Expert Editing by Laurie Masters
Notable Book Projects
Although my current work tends to focus less on books and more on shorter writings, here is a description of some of my book-length editing projects.
Alcohol Can Be a Gas: Fueling an Ethanol Revolution for the 21st Century
by systems ecologist and permaculture expert David Blume
Publisher: International Institute for Ecological Agriculture. Released August 2007 (596 pages). Posthumous foreword by R. Buckminster Fuller.
My role: I proofread and performed a light copyedit on all 600+ pages of this how-to “bible” on ethanol production. Includes 473 endnotes and 514 photos, illustrations, and figures (2006 to 2007).
After the book was released, I served the author’s nonprofit, the International Institute for Ecological Agriculture, as editor, special projects coordinator, and administrative staff member, for several years.
(From the acknowledgments page): “The book owes much of its crispness to Laurie Masters, who runs Precision Revision in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her motto is “I turn what you wrote into what you meant,” and the truth of that is evident throughout these pages. She not only made many insightful copyediting changes, she also proofread every word.”
The Raw Food Revolution Diet: Feast, Lose Weight, Gain Energy, Feel Younger!
by Cherie Soria, Vesanto Melina, and Brenda Davis
Publisher: Healthy Living Publications. Released May 30, 2008 (408 pages).
My role: I copyedited all of the recipes and several other portions of this raw-food recipe book created by Cherie Soria, renowned raw vegan chef and founder of the Living Light Culinary Arts Institute (2004 to 2008).
I also worked on Cherie’s first cookbook, Angel Foods, and regularly edited magazine articles, brochures, web content, course descriptions, and other writings for several years.
Great Peacemakers: True Stories from Around the World
by Ken Beller and Heather Chase
Publisher: LTS Press. Released March 3, 2008 (195 pages).
My role: I performed the copyediting and proofreading for this book, winner of The 2007 International PeaceWriting Award, and its high school/college study guides, from 2006 through 2008.
I have also edited brochures, reports, press releases, and web copy for Ken and his company, Near Bridge.
The Marriage of Sex and Spirit: Relationships at the Heart of Conscious Evolution
Geralyn Gendreau, editor
Publisher: Elite Books. Released June 30, 2006 (408 pages).
My role: In the spring of 2006, I was placed on an editorial “triage team” to get this anthology to press in time to save 1,200+ bookstore preorders. I copyedited about a dozen chapters, substantially reworked Marianne Williamson’s chapter, and transcribed some author interviews. The book was voted Best Health/Sexuality Book in the Best Books 2006 National Book Awards. Contributing authors include luminaries like Deepak Chopra, Carolyn Myss, Wayne Dyer, John Gray, and many more.
(From the acknowledgments page): “To Laurie Masters, a gem of a new friend, thorough copy editor, and brilliant mirror.”
The 80/10/10 Diet: Balancing Your Health, Your Weight, and Your Life, One Luscious Bite at a Time
by Dr. Douglas N. Graham
– A promotional article/review I wrote about the book
Publisher: FoodnSport Press. Released November 2006 (348 pages).
My role: From 2002 to 2006, I was sole developmental, substantive, and copy editor for this book. I also managed the project development, researched and wrote much of the content, checked facts, created all endnotes, and laid out the book’s interior.
I have also served on the author’s staff as editor of his various writings, web content, and product literature.
(From the acknowledgments page): “Laurie, thank you for keeping me honest through your amazing research skills and for distilling my writing down to what I was actually trying to say. Your signature knack for “rototilling” a disjointed manuscript and turning it into a coherent book has once again proven invaluable. I am forever grateful for your steadfast commitment to me and to this project and for your tenacity in keeping its zillion details on track. Thank you in particular for your personal contributions to this book (notably Chapter 8 and Appendix D). I am convinced you are the best editor this side of the universe.”
You’re Not Who You Think You Are: A Blueprint for Retrieving Your Authentic Self
by Albert Clayton Gaulden
Publisher: The Sedona Intensive. Released December 13, 2006 (276 pages).
My role: I copyedited this book in the summer of 2006, written by noted Sedona psychic Albert Clayton Gaulden.
(From the acknowledgments page): “I owe heartfelt thanks to editor Laurie Masters of Precision Revision. You did a superb job to reshape the book to make it read more smoothly.”
Publisher: New World Library. Released March 10, 2005 (128 pages).
My role: In 2004, Jean sent me an audiotape and typed transcript of a one-hour talk that she wanted to turn into a book. I created a mock layout and preliminary chapter titles and began populating strawman chapters with content from the transcript. From there, we worked together to develop the concept into a book-length presentation. The self-published book was picked up by New World Publishing in 2005.
(From the acknowledgments page): “I wish to thank my editors: Laurie Masters, who helped me get this project off the ground; and Judy Patton, without whose help it never would have landed.”
Giraffe Juice: The Magic of Making Life Wonderful by Marci Winters and JP Allen
Publisher: Follow Your Joy Press. Released December 7, 2010. (142 pages).
My role: I helped develop and copyedited early versions of the book throughout 2006 and 2007.
I have also served as administrative manager on the staff of Harmonica.com, a separate e-commerce business owned by Giraffe Juice co-author JP Allen since 2011, creating robust tracking systems, procedures manuals, and documentation for bookkeeping and administrative processes.
Hit the Spot: How to Tame the Currency Market, Revised Edition
by Reggie Henkart
Publisher: Family Freedom, Inc. Released in January 2010. (190 pages).
My role: I edited and laid out the 2010 revised edition of this short book for forex traders who wish to trade in less than 15 minutes per week.
(From the acknowledgments page): “My thanks go also to all the great supporters and contributors to this project … especially my editor Laurie Masters, a true pearl.”