Ghostwriter, Book Indexer, Copy Editor, Proofreader
AUBREY OTERO has 30+ years of experience as a writer and editor, including fiction, nonfiction, medical, and technical. In the past eight years, she edited and proofread 34 nonfiction books, 32 academic books, 5 college-level textbooks, and 130 academic books.
After obtaining her MA in English Literature and MFA in Creative Writing/Fiction, she began a career as a technical writer, first in geophysics and geology, and later in information technology. Eventually going freelance, she continued her technical writing, and transitioned into journalism, working as Associate Editor/Editor of the Catholic newspaper of San Diego.
Aubrey taught writing at the university level, at the University of California, San Diego Extension program and at the University of Phoenix. With a background teaching fiction writing, she knows how to help develop a writer's voice and can give tried-and-true guidance on plot and story development, creation of believable and memorable characters, and writing with the senses, among other topics vital to writers. Her services include line-by-line editing and proofreading, story editing, stylistic editing (grammar, punctuation, etc.) and, if requested, ghostwriting. She is part cheerleader and part trail guide, encouraging the author's efforts while showing the way to improve the manuscript.
She understands that a writer paying for an editor wants professional feedback, not simply the encouragement typical of family or friends.
Aubrey has edited hundreds of nonfiction and academic books, and dozens of fiction manuscripts, many of which have gone on to be published.
Titles of Books Edited: Developmental
- O Rare Ralph McInerny: Stories and Reflections on a Legendary Notre Dame Professor, by Christopher Kaczor (2010, St. Augustine Press).
- The Ethics of Abortion: Women’s Rights, Human Life, and the Question of Justice, by Christopher Kaczor (2010, Routledge Press).
- Hellenisms: Culture, Identity and Ethnicity from Antiquity to Modernity, by Katerina Zacharia (2008, Ashgate Variorum).
- Genocide in the Middle East: The Ottoman Empire, Iraq, and Sudan, by Hannibal Travis (2010, Carolina Academic Press).
- Between Religion and Culture: Three Generations of Iranian Jewish Women from the Shahs to Los Angeles, by Saba Soomekh.
- The Church: Christ in the World Today, author and editor Ann Aubrey Hanson (2010, St. Mary’s Press).
Assyrians and the Iraqi State: Identity, Persecution, and Nation-Building from the Ottomans to Saddam, by Sargon George Donabed (2011).
- Gulag Voices: Oral Histories of Soviet Detention and Exile, by Jehanne M. Gheith and Katherine R. Jolluck (2010, Palgrave Macmillan).
- The American Bourgeoisie: Distinction and Identity in the Nineteenth Century, by Sven Beckert and Julia Rosenbaum (2010, Palgrave Macmillan).
- Political Culture in Panama Democracy after Invasion, by Orlando J. Pérez (2010, Palgrave Macmillan).
Between Religion and Culture: Three Generations of Iranian Jewish Women from the Shahs to Los Angeles, by Saba Soomekh (2011, SUNY Press) Winner of the SUNY Press Gold Medal in the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards, Religion.
- Yinyang in Early Chinese Thought and Culture, by Robin W. Wang (2012, Cambridge University Press).
Assyrian History, edited by Tomas Isik (2012, Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis/Uppsala University Press).
- Advocates of Realpolitik: Sweden, Europe and the Helsinki Final Act, by Aryo Makko (dissertation).
- The Assyrian Heritage: Threads of Continuity and Influence, edited by Önver A. Cetrez, Sargon G. Donabed, and Aryo Makko (2012, ACTA Universitatis Upsaliensis: Studies in Religion and Society 5).
Religion and the State: Europe and North America in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, by Josh Stein and Sargon Donabed (2012, Lexington Books).
- Mosaics of Identity: Reading Muslim Women’s Memoirs from Across the Diaspora, by Leila Pazargadi (dissertation).
- “A Parallel Anticlericalism,” by Hossein Sheiban (2012).
- ‘Obayd Zakani–Anticlerical Satirist? by Hossein Sheiban (2014, Journal of the American Oriental Society).
The Self-Aware Image: An Insight into Early Modern Metapainting, by Victor I. Stoichita (2014, Brepols Press).
- Narratives and Negotiation: Agency, Religion, and the State, edited by Sargon George Donabed and Autumn Quezada-Grant (2014, Lexington Books).
- Andrea del Castagno and the Limits of Painting, by Anne Dunlop (2015, Harvey Miller/Brepols Press).
Small Animal Care and Management 4th ed. (textbook), by Dean M. Warren (2016, Cengage Learning).
