Facing a blank page alone can be daunting. Revising what you've already put on the page when you feel like you haven't found the best way to say what you know can also be difficult. What you need is a second pair of eyes, a creative ally, a trusted guide.
I can be that for you. I can be a sounding board and help you find the simplest,
most direct way to make a point. I can help you develop your
ideas and craft your words to most effectively reach your audience. I can also
coach you on getting an agent and/or a book contract and on the process of
writing your book.
My thirty-five years in
the book business have encompassed every kind of work on books, both as an
author and an editor. I put this experience at your service in helping you
write your winning proposal and craft your book.
I especially enjoy helping
thought leaders and those who are articulating alternatives find the strongest
way to convey their message.
What authors and clients I’ve
worked with have said:
Rebecca Warner, author, The Sustainable-Enough Garden (2015, CreateSpace): "She understood what I
was trying to do even before I could fully define it. Her vision, optimism, kind
teaching, wise editing, and organizational ability made all the difference."
Annie Martin, author, The Magical World of Moss Gardening (2015, Timber Press): "It has been such a pleasure to work with Ms. Anderson. She is an excellent editor and we established a good rapport."
John Daniel, author of eight books of poetry, essays, and memoir; winner of two Oregon Book Awards for Literary Nonfiction; contributor to Wild in the Willamette (2015, OSU Press): "From my end, it's a pleasure to be in the hands of a real editor who knows what she's doing. It's less common than you may think."
Jessica Walliser, author, Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden (2014, Timber Press): "To Lorraine Anderson, my careful and
thoughtful editor: your professionalism has truly astounded me and your gentle
guidance and kind words are so very much appreciated. I am grateful to have had
the opportunity to work with you. Let’s do it again someday!"
Jim Fox, author, The Right Plants, Tools, and Garden Supplies (2013, Timber Press): "Writing is editing as much as it is
writing. What a privilege it has been to work with Lorraine Anderson, copy
editor extraordinaire. Very lucky is the author who has her as a collaborator and teacher."
Debra Lee Baldwin, author, Succulents Simplified (2013, Timber Press): "I'll miss you, my Grammardian Angel. This book is significantly better because you were involved from the start. I read your recent comments and they're excellent and well-thought-out."
Penney Peirce, author, Frequency, The Intuitive Way, The Present Moment, and Dreams for Dummies: "I just want to thank you for the huge amount you did for me in helping me become a writer. I still think back on the quality of your editing and the clarity and compassion that was in it. Invaluable! You are a jewel." (February 2012)
Eve Goodman, managing editor, Timber Press: "It has been such a pleasure to work with you . . . . as always, calm, smart, positive — you are the best, Lorraine." (January 2012)
Joan Ogden, director, Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways Program, Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Davis, Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways: A Research Summary for Decision Makers (2011): "It has been absolutely great working with you! I've really enjoyed it all."
Smith, From Art to Landscape
(2010, Timber Press): "Amazing! What a journey
we’ve had together, really really enjoyable. Will you edit every book I ever
write? The rapport was wonderful and I feel great about what we’ve done. Thanks
so much for being so understanding, intelligent, and creative.”
Vanessa Nagel, Understanding Garden Design
(2010, Timber Press): “Thank you for being such
a wonderful editor. You’ve made this
process easy to understand
Sydney Eddison, Gardening for a Lifetime (2010, Timber
Press): “You are a fantastic editor.
Thanks a thousand thanks. . . As
for this book, which means so much to me, you have been incredibly patient,
supportive, and helpful throughout. . . I can’t repeat often enough how much I
appreciate your editing style. I am really grateful to have you and think that
what you have done allows me to say it all better.”
Debra Lee Baldwin, Succulent Container Gardens
(2010, Timber Press): "Lorraine is wonderful to work with -- detail-oriented,
intelligent, courteous and professional. The writer/editor relationship
has the potential to be difficult or delightful, and I'm so grateful
Timber chose Lorraine!” Top qualities: Great Results, On Time, High
Keeyla Meadows, Fearless Color Gardens (2009, Timber Press): "I'd like to acknowledge and extend appreciation to . . . kindred spirit Lorraine Anderson for making the editing process so much fun."
