Mara Weible

Mara Weible - Editor

Naperville, IL, USA

I’ve edited texts about reading and writing for more than a decade. My expertise is in education, but I'm always excited to branch out.

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Overview

After 14 years of full-time editorial experience in the publishing industry, I decided to share my development editor expertise on a freelance basis. I've specialized in educational publishing, and most of the authors I have worked with have been higher education instructors of writing and literature. I continue to enjoy my work in those fields, but I'm always interested in branching out. Having been an editor for so many years, I am in the habit of providing carefully considered suggestions, and I'm always happy to discuss writing challenges, changes, and goals. Offering global and sentence-level advice that helps authors reach the widest audience possible makes my day.
Languages
English (AUS)
Non-Fiction
Education & Reference

Work experience

Freelance Development Editor

Self-employed
July, 2017 – Present (about 2 years)

-Global commenting and editing for improved content and structure
-Sentence-level editing for clarity, relevance, and effective language
-Applying client project guidelines and house editing rules

Senior Development Editor

Macmillan Learning
November, 2005 – June, 2017 (over 11 years)

-Wrote, designed, and edited educational content and features for print and Web
-Wrote and edited promotional pieces, including brochures, mailings, and catalog spreads
-Collaborated with authors and in-house teams on product development and promotional strategies
-Conducted review programs and synthesized results into actionable plans
-Organized and lead workshops for university faculty
-Coordinated and facilitated focus groups; analyzed outcomes for product development and revision
-Designed and conducted on-campus usability tests and interviews
-Gathered information and established client relationships at academic conferences
-Presented new content and feature enhancements at national sales conferences
-Coordinated development, design, and production of e-book and companion Web site materials

Senior Editor

Thomson West
September, 2003 – June, 2005 (over 1 year)

-Composed, formatted, and proofread material for print and online publication
-Developed and managed team-wide project tracking and workload distribution
-Trained peers
-Authored annotations for bound-volume statute sets and

Portfolio (8 selected works)

From Inquiry to Academic Writing: A Text and Reader

Stuart Greene, April Lidinsky

From Inquiry to Academic Writing helps students understand academic culture and its ways of reading, thinking, and writing. With a practical and now widely proven step-by-step approach, the text demystifies cross-curricular thinking and writing. An extensive thematic reader brings students into interdisciplinary debates that not only bear on their college careers but also reflect larger cultur... read more

From Inquiry to Academic Writing helps students understand academic culture and its ways of reading, thinking, and writing. With a practical and now widely proven step-by-step approach, the text demystifies cross-curricular thinking and writing. An extensive thematic reader brings students into interdisciplinary debates that not only bear on their college careers but also reflect larger cultur... read more

A Pocket Style Manual

Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers

Your students need clear, complete answers to their questions about research, writing, and grammar—and they often need them at a moment’s notice. As their teacher, you are their greatest resource, but you can’t be available 24/7. For help with work in class and at home and especially for questions at odd hours, students can turn to A Pocket Style Manual. The thoughtfully revised seventh editio... read more

Your students need clear, complete answers to their questions about research, writing, and grammar—and they often need them at a moment’s notice. As their teacher, you are their greatest resource, but you can’t be available 24/7. For help with work in class and at home and especially for questions at odd hours, students can turn to A Pocket Style Manual. The thoughtfully revised seventh editio... read more

A Writer's Reference

Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers

A Writer's Reference, the most widely adopted handbook in the United States, continues to be groundbreaking in its simplicity, offering the right content in an accessible format. New coauthor Nancy Sommers's own research, campus travel, and classroom experience keep the handbook in tune with the needs of academic writers. In a trusted quick-reference format, the seventh edition delivers advice... read more

A Writer's Reference, the most widely adopted handbook in the United States, continues to be groundbreaking in its simplicity, offering the right content in an accessible format. New coauthor Nancy Sommers's own research, campus travel, and classroom experience keep the handbook in tune with the needs of academic writers. In a trusted quick-reference format, the seventh edition delivers advice... 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

Language Power: Tutorials for Writers

Dana Ferris

PACKAGE THIS TITLE WITH OUR 2016 MLA SUPPLEMENT, Documenting Sources in MLA Style (package ISBN-13: 9781319084875). Get the most recent updates on MLA citation in a convenient, 40-page resource based on The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition, with plenty of models. Browse our catalog or contact your representative for a full listing of updated titles and packages, or to request a custom ISBN. Language ... read more

PACKAGE THIS TITLE WITH OUR 2016 MLA SUPPLEMENT, Documenting Sources in MLA Style (package ISBN-13: 9781319084875). Get the most recent updates on MLA citation in a convenient, 40-page resource based on The MLA Handbook, 8th Edition, with plenty of models. Browse our catalog or contact your representative for a full listing of updated titles and packages, or to request a custom ISBN. Language ... read more

Teaching with Hacker Handbooks Topics, Strategies, and Lesson Plans

Diana Hacker; John Cullick; Marcy Carbajal Van Horn; Sara McCurry

Teaching with Hacker Handbooks, a collection of resources to accompany all Hacker handbooks, helps you answer the question How can I integrate a handbook into my course? Both novice and seasoned teachers who assign writing will benefit from the practical strategies and materials developed by master teachers and others in the field. And if you supervise or train new teachers, you'll find the co... read more

Teaching with Hacker Handbooks, a collection of resources to accompany all Hacker handbooks, helps you answer the question How can I integrate a handbook into my course? Both novice and seasoned teachers who assign writing will benefit from the practical strategies and materials developed by master teachers and others in the field. And if you supervise or train new teachers, you'll find the co... read more

Understanding and Composing Multimodal Projects: A Supplement for A Writer's Reference

Diana Hacker, Danielle DeVoss

This version of the best selling college handbook will help students who are assigned to compose or look critically at multimodal texts such as Web sites, video essays, public service announcements, ads, collages, slideshow presentations, and more. This version includes plenty of models that instruct and activities that foster practice. What's more, it pays close attention to the project manag... read more

This version of the best selling college handbook will help students who are assigned to compose or look critically at multimodal texts such as Web sites, video essays, public service announcements, ads, collages, slideshow presentations, and more. This version includes plenty of models that instruct and activities that foster practice. What's more, it pays close attention to the project manag... read more

A Pocket Style Manual

Dianal Hacker, Nancy Sommers

Becoming a college writer means becoming a college researcher, and it can be a challenge for students to keep all of the guidelines and best practices straight for each class. Enter A Pocket Style Manual. The eighth edition—with its emphasis on step-by-step how-to instruction that helps students apply writing, research, and citation advice in practical, transferable ways—is a powerful companio... read more

Becoming a college writer means becoming a college researcher, and it can be a challenge for students to keep all of the guidelines and best practices straight for each class. Enter A Pocket Style Manual. The eighth edition—with its emphasis on step-by-step how-to instruction that helps students apply writing, research, and citation advice in practical, transferable ways—is a powerful companio... read more

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