- The Neptune Fountain in Bologna: Bronze, Marble, and Water in the Making of a Papal City, by Richard Tuttle (2014, Brepols Press).
- Vigilant Powers: Three Churches of Early Medieval Armenia, by Christina Maranci (2015, Brepols Press).
- The Bargello Palace and the Invention of Civic Architecture in Florence, by Amee Yunn (2015, Brepols Press).
- Reforging a Forgotten History: Iraq and the Assyrians in the Twentieth Century, by Sargon George Donabed (2015, Edinburgh University Press).
- Global Business (textbook), by Mike W. Peng (2016, Cengage Learning).
- Global Strategy 4e, by Mike W. Peng (digital only) (2016, Cengage Learning).
- Residential Construction Academy: Basic Principles for Construction, by Mark W. Huth (2015, Cengage Learning).
- Construction Materials, Methods, and Techniques: Building for a Sustainable Future 4e, by William P. Spence and Eva Kultermann (2016, Cengage Learning).
Title of Books Copyedited and Proofread
- Placing the Modern Chinese Vernacular in Transnational Literature, by Gang Zhou (2010, Palgrave Macmillan).
- Letters of the Divine Word: The Perfections of God in Karl Barth’s Church Didactics, by Robert P. Price (2010, T&T Logo/Continuum).
- Nobility, Faith and Masculinity: The Hospitaller Knights of Malta (1580-1700), by Emanuel Buttigieg (2010, Continuum).
- Re-assessing the Theatre of the Absurd, by Michael Y. Bennett (2010, Palgrave Macmillan).
Mathematics, Ideas and the Physical Real, by Albert Lautman (translated by Simon Duffy) (2011, Continuum).
- Education and Democracy in Senegal, by Michelle Kuenzi (2011, Palgrave Macmillan).
Islam, Modernity, and the Human Sciences, by Ali Zaidi (2011, Palgrave Macmillan).
- Refugees and the End of Empire: Imperial Collapse and Forced Migration in the Twentieth Century, edited by Panikos Panayi and Pippa Verdee (2011, Palgrave Macmillan).
- Kurdish Identity, Discourse, and New Media, by Jaffer Sheyholislami (2011, Palgrave Macmillan).
John Calvin’s Ecclesiology: Ecumenical Perspectives, by Gerard Mannion and Eduardus Van der Borght (2011, Continuum).
- The Guattari Effect, edited by Andrew Goffey and Éric Alliez (2011, Continuum).
- The Zaza Kurds of Turkey, by Mehmed S. Kaya (2011, I.B. Tauris).
- Making the Progressives Case: Towards a Stronger U.S. Economy, David Coates (2011, Continuum).
- Melville and Aesthetics, edited by Samuel Otter and Geoffrey Sanborn (2011, Palgrave Macmillan).
Early Greek Thought: Before the Dawn, by James Luchte (2011, Continuum).
- King Lear: A Critical Guide, edited by Andrew Hiscock and Lisa Hopkins (2011, Continuum).
Children’s Literature in Context, by Fiona McCulloch (2011, Continuum).
- e-Lexicography: The Internet, Digital Initiatives and Lexicography, edited by Henning Bergenholtz and Pedro Fuertes-Olivera (2011, Continuum).
- Sex Scandals in American Politics: A Multidisciplinary Approach, edited by Alison Dagnes (2011, Continuum).
- Rock ‘n’ Roll Dances of the 1950s, by Lisa Jo Sagolla (2011, ABC-Clio/Greenwood).
Empathy in Education, by Bridget Cooper (2011, Continuum).
- Words, Images and Performances in Translation, edited by Rita Wilson and Brigid Maher (2011, Continuum).
- War and Governance: International Security in a Changing World Order, by Richard Weitz (2011, ABC-Clio/Praeger).
- Positive Classroom Management Skills for School Librarians, by Kay Bishop and Jenny Cahall (2012, ABC-Clio/Libraries Unlimited).
- Multimodality and Active Listenership, by Dawn Knight (2011, Continuum).
- New Technology and Education, by Anthony Edwards (2011, Continuum).
- Global Energy Innovation: Why America Must Lead, by Woodrow W. Clark and Grant Cooke (2011, ABC-Clio/Praeger).
- School and System Leadership: Changing Roles for Primary Headteachers, by Susan Robinson (2011, Continuum).
- Personhood and Presence: Self as a Resource for Spiritual and Pastoral Care, by Ewan Kelly (2011, T&T Clark).
- Plastic Surgery, by Lana Thompson (2012, ABC-Clio/Greenwood/Praeger).
- The Historical Jesus: A Guide for the Perplexed, by Helen K. Bond (2012, T&T Clark/Continuum).
