Stephanie Carbajal

Stephanie Carbajal - Editor

Bellingham, WA, USA

Thoughtful, detail-oriented editor with more than 10 years of experience in the publishing industry, specializing in nonfiction.

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Making books is my passion. But when I'm not at my desk, I can usually be found reading, trying out a new recipe, and hiking with my husband and our rescue pup. Or, quite possibly, rearranging my bookshelves in order to make room for more treasures.

I am an experienced editor and writer with more than a decade of publishing experience. I specialize in lifestyle categories, including: art, craft & DIY; adult activity and illustrated nonfiction; children’s activity and illustrated nonfiction; self-help; food; and gift products.

I firmly believe that everyone has a unique voice, and that my job as your editor is to help you make your manuscript the best version of YOU. I approach every project with the goal of thorough and thoughtful editing, while retaining your unique voice and character.
Languages
English (US)
Humanities & Social Sciences
Art
History
Non-Fiction
Calendars
Children's - Non-fiction
DIY & Crafts
Self-help & Self-improvement

Work experience

Freelance Editor, Writer & Project Manager

Self-employed
September, 2015 – Present (about 4 years)

I provide a variety of creative and editorial services to publishers and organizations in the lifestyle industry, with specialties in art, craft & DIY, adult illustrated nonfiction, juvenile activity and illustrated nonfiction, gift, and food:

- Creative direction, content development, and book project management

- Copyediting, substantive editing, proofreading, and fact-checking

- Copywriting and creative nonfiction

Clients include: Chronicle Books, Walter Foster Publishing, becker&mayer!, Quarry, Rockport, Write Stuff Enterprises, Page Street Publishing, Red Line Editorial, and IndieReader

Freelance Acquiring Editor & Project Manager

The Quarto Group
July, 2015 – Present (over 4 years)

Acquire and develop art & craft titles. Analyze subject areas, markets, and consumer trends in key categories. Review unsolicited manuscripts and book proposals for possible publication.

Hire and liaise with authors and artists to see projects through from concept to completion. Work closely with authors to shape content, style, and approach of each book.

Evaluate manuscripts and artwork or photography for quality, voice, consistency, and market appropriateness. Edit and prepare manuscripts to transmit project materials for design and production.

Senior Editor & Project Manager

The Quarto Group
November, 2011 – July, 2015 (over 3 years)

I started as an associate editor and was quickly promoted to senior editor. I managed editorial schedules and book process for the for adult list, from concept to publication. I also hired artists and writers and directed content for 15+ titles annually. Other responsibilities included proofreading, copyediting, approving all editorial routes and files from the printers, and writing marketing copy. I also collaborated with the creative team to generate new product ideas and conducted acquisition research.

Editor

Plural Publishing, Inc.
June, 2007 – October, 2011 (over 4 years)

I worked my way up from editorial assistant to assistant editor to editor in less than five years. As editor, I oversaw the editorial department and project managed 30+ titles annually. I also acquired new titles under the direction of the CEO, reviewed unsolicited manuscripts and proposals, and presented titles for consideration in monthly acquisition meetings.

Portfolio (22 selected works)

How to Be Great at Your Job: Get things done. Get the credit. Get ahead.

Justin Kerr

From an author who climbed to the top of the corporate ladder before reaching age 40, this book takes the guesswork out of career success and breaks down what it takes to excel at your job. It covers the basics, like the universal requirements of every workplace—working with other people, making stellar presentations, communicating effectively over email. And it also goes into how to get promo... read more

From an author who climbed to the top of the corporate ladder before reaching age 40, this book takes the guesswork out of career success and breaks down what it takes to excel at your job. It covers the basics, like the universal requirements of every workplace—working with other people, making stellar presentations, communicating effectively over email. And it also goes into how to get promo... read more

Creative Lettering and Beyond: Inspiring tips, techniques, and ideas for hand lettering your way to beautiful works of art (Creative...and Beyond)

Gabri Joy Kirkendall, Laura Lavender, Julie Manwaring, Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn

Creative Lettering and Beyond combines the artistic talents, inspirational tips, and tutorials of four professional hand letterers and calligraphers for a dynamic and interactive learning experience. After a brief introduction to the various tools and materials, artists and lettering enthusiasts will learn how to master the art of hand lettering and typography through easy-to-follow step-by-st... read more

