Nonfiction Book Editor and Proofreader
PEGGY CAMPBELL has been editing nonfiction books for more than two decades, working for both top university presses and trade publishers. 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; politics, government, public affairs, and public policy; and equine topics.
Her edited books have won a number of awards and honors, including New York Times Notable Book of the Year, the Tankard Award, Choice Outstanding Book of the Year, National Jewish Book Award, and Choice Outstanding Academic Title. She has been privileged to edit forewords for John Kenneth Galbraith and Morley Safer. Campbell’s own work as a reporter was nominated for a Pulitzer.
Academic and Scholarly Editing
Her background makes her ideally suited for the academic who wants to write for a general audience—she is familiar with the mores and cadences of the academy but has never lost the ear for plain language that she developed as a journalist. Her standards are high, but her motto is “Never give a critic a free lunch.” She regards editing as a collaborative process and wants to help authors produce their best work, leaving nothing (as the horseracing people say) at the gate, 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!”
Author and Publisher Feedback
“Peggy Campbell is a consummate professional with a magic touch for shaping manuscripts into marketable products.” -Kyle Keiderling, Shooting Star; Heart of a Lion; Incident in LA; The Perfect Game; Trophies and Tears
“Peggy Campbelll, copy editor extraordinaire, made both my writing and my thinking more precise. In addition, she contributed many kind words and humorous anecdotes.” -Peter Murphy, Studs, Tools, and the Family Jewels
“Peggy Campbell skillfully copyedited the text, immeasurably improving its flow and accuracy.” -Bruce S. Jansson, The Sixteen-Trillion-Dollar Mistake
“Peggy Campbell copyedited [my book] with a deft but light hand.” -Warren Corbett, The Wizard of Waxahachie
“We are greatly indebted to Peggy Campbell, copy editor extraordinaire.” -Andrew Weil, M.D., and Winifred Rosen, From Chocolate to Morphine, rev. ed.
“Peggy Campbell[‘s] . . . editorial guidance was invaluable. It was a joy to work with someone as skilled as Peggy because she really grasped the nuances of my ideas and knew exactly how to push and direct the book in progress. She made a difficult process a lot more fun.” -Robert A. Ibarra, Beyond Affirmative Action
“I have been fortunate to have as my copy editor Peggy Campbell, whose sharp editorial skills and passionate interest in the news business helped enormously to make this a better book.” -Edward Alwood, Straight News
“Peggy Campbell . . . proved quite extraordinary and greatly aided the quality of the manuscript.” -David R. Colburn and Jeffrey S. Adler, eds., African-American Mayors
“Thank you so much for meticulously going through the manuscript. Your changes look terrific and the writing looks robust with these changes. You have made some solid suggestions in the cover letter.” A. Menon
“Peggy Campbell was the best copy editor I can imagine.” -Michael Robertson, Stephen Crane, Journalism, and the Making of Modern American
“Peggy Campbell, an outstanding copy editor, substantially improved the book’s
clarity.” -Virginia E. Richardson and Amanda S. Barusch, Gerontological Practice for the Twenty-first Century