Comparative Politics, by David Samuels (2012, Pearson/Longman & Co).
- Case Studies in Comparative Politics, by David Samuels (2012, Pearson/Longman & Co).
- The Secret Reasons Why Teachers Are Not Using Web 2.0 Tools and What Librarians Can Do About It, by Peggy Milam Creighton (2012, ABC-Clio, LLC).
- Medical Tourism: A Reference Handbook, by Kathy Stolley and Stephanie Watson (2012, ABC-Clio/Greenwood/Praeger).
- Bookmarking: Beyond the Basics, by Alicia E. Vanderboek (2012, ABC-Clio/Linworth).
- DIY Style: Fashion, Music, and Global Digital Cultures, by Brent Luvaas (2012, Berg).
- Beyond Just War: A Virtue Ethics Approach, by David K. Chan (2012, Palgrave Macmillan).
- Liberal Internationalism: The Interwar Peace Movement in Britain, by Michael Pugh (2012, Palgrave Macmillan).
- Religious Objects in Museums: Private Lives and Public Duties, by Crispin Paine (2012, Berg Publishers).
- Travel Writing and the Natural World 1768-1840, by Paul Smethurst (2013, Palgrave Macmillan).
The Child Survivor: Healing Developmental Trauma and Dissociation, by Joyanna L. Silberg (2013, Taylor & Francic/Routledge).
- Child Forensic Psychology: Victim and Eyewitness Memory, edited by Robyn Holliday and Tammy Marche (2013, Palgrave Macmillan).
- Analytics for Managers: With Excel, by Peter Bell and Gregory Zaric (2012, Routledge/Taylor & Francis).
Indie 2.0: Change and Continuity in Contemporary American Indie Film, by Geoff King (2013, Palgrave Macmillan).
- A Philosophy of the Screenplay, by Ted Nannicelli (2012, Routledge/Taylor & Francis).
- A Philosophy of Material Culture, by Beth Preston (2012, Routledge/Taylor & Francis).
- Relational, Networked, and Collaborative Approaches to Public Diplomacy: The Connective Mindshift, edited by R. S. Zaharna, Amelia Arsenault, and Ali Fisher (2013, Routledge/Taylor &Francis).
- Roman Theories of Translation: Surpassing the Source, by Siobhan McElduff (2013, Routledge/Taylor & Francis).
- Women as Political Leaders: Studies in Gender and Governing, by Michael A. Genovese and Janie Steckenrider (2013, Routledge/Taylor & Francis).
- Saudi Arabia and Iran: Soft Power Rivalry in the Middle East, by Simon Paul Mabon (2013, IB Taurus).
Spoken and Written Discourse in Online Interactions: A Multimodal Approach, by Maria Grazia Sindoni (2013, Routledge/Taylor & Francis).
- Town and Gown: Legal Strategies for Effective Collaboration, edited by Cynthia A. Baker and Patricia E. Salkin (2013, ABA Publishing).
- American Theology, Superhero Comics, and Cinema, by Arthur R. Mills (2013, Routledge/Taylor & Francis).
- Writings on the Sober Life: The Art and Grace of Living Long, by Alvise Cornaro (2013, University of Toronto Press).
- Displaying the Ideals of Antiquity: The Petrified Gaze, by Johannes Siapkas and Lena Sjögren (2013, Routledge/Taylor & Francis).
- Coaching for Change, by John L. Bennett and Mary Wayne Bush (2014, Routledge/Taylor & Francis).
- Starting a Successful Clinical Practice in Clinical Psychology and Counseling: A Guide for Students in Psychology and New Career Psychologists, by Owen J. Bargreen (2014, Routledge/Taylor & Francis).
- Racialized Schools: Understanding and Addressing Racism in Schools, by Jesse A. Brinson and Shannon D. Smith (2014, Routledge/Taylor & Francis).
- The Historical Origins of Terrorism in America, 1644-1880, by Robert Kunamoto (2014, Routledge/New York and London).
- Radio’s Digital Dilemma: Broadcasting in the Twenty-First Century, by John Nathan Anderson (2014, Routledge/New York and London).
- Framing Environmental Disaster: Environmental Advocacy and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, by Melissa K. Merry (2014, Routledge/Taylor & Francis).
Academic Assessment and Intervention, edited by Steven Little and Angeliqe Akin-Little (2014, Routledge/Taylor & Francis).
