Cara M. Jordan, PhD | Academic & Nonfiction Editor

Flatpage | Editorial & Publishing
Job title
President, Chief Editor
Membership Grade
Professional Member

About Cara M.

Cara M. Jordan* is president and chief editor at Flatpage, an editorial agency and publishing house that helps authors connect with audiences through accessible writing. We work with nonfiction writers, including academics, journalists, artists, nonprofits, and businesses.

We have worked with hundreds of clients on their nonfiction writing projects since 2021. Our team of freelance editors have extensive knowledge of both the editing and publishing industries.

Our team has a range of subject-area specializations and diverse editing and coaching expertise. We are uniquely suited to help you bring your manuscript to the next level!

Contact us for a quote or consultation call.


Flatpage is a full-service agency, offering editorial assistance at all stages of manuscript development to individuals and organizations. We help nonfiction writers develop their ideas, improve their written content, and perfect their texts for publication.

We offer six types of editorial services:

- Coaching

- Developmental editing

- Line editing

- Copyediting

- Proofreading

- Indexing

We specialize in working with general nonfiction authors and journalists; academics in the arts, humanities, and social sciences; performing and visual artists; and businesses and nonprofit organizations. Our team of highly trained editors and coaches are subject-area experts and passionate about helping authors write engaging texts and publish more.

No matter if your project is big and complex or small and straightforward, when you work with us, you can expect the highest quality edits and a quick turnaround.

We work in both US and UK English.


Flatpage publishes nonfiction books written by subject-area experts, thinkers, artists, and journalists who critically analyze current issues. We specialize in helping academics and artists reach a wider audience with their ideas and working with journalists who want to tell more in-depth stories through longer-form writing.

We have an independent, in-house editorial team of academics, artists, journalists, and published authors. Our editors are qualified professionals who can coach you through the publishing process while still allowing you to stay in control of your text. We also offer a quicker time to publication than traditional trade presses, so your ideas stay relevant to your audiences longer.

Flatpage is dedicated to empowering our authors, and we want to publish books that do the same for readers.

*Cara Jordan's Experience

Cara Jordan, PhD, worked as a freelance academic editor before cofounding Flatpage, an editorial agency and publishing house. She is an expert copyeditor whose specialty is journal articles and book manuscripts. While her own scholarly field is art history, in which she earned a PhD from the City University of New York Graduate Center, she has worked on manuscripts across the humanities and social sciences. Additionally, as the chief editor at Flatpage, she oversees a team of editors and manages all projects, which has given her oversight into the various types of clients, editorial services, and manuscript genres. She has a certificate in editing from the University of California San Diego Extended Studies—where she currently teaches advanced copyediting—and is a professional member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading, and a full member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and ACES: The Society for Editing. Cara coedited The Art of Academic Editing: A Guide for Authors and Editors (purchase here), the first full-length guide to the different types of editorial services and when they happen in the life cycle of a scholarly text.

Current Editorial Roles

January 2021–Present, President and Chief Editor, Flatpage, Inc.

January 2023–Present, Instructor, University of California, San Diego, Extended Studies Copyediting Certificate program

June 2015–Present, Freelance Editor, New York and Berlin, Germany

Former Roles

March 2021–November 2022, Copy Editor, Open Arts, PRO Unlimited @ Meta (formerly Facebook, Inc.)

March 2019–February 2021, Managing Editor, Public Art Dialogue (academic journal)

* Please see the Team section on to see our other editors' experience.



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