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Book Editing, Proofreading, Book Design,

Indexing, and Manuscript Submission Services

Ethnic / Cultural / Multicultural Studies / Sociology Editors


book editor Carly CantorManuscript 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

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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."

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SANDRA JUDD is an editor, proofreader, and indexer with more than 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. Her clients have included university presses, large, mainstream publishers, and smaller presses and professional organizations.

She has edited or proofread over 300 published books, on topics that include politics, history, business, literary criticism, ethnic history, anthropology, science and medicine, industry manuals, memoirs, Christian and inspirational, parenting and relationships, humor, and fiction. She believes every person has a story to tell and she has a real passion for bringing these stories to print.

She has worked extensively on the topics of ethnic and cultural identities and brings a focus on detail to every manuscript. She works to preserve the author's voice while bringing clarity and accuracy to often-complex topics and providing a professional finish to each work.

She has prepared indexes for more than 30 published books.

Selected titles in the ethnic/culture/sociology genre include:

  • Belgians in Michigan by Bernard A. Cooke (Michigan State University Press, 2012)
  • Finns in Michigan by Gary Kaunonen (Michigan State University Press, 2009)
  • Routes of Passage: Rethinking the African Diaspora, Volume 1, Part 1 edited by Ruth Sims Hamilton (Michigan State University Press, 2006)
  • "Look for Me All Around You": Anglophone Caribbean Immigrants in the Harlem Renaissance edited by Louis J. Parascandola (Wayne State University Press, 2005)
  • Black Eden: The Idlewild Community by Lewis Walker (Michigan State University Press, 2002)
  • "We Are Not Savages": Native Americans in Southern California and the Pala Reservation, 1840–1920 by Joel R. Hyer (Michigan State University Press, 2001)
  • Taking Penguins to the Movies: Ethnic Humor in Russia by Emil A. Draitser (Wayne State University Press, 1998)

Specialties

  • Proofreading and copyediting, to catch those tiny errors in spelling, punctuation, and grammar and put the finishing touch on a manuscript
  • Stylistic editing, to polish each sentence and give the text clarity and a professional finish
  • Substantive editing, to help groom the bigger picture, round out the argument, and fill in any gaps in logic
  • Indexing, to provide a professional index to complete the book

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E.M. Levy

E. M. Levy 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

E.M. 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.

Awards

TCA, Teachers Choice Award, Learning Award, Professional Development, 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year REVERE awards, AAP, Pre K-12 Learning

  • 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

Services offered

  • Substantive editing
  • Developmental editing
  • Line editing
  • Copy editing
  • Rewriting
  • Ghostwriting
  • Evaluations

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James Powell - manuscript editorNovels, short stories, creative nonfiction, mainstream trade, religion, philosophy, adventure, romance, science fiction, erotica, action/military, travel/lifestyle, gay/lesbian, ethnic/culture, literary journalism, memoir/autobiography, New Age, spirituality, poetry  

“James Powell examines the symbols of language the way a biologist examines cells.”  New York Times Review of Books  

“James Powell assures us that the universe is a silent partner in a dialogue that goes on all the time.”  New York Times Review of Books

JAMES N. POWEL is "a good literary surgeon," as one of his accomplished clients noted. As an editor of fiction and non-fiction, he views manuscripts with comprehensive vision and an eye for detail. He will read your fiction with an eye to making it believable and your non-fiction with a knack for making it both convincing and engaging.

His books and short stories have been translated into many languages and are known throughout the world. His list of publications includes The Tao of Symbols (Morrow 1982), Energy and Eros (Morrow 1985), The Prentice Hall Global Employment Guide (Prentice Hall 1983), Mandalas: The Dynamics of Vedic Symbolism (Sterling 1980), Derrida for Beginners (Writers and Readers 1996), Postmodernism for Beginners (Writers and Readers 1998), Eastern Philosophy for Beginners (2000), Deconstruction for Beginners (2005), and Slow Love: A Polynesian Pillow Book (2008).

His short story "The Silence of the Hummingbird" was published in Spanish in Revista Katharsis, in Malaga, Spain, and his journalism has appeared in Spirituality & Health, Tahiti Beach Press, the Santa Barbara Independent, and Montecito Journal.

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novel book editor fiction editing

Angel L. Soto is a bilingual (English-Spanish) editing professional with an extensive background in print and digital publishing. He works with scientific journals, academic materials, school textbooks and curricula, and business-to-business trade publications.

He offers copyediting, APA formatting, desktop publishing, fact checking, book indexing, copy writing, and English-Spanish translation. Topic specialties include humanities (history, anthropology, literature, among others), sociology, and economics.

He holds a BA in Humanities from the University of Puerto Rico, an MS in Publishing from Pace University, and an MA in English and Comparative Literature from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

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Marie Valentine - proofreader and copy editor

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

Editing Services:

  • Content organization
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Proofreading
  • Formatting and style editing (MLA, Chicago, APA, AP, project-specific)
  • Copy editing

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