Creative Lettering and Beyond combines the artistic talents, inspirational tips, and tutorials of four professional hand letterers and calligraphers for a dynamic and interactive learning experience. After a brief introduction to the various tools and materials, artists and lettering enthusiasts will learn how to master the art of hand lettering and typography through easy-to-follow step-by-st... read more

The Color Collector's Handbook: A Journal for Discovering the Colors in Your Everyday

Leah Rosenberg

Color is all around us, from the joyful red of a hand-pulled wagon to the steely blue of a city skyscraper. This innovative guided journal from artist Leah Rosenberg invites readers to appreciate the world's myriad hues as they hunt for more than 100 unique shades to name and record. Each spread within features a wash of vibrant color and space to jot down where and when the color was found. C... read more

Color is all around us, from the joyful red of a hand-pulled wagon to the steely blue of a city skyscraper. This innovative guided journal from artist Leah Rosenberg invites readers to appreciate the world's myriad hues as they hunt for more than 100 unique shades to name and record. Each spread within features a wash of vibrant color and space to jot down where and when the color was found. C... read more

On Doing Nothing: Finding Inspiration in Idleness

Roman Muradov

In an age of obsessive productivity and stress, this illustrated ode to idleness invites readers to explore the pleasures and possibilities of slowing down. Beloved author and illustrator Roman Muradov weaves together the words and stories of artists, writers, philosophers, and eccentrics who have pursued inspiration by doing less. He reveals that doing nothing is both easily achievable and ab... read more

In an age of obsessive productivity and stress, this illustrated ode to idleness invites readers to explore the pleasures and possibilities of slowing down. Beloved author and illustrator Roman Muradov weaves together the words and stories of artists, writers, philosophers, and eccentrics who have pursued inspiration by doing less. He reveals that doing nothing is both easily achievable and ab... read more

Lest We Forget: The Passage from Africa into the Twenty-First Century

Velma Maia Thomas

This elegant bind-up of three collectible books by Velma Maia Thomas—Lest We Forget, Freedom’s Children, and We Shall Not Be Moved—offers an intimate look at black history in America through the lens of a passionate historian committed to preserving these important accounts, along with related memorabilia.Based on materials from the nationally acclaimed Black Holocaust Exhibit, Lest We Forget ... read more

This elegant bind-up of three collectible books by Velma Maia Thomas—Lest We Forget, Freedom’s Children, and We Shall Not Be Moved—offers an intimate look at black history in America through the lens of a passionate historian committed to preserving these important accounts, along with related memorabilia.Based on materials from the nationally acclaimed Black Holocaust Exhibit, Lest We Forget ... read more

The Big Book of Art: Draw! Paint! Create!: An adventurous journey into the wild & wonderful world of art! (Big Book Series)

Lisa Martin, Damien Barlow, Elizabeth Gilbert, Jennifer McCully

The Big Book of Art: Draw! Paint! Create! provides a comprehensive, colorful, and creative guide for using a range of kid-friendly art tools--from crayons and colored pencils to markers and paint. Within each chapter, young artists are guided through the artistic process with a brief introduction to each respective tool or medium. From there, children will learn helpful techniques for employin... read more

The Big Book of Art: Draw! Paint! Create! provides a comprehensive, colorful, and creative guide for using a range of kid-friendly art tools--from crayons and colored pencils to markers and paint. Within each chapter, young artists are guided through the artistic process with a brief introduction to each respective tool or medium. From there, children will learn helpful techniques for employin... read more

Vault of Frankenstein: 200 Years of the World's Most Famous Monster

Paul Ruditis

The Vault of Frankenstein traces the incredible history of how the nameless abomination in Shelley's classic novel became a pop culture icon. Beginning with the story of how Mary Shelley first conceived of the novel (on a stormy night on the shores of Lake Geneva), The Vault of Frankensteintraces the Creature’s evolution from nameless literary character to international superstar, appearing in... read more

The Vault of Frankenstein traces the incredible history of how the nameless abomination in Shelley's classic novel became a pop culture icon. Beginning with the story of how Mary Shelley first conceived of the novel (on a stormy night on the shores of Lake Geneva), The Vault of Frankensteintraces the Creature’s evolution from nameless literary character to international superstar, appearing in... read more

Handbuilt, A Potter's Guide: Master timeless techniques, explore new forms, dig and process your own clay--for functional pottery without the wheel

