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Will Tyler

Will Tyler - Editor

Chicago area

Whether you have a blockbusting page turner, inspirational memoir, or a complex academic argument, I can help you at any stage.

Overview

I'm a scholarly editor and proofreader specializing in fiction and literature, literary criticism, poetry, and creative nonfiction. I also read for religious studies, history, environmental writing, and sociology. In addition three years of in-house editorial experience with university presses and national literary magazines, I have been freelancing for five years.

Services
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Crime & Mystery Fantasy Historical Fiction Literature Romance Science Fiction Short Story Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Nature

Certifications

  • MFA in Creative Writing, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2009
  • MA in English, University of North Texas, 2006
  • BA in English, University of North Texas, 2003

Work experience

Copy Editor

West Virginia University Press

October, 2014 – April, 2015 (6 months)

o My Pulse Is an Earthquake by Kristin FitzPatrick
o A Room of Rain by Gary Fincke
o Riding On Comets by Cat Pleska

Proofreader

Girl Friday Productions

June, 2014 – Present (over 2 years)

o Queen of the Hideout by Alice Quinn, trans. Alexandra Maldwyn-Davies
o When in Rome by Amabile Giusti, trans. Sarah Christine Varney
o Under a Cloud of Rain by A.R. Baumann
o Grave Intent by Alexander Hartung, translated by Steve Anderson
o The Guardians of History by Elisabetta Cametti, translated by Scott P. Sheridan

Proofreader

Ashgate Publishing

April, 2013 – Present (over 3 years)

o Romance Fiction and American Culture: Love as the Practice of Freedom? by William A. Gleason and Eric Murphy Selinger
o Marrying Jesus in Medieval and Early Modern Northern Europe: Popular Culture and Religious Reform by Rabia Gregory
o British Sporting Literature and Culture in the Long Eighteenth Century by Sharon Harrow
o Decadent Romanticism: 1780–1914 by Kostas Boyiopoulos and Mark Sandy
o Disability and Qualitative Inquiry: Methods for Rethinking an Ableist World by Ronald J. Berger and Laura S. Lorenz

Copy Editor & Proofreader

Franciscan Media

March, 2012 – Present (over 4 years)

o Find a Real Friend in Jesus: Ten Amazingly Easy Steps by Gary Zimak
o Keeping Mary Close: Devotion to Our Lady through the Ages by Mike Aquilina and Fr. Frederick Gruber
o Refuge of the Heart by Ruth Logan Herne
o When You Suffer: Biblical Keys for Hope and Understanding by Jeff Cavins
o The Sweetest Rain by Myra Johnson

Copy Editor & Proofreader

University of Iowa Press

October, 2010 – Present (about 6 years)

o Booming from the Mists of Nowhere: The Story of the Greater Prairie-Chicken by Greg Hoch
o Duffy’s Iowa Caucus Cartoons: Watch ’Em Run by Brian Duffy
o A Night in Erg Chebbi and Other Stories by Edward Hamlin
o Excommunicados by Charles Haverty
o Reading Project: A Collaborative Analysis of William Poundstone’s Project for Tachistoscope {Bottomless Pit} by Jessica Pressman, Mark C. Marino, and Jeremy Douglass

Editorial & Marketing Assistant

Southern Illinois Unviersity Press

August, 2008 – May, 2009 (9 months)

* Reviewed manuscript queries and submissions. Drafted letters for the editor-in-chief. Assessed permissions and copyright issues and completed internal reports. Queried potential book reviewers and conducted market research to determine which press titles to bring back into print.
* Submitted books for awards, researched awards, and maintained an awards blog for the authors. Proofread jacket copy, web text, and catalog entries. Created email advertisements using Constant Contact—for sales representatives as well as customers.

Portfolio (24 selected works)

My Pulse Is an Earthquake

Kristin FitzPatrick

The nine stories in My Pulse Is an Earthquake take place in the clutches of grief. Characters struggle to make sense of sudden losses of life, love, and community. From 1970 to the present day, children and young adults from the Rockies to the Appalachian Mountains guide readers through the valleys of their lives as dog breeders, immigrants, Catholic school delinquents, rookie policewomen, dru... read more

The nine stories in My Pulse Is an Earthquake take place in the clutches of grief. Characters struggle to make sense of sudden losses of life, love, and community. From 1970 to the present day, children and young adults from the Rockies to the Appalachian Mountains guide readers through the valleys of their lives as dog breeders, immigrants, Catholic school delinquents, rookie policewomen, dru... read more

