Todd Manza

Todd Manza - Editor

Independent developmental and copy editor working with writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, from first draft to final polish.

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During a career spanning nearly twenty years, I have been privileged to collaborate with a variety of writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Whether I’m working with a first-time author or a seasoned professional, a scholar or a nonprofit organization, a writer of fiction or a graduate student preparing a dissertation, I undertake everything from developmental editing to final proofreading.

I know how important your work is to you, and I always strive to provide helpful, friendly feedback. I can provide you with early-draft developmental editing, copy editing, or final proofreading. In all cases, my experience as a reader and in publishing enables me to act as an interface between you and your audience, and my strong track record of satisfied clients indicates that writers agree.
English (US)
Action & Adventure
Historical Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Science Fiction
Thriller & Suspense
Humanities & Social Sciences
Political Science & Current Affairs

Work experience

Freelance editor

January, 2001 – Present (about 20 years)

Independent editor working with private clients, trade and university presses, and nonprofit organizations. This work ranges from initial development to final proofreading and may include some or all of the following:

* Copyediting and formatting manuscripts to prepare them for publication. This sometimes includes incorporating author responses after an initial edit.
* Editing and coordinating inclusion of figures, tables, illustrations, and other manuscript elements.
* Checking for accuracy and congruence of bibliographies, reference lists, and footnotes or endnotes.
* Querying facts or phrasing as needed while respecting an author’s unique voice.

Louisiana State University Press

January, 2017 – Present (about 4 years)

Publisher of scholarly and general interest books.

Columbia University Press

January, 2015 – Present (about 6 years)

Publisher of scholarly and trade books in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

Macmillan Publishers

January, 2014 – Present (about 7 years)

Publisher of fiction and nonfiction under eight imprints. I have edited books published by Forge, Griffin, Minotaur, St. Martin's, Thomas Dunne, Tor, and Tor Teen.

Asian Development Bank

January, 2009 – December, 2014 (almost 6 years)

International nongovernmental organization producing technical and policy-related publications on regional development and finance.

Berrett-Koehler Publishers

January, 2004 – Present (about 17 years)

Publisher of trade nonfiction books on progressive business and personal practices and current events.

Copper Canyon Press

January, 2001 – December, 2009 (almost 9 years)

Independent poetry press with a focus on carefully edited, beautifully crafted books.

The Ironsmith: A Novel

Guild, Nicholas


Black, Jenna


Andrews, Mary Kay

The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

John Perkins, Tom Taylorson, Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Narrative in Social Work Practice: The Power and Possibility of Story

Burack-Weiss, Ann, Lawrence, Lynn Sara, Mijangos, Lynne Bamat, Charon, Rita

Pragmatism and Naturalism: Scientific and Social Inquiry After Representationalism

Bagger, Matthew C., Bagger, Matthew C., Davis, Scott, Frankenberry, Professor Nancy, Godlove, Terry, Kahn, Jonathon, Kitcher, Philip, Proudfoot, Wayne, Raposa, Michael, Stout, Jeffrey, Wetzel, Jim

Housewitch: A Novel

Schickel, Katie

The Ripper Gene: A Novel

Ransom, Michael

Impasse: A Novel

Buckingham, Royce Scott


Schickel, Katie

Sanctuary Bay: A Novel

Burns, Laura J., Metz, Melinda

Todd has 1 review

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Raphael Relat
Todd was a consummate pro throughout the entire process. Expectations were set clearly, we cleared out all questions and doubts before either of us committed to the project, and communication was very quick and open from beginning to end. His feedback on my work matched all my initial requirements. I would absolutely hire him again and recommend him to fellow authors.

Raphael Relat, August 2020

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Neil Gordon

Getting feedback doesn't have to be an overwhelming experience. I work to ensure your hand is held through every step of the process.

Los Angeles, CA, United States

Jim Thomas

Crafting a work of fiction is a gloriously arduous process. With over twenty years of experience at one of the big NYC houses, I can help.

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