Holly Monty

Fiction, Nonfiction, Book Design and Self-Publishing, Dissertations, LaTeX, APA Formatting

In the last 15 years, Holly has edited more than 350 books published by top university and international presses, in areas extending from physics to philosophy.

She offers award-winning bespoke print and ebook design, as well as guidance, to self-publishers of every ilk.

For doctoral students, Holly’s services include copy editing, formatting, and expert-level APA; she has edited more than 150 dissertations.

Researchers will find Holly’s past experience editing thousands of peer-reviewed journal articles invaluable. Specialty areas include physics and geophysics, mathematics, and the humanities.

Book Editing & Design, Self-Publishing Expert, Dissertations and Research Articles

Substantive editing: organization and structure

Line editing: sentence structure and clarity

Copy editing: grammar, spelling, punctuation, consistency, usage, and style

Formatting: APA, Chicago, MLA, or according to university or publisher guidelines

Book design: bespoke book interiors and ebooks guaranteed for any platform or printer

Academic: APA and Chicago style expert; Chicago to APA conversions; tables, figures, and equations; LaTeX document editing

Holly Monty has been a book editor (nonfiction and fiction), academic editor, and self-publishing consultant for 15 years.

Her book editing and design have won several major awards, including a Benjamin Franklin Award (2019), a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award (2020), and a Spur Award (2020).

Holly has edited 350+ books published by top university and academic presses, including Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, MIT Press, University of Minnesota Press, University of New Mexico Press, University of Pennsylvania Press, Encounter Books, John Wiley, W. W. Norton, Sage, Springer, Elsevier, Routledge, and Greenwood. Her experience also includes thousands of research articles, and she currently serves as the lead editor for 8 journals, from film studies to neuroscience.

Holly graduated with honors from the prestigious Writing Seminars program of the Johns Hopkins University, ranked second in the United States, with a concentration in nonfiction writing. She also holds two master’s degrees: one a master of arts degree in linguistics from Rice University, and the other a master of arts degree in communication from Johns Hopkins (with honors). In 2010, she became certified as an editor in the life sciences with the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS).

She is an expert in MS Word and the Adobe suite of software, including InDesign, Photoshop, and Acrobat.

Editing, Writing, Formatting, and Publishing Experience

Nonfiction Books
For self-publishers of nonfiction books, Holly provides custom print interiors ready for upload to print-on-demand publishers as well as fully functional and compatible Kindle e-book files and EPUB files for all e-book readers and devices. For nonfiction authors seeking traditional book publishing, Holly edits and provides industry-standard file preparation for submission to publishers or agents. She also writes book proposals that land publishing contracts.

Scholarly Journals
Holly has extensive experience in peer-reviewed and scholarly journal publishing. She has edited thousands of published journal articles in all subjects and is currently lead or sole editor for seven peer-reviewed journals. Her specialty areas include physics and geophysics (tectonics, water resources, earth surface and systems), mathematics, and chemistry (and yes, she has been working in LaTeX for fifteen years); psychology and psychotherapy; philosophy; education and teaching; film studies; and medicine and nursing.

APA Manual of Style – Chicago Manual of Style
Holly edits and formats dissertations and theses for U.S. and international universities.

Books and Articles
Holly has worked on books and articles published by many of the world’s leading publishers, including Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, MIT Press, John Wiley, Springer, Lawrence Erlbaum, Pearson-Prentice Hall, Berg, Macmillan, Berkshire, American Geophysical Union, Praeger, Greenwood, Blackwell, Elsevier, Sage, Begell House, Teacher Ideas Press, Libraries Unlimited,  RAND Corporation, and other top names in academic and nonfiction publishing. Her clients include students and faculty from a broad range of universities, including:

  • Capella University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Chapman University
  • Columbia University
  • ETH Zürich
  • Florida State University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • London School of Economics
  • New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Northwestern University
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Trinity International University
  • Unidad La Paz, Mexico
  • University of British Columbia, Canada
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • University of Florida
  • University of Maryland
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Phoenix
  • University of Texas
  • . . . and many others


