About Us

Who is TextFormations?

We both received our PhDs in the humanities from the University of California, Berkeley (Italian Studies and History of Art), so we understand the struggle scholars face in the contemporary academic publishing environment. We have published broadly in the fields of Renaissance and early modern studies. To TextFormations we bring fifteen years of professional experience in editing, translation, and project management.

Our clients rely on us for tailored and sophisticated editingtranslationmanuscript preparation, and author support services.

Lisa Regan, PhD My PhD is from the University of California, Berkeley in History of Art, with a specialization in the Italian Renaissance. I have worked for a decade as a developmental editor of academic texts: helping individual scholars to frame the themes and stakes of their work; to create the organizational structures that undergird strong argument; and to articulate complex ideas in the clearest way possible. I have edited a broad spectrum of scholarly writing, from book reviews and conference papers to book-length projects, in a variety of subject areas ranging from architecture and urban planning to medieval manuscripts. I often work with authors at the stage of revising and resubmitting books and articles, providing strategies for incorporating reader feedback and advising on communication with publishers.

Amyrose McCue Gill, PhD I hold a PhD in Italian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley with specializations in Renaissance literature, early modern history, and women and gender studies. I have been a translator, editor, and project manager for over a decade, and handle projects in English, Italian, French, and Spanish. My work in North America and Europe is dedicated to helping to bring out the voices of my clients, who include a wide range of scholars and organizations worldwide. I edit and copyedit text that requires detail-oriented restructuring, rephrasing, and reformatting; I provide trusted, lucid translations that preserve tone while prioritizing meaning; and I teach others to find their unique voices through critical thinking, persuasive writing, and original research.

Our Work

Scholarly projects we have written, edited, translated, and managed have appeared in

  • Publications by:
    • Cambridge University Press
    • Yale University Press
    • Oxford University Press
    • Stanford University Press
    • University of Toronto Press
    • Johns Hopkins University Press
    • Notre Dame University Press
    • Palgrave Macmillan
    • Brepols
    • Brill
    • Leo S. Olschki
    • Routledge
    • Hackett
    • Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance
    • Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
    • Center for Reformation and Renaissance Studies
    • Deutsch Harmonia Mundi

  • Peer-reviewed journals, including:
    • The Art Bulletin
    • Representations
    • Artibus et historiae
    • California Italian Studies
    • Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art
    •  New German Critique
    • Quaderni d’Italianistica
    • Renaissance Quarterly
    • Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte
    • Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung
    • Seminar
    • Recercare
    • Print Quarterly
    • Communication, Culture and Critique
    • Theory, Culture & Society

  • Conferences worldwide, including:
    • College Art Association
    • Modern Language Association
    • Renaissance Society of America
    • Sixteenth Century Society
    • Tedx
    • American Association for Italian Studies
    • California Interdisciplinary Consortium of Italian Studies
    • Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies/Société Canadienne d’Études de la Renaissance

Organizations and corporations for whom we have provided a wide range of communications and consulting support include:

  • 99designs (writing: blog posts, ghostwriting)
  • New Media Ventures (writing)
  • Colorful Universe Children’s Performing Arts Troupe (writing: correspondence and marketing materials; editing; curriculum design)
  • Green Isle Consulting, Inc. (writing, curriculum design, project management)
  • Lean Startup Conference (writing: marketing materials, interviews, blog posts)
  • Purcell Communications (reporting)
  • RealAffinity, Inc. (project management)
  • Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme Journal (writing, editing, translation, and consulting)
During my years as Editor of Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme, I have consistently turned to Amyrose for help in managing special projects, including everything from the large-scale complexities of grant applications and substantial special issues of the journal, to the details and nuances of style guides, contracts, and policies. Throughout she has consistently demonstrated a solid understanding of the academy, a thoughtful and imaginative response to challenges, and an admirable ability to engage professionals through collegial, clear, and succinct communications. I heartily recommend Amyrose and the new partnership.
— Professor William R. Bowen, Chair of the Department of Arts, Culture and Media, University of Toronto Scarborough.