Zach Gajewski

Zach Gajewski - Editor Tick

Brooklyn, NY, USA

Experienced nonfiction editor who has worked on award-winners and bestsellers for Penguin Random House, McGraw-Hill, and more.

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I am a detail-oriented, market-savvy editor and publishing professional who has spent my career helping authors, agents, and publishers create outstanding, award-winning books.

Starting at academic and trade book producer MTM Publishing, I learned the ins and outs of all facets of editorial management and production. I then moved on to McGraw-Hill—where I developed, acquired, and edited trade and professional titles—before settling into my current role independently editing prescriptive and narrative nonfiction.

I have collaborated with former CEOs, world-renowned speakers, thought leaders, journalists, musicians-turned-writers, and first-time authors from a variety of backgrounds and have contributed to the success of a number of New York Times, USA Today, and Washington Post bestsellers.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Career Guides
Economics
Music
Psychology

Work experience

Independent Editor

Self-employed
July, 2014 – Present (over 4 years)

Acquisitions and Project Editor

McGraw-Hill Professional
June, 2010 – July, 2014 (about 4 years)

Editor and Project Manager

MTM Publishing
December, 2006 – May, 2010 (over 3 years)

Portfolio (15 selected works)

Likeable Social Media: How to Delight Your Customers, Create an Irresistible Brand, and Be Generally Amazing on Facebook (And Other Social Networks)

Dave Kerpen

THE NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER! The secret to successful word-of-mouth marketing on the social web is easy: BE LIKEABLE. A friend's recommendation is more powerful than any advertisement. In the world of Facebook, Twitter, and beyond, that recommendation can travel farther and faster than ever before. Likeable Social Media helps you harness the power of word-of-mouth marketing to ... read more

THE NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER! The secret to successful word-of-mouth marketing on the social web is easy: BE LIKEABLE. A friend's recommendation is more powerful than any advertisement. In the world of Facebook, Twitter, and beyond, that recommendation can travel farther and faster than ever before. Likeable Social Media helps you harness the power of word-of-mouth marketing to ... read more

How to Retire Happy, Fourth Edition: The 12 Most Important Decisions You Must Make Before You Retire

Stan Hinden

The Washington Post and New York Times Business Bestseller “Everyone in the workforce today should read this book!”―HORACE B. DEETS, FORMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AARP “Want excellent insights on retirement planning from a professional who’s actually experienced retirement himself? You’ll get just that from Stan Hinden’s book.”―STEVE VERNON, COLUMNIST, CBSMONEYWATCH.COM “Provides the most importa... read more

The Washington Post and New York Times Business Bestseller “Everyone in the workforce today should read this book!”―HORACE B. DEETS, FORMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AARP “Want excellent insights on retirement planning from a professional who’s actually experienced retirement himself? You’ll get just that from Stan Hinden’s book.”―STEVE VERNON, COLUMNIST, CBSMONEYWATCH.COM “Provides the most importa... read more

The New Case for Gold

James Rickards

**USA Today bestseller and Wall Street Journal business bestseller**They say John Maynard Keynes called gold a "barbarous relic." They say there isn’t enough gold to support finance and commerce. They say the gold supply can’t increase fast enough to support world growth. They’re wrong. In this bold manifesto, bestselling author and eco­nomic commentator James Rickards steps forward to defend ... read more

**USA Today bestseller and Wall Street Journal business bestseller**They say John Maynard Keynes called gold a "barbarous relic." They say there isn’t enough gold to support finance and commerce. They say the gold supply can’t increase fast enough to support world growth. They’re wrong. In this bold manifesto, bestselling author and eco­nomic commentator James Rickards steps forward to defend ... read more

Dual Momentum Investing: An Innovative Strategy for Higher Returns with Lower Risk

Gary Antonacci

WINNER, Business: Personal Finance/Investing, 2014 USA Best Book Awards FINALIST, Business: Personal Finance/Investing, 2015 International Book AwardsDual Momentum Investing details the author's own momentum investing method that combines U.S. stock, non-U.S. stock, and aggregate bond indices--in a formula proven to dramatically increase profits while lowering risk. Antonacci reveals how momen... read more