Areas of Specialty
A good editor can work within just about any field, but Holly is particularly interested in the following areas:

    • economics
    • education
    • film and film studies
    • game theory
    • history
    • leadership studies
    • linguistics, communication, and rhetoric
    • nursing and medicine
    • philosophy
    • physics and geophysics, including water
    • psychology and social sciences
    • urban studies

    Works Published/Edited
    Adámek, J., J. Rosický, and E. M. Vitale. Algebraic Theories: A Categorical Introduction to General Algebra. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

    Adler-Tapia, Robbie, and Carolyn Settle. EMDR and the Art of Psychotherapy with Children. New York: Springer, 2008.

    Anderson, Graham. Greek and Roman Folklore: A Handbook. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006.

    Baxter, Susan, and Jerilynn Prior. The Estrogen Errors: Why Progesterone Is Better for Women’s Health. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2009.

    Benton, Sarah Allen. Understanding the High-Functioning Alcoholic: Professional Views and Personal Insights. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2009.

    Bourque, Stephen A. Post–Cold War. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008.

    Bresser Pereira, Luiz Carlos. Globalization and Competition: Why Some Emergent Countries Succeed, While Others Fall Behind. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

    Browne-Miller, Angela, ed. Faces of Addiction, Then and Now. Vol. 1. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2009.

    Bunting-Perry, Lisette K. Comprehensive Nursing Care for Parkinson’s Disease. New York: Springer, 2007.

    Carter, James M. Inventing Vietnam: The United States and State Building in Southeast Asia, 1954–1968. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

    Cimbala, Paul A. The Civil War. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008.

    Claunch, Ann, and Linda L. Tripp. Gateways to Westward Expansion: Using Literature and Primary Sources to Enhance Reading Instruction and Historical Understanding. Westport, CT: Teacher Ideas Press, 2009.

    Cocca, Carolyn, ed. Adolescent Sexuality: A Historical Handbook and Guide. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2006.

    Cohen, Norm. American Folksongs: A Regional Encyclopedia. 2 vols. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, forthcoming.

    Danna, Denise, and Sandra E. Cordray, eds. Nursing in the Storm: Voices from Hurrican Katrina. New York: Springer, 2009.

    Ellens, Harold J., ed. Medical and Therapeutic Events. Vol. 2 of Miracles: God, Society, and Science in the Paranormal. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2008.

    ———. Radical Grace: How Belief in a Benevolent God Affects Our Health. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2007.

    Farrar, William L., ed. Cancer Stem Cells. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

    Fisk, Nathan W. Understanding Online Piracy: The Truth about Illegal File Sharing. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2009.

    Francis, Roger. The Corrosion of Copper and Its Alloys. Houston, TX: NACE International, 2009.

    Fraser, Craig. The Cosmos: A Historical Perspective. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006.

    Fusaro, Peter, ed. The Professional Risk Managers’ Guide to Energy and Environmental Markets. New York: PRMIA, 2006.

    Gabriel, Richard A. Soldiers’ Lives through History. Vol. 1, The Ancient World. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006.

    Gallagher, C. J., M. C. Lewis, and D. A. Schwengel, eds. Core Clinical Competencies in Anesthesiology: A Case-Based Approach. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

    Galván, J. A. Culture and Customs of Puerto Rico. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2009.

    George-Kanentiio, Douglas. Iroquois on Fire: A Voice from the Mohawk Nation. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2006.

    Gitlin, Martin. Audrey Hepburn: A Biography. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2009.

    Glicken, Morley D. Retirement for Workaholics. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2010.

    Goodwin, Michele Bratcher. Baby Markets: Money and the New Politics of Creating Families. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

    Greenwood, Susan. The Anthropology of Magic. Oxford: Berg, 2010.

    Guzzetti, Barbara, ed. Literacy for the New Millennium. Vol. 3 of Adolescent Literacy. Westport. CT: Praeger, 2007.