Scott Ogden and Lauren Springer Ogden, Plant-Driven
Design (2009, Timber Press): “Thanks to Lorraine Anderson for
cleansing our unclear prose, catching our bad grammar, and for being the rare
talented editor who sees both forests and their trees. She truly understands
the meaning of Emerson’s quote, ‘A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of
and Deborah Gordon, Two Billion Cars: Driving
Toward Sustainability (2009, Oxford University Press): “We owe a tremendous
you to Lorraine Anderson for her superb editing skills. Working with two
authors, each with their distinct voice and vantage point, is not an
Lorraine was masterful at crystallizing both tone and content. This book
underscores her diligence and intelligence. We would be lucky to work
again!” Regarding my work on the afterword to the paperback edition: “This has been a wonderfully productive and high-quality
It’s been fun, we’ve come up with a great product, and it’s been
Linda Beutler, Garden to Vase (2007, Timber Press): “After a 13-year career as both a magazine writer and book author, I have worked with a lot of editors. Lorraine Anderson is head-and-shoulders above everyone else with whom I have worked. She is cheerful, thoughtful, a superior proof-reader, and an excellent communicator. I hope to work with her again."
Chris Trimble, Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators (co-authored with Vijay Govindarajan, 2005, Harvard Business School Press): "I'm very grateful for the solid advice you gave early in this project. You are talented, and a pleasure to work with."
Content Acquisition Editor, IBM developerWorks, Rational Software: “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Lorraine for more than
four years [1999-2003]. Lorraine is one of the most conscientious, dedicated, and
detail-oriented editors in the industry. She always ensures content is of high
quality before publishing, even when working under the most demanding
deadlines. Any client would be lucky to work with her.”
Tom Garrison, Essentials of
Oceanography, 2nd ed. (2001, Brooks/Cole): “The text was polished by
. . . Lorraine
Anderson, a copy editor so excellent she was in constant danger of
John A. Jungerman, World
in Process: Creativity and Interconnection in the New Physics (2000,
State University of New York Press): “Lorraine Anderson deserves special mention for her careful
editing; there was particular emphasis on deleting technical material so that
basic ideas are presented as clearly as possible.”
Ian I. Mitroff, Richard O. Mason, and Christine M. Pearson, Framebreak: The Radical
Redesign of American Business (1994, Jossey-Bass
Inc.): "We also wish to acknowledge the fine editorial advice and efforts
of Lorraine Anderson."
A. Basow, Gender Stereotypes and
Roles, 3rd ed. (1992, Brooks/Cole Publishing Company): "I continue to appreciate
working with the Brooks/Cole staff . . . . most especially, copyeditor par
excellence Lorraine Anderson, who treated the manuscript with the love and care
one expects only of the author."
Paul Chalfant, Robert E. Beckley, and C. Eddie Palmer, Religion in Contemporary
Society, 2nd ed. (1987, Mayfield
Publishing Company): "Our copyeditor, Lorraine Anderson, has done a suberb
job. Much of the credit for the improvements in this edition belongs to her, as
they are the result of her skill, patience, and care."
Mary Jo Weaver, Introduction to
Christianity (1984, Wadsworth Publishing Company): “My copy editor,
Lorraine Anderson, is
smart and skillful and has in many ways made the rough way smooth.”
Bruce F. Baird, The Technical Manager:
How to Manage People and Make Decisions (1983, Lifetime Learning
especially wish to thank Lorraine Anderson, whose editorial and
contributions have significantly improved the quality of presentation
Guy Lefrancois, Psychology 2 ed. (1983,
Wadsworth): “I am particularly grateful to . . . Lorraine Anderson, whose
contributions as copy editor were far greater than I had a right to expect.”