Titles of Books Indexed
- Hellenisms, by Katerina Zacharia (2008, Ashgate Variorum Publishers)
- The Inquiring Mind, by Jason Baehr (2011, Oxford University Press)
- Between Religion and Culture: Three Generations of Iranian Jewish Women from the Shahs to Los Angeles, by Saba Soomekh (2011, SUNY Press)
- The Assyrian Heritage: Threads of Continuity and Influence, edited by Önver A. Cetrez, Sargon G. Donabed, and Aryo Makko (2012, ACTA Universitatis Upsaliensis: Studies in Religion and Society 5)
- Religion and the State: Europe and North America in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, by Josh Stein and Sargon Donabed (2012, Lexington Books)
- A Defense of Dignity: Creating Life, Destroying Life, and Protecting the Rights of Conscience, by Christopher Kaczor (2013, University of Notre Dame Press)
- Natural Mystics, by Varun Soni (2014, Figueroa Press).
- Reforging a Forgotten History: Iraq and the Assyrians in the Twentieth Century, by Sargon George Donabed (2015, Edinburgh University Press).
- Decentering Discussions on Religion and State: Emerging Narratives, Challenging Perspectives, edited by Sargon George Donabed and Autumn Quezada-Grant (2015, Lexington Books).
Client Reviews: Book Editing and Indexing Services
“Aubrey Otero has been my critique partner for more than a decade. Her editorial judgment is first rate. She has a sharp eye, a clear head, and a wealth of knowledge about what makes for gripping fiction. Working with her is a pleasure.” Meg Gardiner, Edgar-winning author of CHINA LAKE and THE NIGHTMARE THIEF
“Aubrey Otero’s Memoir Writing class has given me an inlet, an outlet, and a new purpose to my life in retirement. The prompts she provides, the constructive criticism she gives, and the enthusiasm with which she approaches each class have given me an opportunity to take a fresh look inward at my life, both past and present, an outlet in the wonderful world of writing, and a new purpose to my life — the hope of publishing my memoirs to help others reflect on their lives. Do no miss an opportunity to experience the tutelage of this phenomenal woman of letters.” Anne Trevethan Birkhoff
“Aubrey has been an instructor in UC San Diego Extension’s Writing Program since 2009 and has taught courses in creative writing, specifically in scene and character development, including a very fun course called “Vile, Evil Villains.” She has consistently received high reviews from her students for being well prepared, engaging, and supportive. For our courses, it is very important that instructors provide a safe environment for students to celebrate creativity and to keep students on task for their writing development. Aubrey has achieved this atmosphere in her classes and her students greatly enjoy her courses and teaching style. I highly recommend Aubrey as a creative writing instructor. She is a pleasure to work with and to learn from!” Allison Maderia, Writing Program, Program Representative, University of California, San Diego Extension
“Aubrey Otero balances a variety of distinct disciplines with fluidity. Of the various manuscripts we have worked on, both monographs and edited editions, Aubrey has navigated tight deadlines with professionalism and ease.” Sargon Donabed, Associate Professor, Department of History, Roger Williams University.
“Aubrey Otero really deserves my gratitude for patience, guidance, and professionalism in writing and editing this manuscript. She put forth an extraordinary effort to help me understand the things I missed in my narration of the stories.” Dr. Alex Kodiath, author of Elder Care: Precious Presence
“I would like to commend Aubrey Otero for her excellent skills as a copyeditor, and for her professionalism. Aubrey worked with me on the copyediting for my volume Hellenisms: Culture, Identity, and Ethnicity, now published by Ashgate, UK. This is an interdisciplinary work with fifteen chapters written by a distinguished group of historians, classicists, anthropologists, ethnographers, and cultural studies and comparative literature scholars on the variegated mantles of Greek ethnicity and the legacy of Greek culture for the ancient and modern Greeks in the homeland and diaspora, as well as for the ancient Romans and the modern Europeans.
“Aubrey read the 500 pages of this volume not only with an eye to inconsistencies in style but also with special sensitivity to issues of grammar and syntax. She read the whole document a number of times and also paid attention to content, a rare quality in copy-editors.
