Editorial services

You want your writing to be clear, focused, rigorous, and elegant. Let’s make it happen.

I work on serious full-length nonfiction at all stages: conceptualizing, pitching, manuscript development, and hands-on editing. I also edit shorter works for publication in popular and specialized media. For academic writers, I’ve edited theses, scholarly articles, and pieces for wider readership. I’ve also worked with clients in many fields on job, grant, scholarship, fellowship, university, and internship applications. I have considerable experience working with non-native English speakers writing in English.

Different authors have different needs. Please contact me about yours: swaxman [at] gmail.com.

Below you’ll find a list of past and forthcoming books I’ve worked on. Titles of unreleased books should be considered tentative. I have have also edited a number of volumes in the Boston Review books series, co-published with MIT Press.

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Overvalued Cures
Robert M. Kaplan. Harvard University Press, forthcoming
(historical and contemporary examination of biomedical research in the U.S. and the failure to address the role of social factors underlying health and disease)

Law and Macroeconomics
Yair Listokin. Harvard University Press, forthcoming
(analyzes effects of regulatory decisions in the context of business-cycle conditions and recommends new tools for economic stabilization when monetary and fiscal policy fail)

Then They Came for Me
Matthew Hockenos. Basic Books, forthcoming
(biography of Martin Niemöller, the dissident German pastor, activist, poet, and Nazi political prisoner)

A Duty to Resist: When Should Disobedience Be Uncivil?
Candice Delmas. Oxford University Press, summer 2018
(theoretical and historical argument for an affirmative duty to disobey unjust laws)

“Personhood,” in Critical Terms in Animal Studies
book chapter by Colin Dayan, appearing in volume edited by Lori Gruen
University of Chicago Press, forthcoming
(primer on key issues in the emerging, interdisciplinary field of animal studies)

“Bonhoeffer and the Church Struggle,” in The Oxford Handbook of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
book chapter by Matthew Hockenos, appearing in edited volume
Oxford University Press, forthcoming
(interdisciplinary collection of scholarly writings on the dissident German pastor)

Translating Happiness: A Cross-Cultural Lexicon of Well-Being
Tim Lomas. MIT Press, March 2018
(discusses untranslatable words in the context of positive psychology)

How To Do Things with International Law
Ian Hurd. Princeton University Press, October 2017
(examines international law as a social practice and tool of power in world politics)

Crime and Punishment in the Russian Revolution
Tsuyoshi Hasegawa. Harvard University Press, October 2017

BK Fischer. Mad River Books/Ohio State University Press, September 2017
(winner of the 2016 Charles B. Wheeler Prize in poetry)

The Idea of the Muslim World: A Global Intellectual History
Cemil Aydin. Harvard University Press, April 2017

We: Reviving Social Hope
Ronald Aronson. University of Chicago Press, April 2017

Traversals: The Use of Preservation for Early Electronic Writing
Stuart Moulthrop and Dene Grigar. MIT Press, March 2017

The Science of Trump
Edited by John Sides and Henry Farrell. The Monkey Cage, July 2016
(e-book anthology compiled, with updates and revision, from the Washington Post‘s Monkey Cage blog)

The Conceit of Humanitarian Intervention
Rajan Menon. Oxford University Press, March 2016

Political Biology: Science and Social Values in Human Heredity
from Eugenics to Epigenetics
Maurizio Meloni. Palgrave Macmillan, February 2016

With Dogs at the Edge of Life
Colin Dayan. Columbia University Press, December 2015

Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology
Kentaro Toyama. PublicAffairs, May 2015

The Law is a White Dog: How Legal Rituals Make and Unmake Persons
Colin Dayan. Princeton University Press, February 2011

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