Ethnic / Cultural / Multicultural Studies / Sociology Editors
PEGGY CAMPBELL has been editing nonfiction books for more than two decades, working for both top university presses and trade publishers, and several authors return to her for each book they write. She works as a developmental/line editor/substantive editor, copy editor, and proofreader, and is an expert user of the Chicago Manual of Style/Turabian.
Her areas of expertise are history (especially American history), including biography, memoir, and autobiography; journalism; and politics and government, public affairs, and public policy; and equine subjects. She also has extensive experience editing in such disparate fields as African American, American, gay, gender, and women’s studies; business and advertising/marketing; cultural anthropology; law; and social work.
Edited books have won a number of awards and named honors, including New York Times Notable Book of the Year; the Tankard Award; Choice Outstanding Book of the Year; National Jewish Book Award; Choice Outstanding Academic Title—and those are the ones she knows about. She has been privileged to edit forewords by such authors as John Kenneth Galbraith and Morely Safer. Campbell’s own work as a reporter and that of her reporters was nominated for several Pulitzers by various newspapers.
Her standards are high, and her motto is “Never give a critic a free lunch.” Her attention to detail is ferocious—authors are amazed by her ability to catch discrepancies, inconsistencies, and redundancies hundreds of pages apart. Her favorite compliment from an author? “You make me sound like me—only better!”
Manuscript Evaluations, Critiques, Organizational and Developmental Editing, Line Editing, Writing Assistance, Ghostwriting
CARLY CANTOR is a meticulous hands-on editor who “becomes one” with every project, paying close attention to both the big picture and the small details. For several years, she was an acquisitions editor at Carol Publishing Group, a mid-sized press in New York, where she acquired and edited numerous hardcover and trade paperback titles on a variety of nonfiction subjects, including self-help, social issues, ethnic issues, and psychology.
She currently represents authors as an agent with a well-established NYC agency (Joëlle Delbourgo & Assoc.), which provides her with a foot in the New York publishing world (and access to the current thinking about what is hot and what is not).
Carly often works with academics, psychologists, and medical doctors on high-caliber material in the social and life sciences, helping to make their writing more accessible to a trade audience. One happy client, a medical doctor, said of her, “She is a consummate wordsmith, with the facility of not only understanding and integrating scientific and technical material but also illuminating arcane and otherwise opaque descriptions.”
Carly has authored two books: Francisco Vásquez de Coronado and The Mexican War (The Child’s World, 2003).
A partial list of books she has edited includes the following titles:
- Discovering Black New York
- Fifty Black Women Who Changed America
- Smart Parenting for African Americans
- Soul in Management
- Chasing America: Notes from a Rock ‘n’ Soul Integrationist
- Two Jews Can Still Be a Mixed Marriage
- The Jewish Family Fun Book
- The Jewish Woman’s Book of Wisdom
- The Moses Mystery
- A Thriver’s Journey
- Italian Pride
Carly also edits fiction, with an understanding of the importance of subtlety and nuance. She approaches fiction with an appreciation for how the brain works and for the idea that a reader likes to pick up clues and figure some things out for himself rather than be told everything directly about how characters are thinking and feeling.
One novelist client said, "I have been guided by a number of different editors throughout my career. Without any hesitation, I can say that [she] is the best editor I have ever worked with."
E. M. Levy, a professional editor for 30+ years, has edited books for Doubleday, Random House, Princeton University Press, Macmillan, Paulist Press, Prentice-Hall, SUNY Press, Scholastic, Scholars Press, Praeger, Solution Tree Press, and many other publishers and private individuals. His projects have received publishing and professional awards.
For nearly two decades, he worked in-house as a senior editor focusing on developmental and substantive editing.
Topic specialties include social sciences and humanities: education, sociology, anthropology, linguistics, literature, philosophy, history, performing and visual arts, law and politics, public affairs, theology, religion, New Age topics, spirituality, Judaism, biography, public affairs, memoirs, biographies, health, medicine.
He has been praised for his ability to translate scientific and medical material into readable prose without losing the acuity of the original text
Mr. Levy often works with writers who need to start from scratch to restructure their nonfiction manuscripts, but he works with writers at every step of the writing, editing, and submission process.
- Association of Academic Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award
- Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year
- Independent Publishers Book Award
- Learning Magazine's Teacher's Choice Award
- V. O. Key Award of the Southern Political Science Association
- Substantive editing
- Developmental editing
- Line editing
- Copy editing
MARIE VALENTINE's editorial work ranges from conceptual and developmental brainstorming to copy editing and proofreading, as well as the nitty-gritty of print and Web production. She has worked in acquisitions and production for the renowned new age book publisher Llewellyn Worldwide. She has also served as a news editor and writer, business technology editor, poet and small press publisher of experimental works by contemporary writers. Marie will use her knowledge in literature and nonfiction to clarify your thoughts with minimal alteration, but she is also open to experiments and will adapt easily and quickly to your perceived vision and goals. A flexible editor and proofreader with a light touch, Marie will help your prose shine while keeping your personal style intact.
- 10+ years proofreading experience (print, web, digital, books, magazines, news weeklies, chapbooks and more)
- 6 years business and technology editing experience
- 5 years book manuscript editing experience, both fiction and nonfiction
- 4 years publisher acquisitions experience - Ruminator (small press), university press (U of MN), commercial press (Llewellyn). She knows what publishers look for in a book.
- 9 years academic editing and formatting
- Content organization
- Structural and substantive editing
- Formatting and style editing (MLA, Chicago, APA, AP, project-specific)
- Copy editing