    Haber, David. Health Promotion and Aging: Practical Applications for Health Professionals. 4th ed. New York: Springer, 2007.

    Hanash, K. Anthony. New Frontiers in Men’s Sexual Health: Understanding Erectile Dysfunction and the Revolutionary New Treatments. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2008.

    Helbig, Adriana, Oksana Buranbaeva, and Vanja Mladineo. Culture and Customs of Ukraine. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008.

    Holtsbaum, Brian. Cathodic Protection Procedures. New York: NACE International, 2009.

    Hudson, David L. The Rehnquist Court: Understanding Its Impact and Legacy. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2006.

    Huria, Arti. Practical Geriatric Oncology. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

    Iganski, Paul, ed. The Consequences of Hate Crimes. Vol. 2 of Hate Crimes. Barbara Perry, series ed. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2009.

    Kantor, M. The Essential Guide to Overcoming Avoidant Personality Disorder. Santa Barbara, CA: AB-CLIO, 2010.

    Kellerman, Henry. Love Is Not Enough: What It Takes to Make It Work. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2009.

    Kennedy, Eileen, and Laura Hills. Sport, Media, and Society. Oxford: Berg, 2009.

    Levin, Brian, ed. Understanding and Defining Hate Crime. Vol. 1 of Hate Crimes. Barbara Perry, series ed. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2009.

    Levine, James E. Learning from Behavior: How to Understand and Help “Challenging” Children in School. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2007.

    Lone, Stewart, ed. Daily Lives of Civilians in Wartime Asia: From the Taiping Rebellion to the Vietnam War. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007.

    Magner, L. N. A History of Infectious Diseases and the Microbial World. Wesport, CT: Greenwood, f2009.

    Malpass, Michael A. Daily Life in the Inca Empire. 2nd ed. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008.

    Maniates, Michael, and John M. Meyer. The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, forthcoming.

    Marill, Alvin H. Big Pictures on the Small Screen: Made-for-TV Movies and Anthology Dramas. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2007.

    Matta, William J. Relationship Sabotage. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2006.

    May, Timothy M. Culture and Customs of Mongolia. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008.

    Mayer, Geoff, and Brian McConnell. Encyclopedia of Film Noir. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007.

    McClain, Linda C., ed. Gender Equality: Dimensions of Women’s Equal Citizenship. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

    McDermott-Perez, Lisa. Preemie Parents: Recovering from Baby’s Premature Birth. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2007.

    Mullaney, Michael D. The Complete Guide to Option Strategies. New York: John Wiley, 2009.

    Nelson, Murry. The Rolling Stones: A Musical Biography. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, forthcoming.

    Noland, Carey M. Sex Talk. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, forthcoming.

    Ormand, Kirk. Controlling Desires: Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2008.

    Paravesini-Gebert, Lizabeth. Literature of the Caribbean. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008.

    Piper, Ross. Extinct Animals: An Encyclopedia of Species That Have Disappeared during Human History. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2009.

    Reevy, Gretchen M., with Yvette Malamud Ozer and Yuri Ito. Encyclopedia of Emotion. 2 vols. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, forthcoming.

    Riklan, David, ed. 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life. 3 vols. Marlboro, NJ: Self Improvement Online, 2006.

    Rogers, Clifford J. Soldiers’ Lives through History—The Middle Ages. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007.

    Rosenbaum, Richard. Understanding Parkinson’s Disease: A Personal and Professional View. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2006.

    Schaie, K. Warner, and Ronald P. Abeles. Social Structures and Aging Individuals: Continuing Challenges. New York: Springer, 2008.

    Serlin, Ilene Ava, and Marie A. DiCowden. Humanizing Healthcare. Vol. 1 of Whole Person Healthcare. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2007.

    Seward, Frederick D., and Philip A. Charles. Exploring the X-ray Universe. 2nd ed. New York: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

    Shearer, Benjamin F. Culture and Customs of the United States. 2 vol. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007.