Excommunicados (Iowa Short Fiction Award)

Charles Haverty

By turns haunting, hilarious, and heartbreaking, Charles Haverty’s debut collection charts the journeys of men, women, and children cast out of familiar territory into emotional terra incognita where people and things are rarely what they seem. These twelve stories are populated with ex-nuns and Freedom Riders, Chaucer scholars and strippers, out-of-work comedy writers and presidents, navigati... read more

By turns haunting, hilarious, and heartbreaking, Charles Haverty’s debut collection charts the journeys of men, women, and children cast out of familiar territory into emotional terra incognita where people and things are rarely what they seem. These twelve stories are populated with ex-nuns and Freedom Riders, Chaucer scholars and strippers, out-of-work comedy writers and presidents, navigati... read more

Shuttered Life

Florentine Roth

When her uncle suffers a heart attack, young Berlin photographer Elisa Westphal returns to her family home in Düsseldorf for the first time in many years. Relations have been strained ever since her father’s death, and Elisa finds the reunion desperately uncomfortable. It’s all made worse by the clash between her liberal big-city ways and the rigid formality of life at the family manor. It see... read more

When her uncle suffers a heart attack, young Berlin photographer Elisa Westphal returns to her family home in Düsseldorf for the first time in many years. Relations have been strained ever since her father’s death, and Elisa finds the reunion desperately uncomfortable. It’s all made worse by the clash between her liberal big-city ways and the rigid formality of life at the family manor. It see... read more

Repent

Lisa Fink

When Munich businessman Ben Biller receives a mysterious note on his thirty-eighth birthday demanding that he repent for his sins by committing suicide, he dismisses it as a cruel joke. But when his life begins to unravel—he loses his dog, his girlfriend, his job, and his house in quick succession—he suspects that it’s more than a joke: someone is attempting to systematically destroy him.Despe... read more

When Munich businessman Ben Biller receives a mysterious note on his thirty-eighth birthday demanding that he repent for his sins by committing suicide, he dismisses it as a cruel joke. But when his life begins to unravel—he loses his dog, his girlfriend, his job, and his house in quick succession—he suspects that it’s more than a joke: someone is attempting to systematically destroy him.Despe... read more

Queen of the Trailer Park (Rosie Maldonne's World Book 1)

Alice Quinn

Rosie Maldonne is outspoken and sexy. She’s also unemployed, and, with three children and a cat, life is a little tough. The four of them—well, five, if you count the cat—live in the South of France, in a run-down trailer near a vacant lot. They make do, living off her part-time waitressing job and a little help from the state.Rosie thinks things are finally turning around when she meets hands... read more

Rosie Maldonne is outspoken and sexy. She’s also unemployed, and, with three children and a cat, life is a little tough. The four of them—well, five, if you count the cat—live in the South of France, in a run-down trailer near a vacant lot. They make do, living off her part-time waitressing job and a little help from the state.Rosie thinks things are finally turning around when she meets hands... read more

Night in Erg Chebbi and Other Stories (Iowa Short Fiction Award)

Edward Hamlin

Night in Erg Chebbi and Other Stories spans the globe, taking us from Belfast to Brazil, Morocco to Manhattan. The teenaged daughter of an IRA assassin flees Northern Ireland only to end up in Baby Doc’s terrifying Haiti. An American woman who’s betrayed her brother only to lose him to a Taliban bullet comes face to face with her demons during a vacation in Morocco. A famed photojournalist mus... read more

Night in Erg Chebbi and Other Stories spans the globe, taking us from Belfast to Brazil, Morocco to Manhattan. The teenaged daughter of an IRA assassin flees Northern Ireland only to end up in Baby Doc’s terrifying Haiti. An American woman who’s betrayed her brother only to lose him to a Taliban bullet comes face to face with her demons during a vacation in Morocco. A famed photojournalist mus... read more

British Sporting Literature and Culture in the Long Eighteenth Century (British Literature in Context in the Long Eighteenth Century)

Sharon Harrow

Sport as it is largely understood today was invented during the long eighteenth century when the modern rules of sport were codified; sport emerged as a business, a spectacle, and a performance; and gaming organized itself around sporting culture. Examining the underexplored intersection of sport, literature, and culture, this collection situates sport within multiple contexts, including relig... read more

Sport as it is largely understood today was invented during the long eighteenth century when the modern rules of sport were codified; sport emerged as a business, a spectacle, and a performance; and gaming organized itself around sporting culture. Examining the underexplored intersection of sport, literature, and culture, this collection situates sport within multiple contexts, including relig... read more

