Parlan McGaw

New York, NY USA
Website: E-mail: parlanmcgaw at

Professional Experience

I am a meticulous copy editor and line editor with many years of experience working with a wide range of material at all stages of production. I take pride in helping to create a clear, clean, elegant text, and I've served as a critical eye and helping hand to writers of all skill levels. Some kudos I've received: "maintain[ed] impeccable standards in style while turning work around promptly" • "excellent editorial skills . . . a pleasure to work with" • "amazing sensitivity to both language and content"


Copy Editor
25 Years
15 Years


Books & Literature
10 Years
20 Years
Arts & Humanities
10 Years


Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
20 Years
10 Years
Book Publishing Consumer
10 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

25 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

LIFE Books (10+), Melcher Media (6-10), Random House (1-2), Edgeworth Editions (1-2), My House magazine (6-10), Walker Publishing Services (6-10), Biography magazine (3-5), Essence magazine (3-5)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

NYC & Company (6-10), Columbia University Office of Public Affairs (1-2), NYU School of Law (10+), The College Board (6-10)

Other Work History

Copy Chief at LIFE Books • Copy Chief at Redbook • Senior Copy Editor at the College Board • Copy Editor at TV Guide

Foreign Language Skills

I can proofread Spanish. Rudimentary French and Italian.

Computer Skills

Microsoft Word, InCopy, InDesign


Laptop, printer, fax.


References available upon request.