    Showalter, Dennis, and William J. Astore. Soldiers’ Lives through History—The Early Modern World. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007.

    Soltau, Friedrich. Fairness in International Climate Change Law and Policy. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

    Stonecash, Jeffrey M. Reassessing the Incumbency Effect. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

    Starck, Jean-Luc, Fionn Murtagh, and Jalal Fadili. Sparse Image and Signal Processing: Wavelets, Curvelets, Morphological Diversity. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

    Stuessy, Joe. Rock and Roll: Its History and Stylistic Development. 6th ed. New York: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008.

    Tate, Michael L. Years of Transition, 1865–1898. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, forthcoming.

    Tepper, Mitchell, and Annette Owens, eds. Sexual Health. Vol. 2. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2006.

    Torstrick, Rebecca L., and Elizabeth Faier. Culture and Customs of the Arab Gulf States. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2009.

    Vincent, Susan J. The Anatomy of Fashion: Dressing the Body from the Renaissance to Today. Oxford: Berg, 2010.

    Walden, Michael, and Peg Thoms. Battleground: Business. Vol. 1. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007.

    Weiner, Steven. Microarchaeology: Beyond the Visible Archaeological Record. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

    Werner, Emmy. In Pursuit of Liberty: Coming of Age in the American Revolution. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2006.

    Westheider, James E. The Vietnam War. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007.

    Whitmarsh, I., and David S. Jones. What’s the Use of Race? Modern Governance and the Biology of Difference. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2010.

    Wildemuth, Barbara M. Applications of Social Research Methods to Questions in Information and Library Science. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2009.

    Wong, Glenn M. Essentials of Sports Law. 4th ed. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, forthcoming.

    Young, William H., and Nancy K. Young. Music of the World War II Era. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007.


    Editor Reviews/Feedback
    “Holly is a great editing consultant. I was impressed and interested in working with her from the very moment I read her bios, works and testimony from other scholars around the world. My proposal was completed even before the submission date. She really took her time to point out areas of improvement. I will surely refer her to all my colleagues.” – Oluwayemisi Owolabi, Dissertation, Walden University

    “Holly was very easy to work with. Her edits were comprehensive and accurate. Her edits were returned within the timeframe she specified at the outset. Where she had questions for me, she returned these as comments even in the clean version, which helped address them without bogging me down in the details of the edited version.” G. Gorton

    “Holly was exceptional! Her responsiveness and attentiveness to my written requirements was truly commendable. The challenges of completing a comprehensive dissertation can be overwhelming; however, soliciting the quality skills and services such as those provided by Holly are worth the expense.Words simply cannot express how much the assistance provided by Holly benefited me in this advanced studies process.” – Lincoln Headen

    “For me, looking for a copyeditor to work on my book—which was the result of four years of intense research—was not a matter that I could take lightly. My work was a rather special case, as it dealt with very different subjects, such as science and technology, medicine, drug discovery and development, business management and public policy. So, it was very difficult to find (and trust) someone who would feel comfortably enough working in this particular book and who would do the job well. In addition to this, the copyeditor needed to deal with the fact that the book deals with a controversial subject matter, namely the high cost of medicines, and was not written by a native English speaker, but by someone who came from a different culture with very different values. Then, Lynda Lotman, from the Book Editing Associates network, recommended Holly. In the beginning, I was very hesitant to hire Holly’s services, because I had not spoken with her in person, despite the fact that I was very impressed with her credentials and presentation. But once I spoke with her over the phone, I just ‘felt’ that she was the right person to work with…and I was not mistaken! Holly did an excellent job with my book, and helped me to make it a finer work. There were passages in the book that seemed too long, and I was afraid the reader would get lost, but Holly helped me solve this problem by inserting some headings and polishing up some long paragraphs. She also made some very important criticisms (and suggestions) as a reader, which helped me to transmit to the reader what I wanted to say in a much clearer and effective manner. She also helped me greatly with the book proposal and was very patient and helpful throughout the process. I cannot but speak very highly about Holly’s work and her outstanding skills and professionalism. I will certainly be very happy to hire her services in the future and recommend her to anyone. As Ms. Lotman said: Holly is the whole package!” – Ibis Sanchez-Serrano, “The World Health Care Crisis: From the Laboratory Bench to the Patient’s Bedside,” Elsevier (2011)

