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 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 – 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

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.

Historical Dictionary of Modern China (1800-1949)

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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

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Blackwell's Five-Minute Veterinary Consult

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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

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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

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Food Carotenoids

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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

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Combating Hatred

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Scientific Integrity and Ethics in the Geosciences

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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

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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

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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


Marianne Jennings
Five stars plus five more!!! This is my second time working with Skye and it's been a great experience. She helped review my reference-heavy astronaut fun fact book. She is quick, kind, professional, knows her stuff and is an absolute joy to work with. I highly recommend working with her. Thanks so much Skye!!!

Marianne Jennings, April 2022


DJ Lee
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, March 2022


Ozan Karacagil
Without Skye’s my first attempt to write a book would go nowhere. English is my second language, but she took the time and effort to make it as natural sounding as possible. She has a magical touch while making sure the sound is still yours. I highly recommend Skye for all your editorial needs!

Ozan Karacagil, February 2022

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