Her Final Breath (The Tracy Crosswhite Series Book 2)

Robert Dugoni

Homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite has returned to the police force after the sensational retrial of her sister’s killer. Still scarred from that ordeal, Tracy is pulled into an investigation that threatens to end her career, if not her life.A serial killer known as the Cowboy is killing young women in cheap motels in North Seattle. Even after a stalker leaves a menacing message for Crosswhit... read more

Homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite has returned to the police force after the sensational retrial of her sister’s killer. Still scarred from that ordeal, Tracy is pulled into an investigation that threatens to end her career, if not her life.A serial killer known as the Cowboy is killing young women in cheap motels in North Seattle. Even after a stalker leaves a menacing message for Crosswhit... read more

Decadent Romanticism 1780-1914 (Nineteenth Century Series (Ashgate))

For Decadent authors, Romanticism was a source of powerful imaginative revisionism, perversion, transition, and partial negation. But for all these strong Decadent reactions against the period, the cultural phenomenon of Decadence shared with Romanticism a mutual distrust of the philosophy of utilitarianism and the aesthetics of neo-Classicism. Reflecting on the interstices between Romantic an... read more

For Decadent authors, Romanticism was a source of powerful imaginative revisionism, perversion, transition, and partial negation. But for all these strong Decadent reactions against the period, the cultural phenomenon of Decadence shared with Romanticism a mutual distrust of the philosophy of utilitarianism and the aesthetics of neo-Classicism. Reflecting on the interstices between Romantic an... read more

When You Suffer: Biblical Keys for Hope and Understanding

Jeff Cavins

To be human is to suffer—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. In addition to our own suffering, we also encounter the suffering of those around us. While the world of medicine attempts to relieve suffering and the media tries to sell us on a life without pain, only the Church offers the perspective that suffering has meaning. St. John Paul II said that suffering without meaning can lead t... read more

To be human is to suffer—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. In addition to our own suffering, we also encounter the suffering of those around us. While the world of medicine attempts to relieve suffering and the media tries to sell us on a life without pain, only the Church offers the perspective that suffering has meaning. St. John Paul II said that suffering without meaning can lead t... read more

Keeping Mary Close: Devotion to Our Lady Through the Ages

Mike Aquilina, Rev. Frederick W. Gruber

If you’ve ever wondered what devotion to Mary is all about, you’ll treasure this one-of-a-kind, popular glimpse into the early Church’s life, doctrine, and devotion to Our Lady. Through lively stories, teachings of the Church fathers, and evidence from ancient archaeology, the authors invite you to enter the fascinating world of the early Christians, giving you an imaginative glimpse into how ... read more

If you’ve ever wondered what devotion to Mary is all about, you’ll treasure this one-of-a-kind, popular glimpse into the early Church’s life, doctrine, and devotion to Our Lady. Through lively stories, teachings of the Church fathers, and evidence from ancient archaeology, the authors invite you to enter the fascinating world of the early Christians, giving you an imaginative glimpse into how ... read more

Under a Cloud of Rain: A Nick Noelle Mystery

Baumann A.R.

Nick Noelle, a salt-of-the-earth, Creole-born detective, has always been his own man, playing by his own rules. When police discover that the mutilated victim found in the swampy bayou is the body of Julia Brunswick, daughter of the richest oilman in Texas, Noelle and his god-fearing partner Juan Lopez are put on the case. The story twists and turns, entrapping readers in the drama of Houston ... read more

Nick Noelle, a salt-of-the-earth, Creole-born detective, has always been his own man, playing by his own rules. When police discover that the mutilated victim found in the swampy bayou is the body of Julia Brunswick, daughter of the richest oilman in Texas, Noelle and his god-fearing partner Juan Lopez are put on the case. The story twists and turns, entrapping readers in the drama of Houston ... read more

Grave Intent (Jan Tommen Investigation Book 2)

Alexander Hartung

Late one night, a man calls the local emergency line. He’s in a cemetery, and he’s just discovered a freshly dug grave marked with a wooden cross bearing his name. The dispatcher thinks it’s the ravings of a drunk—until the police find the man’s body the next day.What seemed like a morbid prank soon becomes a living nightmare for Berlin detective Jan Tommen. Recently reinstated to the force af... read more