    “Excellent and detailed — the work and explanation was done timely and on a professional level — a job well worth it and the knowledge and expertise was valued highly.” – Francine Baffa

    “Excellent communication. Work returned quickly. Editing thorough and easy to understand. Have already recommended the network to a student needing an editor for her dissertation.”

    “Hiring a professional to do this work was one of the most difficult processes I have encountered in a long time. I usually find it fairly easy to hire for professional services, but this was a new experience. Along the way, I had people say they knew APA, and probably believed they did, but made such errors as revising all the verbs to present tense on a sample edit. Holly was a true professional from the outset and remained that way through the project. We probably exchanged less than 5 emails through the process, and my project was completed. If you are an overwhelmed student who needs professional assistance in preparing your manuscript, definitely contact Holly. She delivered professional work, but most important was that she understood my needs as a novice client. Holly produced what I needed even though I was not sure of the exact services required. Thank you.” – Mike Nordbye

    “I cannot thank you enough for Holly. We had an 83,000 word book that needed technical formatting in an extremely short time frame. Even though Holly was in the midst of other projects, she not only provided the formatting, but copyedited two important chapters as well. Our publisher insisted the book strictly conform to Chicago Manual V15, and within minutes of our first conversation, it was clear that Holly practically knew the style guide by heart. Her work was impeccable and everything came back early. I wish I had found her a month earlier so she could have copyedited the entire book. I cannot say enough about her editing skills and customer service.” – Susan Bilheimer, Secret Suffering, LLC

    “Holly delivered on every deadline and on every part of my MBA Capstone needs. (This was for Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.) She is the 2nd editor I used on this project and the difference was night and day. She was fantastic and I appreciate everything she did for me.” – Jeff Van Diepen, president/CEO, Pestmaster Services, Inc.

    “Holly was wonderful! I had a very quick deadline and she worked with me to finish the project within the period I needed. She made the tables and figures in my document look great and made some excellent suggestions in my writing. I am very pleased with this service.” – Ashley Brooks, PHD in Psychology & Counseling, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

    “Holly was FANTASTIC. She was SO thorough and submitted everything back to me earlier than I needed it! Even after she was done with the edit, I had some questions, and she was very speedy in her responses. I appreciate that she took time to answer my questions. She really went above and beyond! My paper not only needed to follow APA guidelines, but my university had guidelines as well. She did both perfectly.” – Nicole Foster, Trinity International University.

    “Like any other scholar, I was very reluctant to say ‘I need help,’ and I needed help! My scientific paper needed reorganization and editing, and I was having a lot of problems. I was very impressed with Holly from the first moment. She presented a physics equation in such a natural way that I thought she had a Ph.D. in physics; I thought she was reviewing my paper and checking the math! Holly exceeded my expectations of the client-provider relationship, and she took care of the most important things such as maintaining meaning in the context of the paragraphs and elegance in presentation with easy flow, while developing the composition. I can go on and on, but I only want to say that I certainly will use Holly’s services in the future.” – R. Ortega, Unidad La Paz, La Paz, Mexico

    “Holly is a consummate professional. My project involved the editing and formatting of a submission for an academic journal. It was completed almost 3 weeks ahead of my original schedule! Great editing skills, and a thorough knowledge of style requirements. It’s refreshing to find someone who does quality work like this. Thanks, Holly!” – P. Moroney, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

    “I am impressed with the work I had done. Holly was timely, professional, very detailed, knowledgeable about APA style requirements, and did an overall excellent job. I would highly recommend this service to others who are sending professional work to be published in the public domain.”

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