Margaret Larkin Jones

Author Editor Writer


Christine R. Page, author of The Healing Power of the Sacred Woman:
“Margaret Jones’ skillful, knowledgeable, and sensitive editing brought emphasis and clarity to my words and thoughts.”

Victor Daniels and Kooch N. Daniels, authors of Matrix Meditations:
“Editor Margaret Jones was remarkable both for her attention to detail and the depth of her knowledge.”

J. Zohara Meyerhoff Hieronimus, author of Sanctuary of the Divine Presence:
“Margaret Jones helped assure consistency in the structure of the work and clarity of meaning in what can be a difficult field of study.”

Ocha’ni Lele, author of Sacrificial Ceremonies of Santeria:
“Margaret Jones: To date you have been the most careful and meticulous editor with whom I’ve worked, and your critical eye for detail helped shape this book into the work of art it is. Thank you!”

David Detzer, author of Dissonance: The Turbulent Days between Fort Sumter and Bull Run:
“You did a splendid job. Your careful fact-checking saved me several embarrassing mistakes. And your review of my often-sodden prose did catch a number of totally distorted sentences (that generally derived from my last hurried rewrite). You also tightened up countless flabby passages. For all of that I am in your debt.”

Haynes Johnson, author of The Age of Anxiety:
“I’m indebted to Margaret Jones, for her great skill in processing my manuscript.”

David Hough, Managing Editor, Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt:
“We demand a lot from our freelance copy editors. And Margaret has always delivered the highest quality work, and always within the deadline set by us. I assigned Margaret some of our most difficult nonfiction manuscripts. She is a superb fact-checker, and I found her to be meticulous yet flexible–very responsive to the author’s voice and to the demands of proper style and usage. Many of our authors have expressed their appreciation for her work to me, and she has been acknowledged in print by a number of them.”


Being a writer as well as an editor, I offer a strong intuitive sense of what makes a sentence right or wrong, an ear for what makes each author's voice and style unique, and rigorous attention to the correctness of facts and historical details.

I have edited works by Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Haynes Johnson and Edward Humes; Middle East specialist Bernard Avishai; former Economist editor Bill Emmott; philosopher Susan Neiman; oneironaut David Jay Brown; historians David Detzer, Jonathan Wright, and Howard Means; social psychologists Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson; international conflict resolution specialist Richard E. Rubenstein; biographers Jeffrey Meyers and Bill Gifford; as well as the fiction of Joyce Carol Oates, William F. Buckley, John Harvey, Todd Hasek Lowry, Robert Bausch, and various annotated editions of Virginia Woolf; and Russian and French poetry translated by Vladimir Nabokov. I have also edited books on indigenous cultures, perennial philosophy, visionary art, ancient mysteries, holistic health and healing, sexuality, and spiritual self-development, including several encyclopedic works.

My services include any one or very often a combination of the following:
Manuscript evaluation
Developmental editing
Structural editing
Line editing
Copy editing
Fact- and reference-checking

Selected bibliography of books edited

--Aaronsohn’s Maps: The Untold Story of the Man Who Might Have Created Peace in the Middle East, by Patricia Goldstone (Harcourt)

