Arbuckle Editorial offers five primary editorial services, specializing in academic nonfiction and memoir written by and about marginalized and oppressed peoples in a wide range of humanities and social sciences fields, particularly gender and sexuality studies, Native and Indigenous studies, environmental history, and fiction with similar perspectives. (Find a sampling of past projects here.)
Sarah C. Smith (they/she/he) earned bachelor’s degrees in English and letters from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s in publishing from Pace University, New York. They worked as an editorial assistant, manuscript editor, and rights and permissions manager at the University of Oklahoma Press before founding Arbuckle Editorial in 2017.
Sarah edits for authors who don’t want to forget that people will be reading their work. Thus they approach every text with its readers always in mind, editing not only to correct typos and grammatical errors but to ensure that language is inclusive and accurate.
Equally, they approach each author as a person, editing by the philosophy that an author’s work is their own, and suggesting revisions to help clarify their message, not to alter it or insert the editor’s own voice.
Arbuckle Editorial is named for the Arbuckle basement, the geological formation underlying much of the state of Oklahoma—land historically used and inhabited by the Caddo, Wichita, Pawnee, Quapaw, Osage, and Plains Apache peoples, as well as the Kiowa, Comanche, Arapaho, Apache, and Cheyenne nations. In the post-removal era, this land is home to thirty-nine federally recognized Native nations.