Sohini Ghose

Sohini Ghose – Editor

Edited & proofread 300+ books for Big 4 and indie presses, including Nobel laureate Mo Yan's, Pow! Proofreader at Harlequin. Author.

Overview

Having someone else edit something you have created with care and effort can be an emotional process. (How do I say this with such confidence you ask? Well, it's because I have been on the other side, as an internationally published author, with Macmillan and Rupa). So, I want to make the editing process comfortable and easy for you.


Whether you want to self-publish or publish traditionally, your book needs to be the best it can be. As an author, you want someone with skill and experience, knowledge and sensitivity, and an understanding of the world of publishing. I have been a part of the global publishing scene for over 15 years, having worked on over 300 books across three countries: India, the US, and Canada. I have worked with several publishers, like Penguin Random House, Bloomsbury, Oxford University Press, Routledge, The MIT Press, Seagull Books, Cambridge University Press, and Macmillan, to name a few, and with bestselling and award-winning indie authors, such as Niall Leonard and Kim D. Rozdeba. I was also one of the proofreaders for the 2012 Nobel-winner Mo Yan's book, POW!


The process of editing is collaborative and constructive, and I can provide you with editing you can trust and that supports your voice and vision. So, if you want a "gentle" editor (in the words of one of my author clients), who can edit your work with skill, care, and compassion, reach out to me, and let me know how I can help you.

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction Cultural & Ethnic Historical Fiction Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Thriller & Suspense Women's Fiction
Languages
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Certifications
  • MA in English Literature 
  • Advanced Copyediting (Editorial Freelancers Association)
  • Line Editing (Editorial Freelancers Association)

Work experience

Seagull Books

Jul, 2010 — Jan, 2015 (over 4 years)

Some of the highlights of my time at Seagull Books has been editing, proofreading, and designing over 50 fiction, non-fiction, and academic titles, including the 2012 Nobel prize-winning author, Mo Yan’s book, Pow!

Self-employed

Jan, 2015 — Present

Since 2015, I have been an independent fiction and creative nonfiction editor and proofreader working with indie authors and for publishers like Penguin Random House, Bloomsbury, Oxford University Press, Macmillan Learning, Routledge, Roli Books, The MIT Press, and Grove Atlantic.
I have also authored English textbooks (English Brook) teacher’s manuals, workbooks, and digital content for Macmillan, Pearson, and K12 Learning Solutions, and written a self-help book published by Rupa.
I have also worked with Macmillan Learning/Hayden-McNeil as their in-house seasonal proofreader.

The Seagull School of Publishing

Dec, 2012 — Dec, 2014 (about 2 years)

As part of the faculty at the Seagull School of Publishing, which I helped set up along with my colleagues, I taught different aspects of book editing in the editing department and worked as an evaluator in the design department.

Cambridge University Press

Jun, 2009 — Jul, 2010 (about 1 year)

Starting out in the publishing industry with Cambridge University Press, I got the chance to commission, review, edit, proofread, and aid in the production of textbooks and academic books. I also led a team of three editors, working closely with authors, illustrators, and designers to launch the Cambridge Express Primers (English Language textbooks for primary schools).

Portfolio

POW!

Mo Yan

In this novel by the 2012 Nobel Laureate in Literature, Mo Yan, a benign old monk listens to a prospective novice’s tale of depravity, violence, and carnivorous excess while a nice little family drama―in which nearly everyone dies―unfurls. But in this tale of ... read more
Listening doesn't always get the attention that it deserves and is mostly taken for granted. It is a powerful ability that humans possess but is hardly used or applied. Problems between parents and children, between seniors and subordinates, between government... read more
Kite (The French List)

Dominique Eddé

Rich and multilayered, with elements of both memoir and fiction, Dominique Eddé’s Kite defies categorization. Beginning in the 1960s and ending in the late ’80s, it is at once a narrative of a passionate, and ultimately tragic, relationship between Mali and Fa... read more
Apostoloff (The German List)

