Academic Books

I provide copy editing, developmental editing, and proofreading services for authors and publishers of academic manuscripts (in the humanities and social sciences, broadly construed), from books to journal articles. I have experience editing both on-screen (using both MS Word documents and PDFs) and on paper, using traditional copy editing and proofreading mark-up.

Having been an academic myself, I am comfortable with scholarly jargon—that is, I understand it when it’s used, and I know when it’s best to leave it out. I’ve edited books intended for academic audiences, as well as those intended for a general audience, and know how to adjust any writing style to suit one or the other.

I never miss a deadline, and I always deliver on budget.

Here are a few published titles that I edited during my time as an in-house Academic/Non-Fiction Editor at The Editing Company:


Peter J. McCormick, author of The End of the Charter Revolution (2014, University of Toronto Press):

[Thanks to] Beth McAuley and her assistant Melissa MacAulay at The Editing Company, who patiently went through every line to accommodate the style guide that I had completely ignored. They also tried (not the first people to do so) to curb my strange notion that longer and more complex sentences are always better than short direct ones, that semi-colons are an endangered species that need our help, and that no page is complete without several sets of brackets. They are also ferocious folks with strict ideas about deadlines, which professors tend to forget or ignore.

Stephen Latta, Philosophy Editor at Broadview Press

Melissa wrote supplemental material for one of Broadview’s key philosophy textbooks. It was a pleasure working with a freelance author/editor so capable and reliable! Her skill in attending to both content and grammar is rare. I look forward to working with Melissa on future projects.