongue in cheek). But the truth of the matter is that Skye Loyd is both gifted and a gift to the literary world. It’s difficult to fathom that an individual—a stranger no less—can be so attentive a listener and so intuitive a mind as to instantly understand my intended meaning, even when what I wrote was not exactly what I meant. Her editorial genius is awe-inspiring, and working with Skye was as easy as breathing.

"She will embellish your words, not by attempting to enhance them with her own, but by removing distractions and allowing your words to take the spotlight—and your characters center-stage. She is immensely talented and a consummate professional. Ultimately, your choice is in your own hands; but mine will always be Skye."

Ibrahim A., novel author

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Historical Fiction
Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Art
Earth, Space, & Environmental Sciences
History
Life Sciences
Music

Certifications

  • B.S., Conservation Biology, Brigham Young University
  • English minor, Brigham Young University

Work experience

Copy Editor

Wiley (freelance)
September, 2008 – December, 2021 (about 13 years)

I performed freelance copyediting for Wiley for 13 years. I copyedited life and earth science books for them using Chicago style.

Copy Editor

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (freelance)
January, 2008 – December, 2009 (almost 2 years)

I copyedited nonfiction books on history and entertainment for this publisher.

Copy Editor

SAGE Publications (freelance)
July, 2000 – March, 2008 (over 7 years)

SAGE is a publisher of more than 500 academic journals. I copyedited social science journal articles for them, using mostly APA style. I started in-house full-time as a proofreader.

Portfolio (20 selected works)

A Drive through Time

Saygo, Andrei

The Truth in Our Stories: Immigrant Voices in Radical Times

Tornoe, Mónica, Wright, Elizabeth, Esparza, Jesus Jesse

The House of Spark

LaFlash, Luminita

Historical Dictionary of Modern China (1800-1949)

James Z. Gao

The Historical Dictionary of Modern China (1800-1949) offers a concise but comprehensive examination of the political, military, economic, social, and cultural development of modern China. Instead of focusing merely on the political elites of China, this reference covers a variety of significant persons, including women and ethnic minorities; new historical concepts; cultural and educational i... read more

The Historical Dictionary of Modern China (1800-1949) offers a concise but comprehensive examination of the political, military, economic, social, and cultural development of modern China. Instead of focusing merely on the political elites of China, this reference covers a variety of significant persons, including women and ethnic minorities; new historical concepts; cultural and educational i... read more

Inventing Entertainment

Brian Dolan

Brian Dolan's social and cultural history of the music business in relation to the history of the player piano is a critical chapter in the story of contemporary life. The player piano made the American music industry-and American music itself-modern. For years, Tin Pan Alley composers and performers labored over scores for quick ditties destined for the vaudeville circuit or librettos destine... read more

Brian Dolan's social and cultural history of the music business in relation to the history of the player piano is a critical chapter in the story of contemporary life. The player piano made the American music industry-and American music itself-modern. For years, Tin Pan Alley composers and performers labored over scores for quick ditties destined for the vaudeville circuit or librettos destine... read more

Blackwell's Five-Minute Veterinary Consult

Barbara L. Oglesbee

Blackwell's Five-Minute Veterinary Consult: Small Mammalbrings together a wide range of information on diseases commonlyseen in small exotic mammals into a single, accessible resource.With consistency and broad coverage unparalleled by other texts,this new edition adds sections on chinchillas, guinea pigs, androdents to the existing rabbit and ferret topics to offercomplete coverage of these p... read more

Blackwell's Five-Minute Veterinary Consult: Small Mammalbrings together a wide range of information on diseases commonlyseen in small exotic mammals into a single, accessible resource.With consistency and broad coverage unparalleled by other texts,this new edition adds sections on chinchillas, guinea pigs, androdents to the existing rabbit and ferret topics to offercomplete coverage of these p... read more

Women in the Geosciences

Mary Anne Holmes, Suzanne OConnell, Kuheli Dutt

Read an interview with the author: "Working Toward Gender Parity in the Geosciences"The geoscience workforce has a lower proportion of women compared to the general population of the United States and compared to many other STEM fields. This volume explores issues pertaining to gender parity in the geosciences, and sheds light on some of the best practices that increase participation by women ... read more

Read an interview with the author: "Working Toward Gender Parity in the Geosciences"The geoscience workforce has a lower proportion of women compared to the general population of the United States and compared to many other STEM fields. This volume explores issues pertaining to gender parity in the geosciences, and sheds light on some of the best practices that increase participation by women ... read more

Combating Hatred

Terrance L. Furin

Hatred and violence in our nation's schools have made headlines in recent years. Violence often grows from student alienation, intolerance, and prejudice, and it is not limited to schools making headlines—hatred can be found in almost every public and private school in our nation. Combating Hatred provides several practical case studies of teachers, administrators, and school board members who... read more

Hatred and violence in our nation's schools have made headlines in recent years. Violence often grows from student alienation, intolerance, and prejudice, and it is not limited to schools making headlines—hatred can be found in almost every public and private school in our nation. Combating Hatred provides several practical case studies of teachers, administrators, and school board members who... read more

Scientific Integrity and Ethics in the Geosciences

Linda C. Gundersen

Science is built on trust. The assumption is that scientists will conduct their work with integrity, honesty, and a strict adherence to scientific protocols. Written by geoscientists for geoscientists, Scientific Integrity and Ethics in the Geosciences acquaints readers with the fundamental principles of scientific ethics and shows how they apply to everyday work in the classroom, laboratory, ... read more

Science is built on trust. The assumption is that scientists will conduct their work with integrity, honesty, and a strict adherence to scientific protocols. Written by geoscientists for geoscientists, Scientific Integrity and Ethics in the Geosciences acquaints readers with the fundamental principles of scientific ethics and shows how they apply to everyday work in the classroom, laboratory, ... read more

Sustainable Construction Processes

Steve Goodhew

This book explores the concepts and practicalities that lead to sustainable construction. It breaks new ground by providing the reader with the underlying principles of how to build sustainably and then assesses many of the tools required for the task. From energy to materials and from procurement to operation, all aspects play their part in turning a theoretically sustainable building project... read more

This book explores the concepts and practicalities that lead to sustainable construction. It breaks new ground by providing the reader with the underlying principles of how to build sustainably and then assesses many of the tools required for the task. From energy to materials and from procurement to operation, all aspects play their part in turning a theoretically sustainable building project... read more

Girls Who Don't Believe

Broome, Paul A

Class of 1967

Bateman, Randy

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Gary Eichhorn
Skye did an excellent job! She was easy to work with and completed the job on time and within budget - I would highly recommend her.

Gary Eichhorn, September 2022


Philip Kent-Hughes
I had been writing the manuscript for several years and needed help to ensure that it was well structured and that my ideas were clear to the reader. Skye made many suggestions for important changes. As a result, the manuscript is significantly improved, and I am very happy with the result. I am glad I chose Skye complete the developmental edit and I hope to work with them on my next book.

Philip Kent-Hughes, September 2022


Deby Eisenberg
I would highly recommend Skye. She was a great proofreader, and it was a pleasure to working with her.

Deby Eisenberg, July 2022


Andrei Saygo
I love working with Skye. All the collaborations are extremely good, on time and the edits are amazing! Thank you very much for your patience and attention to detail.

Andrei Saygo, May 2022


Ozan Karacagil
A true professional! We started working on my book with copyediting and proofreading. Now we are onto developmental editing. A bit in reserve order, but worked out well for a non-native writer. The feedback I received with all my work with Skye has been invaluable. I recommend her for all types of help in book writing, you won't be disappointed.

Ozan Karacagil, April 2022

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