“I recommend Aubrey Otero unreservedly to anyone working with tight deadlines. Aubrey will work efficiently and will not rest until she has completed the task to her client’s satisfaction.” Dr. Katerina Zacharia, Chair of the Department of Classics and Archaeology, Loyola Marymount University
“Working with tight time constrictions, Aubrey Otero delivered both of my manuscripts with detailed corrections. She cast a legion of typos out of my books and helped correct errors that had been for me unseen. I appreciated her professionalism and alacrity in getting my editing work done. If I had my way, she’d work full time for my university, helping me with all my other projects as well.” Dr. Christopher Kaczor, Philosophy Department, Loyola Marymount University
“I contracted and supervised Aubrey at Sony Electronics. As Technical Writer for Sony, her work was always top-notch. Initially, she impressed me with her unparalleled ability to quickly understand all of the nuances of the project. Subsequently, she proved to be a dynamic member of the team, providing important analysis and insight that helped us to meet and exceed our goals. Aubrey’s intrinsic ability to understand complex issues and personalities within and beyond the context of the assignment contributed significantly to our ongoing success. She is smart, intuitive, industrious, and passionate about her work. Aubrey is very talented, and I would welcome the opportunity to work with her again.” Mary Cortina, Project Manager, Sony Electronics USA
“Aubrey is a creative technical writer who offers superlative work along with a deep sense of integrity. Her listening skills are above normal in the sense that she has in-depth perception and is able to translate what she hears into meaningful readability.” Patricia Ann Born
“I highly recommend Aubrey Otero as an expert in writing compelling and creative technical documentation. She offers a rare, winning combination of technical aptitude, passion for literature, sense of humor, accuracy in grammar and accepted style, and a crisp writing style. Her practical know-how also adds great value.” Thomas John Hanson, owner Hanson Marketing
Academic and Scholarly Editing
“Working with Aubrey Otero has been a pleasure. Her work is accurate and thought provoking; she is exactly the kind of editor that peer scholars should have to refine and develop further their ideas. Aubrey has edited an article of mine that will appear shortly in my field’s leading peer-review journal hosted by Harvard University and published by MIT Press. I warmly recommend her.” Aryo Makko, Visiting Fellow: University of Oxford
“I cannot thank Aubrey Otero enough for all her help in editing and proofreading my manuscript. Aubrey took my 400-page PhD dissertation and helped me turn it into a 300-page book published by SUNY Press. She read my manuscript a number of times, paying attention to grammar, syntax, and content. My manuscript had a glossary of foreign words that I had defined. Aubrey, of course, found words in my manuscript that I myself did not realize I had missed. That shows her wonderful attention to detail. Plus, she finished editing my manuscript two weeks before the deadline I gave her. She is an excellent editor and she is incredibly efficient and professional. I wholeheartedly recommend her to everyone!” Dr. Saba Soomekh, Theological Studies Department, Loyola Marymount University, winner of the SUNY Press Gold Medal in the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Award, Religion.
“It is with great pleasure that I recommend Aubrey Otero as an editor. I have worked with Aubrey since 2007 as she edited several of my scholarly papers. This includes my final Masters in Nursing Project and, most recently, my Doctorate level papers and Capstone book project. Aubrey has always displayed a high degree of integrity, responsibility, and accessibility in helping me to accomplish my objectives. She provides thorough feedback and is organized and sensitive when providing suggestions for changes in my research papers to enhance their quality. Aubrey is a wonderful editor. I am happy to give her my wholehearted endorsement.” Maria Rodriguez, RN, MSN, CNS-BC
“Aubrey Otero did an outstanding job in creating a very thorough, complex, and lengthy index for my 450-page book on the history of US national security strategy. Her index met my requirements and expectations for the book, and it will play a significant role in encouraging the public sale of the book. This is my 20th published book in the national security field, and I have worked with many editors and indexers at RAND, the Department of Defense, and for-profit publishers. I can say, without qualification, that Aubrey is at the top of her profession for editing and indexing. I plan to use her for future books and I encourage other writers and researchers to do the same.” Richard Kugler, Washington, DC
“Aubrey Otero did a very comprehensive job on the index for our book, Creative Economy Entrepreneurs. She was a joy to work with, informative, and very accommodating to our timeline. We will definitely use her again shall the need arise.”
The Creative Startups Team/Ginny Sterpka, Program Manager
“Aubrey Otero indexed a very long, very dense book on a very tight schedule. She did a fantastic job, including catching errors within the text that we missed. The index was thorough and professional, and increased the value and usability of the book. We will absolutely contact her again for her services in the future.”
Sarah Heneghan, Program Manager, Post Hill Press
“Aubrey Otero was instrumental in the creation of a glossary of foreign words and an extensive index, a task she quickly developed the necessary skills for. Aubrey worked tirelessly with me to complete a thorough index at the required scholarly level. I recommend Aubrey Otero unreservedly to anyone working with tight deadlines. She will work efficiently and will not rest until she has completed the task to her client’s satisfaction.” Dr. Katerina Zacharia, Chair of the Department of Classics and Archaeology, Loyola Marymount University
“No matter the subject and jargon, Aubrey’s eye for detail procures the most important elements needed to compile a thorough index, regardless of time constraints.” Sargon Donabed, Associate Professor, Department of History, Roger Williams University.