Sibylle Lewitscharoff

“Gone, finito, The End, I say. A father who puts an end to it all before he wears down the whole family deserves more praise than damnation.” Two sisters travel to Sofia—in a convoy of luxury limousines arranged by a fellow Bulgarian exile—to bury their less-t... read more
Christa Wolf was arguably the best-known and most influential writer in the former East Germany. Having grown up during the Nazi regime, she and her family were forced to flee their home like many others, nearly starving to death in the process. Her earliest n... read more
Conversations, Volume 1

Jorge Luis Borges

Buddhism, love, Henry James, and the tango are just a few of the topics Jorge Luis Borges, Argentina’s master writer, and extraordinary conversationalist, discusses in the first volume of the remarkable new series, Conversations. The eighty-four-year-old blind... read more
The Waste Land

Martin Rowson

In Martin Rowson’s The Waste Land, private detective Chris Marlowe is tasked with getting to the bottom of the most impenetrable of all modernist mysteries: namely T. S. Eliot’s The Wasteland. Cunningly contrived, this irreverent graphic parody is inspired in ... read more
A prolific essayist, novelist, translator, philosopher, and a critic of rare elegance, Pascal Quignard returns anew to the major questions of existence in The Silent Crossing, a haunting homage to life and liberty, to society and solitude, and to the binding a... read more
Moon and Back

T E kessler

Jelvias come to Earth and appointed a faceless AI who distorts our reality and instructs Jelvias to kill to order. They call the AI the ‘committee’. Groups of Jelvias leave their respective ‘island’ (spaceship) to live inland, which causes a problem for the co... read more
Mamaji: A Memoir

Haqq, Elisheba

Keyhole Saw

Kalina Panayotova

She is the polite neighbor. She is a landscaper. She is a teacher, a mentor. For the lonely Native American, for the just moved-in kleptomaniac, for the intelligent and sensitive teenager, she is the soulmate that they’ve longed for. No one can give you, what ... read more
Fit or Fiction

Ritika Agarwal

Feeling proud you chose your favourite salad over a regular meal?Still cutting out carbs and overdosing on proteins to cut that flab?But what if that’s doing more harm than good? What if that’s not really helping you sustain that ideal flat stomach you desire?... read more
A chronicle of motherhood and infancy, Brady’s Mutability marks the excesses of attention and love in this unique relationship, the gradual unfurling of one person into two. In poems and prose, these scripts offer a “model of duplicity,” revealing how the begi... read more
In an unnamed African nation, the people are subject to a state of perpetual warfare and to an Orwellian abuse of language that strips from language its meaning and renders life senseless. And in a bare room lit only by moonlight, a young man hides, waiting fo... read more
Originally published in 1962, Franz Fühmann’s autobiographical story cycle The Jew Car is a classic of German short fiction and an unparalleled examination of the psychology of National Socialism. Each story presents a snapshot of a personal and historical tur... read more
The Soul of Truth