Late one night, a man calls the local emergency line. He’s in a cemetery, and he’s just discovered a freshly dug grave marked with a wooden cross bearing his name. The dispatcher thinks it’s the ravings of a drunk—until the police find the man’s body the next day.What seemed like a morbid prank soon becomes a living nightmare for Berlin detective Jan Tommen. Recently reinstated to the force af... read more

The Guardians of History (K Series Book 1)

Elisabetta Cametti

As the general manager of 9Sense Publishing, one of the most powerful publishers in the world, Katherine Sinclaire is used to high-stakes intrigue.But she faces a new kind of trouble when she receives an urgent call from 9Sense CEO Bruce Aron. Arriving at his office, Katherine discovers a gruesome sight: Bruce’s fatally wounded body, seemingly done in by his own hand. She also finds that her m... read more

As the general manager of 9Sense Publishing, one of the most powerful publishers in the world, Katherine Sinclaire is used to high-stakes intrigue.But she faces a new kind of trouble when she receives an urgent call from 9Sense CEO Bruce Aron. Arriving at his office, Katherine discovers a gruesome sight: Bruce’s fatally wounded body, seemingly done in by his own hand. She also finds that her m... read more

Find a Real Friend in Jesus: Ten Amazingly Easy Steps

Gary Zimak

“For years the Lord was right beside me, asking me to be his friend. Unfortunately, I was too busy to respond. The only time I ever spoke with him was when I needed something. In an emergency, I always seemed to remember Jesus. I knew where to find him when I was in trouble, but I would forget about him as soon as he answered my prayer.” Sound familiar? Maybe you turn to Jesus whenever you’re ... read more

“For years the Lord was right beside me, asking me to be his friend. Unfortunately, I was too busy to respond. The only time I ever spoke with him was when I needed something. In an emergency, I always seemed to remember Jesus. I knew where to find him when I was in trouble, but I would forget about him as soon as he answered my prayer.” Sound familiar? Maybe you turn to Jesus whenever you’re ... read more

Booming from the Mists of Nowhere: The Story of the Greater Prairie-Chicken (Bur Oak Book)

Greg Hoch

For ten months of the year, the prairie-chicken’s drab colors allow it to disappear into the landscape. However, in April and May this grouse is one of the most outrageously flamboyant birds in North America. Competing with each other for the attention of females, males gather before dawn in an explosion of sights and sounds—“booming from the mists of nowhere,” as Aldo Leopold wrote decades ag... read more

For ten months of the year, the prairie-chicken’s drab colors allow it to disappear into the landscape. However, in April and May this grouse is one of the most outrageously flamboyant birds in North America. Competing with each other for the attention of females, males gather before dawn in an explosion of sights and sounds—“booming from the mists of nowhere,” as Aldo Leopold wrote decades ag... read more

The Mentor

Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli

As Scotland Yard chief forensics detective Eric Shaw works a case with some resemblance to a crime he investigated twenty years earlier, he is convinced it is just a coincidence. But when more deaths occur in a style similar to those killings from the past, Shaw suspects that he has a serial killer on his hands—one who is pursuing a personal, cold-blooded vendetta.Working closely with his prot... read more

As Scotland Yard chief forensics detective Eric Shaw works a case with some resemblance to a crime he investigated twenty years earlier, he is convinced it is just a coincidence. But when more deaths occur in a style similar to those killings from the past, Shaw suspects that he has a serial killer on his hands—one who is pursuing a personal, cold-blooded vendetta.Working closely with his prot... read more

Duffy's Iowa Caucus Cartoons: Watch 'Em Run (Iowa and the Midwest Experience)

Brian Duffy

Brian Duffy has been poking fun at the Iowa caucuses for just about as long as they’ve been a media circus, since the 1970s. Now, the longtime editorial cartoonist has gathered a selection of his best images lampooning the politicians on their quadrennial stampedes through Iowa’s fields and towns. Whether you’re anticipating or dreading the onset of another caucus season in 2016, this book wil... read more

Brian Duffy has been poking fun at the Iowa caucuses for just about as long as they’ve been a media circus, since the 1970s. Now, the longtime editorial cartoonist has gathered a selection of his best images lampooning the politicians on their quadrennial stampedes through Iowa’s fields and towns. Whether you’re anticipating or dreading the onset of another caucus season in 2016, this book wil... read more

Apricot Kisses

Claudia Winter

Hanna has a foodie’s dream job: as a culinary journalist, she gets to travel across Europe to write up the Continent’s finest restaurants. But after penning a scathing review of a restaurant nestled in a Tuscan apricot grove, her boss informs her of a big problem: when the restaurant’s owner read the article, she keeled over dead from a heart attack. Now the owner’s grandson, Fabrizio, has fil... read more

