Akiko Yamagata, Owner & Editor

The hallmarks of my approach are qualities emblematized by graphite. My edits are detailed and precise, like marks made by a sharpened pencil. Like an artist drawing a line after careful observation, I am closely attentive and responsive to the needs of your manuscript and your needs as an author.


I am an editor of scholarly publications, theses and dissertations, nonfiction books, and organizational reports, with more than ten years' experience. With my broad intellectual interests and deep curiosity about human experience and perspectives, I edit adeptly in fields across the humanities and social sciences and in diverse nonfiction genres. 

I hold a BA from Williams College in political science and sociology and an MA from Harvard University in East Asian studies, with a specialization in Japanese art and culture. I have completed professional development courses in editing through ACES and the Editorial Freelancers Association.

When I'm not at my desk, I can be found in bookstores and museums, especially the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. At the MFA, I teach in the Art and Medicine program, using works of art to help medical professionals develop observation skills, build stronger teams, improve communication, and reflect on their practice.  

Professional service & memberships

I am an active member of the Editorial Freelancers Association as the chapter development chair of the board of governors and as coordinator of the Boston chapter. I am also a member of ACES: The Society for Editing and the Society of Writers, Editors, and Translators