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William Irvine

William Irvine - Editor

Wilmington, NC, United States

Editor and writer with more than 25 years' experience in consumer publishing. Specialties: interior design, art, memoirs, travel, lifestyle.

Overview

William Irvine is an editor and writer who has worked at many national magazines and newspapers, including House Beautiful and The New York Times Magazine. Editorial services offered include manuscript and proposal evaluation, line editing, copy editing, and proofreading. Special areas of interest and expertise include interior design, architecture, art, biography, memoirs, fashion, photography, and lifestyle/entertaining titles. A longtime logophile, he is the author of two collections of palindromes.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Antiques & Collectibles Arts & Architecture & Photography Biographies & Memoirs Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits History Home & Garden LGBTQ (non fiction) Travel

Certifications

  • B.A. in Art History from Columbia University

Work experience

Freelance Copy Editor

The New York Times Magazine

December, 2012 – November, 2014 (almost 2 years)

One of a small group of staff editors responsible for production and editing of weekly front-of-book and feature stories from inception through closing. Act as liaison between reporters, top editors, researchers, and production department. Write captions and other copy as required.

Senior Editor/Copy Chief

House Beautiful

December, 2004 – November, 2013 (almost 9 years)

Rewriting and line editing of stories in all core areas (home, gardening, entertaining, food, decorating, travel). Created and updated new style guide. Supervise editing and revising in-house writing by junior staff members. Editing of all social media and marketing materials for the House Beautiful website.

Copy Editor/Staff Writer

House Beautiful

December, 1991 – January, 2005 (about 13 years)

Responsible for copy editing all front of book and features stories. Wrote features on decorative arts, historic preservation, entertaining, and travel.

Copy Editor

House & Garden

May, 1989 – November, 1991 (over 2 years)

Full-time freelance copy editor reporting to the copy chief. Copy-edited and proofread original manuscripts. Processed all stages of page proofs. Worked closely with senior staff editors and research departments.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

The Ballad of West Tenth Street: A Novel (P.S.)

Marjorie Kernan

Once upon a time in Manhattan . . . . . . there stood a pair of fine old brick townhouses on West Tenth Street. One had a blue door with a tarnished brass knocker in the shape of a dolphin. The other was empty. Behind the blue door lived Sadie, the widow of a famous British rocker who died of an overdose, and two of her children, Hamish and Deen. The children manage to muddle along as best the... read more

Once upon a time in Manhattan . . . . . . there stood a pair of fine old brick townhouses on West Tenth Street. One had a blue door with a tarnished brass knocker in the shape of a dolphin. The other was empty. Behind the blue door lived Sadie, the widow of a famous British rocker who died of an overdose, and two of her children, Hamish and Deen. The children manage to muddle along as best the... read more

Herbert Huncke: The Times Square Hustler Who Inspired Jack Kerouac and the Beat Generation

Hilary Holladay

Often overlooked as a minor player on the fringes of the Beat Generation and largely dismissed by others as a scam artist, junkie, and hustler, Herbert Huncke was in fact a significant writer who served as a mentor and inspiration to such legendary figures as Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and Jack Kerouac. In this biography, author Hilary Holladay has given this unsung poet of the streets... read more

Often overlooked as a minor player on the fringes of the Beat Generation and largely dismissed by others as a scam artist, junkie, and hustler, Herbert Huncke was in fact a significant writer who served as a mentor and inspiration to such legendary figures as Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and Jack Kerouac. In this biography, author Hilary Holladay has given this unsung poet of the streets... read more

Anything That Burns You: A Portrait of Lola Ridge, Radical Poet

Terese Svoboda

The first full-length biography of Lola Ridge, a trailblazer for women, poetry, and human rights far ahead of her time This is a rich and detailed account of the life and world of Lola Ridge, poet, artist, editor, and activist for the cause of women's rights, workers' rights, racial equality and social reform. Author Svoboda takes the reader on a fascinating journey from Ridge's childhood as a... read more

The first full-length biography of Lola Ridge, a trailblazer for women, poetry, and human rights far ahead of her time This is a rich and detailed account of the life and world of Lola Ridge, poet, artist, editor, and activist for the cause of women's rights, workers' rights, racial equality and social reform. Author Svoboda takes the reader on a fascinating journey from Ridge's childhood as a... read more

Dear Princess Grace, Dear Betty: The Memoir of a Romantic Feminist

Alida Brill

A candid and insightful memoir by the feminist writer and social critic Alida Brill, Dear Princess Grace, Dear Betty spans her life from the onset of the modern women's movement in the early 1960s through the second wave in the '70s and '80s and on to the present day, in which she became a leading figure and spokesperson. Her story begins in the postwar early suburban community of Lakewood, Ca... read more

A candid and insightful memoir by the feminist writer and social critic Alida Brill, Dear Princess Grace, Dear Betty spans her life from the onset of the modern women's movement in the early 1960s through the second wave in the '70s and '80s and on to the present day, in which she became a leading figure and spokesperson. Her story begins in the postwar early suburban community of Lakewood, Ca... read more

American Decoration: A Sense of Place

Thomas Jayne

Interior designer and decorative arts and antiques expert Thomas Jayne follows up his essential 2010 compendium The Finest Rooms in America with this new collection of his own work. Thomas Jayne possesses a unique dual vision—he keeps one eye focused on the aesthetic traditions of the past, and the other looking forward: innovating, creating, and imagining interiors to suit modern sensibilitie... read more

Interior designer and decorative arts and antiques expert Thomas Jayne follows up his essential 2010 compendium The Finest Rooms in America with this new collection of his own work. Thomas Jayne possesses a unique dual vision—he keeps one eye focused on the aesthetic traditions of the past, and the other looking forward: innovating, creating, and imagining interiors to suit modern sensibilitie... read more

The Finest Rooms in America

Thomas Jayne

The Finest Rooms in America: 50 Influential Interiors from the 18th Century to the Present is a selection by Thomas Jayne, one of America’s best decorators and scholars of American design. It is a definitive record of the finest American interior design with an authoritative text and luxuriant color photography. The book includes a complete cross section of extant rooms covering a broad range ... read more

The Finest Rooms in America: 50 Influential Interiors from the 18th Century to the Present is a selection by Thomas Jayne, one of America’s best decorators and scholars of American design. It is a definitive record of the finest American interior design with an authoritative text and luxuriant color photography. The book includes a complete cross section of extant rooms covering a broad range ... read more

Katie Ridder Rooms

Heather MacIssac

Katie Ridder’s extraordinary palette, her playful mix of antiques and modern pieces, and her eye for unusual decorative accents have established her as a leading figure in the world of interior design. Clients from Buenos Aires to San Francisco to Nantucket have commissioned Ridder to design their lofts, pavilions, summer houses, and luxury apartments. Now everyone can derive design inspiratio... read more

Katie Ridder’s extraordinary palette, her playful mix of antiques and modern pieces, and her eye for unusual decorative accents have established her as a leading figure in the world of interior design. Clients from Buenos Aires to San Francisco to Nantucket have commissioned Ridder to design their lofts, pavilions, summer houses, and luxury apartments. Now everyone can derive design inspiratio... read more

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