Hanna has a foodie’s dream job: as a culinary journalist, she gets to travel across Europe to write up the Continent’s finest restaurants. But after penning a scathing review of a restaurant nestled in a Tuscan apricot grove, her boss informs her of a big problem: when the restaurant’s owner read the article, she keeled over dead from a heart attack. Now the owner’s grandson, Fabrizio, has fil... read more

The Sweetest Rain

Myra Johnson

As the drought of 1930 burns crops to a crisp, Bryony Linwood dreams of cooling winter snows and the life she would have had if Daddy hadn’t been killed in the Great War and Mama hadn’t moved Bryony and her sisters to their grandfather’s struggling tenant farm in tiny Eden, Arkansas. Now Mama’s gone, too, and as times grow tougher, Bryony will do whatever it takes to ensure her family’s surviv... read more

As the drought of 1930 burns crops to a crisp, Bryony Linwood dreams of cooling winter snows and the life she would have had if Daddy hadn’t been killed in the Great War and Mama hadn’t moved Bryony and her sisters to their grandfather’s struggling tenant farm in tiny Eden, Arkansas. Now Mama’s gone, too, and as times grow tougher, Bryony will do whatever it takes to ensure her family’s surviv... read more

The Concealed (The Lakewood Series Book 1)

Sarah Kleck

After her parents died in a car accident when she was just a child, Evelyn Lakewood was left alone in the world. Now grown up, she enrolls at Oxford University, where she begins to create a new, stable life.But when she encounters Jared Calmburry, who she later discovers is an orphan with his own tragic history, the equilibrium she was striving for is thrown off. Instantly drawn to this myster... read more

After her parents died in a car accident when she was just a child, Evelyn Lakewood was left alone in the world. Now grown up, she enrolls at Oxford University, where she begins to create a new, stable life.But when she encounters Jared Calmburry, who she later discovers is an orphan with his own tragic history, the equilibrium she was striving for is thrown off. Instantly drawn to this myster... read more

Refuge of the Heart

Ruth Logan Herne

District Attorney Mitchell Sanderson wanted for nothing and lost everything in a tragic accident. A dogged worker, Mitch’s conviction rate earned him respect and trust. Now up for re-election, Mitch’s law-and-order persona makes him a shoo-in candidate. But when faith, conscience and love of a troubled refugee ripple the smooth waters of his existence, can Mitch risk everything for love? Magda... read more

District Attorney Mitchell Sanderson wanted for nothing and lost everything in a tragic accident. A dogged worker, Mitch’s conviction rate earned him respect and trust. Now up for re-election, Mitch’s law-and-order persona makes him a shoo-in candidate. But when faith, conscience and love of a troubled refugee ripple the smooth waters of his existence, can Mitch risk everything for love? Magda... read more

The Word Game

Steena Holmes

For overprotective parent Alyson Ward, any time her daughter, Lyla, is out of sight is reason to panic. So it’s a big step for her when she lets Lyla attend a sleepover at her cousin’s house. Comforted by the knowledge that her sister, Tricia, is the chaperone, Alyson does the one thing she never thought possible: she lets go and trusts that her daughter will be safe.But Alyson’s sense of peac... read more

For overprotective parent Alyson Ward, any time her daughter, Lyla, is out of sight is reason to panic. So it’s a big step for her when she lets Lyla attend a sleepover at her cousin’s house. Comforted by the knowledge that her sister, Tricia, is the chaperone, Alyson does the one thing she never thought possible: she lets go and trusts that her daughter will be safe.But Alyson’s sense of peac... read more

The Battle for Oz

Jeyna Grace

"The literary equivalent of a masterful musical masterpiece...The Battle for Oz is practically made for a Tim Burton big screen adaptation." —Young Entertainment MagazineWhen a foreign queen invades Oz and steals its citizens’ magic, the land turns to someone who has aided them before: Dorothy. But the silver-slippered girl has grown up, and in her years away from Oz the game has changed. So, ... read more

"The literary equivalent of a masterful musical masterpiece...The Battle for Oz is practically made for a Tim Burton big screen adaptation." —Young Entertainment MagazineWhen a foreign queen invades Oz and steals its citizens’ magic, the land turns to someone who has aided them before: Dorothy. But the silver-slippered girl has grown up, and in her years away from Oz the game has changed. So, ... read more

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