WINNER, Business: Personal Finance/Investing, 2014 USA Best Book Awards FINALIST, Business: Personal Finance/Investing, 2015 International Book AwardsDual Momentum Investing details the author's own momentum investing method that combines U.S. stock, non-U.S. stock, and aggregate bond indices--in a formula proven to dramatically increase profits while lowering risk. Antonacci reveals how momen... read more

The Entrepreneurial Instinct: How Everyone Has the Innate Ability to Start a Successful Small Business

Monica Mehta

The dropout that makes billions seems to have caught lightning in a bottle-- a triumph relying more on luck than skill and never to be repeated. In real life, successful entrepreneurs take classes, write business plans, and map out responses to every contingency. But if the story is such a fluke, why do we keep hearing ones like it over and over again? The Entrepreneurial Instinct looks past t... read more

The dropout that makes billions seems to have caught lightning in a bottle-- a triumph relying more on luck than skill and never to be repeated. In real life, successful entrepreneurs take classes, write business plans, and map out responses to every contingency. But if the story is such a fluke, why do we keep hearing ones like it over and over again? The Entrepreneurial Instinct looks past t... read more

Keynes's Way to Wealth: Timeless Investment Lessons from The Great Economist

John F. Wasik

“Mr. Wasik’s distillation of how Keynes made--and then remade--his fortune is instructive. And the principles that Keynes followed have stood the test of time. As Mr. Wasik adds, 'The object of investing is to ensure prosperity, not to become obsessed with making money.'"The New York Times John Maynard Keynes indelibly made his mark on global economics... Few people know, however, that he was ... read more

“Mr. Wasik’s distillation of how Keynes made--and then remade--his fortune is instructive. And the principles that Keynes followed have stood the test of time. As Mr. Wasik adds, 'The object of investing is to ensure prosperity, not to become obsessed with making money.'"The New York Times John Maynard Keynes indelibly made his mark on global economics... Few people know, however, that he was ... read more

The Purpose Revolution: How Leaders Create Engagement and Competitive Advantage in an Age of Social Good

John Izzo, Jeff Vanderwielen

More and more, employees, customers, and investors want their work and money to not only provide for their own material needs but to also help create a better world for all. Bestselling author John Izzo teams up with Jeff VanderWeilen to show leaders and companies how to transform their corporate culture so they can succeed in the midst of this Purpose Revolution.Discover the Purpose Advantage... read more

More and more, employees, customers, and investors want their work and money to not only provide for their own material needs but to also help create a better world for all. Bestselling author John Izzo teams up with Jeff VanderWeilen to show leaders and companies how to transform their corporate culture so they can succeed in the midst of this Purpose Revolution.Discover the Purpose Advantage... read more

Boost!: How the Psychology of Sports Can Enhance your Performance in Management and Work

Michael Bar-Eli

To perform better in any situation - in your career, hobbies, relationships, or in any facet of your life - it is critical to develop psychological skills, which, just like physical abilities, can be taught, learned, and practiced. Both as individuals and as groups, we can tone these psychological skills and use them to heighten awareness, foster talents and technical abilities, and reach peak... read more

To perform better in any situation - in your career, hobbies, relationships, or in any facet of your life - it is critical to develop psychological skills, which, just like physical abilities, can be taught, learned, and practiced. Both as individuals and as groups, we can tone these psychological skills and use them to heighten awareness, foster talents and technical abilities, and reach peak... read more

How To Ru(i)n A Record Label: The Story of Lookout Records

Larry Livermore

In 1987, off-the-grid punk agitator Larry Livermore began documenting the burgeoning DIY East Bay punk rock scene with the newly founded Lookout Records. He had no idea this little label, first run out of his solar powered cabin in the Northern California mountains, then a cramped room in the backstreets of Berkeley, would rise to international prominence, introducing the world to the likes of... read more

In 1987, off-the-grid punk agitator Larry Livermore began documenting the burgeoning DIY East Bay punk rock scene with the newly founded Lookout Records. He had no idea this little label, first run out of his solar powered cabin in the Northern California mountains, then a cramped room in the backstreets of Berkeley, would rise to international prominence, introducing the world to the likes of... read more

The Dance of the Possible: the mostly honest completely irreverent guide to creativity