Melissa Weiss

In Handbuilt, A Potter's Guide, pottery expert Melissa Weiss shows you the basics of crafting without a wheel, how to harvest and work wild clay, and using natural glazes. Handbuilt pottery is the perfect way for new potters to dive into this unique medium because it doesn't require access to a potter's wheel. In Handbuilt, A Potter's Guide, Melissa Weiss takes an organic approach to harvestin... read more

In Handbuilt, A Potter's Guide, pottery expert Melissa Weiss shows you the basics of crafting without a wheel, how to harvest and work wild clay, and using natural glazes. Handbuilt pottery is the perfect way for new potters to dive into this unique medium because it doesn't require access to a potter's wheel. In Handbuilt, A Potter's Guide, Melissa Weiss takes an organic approach to harvestin... read more

Dan Zanes' House Party!: A Family Roots Music Treasury

Dan Zanes

In Dan Zanes' House Party!, the Grammy Award-winning children's artist presents a huge collection of folk songs along with inspiration to start your own family band. Too often, new parents eager to share their love of music with their young children feel their options are limited to cuddly singing dinosaurs and well-meaning humans whose understanding of children’s music starts with “Kumbaya” a... read more

In Dan Zanes' House Party!, the Grammy Award-winning children's artist presents a huge collection of folk songs along with inspiration to start your own family band. Too often, new parents eager to share their love of music with their young children feel their options are limited to cuddly singing dinosaurs and well-meaning humans whose understanding of children’s music starts with “Kumbaya” a... read more

Faith Journaling for the Inspired Artist: Inspiring Bible art journaling projects and ideas to affirm your faith through creative expression and meditative reflection

Stephanie Ackerman

Faith Journaling for the Inspired Artist shows you how to combine your love of art with your faith! Engaging prompts, exercises, and lettering techniques will ignite your imagination. When faith and art intersect, pure magic happens. Faith Journaling for the Inspired Artist is a dynamic and inspiring resource for learning art journaling in Bibles, prayer journals, daily devotionals, and creati... read more

Faith Journaling for the Inspired Artist shows you how to combine your love of art with your faith! Engaging prompts, exercises, and lettering techniques will ignite your imagination. When faith and art intersect, pure magic happens. Faith Journaling for the Inspired Artist is a dynamic and inspiring resource for learning art journaling in Bibles, prayer journals, daily devotionals, and creati... read more

The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration

Mindy Lighthipe

Draw and paint beautiful, vibrant, and realistic birds and botanicals with The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration. Take a sketch and transform it into fine art!The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration is a guide for contemporary artists aspiring to master shape, color, and texture and render beautiful, realistic, and vibrant botanical artwork! An expert botanical artist educates you about th... read more

Draw and paint beautiful, vibrant, and realistic birds and botanicals with The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration. Take a sketch and transform it into fine art!The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration is a guide for contemporary artists aspiring to master shape, color, and texture and render beautiful, realistic, and vibrant botanical artwork! An expert botanical artist educates you about th... read more

Modern Watercolor: A playful and contemporary exploration of watercolor painting (Modern Series)

Kristin Van Leuven

From beautifully dynamic leaves, flowers, and trees to simple geometric shapes and patterns, Modern Watercolor provides a colorful and fun approach to working with watercolor. It’s time to get your feet wet with watercolors! This dynamic and inspirational guide will set you down a path of exploration as you learn to play with watercolors. Learn to use basic techniques and principles to create ... read more

From beautifully dynamic leaves, flowers, and trees to simple geometric shapes and patterns, Modern Watercolor provides a colorful and fun approach to working with watercolor. It’s time to get your feet wet with watercolors! This dynamic and inspirational guide will set you down a path of exploration as you learn to play with watercolors. Learn to use basic techniques and principles to create ... read more

Art Starts with a Line: A creative and interactive guide to the art of line drawing

Erin McManness

Line drawing utilizes both fine and bold lines to create sophisticated artwork that can stand alone or be incorporated into patterns, logos, stationery, branding, journals, scrapbooks, and more. Art Starts with a Line is approachable for artists of any skill level, no prior drawing experience needed! This form of art requires minimal tools, making it both affordable and portable. Following a b... read more

Line drawing utilizes both fine and bold lines to create sophisticated artwork that can stand alone or be incorporated into patterns, logos, stationery, branding, journals, scrapbooks, and more. Art Starts with a Line is approachable for artists of any skill level, no prior drawing experience needed! This form of art requires minimal tools, making it both affordable and portable. Following a b... read more

