Creative solutions.

Creative ideas.

Creative design.


Everyone has a passion. Mine is editing nonfiction.

Whatever the challenge, I help my clients get where they need to go—resolving big-picture structural issues, handling the nuts and bolts of usage and style, and everything in between.

The portfolio below features my editing and writing. Please contact me to learn more about my services.



The New Press
Verso Books
Beacon Press
Haymarket Books
Akashic Books
AK Press
Just World Books
Grey Editing
OTTN Publishing
Frontline Solutions International LLC
Thinking Man Consulting
TDI Initiative


  • Brian is more than an editor. He’s a literary thinker who helped make my books better than they had any right to be.

    Dave Zirin, award-winning sportswriter
  • I was stunned to see meticulous editing and elegant stylistic suggestions. Wondrous. Brian Baughan rules.

    Silke-Maria Weineck, coauthor of City of Champions
  • We appreciate Brian for his keen eye, diligence, patience, and respect for the contributors and their work.

    Quraysh Ali Lansana and Georgia A. Popoff, editors of The Whiskey of Our Discontent
  • A thoughtful and astonishingly thorough copy editor.

    Paul Le Blanc, Author
  • Haymarket Books happily relies on Brian’s careful, thoughtful copy editing. It doesn’t hurt that he is also fast, reliable, and a great communicator! It’s a pleasure to work with him and our books truly benefit from his excellent eye.

    Rachel Cohen, Production Editor at Haymarket Books
  • I work with Brian Baughan regularly and look forward to doing so in the future—he’s a smart, conscientious, eagle-eyed editor with an excellent ear for the author’s voice and a keen sense of structure.

    Sarah Grey, Founder of Grey Editing
  • I needed a talented writer/editor I could trust to step in and complete an online feature story for a high-profile foundation client. Brian was the right choice. He was fast, professional, communicative, and creative in how he approached and executed the project. I would hire him again, and you should too.

    Elaine Gast Fawcett, President of Four Winds Writing, Inc.
  • Brian did a magnificent job walking me through the copyediting process while I revised my manuscript for publication. . . . If you’re looking for someone reliable, organized, and insightful to help you with the sometimes tedious process of copy editing and revising, Brian should be at the top of your list.

    Bianca Williams, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Brian’s edits and fine work added much-needed clarity, direction, and organization while bringing my viewpoint into focus.

    Kevin McNutt, Writer and Former Basketball Coach/Referee


I am a Philly area-based nonfiction editor working in several subjects and genres, including US history, education, the environment, immigration studies, sports, and oral history. 

Over the past two decades, I’ve built up an editing portfolio of more than a hundred titles. My clients include the History of Education Quarterly, The New Press, Verso Books, Haymarket Books, and Beacon Press.

As a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and ACES: The Society for Editing, I’m always looking for opportunities to sharpen my skills and keep apprised of the latest developments in the editing field.

See my résumé for a more detailed summary of my experience.