Stephanie Thomas

Stephanie Thomas - Editor

San Francisco, CA, USA

From writing and editing to querying and beyond. I've been through every step and have the insider knowledge to help you on your adventure.

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Overview

The relationship between author and editor has always been my favorite part of the publishing industry. As an editor I wear many hats, but the one I wear most often is trusted advisor -- that is the dynamic that takes a book from first draft to final pages. Having trouble building tension? Feeling frustrated by stilted dialogue? Unsure of a character's motivation? I can help. Just looking for a general proofread? I'm on it. My private clients have written a variety of genres, but I am particularly fond of fantasy and books with a diverse cast of characters. Over the last 8 years I have worked with authors to take their manuscript from first draft to publication -- in children's, trade, and academic publishing. Let's talk.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Education & Reference

Work experience

Editorial Consultant

Self-employed
May, 2012 – Present (about 7 years)

-Perform in-depth content editing of novels, short stories, and other works specializing in young adult and mass market fiction
-Establish and maintain supportive, informative, and friendly relationships with clients
-Provide proofreading, copyediting, and project management services for publishing companies
-Assist with résumé and cover letter creation

Managing Editor

Wolters Kluwer Legal Education
September, 2017 – September, 2018 (about 1 year)

-Managed editorial development and timely publication of over 150 new and revised products; oversaw the work of four freelance development editors
-Was responsible for establishing revenue priorities, and creating timely publication plans and schedules specific to customer needs and business objectives
-Partnered with marketers to help inform strategic marketing programs, including identification of market segments, product position, pricing, and profitability
-Conducted independent research, including in-person interviews and online surveys, to inform new digital product proposals

Associate Editor

Bedford/St. Martin's (Macmillan Learning)
January, 2017 – September, 2017 (8 months)

-Supporting editor for six top tier rhetoric titles and their ancillary titles
-Development editor for digital content for a 4th edition title
-Supporting editor for the creation of digital content for a 1st edition
-Created design briefing for 1st edition title

Assistant Editor

Bedford/St. Martin's (Macmillan Learning)
April, 2015 – January, 2017 (almost 2 years)

-Served as development editor for composition handbooks and instructor resources for the Diana Hacker handbook franchise
-Provided key developmental support for the Diana Hacker handbook franchise by assisting four different editors
-Performed various levels of proofreading for print and media
-Maintained the function of Editorial Assistant while taking on larger responsibilities

Editorial Assistant

Bedford/St. Martin's (Macmillan Learning)
March, 2014 – April, 2015 (about 1 year)

-Provided assistance to six different editors in the English department, working on literature and composition titles
-Performed various levels of proofreading
-Communicated directly with professors who used our titles and collected feedback by creating, monitoring, and collating responses from surveys and reviews of books
-Recorded audio for online tutorials
-Performed various administrative tasks

Global Marketing and Production Associate

Barefoot Books
July, 2012 – March, 2014 (over 1 year)

-Wrote marketing copy for the Barefoot Books website and printed marketing materials
-Served as managing editor for the Living Barefoot Blog
-Project managed all outbound marketing initiatives
-Project managed weekly brand ambassador newsletter
-Monitored community forums and responded to forum posts
-Assisted with social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest
-Assisted in the production of marketing materials including promotional items
-Managed two interns per season
-Carried day-to-day communications with colleagues in the Oxford, UK, office
-Ensured all communications were Anglicized or Americanized, depending on the audience

Proofreader (contract)

Pearson Custom Publishing
May, 2012 – July, 2012 (2 months)

-Performed three levels of proofreading for custom text books
-Worked with project managers and fellow proofreaders on projects
-Assisted other departments by proofing invoices and purchase order forms

Editorial and Production Intern

Barefoot Books
May, 2011 – May, 2012 (about 1 year)

Editorial and Production Intern

Black Spring Press & Dexter Haven Associates (UK)
January, 2011 – April, 2011 (3 months)

Portfolio (14 selected works)

A Writer's Reference with 2016 MLA Update

Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers

THIS TITLE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE 2016 MLA UPDATES! Our editorial team has updated this text based on content from The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition. Browse our catalog or contact your representative for a full listing of updated titles and packages, or to request a custom ISBN.For success in college, no skill is more critical than writing; it’s the very core of a student’s academic exper... read more