Orange Circle Studio 2019 Leatheresque Hidden Spiral Agenda, August 2018 - December 2019, Metallic Gold

Hidden agendas: bad. Leatheresque hidden spiral agendas: fabulous! Orange Circle's versatile 7.5" x 9.25" agenda is cleverly constructed with a concealed spiral binding tucked inside hard covers wrapped in a luxurious metallic leather-like material embellished with silver foil-stamping. It spans a full 17 months, from August 2018 through December 2019 and is filled with 266 pages that show bot... read more

Hidden agendas: bad. Leatheresque hidden spiral agendas: fabulous! Orange Circle's versatile 7.5" x 9.25" agenda is cleverly constructed with a concealed spiral binding tucked inside hard covers wrapped in a luxurious metallic leather-like material embellished with silver foil-stamping. It spans a full 17 months, from August 2018 through December 2019 and is filled with 266 pages that show bot... read more

Orange Circle Studio 2019 Leatheresque Monthly Planner, August 2018 - December 2019, Teal Blue

Twenty-nineteen is bound to start of right with all your big plans neatly organized in Orange Circle's leatheresque monthly planner. This luxurious foil stamped planner is lightly padded and covered in a silky soft-leather-like material and features month-per-spreads views with plenty of space to make notes and plans. It spans 17 months (August 2018 - December 2019) and has 48 full-color pages... read more

Twenty-nineteen is bound to start of right with all your big plans neatly organized in Orange Circle's leatheresque monthly planner. This luxurious foil stamped planner is lightly padded and covered in a silky soft-leather-like material and features month-per-spreads views with plenty of space to make notes and plans. It spans 17 months (August 2018 - December 2019) and has 48 full-color pages... read more

Doodling for Cat People: 50 inspiring doodle prompts and creative exercises for cat lovers

Gemma Correll

Doodling for Cat People is designed to appeal to seasoned artists and doodle enthusiasts alike. Packed with more than 50 fun and inspirational prompts, doodling exercises, and feline-related factoids, professional illustrator Gemma Correll sparks the imagination and spurs cat lovers to explore, experiment, and brainstorm ways to draw and doodle their favorite furry friends with her cute and cl... read more

Doodling for Cat People is designed to appeal to seasoned artists and doodle enthusiasts alike. Packed with more than 50 fun and inspirational prompts, doodling exercises, and feline-related factoids, professional illustrator Gemma Correll sparks the imagination and spurs cat lovers to explore, experiment, and brainstorm ways to draw and doodle their favorite furry friends with her cute and cl... read more

History Uncovered: Dinosaurs: An Exciting Look at the Age of Dinosaurs

Dennis Schatz

Travel back in time to the age of dinosaurs with History Uncovered: Dinosaurs! Learn about different time periods, including Jurassic and Cretaceous, and the most exciting dinosaurs that lived during each one, including Tyrannosaurus rex, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, and more! Discover what dinosaurs ate, how they lived, and why they went extinct. As you move forward in time, experience the chang... read more

Travel back in time to the age of dinosaurs with History Uncovered: Dinosaurs! Learn about different time periods, including Jurassic and Cretaceous, and the most exciting dinosaurs that lived during each one, including Tyrannosaurus rex, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, and more! Discover what dinosaurs ate, how they lived, and why they went extinct. As you move forward in time, experience the chang... read more

Modern Drawing: A contemporary exploration of drawing and illustration (Modern Series)

Chelsea Ward

The Modern series from Walter Foster Publishing offers a fun, fresh approach to working with traditional art media. This isn’t a dry instruction manual; it’s a contemporary guide filled with instruction, encouragement, and tips.Modern Drawing shows artists, illustrators, art students, and art hobbyists how to use basic drawing principles and techniques to create fresh, expressive pieces of art... read more

The Modern series from Walter Foster Publishing offers a fun, fresh approach to working with traditional art media. This isn’t a dry instruction manual; it’s a contemporary guide filled with instruction, encouragement, and tips.Modern Drawing shows artists, illustrators, art students, and art hobbyists how to use basic drawing principles and techniques to create fresh, expressive pieces of art... read more

101 Mixed Media Techniques: Master the fundamental concepts of mixed media art

Cherril Doty, Suzette Rosenthal, Isaac Anderson, Jennifer McCully, Linda Robertson Womack, Samantha Kira Harding

In 101 Mixed Media Techniques, artists of all backgrounds and skill levels will learn and explore fun, cutting-edge techniques in the exceedingly popular genre of mixed media art. Mixed media enthusiasts will enjoy learning the essential concepts for creating their own mixed media art--whether they are experienced in its approaches or just starting out. 101 Mixed Media Techniques features a wi... read more

In 101 Mixed Media Techniques, artists of all backgrounds and skill levels will learn and explore fun, cutting-edge techniques in the exceedingly popular genre of mixed media art. Mixed media enthusiasts will enjoy learning the essential concepts for creating their own mixed media art--whether they are experienced in its approaches or just starting out. 101 Mixed Media Techniques features a wi... read more

The Joy of Lettering: A creative exploration of contemporary hand lettering, typography & illustrated typeface

Gabri Joy Kirkendall, Jaclyn Escalera

With more than 50 tips, techniques, and lessons for creating beautiful illuminated letters and sophisticated lettering projects, The Joy of Lettering takes hand lettering to a whole new level.Gabri Joy Kirkendall (Creative Lettering & Beyond) and Jaclyn Escalera guide readers through a dynamic exploration of the craft, focusing on typography and illuminated letters and numbers using pencil, in... read more

With more than 50 tips, techniques, and lessons for creating beautiful illuminated letters and sophisticated lettering projects, The Joy of Lettering takes hand lettering to a whole new level.Gabri Joy Kirkendall (Creative Lettering & Beyond) and Jaclyn Escalera guide readers through a dynamic exploration of the craft, focusing on typography and illuminated letters and numbers using pencil, in... read more

New Horizons: The Art of Wandering

Shirin Sahba

This vibrant and entrancing book invites readers on a journey around the world. Artist and globetrotter Shirin Sahba celebrates the diversity of people, places, and traditions, and revels in the joy of the journey itself. In exquisitely detailed paintings, she captures fleeting moments and small treasures—a brightly colored sari fluttering in the breeze, a mother and child enjoying gelatos on ... read more

This vibrant and entrancing book invites readers on a journey around the world. Artist and globetrotter Shirin Sahba celebrates the diversity of people, places, and traditions, and revels in the joy of the journey itself. In exquisitely detailed paintings, she captures fleeting moments and small treasures—a brightly colored sari fluttering in the breeze, a mother and child enjoying gelatos on ... read more

101 Textures in Colored Pencil

Denise J. Howard

Get a feel for your art--literally! 101 Textures in Colored Pencil teaches you every technique you’ll need to give your colored-pencil drawings realistic, palpable texture. There has never been a better time to master textures! Knowing how to make your surfaces and textures look real is one of the most challenging aspects of creating art in colored pencil, even for experienced artists. 101 Tex... read more

Get a feel for your art--literally! 101 Textures in Colored Pencil teaches you every technique you’ll need to give your colored-pencil drawings realistic, palpable texture. There has never been a better time to master textures! Knowing how to make your surfaces and textures look real is one of the most challenging aspects of creating art in colored pencil, even for experienced artists. 101 Tex... read more

Stephanie has 6 reviews

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Robert D'Antonio
I was very happy working with Stephanie. Her editing helped bring my MS to a level it could not have been without her. She was very responsive and really went the extra mile.

Robert D'Antonio, September 2019

Stephanie Carbajal
Thank you, Robert! It was a pleasure working on this project with you.

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Jimmy Tillery
Stephanie is very insightful. She did a fantastic job on all of the edits. It has been great working with her and I think I will only work with her in the future.

Jimmy Tillery, March 2019

Stephanie Carbajal
Thank you, Jimmy! I thoroughly enjoyed working with you on this book project!

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Rad W
Stephanie exceeded my expectations. Her editorial notes about my manuscript were extremely thorough (spanning content, style, grammar, and even notes about copyright) and every piece of feedback was thoughtful and actionable. She included helpful examples with every suggestion, tied her feedback to writing principles, and included encouragement along the way. Highly recommended!

Rad W, February 2019


Doug Schneider
I had a great experience working with Stephanie on copy edit/ proofread for my running memoir, Ten Marathons: Finding the Soft Ground in a Hard World.

Doug Schneider, November 2018


Walter Miska
It has been a pleasure working with Stephanie. She was timely and clear in her communications. Stephanie took the time to understand my unique product, and provided valuable insights. Thank you!

Walter Miska, November 2018

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