Scott Berkun

This short, fast paced, irreverent guide to creativity is for everyone who wants better ideas and to finish projects they inspire. In 21 short chapters you'll discover a fresh way to understand creative thinking, how ideas work, plus insights from decades of study on both how to be more productive and creative at the same time.With challenging chapters on topics like creative confidence, makin... read more

This short, fast paced, irreverent guide to creativity is for everyone who wants better ideas and to finish projects they inspire. In 21 short chapters you'll discover a fresh way to understand creative thinking, how ideas work, plus insights from decades of study on both how to be more productive and creative at the same time.With challenging chapters on topics like creative confidence, makin... read more

Lean Media: How to focus creativity, streamline production, and create media that audiences love

Ian Lamont

Most new media is destined to fail. Whether it s a song, film, website, book, video game, or advertisement, it s extremely difficult to create works that resonate with audiences. Lean Media can give creators and media companies an edge. The framework has worked for some of the biggest media brands and most well-known artists, as well as smaller teams and media ventures. It draws on the same "l... read more

Most new media is destined to fail. Whether it s a song, film, website, book, video game, or advertisement, it s extremely difficult to create works that resonate with audiences. Lean Media can give creators and media companies an edge. The framework has worked for some of the biggest media brands and most well-known artists, as well as smaller teams and media ventures. It draws on the same "l... read more

Newspaperman: Inside the News Business at The Wall Street Journal

Warren Phillips

An inside look at America’s largest newspaper―The Wall Street Journal ”Phillips offers fascinating insights about American business, politics, and journalism. He traveled in the circles of CEOs, U.S. presidents, prime ministers, and royalty; always at his core he was a reporter. That is the beauty of Newspaperman.”―Vernon E. Jordan Jr., civil rights leader; senior managing director, Lazard Fre... read more

An inside look at America’s largest newspaper―The Wall Street Journal ”Phillips offers fascinating insights about American business, politics, and journalism. He traveled in the circles of CEOs, U.S. presidents, prime ministers, and royalty; always at his core he was a reporter. That is the beauty of Newspaperman.”―Vernon E. Jordan Jr., civil rights leader; senior managing director, Lazard Fre... read more

The Leadership Mind Switch: Rethinking How We Lead in the New World of Work

D. A. Benton, Kylie Wright-Ford

Lead your company to success in the New Industrial Revolution! The world of business has completely transformed in recent years―and the pace of change will only increase in coming years. But one thing remains the same: Quality leadership is the hinge on which the fate of every organization swings.The Leadership Mind Switch provides the critical lessons you need to lead your company in a fully ... read more

Lead your company to success in the New Industrial Revolution! The world of business has completely transformed in recent years―and the pace of change will only increase in coming years. But one thing remains the same: Quality leadership is the hinge on which the fate of every organization swings.The Leadership Mind Switch provides the critical lessons you need to lead your company in a fully ... read more

The Social Entrepreneur's Handbook: How to Start, Build, and Run a Business That Improves the World

Rupert Scofield

Make the business of society your business No one knows the business of social entrepreneurship better than Rupert Scofield. Cofounder and president of FINCA International―a nonprofit microfinancing institution with 7,000 employees serving 750,000 customers in 21 countries―Scofield has been a social entrepreneur for 40 years. In The Social Entrepreneur’s Handbook, Scofield leads you through th... read more

Make the business of society your business No one knows the business of social entrepreneurship better than Rupert Scofield. Cofounder and president of FINCA International―a nonprofit microfinancing institution with 7,000 employees serving 750,000 customers in 21 countries―Scofield has been a social entrepreneur for 40 years. In The Social Entrepreneur’s Handbook, Scofield leads you through th... read more

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John Soforic

Zach Gajewski exceeded my highest hopes for professional editing. After writing my book as a full-time venture for 2 1/2 years, I sought a copy editor. In fact, I specifically wanted Zach due to his impressive back list of titles. Still, this book was my baby, and I was concerned about the influence of outside editing. During the process, however, I discovered that Zach is talented book doctor:...

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John Soforic, August 2018


Waddy Thompson

It was terrific working with Zach on two jobs. He completed both ahead of schedule. Most importantly, he provided helpful comments wherever he found any ambiguities, usually with suggestions on how to clarify them. This was so much more helpful than simply editing the text. His edits were on point, and they made the writing stronger without altering my voice. He will be my first choice for futu...

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Waddy Thompson, August 2018

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