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editorial services, editor :
Lisa Reardon
Common Good Editorial, LLC

A meticulous, communicative, people-oriented editor, I have over twenty-five years’ experience in the book industry, including positions as a project editor, developmental editor, and senior acquisitions editor at Chicago Review Press, where I acquired and edited narrative and practical nonfiction. I have worked in and with not only editorial but also production, marketing, and sales teams and have previous experience in educational publishing, distribution, and bookselling. In sum, I bring a depth and breadth of experience to editorial work that most freelancers do not.

I founded Common Good Editorial, LLC, in January 2019 and offer a full suite of editorial services, including:

~ proposal critique and doctoring
~ manuscript critique
~ developmental editing
~ line editing
~ copyediting
~ proofreading

I am also highly skilled at writing catalog copy, cover or jacket copy, sales pitches, compelling book summaries, and author bios.

I work on nonfiction only and particularly encourage inquiries from publishers whose work informs, inspires, fosters positive change, and enhances our understanding of one another and our world.

Based in Oak Park, Illinois, I'm available to work remotely on freelance or short-term contract editorial, writing, marketing, or proofing projects.

years experience: 28
Developmental editing, Proposal writing/editing, Book Doctor, Line-editing, Copy editing, Proofreading, Copywriting
Biography, History, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Travel, Lifestyle, Sports, Science, Current Events, Education, Memoir, Narrative Journalism, Parenting, Pop Culture, Women's Interest, MG and YA nonfiction
“Lisa edited my book so professionally that, as a former Washington political features editor at the Wall Street Journal, I would trust her with anything I wrote.” ~RONALD G. SHAFER, author of The Carnival Campaign: How the Rollicking 1840 Campaign of “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too” Changed Presidential Elections Forever

“Lisa was incredibly knowledgeable, very helpful, and always supportive. Her edits and observations showed amazing insight. She found contradictions and duplicate thoughts where we never saw them. She is as good as they get.” ~LOUIS GRUMET, coauthor of The Curious Case of Kiryas Joel: The Rise of a Village Theocracy and the Battle to Defend the Separation of Church and State

Trustworthy, methodical, responsive, and inspired are words that come to mind when I think of Lisa's craft in editing.” ~SUSAN MORRISON, editor of Home Front Girl: A Diary of Love, Literature, and Growing Up in Wartime America

“Lisa took on my immensely complicated manuscript and piloted it through the editorial process with great skill and integrity. Her compassion for the people involved in the story gave me great confidence in her as a teammate who understood my goals and ideas for the book.” ~THOMAS LOWENSTEIN, author of The Trials of Walter Ogrod: The Shocking Murder, So-Called Confessions, and Notorious Snitch That Sent a Man to Death Row

“I highly recommend Lisa for acquisitions, editing, and story development. Lisa is organized, thoughtful, and professional. The result is excellent, high-quality work.” ~EMILIE LE BEAU LUCCHESI, PHD, author of Ugly Prey: An Innocent Woman and the Death Sentence That Scandalized Jazz Age Chicago

“Lisa founded a much-needed series of books [Women of Action] about female role models for young adult girls. Reardon should be thanked by every teacher and librarian who wants to encourage young women to succeed.” ~SUSAN M. CASEY, author of Women Heroes of the American Revolution: 20 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Defiance, and Rescue

“One of the best editors I have ever had. Lisa is efficient, encouraging, respectful, and passionate about writing, publishing, and sharing the excitement of discovery with readers.” ~SIMONETTA CARR, author of Cleopatra and Ancient Egypt for Kids: Her Life and World, with 21 Activities

“Lisa is not only professionally gifted but also extremely genuine. In the years we’ve worked together, Lisa has been my go-to person for advice on planning, drafting, pitching, writing, and editing my projects.” ~BETHANIE HESTERMANN, coauthor of Marine Science for Kids: Exploring and Protecting Our Watery World, Includes Cool Careers and 21 Activities

“Lisa is a true champion of her authors and their messages. Her incredible organization and work ethic mean that she always provides me with detailed information well ahead of the time I need it. She relishes brainstorming new outlets, new angles, and timely tie-ins to pitch. In short, she’s any publicist’s favorite kind of editor with which to work.” ~CAITLIN ECK, former director of publicity at Chicago Review Press, Inc.

“Lisa has that rare quality in a publishing professional of showing fantastic editing, organizational, and people skills at once. She’s the hardest-working acquisition editor I’ve had the pleasure of working with, giving her books close attention at every step of the publication process.” ~LINDSEY SCHAUER, book and marketing designer, project manager, editor

“Lisa is one of the most responsive and kind editors I’ve had an opportunity to work with! From every aspect of pitching to acquisitions to production, she is on top of every detail, while making sure the needs of her authors are considered. With such devotion to the craft, the results are exceptional books.” ~VICTORIA SELVAGGIO, literary agent/partner, Storm Literary Agency

Books I've acquired, edited, or copyedited can be found on my Goodreads bookshelf.
Algren: A Life by Mary Wisniewski (Winner of the 2017 Chicago Writers Association Nonfiction Book of the Year and the Society of Midland Authors Literary Award in Biography)

Birdology: 30 Activities and Observations for Exploring the World of Birds by Monica Russo, Photos by Kevin Byron (AAAS Subaru SB&F Excellence in Science Finalist 2016; NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 2016)

A Girl Called Vincent: The Life of Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay by Krystyna Poray Goddu (Junior Library Guild selection, Golden Kite Award winner)

Not So Fast: Parenting Your Teen Through the Dangers of Driving by Tim Hollister and Pam Shadel Fischer

The Ragged Edge: A US Marine’s Account of Leading the Iraqi Army Fifth Battalion by Michael Zacchea and Ted Kemp

Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween by Melissa Atkins Wardy, foreword by Jennifer Siebel Newsom (Named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2014)

Screen Schooled: Two Veteran Teachers Expose How Technology Overuse Is Making Our Kids Dumber by Joe Clement and Matt Miles

Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue by Kathryn J. Atwood (VOYA Non-Fiction Honor List)

Zoology for Kids: Understanding and Working with Animals, with 21 Activities by Josh and Bethanie Hestermann; foreword by the Kratt Brothers

Prior industry experience
From 2004 to 2018 I worked as a project editor, developmental editor, then senior acquisitions editor at Chicago Review Press. Prior to my tenure at CRP, I worked in the marketing department at Independent Publishers Group (IPG), a leading book distributor; in the marketing and sales departments at secondary education publisher McDougal Littell (now part of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); and as a bookstore manager.

Master of Arts, Writing (emphasis on literary nonfiction)
DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois

Bachelor of Arts, French Language and Literature
Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Continuing professional education
Courses through the University of Chicago Graham School editing program and Editorial Freelancers Association

Additional experience and interests
• Member: Chicago Women in Publishing, Editorial Freelancers Association
• Feature articles and book reviews published in the Chicago Reader, Exquisite Corpse, and (now-defunct) Hyde Park Review of Books
• Volunteer at Hephzibah Children’s Association Head Start program

For a detailed resume please visit my LinkedIn page.

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