Editing full-length books, scholarly and technical journal articles and dissertations, novels, memoirs, and
screenplays for publishers and authors. Some examples:
- A Dictionary of Literary Works by Mike Goldman, a 280-page alphabetized reference guide to some of the greatest books and authors of the past millennia. “I want to express my appreciation to Allan Edmands, an eagle-eyed and perceptive reader and editor.… His editing … obviously stems from a real source of knowledge and hard work. [It] truly enhances my work and takes it to a much higher level. I owe him a lot.… I now understand the hefty contribution that an editor makes to a work, probably even that of some of the greatest writers.”
- Rude at Rowing: In Reverse of Decline by R. Bacon Whitney, a 470-page quirky memoir of an alpine skiing and sweep rowing athlete succeeding not only in his chosen sports but in his studies of Greek and Latin at Harvard. “Gratitude is especially due to those who backed me up and caught my most egregious mistakes, in particular the main editor on this book, Allan Edmands, whose fact-checking was so productive, especially with regard to what I barely had still in my memory. I thank him also for finding blunders of the screeching-halt kind that all authors can be especially ashamed of. He has kept me intellectually honest, and I hope he enjoyed performing these essential tasks. Certainly his efforts have given me considerable pleasure to so consistently approve.”
- Better to Best: How to Speak for Extraordinary Results… Every Time by David J. Dempsey, JD, a 340-page guide for drafting and delivering dynamic presentations. “The editing of Allan Edmands made the language sing. His pleasant cajoling, diplomatic manner, remarkable eye for details, and artful buffing unquestionably improved the final product. I recommend him without reservation.”
- Great Space of Desire: Writing for Personal Evolution by Dara Lurie, a 250-page guide on memoir writing, including the author’s own memoir. “Some of what Allan does involves grammar, syntax, and fact checking, but the bigger picture of his work is to ensure … that nothing distracts readers from the fullest experience of a book.”
- Blood on the Risers: A Novel of Conflict and Survival in Special Forces during the Vietnam War by Michael O’Shea, a 511-page novel of conflict and survival by a Green Beret officer. Addressed numerous character and time inconsistencies and helped the author enliven his dialogue. “Feel free to promote your magic using my work as an example of your masterful talent.”
- Person Markers in Spoken Spontaneous Israeli Hebrew: A Systematic Description and Analysis by Smadar Cohen, PhD, a nonnative speaker of English. A 266-page morphological, syntactic, semantic, pragmatic, and prosodic explanation of how spoken Hebrew actually works. “Allan Edmands … was my reliable and critical reader [who] commented, questioned, and improved the text and the visual presentation of the tables.… [His] sharp eye, patience, and caring were a great help.”
- Exegesis of the Holy Qur’ân: Commentary and Reflections by Allâmah Nooruddîn (2015), translated by Amatul Rahmân Omar and Abdul Mannân Omar, a 1,028-page exegesis of Islamic mysticism by nonnative speakers of English. Verified (or corrected) numerous facts and fixed problems with scriptural citation and inconsistent transliteration of Arabic.
- The Apocalypse Paradigm: Text and Context in the Book of Revelation through a Liturgical Kaleidoscope by José Hermann Cuadros, EdD, a 71-page analysis of Christian eschatology by a nonnative speaker of English. Guided the author through extensive reorganization, fixed numerous problems with scriptural citation.
- DM-ID: A Textbook of Diagnosis of Mental Disorders in Persons with Intellectual Disability by Robert Fletcher, DSW, ACSW, ed., a 360-page manual to aid accurate DSM-IV-TR diagnosis of the intellectually disabled. Ensured a seamless consistency throughout the 28 contributions from mental-health professionals.
- The High Blood Pressure Solution: A Scientifically Proven Program for Preventing Strokes and Heart Disease by Richard D. Moore, MD, PhD, a 420-page comprehensive guide for balancing body chemistry at the cellular level. Extensive fact checking.
- Numerous oft-cited academic journal articles and dissertations in sociology, law, ethnography, linguistics, pedagogy, and economics, including
- “Muslim Mandarins in Chinese Courts: Dispute Resolution, Shari‘a, and the Secular State in Northwest China” by Matthew S. Erie, PhD, J.D.;
- “Language Policy in Israel: Israeli versus Hebrew” by Nurit Dekel, PhD;
- “Languages in Contact: Preliminary Clues of an Emergence of an Israeli Arabic Variety” by Hezi Brosh, PhD, and Nurit Dekel, PhD;
- “Ramifications of Diglossia on How Native Arab Students in Israel Write” by Hezi Brosh, PhD, and Lubna Attili.
Please see numerous samples of my copyediting and substantive editing.
- Made sure that the text and graphics for conceptual, procedural, and reference
information—whether in printed manuals, error messages, help panels, webpages,
animations, or video—typically drafted in an opaque, dry, and intimidating form,
became unambiguous, concise, readable, and even interesting.
- Taught technical writing and editing in courses offered worldwide.
- During a 5-year assignment in Japan, ensured the quality of the English produced by native Japanese.
- Supervised a team of editors.
- Developed style and editorial guidelines.
On contract with Random
House, Alfred A. Knopf, Dell, Prentice Hall, Praeger,
and several other publishers, edited novels (including titles by Robert Ludlum and Frank Yerby),
young-adult science books (including a series by Isaac Asimov), cookbooks, craft
books, psychology and archeology texts, travel guides—you name