--Adaptogens in Medical Herbalism: Elite Herbs and Natural Compounds for Mastering Stress, Aging, and Chronic Disease, by Donald Yance (Healing Arts Press)
--The Age of Anxiety: From McCarthyism to Terrorism, by Haynes Johnson (Harcourt)
--The Ambassadors: From Ancient Greece to Renaissance Europe, the Men Who Introduced the World to Itself, by Jonathan Wright (Harcourt)
--The Avenger Takes His Place: Andrew Johnson and the 45 Days that Changed the Nation, by Howard Means (Harcourt)
--Ayahuasca Medicine: The Shamanic World of Amazonian Sacred Plant Healing, by Alan Shoemaker, by (Park St. Press)
--Baldr’s Magic: The Power of Norse Shamanism and Ecstatic Trance, by Nicholas Brink (Bear & Co.)
--Beowulf’s Ecstatic Trance Magic, by Nicholas E. Brink (Bear & Co.)
--Between the Acts (annotated ed.), by Virginia Woolf (Harcourt)
--Darkness and Light, by John Harvey (Harcourt)
--Dental Herbalism, by Leslie M. Alexander and Linda A. Straub-Bruce (Healing Arts Press)
--Dreaming Wide Awake: Lucid Dreaming, Shamanic Healing, and Psychedelics, by David Jay Brown (Inner Traditions/Bear & Co.)
--Dissonance: The Turbulent Days between Fort Sumter and Bull Run, by David Detzer (Harcourt)
--The Encyclopedia of Aphrodisiacs: Psychoactive Substances for Use in Sexual Practices, by Christian Rätsch and Claudia Müller-Eberling (Park St. Press)
--The Healing Power of the Sacred Woman: Health, Creativity, and Fertility for the Soul, by Christine Page (Bear & Co.)
--The Hebrew Republic: How Secular Democracy and Global Enterprise Will Bring Israel Peace at Last, by Bernard Avishai (Harcourt)
--Hubert’s Freaks, by Gregory Gibson (Harcourt)
--Impressionist Quartet: The Intimate Genius of Manet and Morisot, Degas and Cassatt, by Jeffrey Meyers (Harcourt)
--Last Call for Blackford Oakes, by William F. Buckley Jr. (Harcourt)
--Ledyard: In Search of the First American Explorer, by Bill Gifford (Harcourt)
--Matrix Meditations: A 16-Week Program for Developing the Mind-Heart Connection, by Victor Daniels and Kooch N. Daniels (Destiny Books)
--Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts, by Carol Tavris (Harcourt)
--Modigliani: A Life, by Jeffrey Meyers (Harcourt)
--Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-Up Idealists, by Susan Neiman (Harcourt)
--The Museum of Dr. Moses: Tales of Mystery and Suspense, by Joyce Carol Oates (Harcourt)
--The Oil Pulling Miracle, by Birgit Frohn (Healing Arts Press)
--Osobgo: Speaking to the Spirits of Misfortune, by Ócha'ni Lele (Destiny Books)
--Out of Season, by Robert Bausch (Harcourt)
--Over Here: How the G.I. Bill Transformed the American Dream, by Edward Humes (Harcourt)
--The Power of Ecstatic Trance, by Nicholas Brink (Bear & Co.)
--The Psychedelic Journey of Marlene Dobkin de Rios: 45 Years with Shamans, Ayahuasqueros, and Ethnobotanists, by Marlene Dobkin de Rios (Park St. Press)
--The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down, by Colin Woodard (Harcourt)
--Rivals: How the Power Struggle between China, India, and Japan Will Shape our Next Decade, by Bill Emmott (Harcourt)
--Sacrificial Ceremonies of Santéria, by Ócha'ni Lele (Destiny Books)
--Sanctuary of the Divine Presence: Hebraic Teachings on Initiation and Illumination, by Zohara Meyerhoff Hieronimus (Inner Traditions)
--Sheela na gig: The Dark Goddess of Sacred Power, by Starr Goode (Inner Traditions)
--Spiritual Mysteries of Blood: Its Power to Transform Body, Mind, and Spirit, by Christopher Vasey (Healing Arts Press)
--Stones of the Seven Rays: The Science of the Seven Facets of the Soul, by Michel Coquet (Destiny Books)
--Sugarcane Academy: How a New Orleans Teacher and His Storm-Struck Students Created a School to Remember, by Michael Tisserand (Harcourt)
--The 8 Calendars of the Maya: The Pleiadian Cycle and the Key to Destiny, by Hunbatz Men (Bear & Co.)
--The Region of Lost Names, by Fred Arroyo (University of Arizona Press)
--The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down, by Colin Woodard (Harcourt)
--The Task of This Translator, by Todd Hasak-Lowy (Harcourt)
--Thus Saith the Lord: The Revolutionary Moral Vision of Isaiah and Jeremiah, by Richard E. Rubenstein (Harcourt)
--Tropicana Nights: The Life and Times of the Legendary Cuban Nightclub, by Rosa Lowinger and Ofelia Fox (Harcourt)
--Tuning the Human Biofield, by Eileen Day McKusick (Healing Arts Press)
--The Union of Isis and Thoth, by Normandi Ellis and Nicki Scully (Bear & Co.)
--Verses and Versions: Three Centuries of Russian Poetry, Selected and Edited by Vladimir Nabokov (Harcourt)
--The Witches’ Ointment: The Secret History of Psychedelic Magic, by Thomas Hatsis (Park St. Press)