Shaji Madathil

Set in verdant Kerala, on a backdrop of the magnificent culture and traditions of God's Own Country, this book has universal appeal as it attempts to untangle the puzzles that are life and death.
Inka Parei’s novel The Cold Centre begins with a man who receives a startling call from his ex-wife. She’s in the hospital, awaiting a cancer diagnosis. His mind races as he suddenly realizes he must find out whether she was contaminated by fallout from the 19... read more
It’s Berlin in the summer of 2003—sunshine for weeks on end, weather to fall in love. And that’s just what Christian Eich, the main character in Ulrich Peltzer’s acclaimed novel Part of the Solution, does; but that’s not all. Christian Eich, a thirty-something... read more
A chronicle of motherhood and infancy, Brady’s Mutability marks the excesses of attention and love in this unique relationship, the gradual unfurling of one person into two. In poems and prose, these scripts offer a “model of duplicity,” revealing how the begi... read more
Fly Away, Pigeon tells the heart-wrenching story of a family torn between emigration and immigration and paints evocative portraits of the former Yugoslavia and modern-day Switzerland. In this novel, Melinda Nadj Abonji interweaves two narrative strands, recou... read more
In contemporary Norwegian fiction Tomas Espedal’s work stands out as uniquely personal; it can be difficult to separate the fiction from Espedal’s own experiences. Against Nature, a companion volume to Espedal's earlier Against Art, is an examination of factor... read more
In 1900, art historians André Jolles and Aby Warburg constructed an experimental dialogue in which Jolles supposed he had fallen in love with the figure of a young woman in a painting: “A fantastic figure—shall I call her a servant girl, or rather a classical ... read more
Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben is the rare writer whose ideas and works have a broad appeal across many fields, and his devoted fans are not just philosophers, but readers of political and legal theory, sociology, and literary criticism as well. Agamben’s... read more
Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben is the rare writer whose ideas and works have a broad appeal across many fields, and his devoted fans are not just philosophers, but readers of political and legal theory, sociology, and literary criticism as well. In March ... read more
Léopold Sédar Senghor (1906–2001) was a Senegalese poet and philosopher who in 1960 also became the first president of the Republic of Senegal. In African Art as Philosophy, Souleymane Bachir Diagne takes a unique approach to reading Senghor’s influential work... read more
Pop Goes the Avant-Garde: Experimental Theatre in Contemporary China is the first comprehensive review of the history and development of avant-garde drama and theater in the People’s Republic of China since 1976. Drawing on a range of critical perspectives in ... read more
Woman as Spectator and Spectacle: Essays on Women and Media brings together several critical readings on the correlations between media and women’s issues. Based on the papers presented at a National Seminar on ‘Women in/and Media’ conducted at Osmania Univers... read more
A lot of us are caught up in the race of acquiring and multiplying wealth. Often, this comes at the cost of harmony in relationships, health and emotional well-being. We fail to strike the right balance in life and believe that life is meant to be such. Then, ... read more
In recent years exclusionary policies of the Indian state have raised questions concerning social harmony and economic progress. During the last few decades the emergence of identity politics has given new lease of life to exclusionary practices in the country... read more
This study highlights some emerging issues in the study of displaced persons in India, like the agency and voices of people who flee across an international border, the identities they forge for themselves, their relations with the hosts and their interactions... read more
The development and role of the Indian Civil Service was one of the dominant features of the period of the East India Company, and later, British rule in India. It is extraordinary how people employed by a trading company in a foreign land transformed into the... read more
Calcutta Then Kolkata Now

Sunanda K Datta-Ray

Calcutta Then: Calcutta is where it all began. The city symbolized India's transformation from medievalism to modernity. The British created the framework. The prophets and pioneers who operated within it were Indian. Raja Rammohan Roy linked past and present.... read more

Sohini has 32 reviews

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GAUTAM S.

GAUTAM S.

Jun, 2024

This was my second project with Sohini and was just as fruitful as the previous one. She gave me a penetrating and comprehensive analysis of the manuscript, with complete specificity that will make my revision easy and efficient. Her communications are always clear and concise and leave no room for ambiguity - I could not ask for better help in developing and polishing my manuscript. As before...
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Donna S.

Donna S.

Apr, 2024

Sohoni was wonderful to work with. Her skill, knowledge, and professionalism were evident in the edit that she did on my manuscript. Her edits and recommendations were on target and she delivered the work on time. She kept me informed as she went through the manuscript, answered all my questions, and had valid reasons for any changes she suggested. I know my manuscript is so much better as a r...
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Asnia A.

Asnia A.

Mar, 2024

Sohini understood the project's demand and edited my work in a very thorough and compassionate manner. I highly recommend her!
GAUTAM S.

GAUTAM S.

Feb, 2024

It is premature to answer all the questions in this review because Sohini's work has not been received. I have communicated to her to take her time as I do not have a specific schedule. But so far, my interactions with Sohini have been excellent. Her proposal was exactly what I was looking for. She completely understood my request and made her work proposal to fit those needs. And she has been...
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Marta M.

Marta M.

Dec, 2023

My experience collaborating with Sohini on my short story has been very positive. Her meticulous corrections and attention to detail, coupled with a keen understanding of the story's style, have significantly enhanced its quality. Sohini strikes a perfect balance between refining nuances and preserving the story's essence. I highly recommend collaborating with her.

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