THIS TITLE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE 2016 MLA UPDATES! Our editorial team has updated this text based on content from The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition. Browse our catalog or contact your representative for a full listing of updated titles and packages, or to request a custom ISBN.For success in college, no skill is more critical than writing; it’s the very core of a student’s academic exper... read more

Writer's Reference with Exercises with 2016 MLA Update

Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers

THIS TITLE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE 2016 MLA UPDATES! Our editorial team has updated this text based on content from The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition. Browse our catalog or contact your representative for a full listing of updated titles and packages, or to request a custom ISBN.Our best-selling classic tabbed handbook is available in a version that conveniently includes nearly one hundred... read more

THIS TITLE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE 2016 MLA UPDATES! Our editorial team has updated this text based on content from The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition. Browse our catalog or contact your representative for a full listing of updated titles and packages, or to request a custom ISBN.Our best-selling classic tabbed handbook is available in a version that conveniently includes nearly one hundred... read more

A Writer's Reference with Exercises

Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers

A Hacker handbook has always been a how-to manual for building confidence as a college writer. Diana Hacker conceived A Writer’s Reference as a quick-access innovation in handbook format, and Nancy Sommers continues to reinvent its content for an evolving course emphasizing critical reading and writing. For more than 25 years, the book has allowed students to build confidence and take ownershi... read more

A Hacker handbook has always been a how-to manual for building confidence as a college writer. Diana Hacker conceived A Writer’s Reference as a quick-access innovation in handbook format, and Nancy Sommers continues to reinvent its content for an evolving course emphasizing critical reading and writing. For more than 25 years, the book has allowed students to build confidence and take ownershi... read more

Rules for Writers with 2016 MLA Update

Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers

THIS TITLE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE 2016 MLA UPDATES! Our editorial team has updated this text based on content from The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition. Browse our catalog or contact your representative for a full listing of updated titles and packages, or to request a custom ISBN.When students routinely use their handbook in the course, they see its value, find that it’s a faster way to get... read more

THIS TITLE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE 2016 MLA UPDATES! Our editorial team has updated this text based on content from The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition. Browse our catalog or contact your representative for a full listing of updated titles and packages, or to request a custom ISBN.When students routinely use their handbook in the course, they see its value, find that it’s a faster way to get... read more

Pocket Style Manual, 2016 MLA Update Edition

Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers

THIS TITLE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE 2016 MLA UPDATES! Our editorial team has updated this text based on content from The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition. Browse our catalog or contact your representative for a full listing of updated titles and packages, or to request a custom ISBN.Your students need clear, complete answers to their questions about research, writing, and grammar—and they ofte... read more

THIS TITLE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE 2016 MLA UPDATES! Our editorial team has updated this text based on content from The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition. Browse our catalog or contact your representative for a full listing of updated titles and packages, or to request a custom ISBN.Your students need clear, complete answers to their questions about research, writing, and grammar—and they ofte... read more

Writer's Reference with Writing in the Disciplines with 2016 MLA Update

Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers

THIS TITLE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE 2016 MLA UPDATES! Our editorial team has updated this text based on content from The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition. Browse our catalog or contact your representative for a full listing of updated titles and packages, or to request a custom ISBN.This version of the best-selling college handbook prepares students to write well in college courses outside of ... read more

THIS TITLE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE 2016 MLA UPDATES! Our editorial team has updated this text based on content from The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition. Browse our catalog or contact your representative for a full listing of updated titles and packages, or to request a custom ISBN.This version of the best-selling college handbook prepares students to write well in college courses outside of ... read more

The Bedford Handbook

Hacker. Diana, Nancy Sommers

The best college writers succeed because they practice writing, reading, thinking, and researching on a regular basis. The Bedford Handbook, Tenth Edition, fosters a culture of practice with how-to instruction for college writing tasks, with advice that allows students to pivot among disciplines, and with more print and digital activities than any other college writing resource. The tenth edit... read more

The best college writers succeed because they practice writing, reading, thinking, and researching on a regular basis. The Bedford Handbook, Tenth Edition, fosters a culture of practice with how-to instruction for college writing tasks, with advice that allows students to pivot among disciplines, and with more print and digital activities than any other college writing resource. The tenth edit... read more

Rules for Writers with Writing about Literature (Tabbed Version) with 2016 MLA Update

Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers

THIS TITLE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE 2016 MLA UPDATES! Our editorial team has updated this text based on content from The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition. Browse our catalog or contact your representative for a full listing of updated titles and packages, or to request a custom ISBN.When students routinely use their handbook in the course, they see its value, find that it’s a faster way to get... read more

THIS TITLE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE 2016 MLA UPDATES! Our editorial team has updated this text based on content from The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition. Browse our catalog or contact your representative for a full listing of updated titles and packages, or to request a custom ISBN.When students routinely use their handbook in the course, they see its value, find that it’s a faster way to get... read more

Writer's Reference with Writing About Literature with 2016 MLA Update

Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers

THIS TITLE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE 2016 MLA UPDATES! Our editorial team has updated this text based on content from The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition. Browse our catalog or contact your representative for a full listing of updated titles and packages, or to request a custom ISBN.This version of the best-selling college handbook includes a tabbed section called Writing about Literature, a p... read more

THIS TITLE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE 2016 MLA UPDATES! Our editorial team has updated this text based on content from The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition. Browse our catalog or contact your representative for a full listing of updated titles and packages, or to request a custom ISBN.This version of the best-selling college handbook includes a tabbed section called Writing about Literature, a p... read more

Developmental Exercises for Hacker Handbooks

Diana Hacker, Wanda Van Goor

This popular workbook provides more than 175 exercise sets in a wide variety of formats. For many topics, practice exercises are paired with review exercises. A separate answer key is downloadable from macmillanlearning.com.

This popular workbook provides more than 175 exercise sets in a wide variety of formats. For many topics, practice exercises are paired with review exercises. A separate answer key is downloadable from macmillanlearning.com.

Writer's Reference with Resources for Multilingual Writers and ESL with 2016 MLA Update

Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers

THIS TITLE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE 2016 MLA UPDATES! Our editorial team has updated this text based on content from The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition. Browse our catalog or contact your representative for a full listing of updated titles and packages, or to request a custom ISBN.This version of the best-selling college handbook helps both resident and international students understand coll... read more

THIS TITLE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO REFLECT THE 2016 MLA UPDATES! Our editorial team has updated this text based on content from The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition. Browse our catalog or contact your representative for a full listing of updated titles and packages, or to request a custom ISBN.This version of the best-selling college handbook helps both resident and international students understand coll... read more

Working with Sources

Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers

This useful workbook includes 60 exercise sets designed to give students practice with key research skills in MLA, APA, and Chicago styles. Topics include forming research questions and thesis statements, integrating sources, and avoiding plagiarism. The answer key, in the back of the book, provides specific feedback for each answer.

This useful workbook includes 60 exercise sets designed to give students practice with key research skills in MLA, APA, and Chicago styles. Topics include forming research questions and thesis statements, integrating sources, and avoiding plagiarism. The answer key, in the back of the book, provides specific feedback for each answer.

The Bedford Shakespeare

Russ McDonald, Lena Cowen Orlin

Finally, the collected works you’ve been waiting for: visual, historical, contextualized. Based on the New Cambridge Shakespeare edition of the text, The Bedford Shakespeare gathers the 25 most frequently taught plays and augments them with the rich historical and contextual materials you expect from Bedford/St. Martin’s. Thoughtful, provocative analysis by eminent scholars Russ McDonald and L... read more

Finally, the collected works you’ve been waiting for: visual, historical, contextualized. Based on the New Cambridge Shakespeare edition of the text, The Bedford Shakespeare gathers the 25 most frequently taught plays and augments them with the rich historical and contextual materials you expect from Bedford/St. Martin’s. Thoughtful, provocative analysis by eminent scholars Russ McDonald and L... read more

Sustainability (Bedford Spotlight Reader)

Christian R. Weisser

Sustainability explores questions around the central concept of sustainability: What are its foundations and politics? How do crises challenge sustainability? How is sustainability connected to local and transnational environments? How is sustainability connected to tourism and recreation? Readings by a range of ecologists, urban planners, philosophers, geographers, reporters, artists, and ord... read more

Sustainability explores questions around the central concept of sustainability: What are its foundations and politics? How do crises challenge sustainability? How is sustainability connected to local and transnational environments? How is sustainability connected to tourism and recreation? Readings by a range of ecologists, urban planners, philosophers, geographers, reporters, artists, and ord... read more

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