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 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.

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.

My clients have included Wiley, Rowman & Littlefield, and SAGE. I have edited nonfiction books and academic journal articles for these publishers. I also freelance as a book project manager for Wiley, which has given me insight into how a multiauthored book comes together. I help authors bring their chapters into the formats desired by editors and keep all the elements of a large book organized in Excel until it is ready to go to print.

Working with Reedsy has been amazing, as it's brought me to the world of self-publishing authors and their wonderful, unique ideas. I love being able to work on fiction, to focus on characters and dialogue and to find a book's overlooked inconsistencies. Emerson said, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." I agree with you in the main, Ralph, but for a book's readability and authoritativeness, consistency is key.

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 (the-efa.org); owner of Edit Guru (edit-guru.com).
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Art
Earth, Space, & Environmental Sciences
Education & Reference
History
Life Sciences
Music
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Young Adult

Certifications

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

Work experience

Copy Editor

Self-employed
September, 2008 – January, 2020 (over 11 years)

I performed freelance copyediting for Wiley for 11 years. I copyedited life and earth science books for them using Chicago style.

Copy Editor

Self-employed
January, 2008 – December, 2009 (almost 2 years)

I copyedited nonfiction books on history and entertainment for Rowman & Littlefield.

Copy Editor

Self-employed
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 as a proofreader for six months.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Girls Who Don't Believe

Broome, Paul A

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

Food Carotenoids

Delia B. Rodriguez-Amaya

Carotenoids were first studied as natural pigments, then as precursors of vitamin A, and then as bioactive compounds against chronic diseases. These compounds have been and continue to be the subject of intense research worldwide, now with an expanded scope.Food Carotenoids: Chemistry, Biology and Technology gathers all the important information about these major compounds which impact both fo... read more

Carotenoids were first studied as natural pigments, then as precursors of vitamin A, and then as bioactive compounds against chronic diseases. These compounds have been and continue to be the subject of intense research worldwide, now with an expanded scope.Food Carotenoids: Chemistry, Biology and Technology gathers all the important information about these major compounds which impact both fo... read more

Zoonotic Tuberculosis

Charles O. Thoen, James H. Steele, John B. Kaneene

Zoonotic Tuberculosis: Mycobacterium bovis and OtherPathogenic Mycobacteria, Third Edition is a comprehensivereview of the state of the art in the control and elimination ofinfections caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex inanimals and humans. This update to the most complete and currentreference available on Mycobacterium bovis includes newcoverage of the latest molecular techniques; m... read more

Zoonotic Tuberculosis: Mycobacterium bovis and OtherPathogenic Mycobacteria, Third Edition is a comprehensivereview of the state of the art in the control and elimination ofinfections caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex inanimals and humans. This update to the most complete and currentreference available on Mycobacterium bovis includes newcoverage of the latest molecular techniques; m... 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

RUNAWAY

Hall, Emmett

Skye has 34 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Ibrahim A
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 wro...
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Ibrahim A, November 2021


Lina Hajjaj
Skye is very professional. She took excellent care of our book and delivered on time. Thank you!

Lina Hajjaj, November 2021


Rebel Williams
Working with Skye was a dream. She made sure that the finished piece exhibited a higher quality of content and clarity of expression. Content terminology that was varied became consistent and clear. I would highly recommend her and will definitely use her in the future on any project.

Rebel Williams, October 2021


Kate Nguyen
Skye is efficient, professional and caring. I am very happy with her work and hope to collaborate with her again

Kate Nguyen, October 2021


Rebel Williams
Great eye for details and for clear communication to readers. Highly professional—you can trust her to do an excellent job!

Rebel Williams, October 2021

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