Editorial

I’ve worked in various editorial capacities, at Ballantine Books, A.A.Knopf, and at Fence as Nonfiction/Other Editor and also a freelancer.  Working on publications has been a life-long pursuit.

As a freelancer, I worked with Former Xerox Executive and Unisys CEO (retired) Joe McGrath every step of the way in editing, publishing, marketing, and publicizing his book INNOCENTS ABROAD…How Two Baby Boomers Experienced a Cultural Immersion, the History of Western Art and Excellent Food on Their Way to an Extraordinary Year in Europe by Joseph W. McGrath. Initially and over the course of editing the book, made creative and structural editorial suggestions. The book was published by iUniverse, and I guided the book through a difficult production phase, on the phone for many hours with their offices. I oversaw the photography that was inserted into the book and designed the cover. I compiled a complete Publicity and Marketing plan for INNOCENTS ABROAD (at this link), including the creation of a resource page for the media(at this link). The book’s publication included a celebratory book launch on 2/13/2020. Listings: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) Joe would be glad to be a reference for me if you are looking for someone to work with: jwjmcgrath@gmail.com. Designed and place ad campaign in the Daily Pennsylvanian:Screen Shot 2020-03-02 at 3.45.26 AMScreen Shot 2020-03-02 at 3.36.16 AM.

Independently, I have worked on several additional projects:

As well, from my ongoing tenure as Nonfiction/Other editor of Fence, a number of pieces that I’ve personally selected and edited are available online to subscribers.

At Knopf, pre-YouTube, I oversaw the day-to-day running of the Knopf website, the then new The Borzoi Reader Online (circa 2001), and the creation of multimedia features for the site about upcoming books, working closely and directly with the authors and their editors. The imprint-specific design since replaced by automatic PenguinRandomHouse catalog pages.  Some of these ancient “author desktop” pages, however, still exist in their own haunted realm: