Content Writing and Copyediting
IN THE PRESS
In her book, Lucia Raatma provides the young reader with a picture of this amazing man and his life. With photographs and simple language, Ms. Raatma can do what many have difficulty doing, explain the wonder and greatness of this man without confusing a young reader. Her simple explanation of his power and the moments surrounding this time in our history make the book a good choice for any classroom or media center collection. Through her words, Ms. Raatma is able to convey the reverence both supporters and detractors held for Martin Luther King Jr. She shows that he not only changed the minds of regular citizens but of Presidents and heads of state. While this book is written for younger children, Ms. Raatma does not sugar coat how blacks were treated during this time.
Review of Martin Luther King Jr. biography
—Children’s Literature, January 2007
Lucia Raatma has been involved in print and online publications for more than twenty years.
She has worked full-time at companies such as
G. P. Putnam's Sons and Reader's Digest, copy editing both fiction and nonfiction, and has held communications roles in higher education.
Lucia does freelance copy editing for Penguin Random House (the Riverhead, Tarcher, Dutton, and Putnam imprints) and writes children's books for educational publishers such as Capstone Press and Scholastic.
Born Lucia Tarbox in Georgetown, SC, she grew up on the grounds of Brookgreen Gardens, an outdoor sculpture garden and wildlife park, located between Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet.
She earned a B.A. in English from the University of South Carolina, then went on to earn an M.A. in cinema studies from New York University.
After living in New York for a couple of decades, she now makes her home in the Tampa Bay area with her husband and their two children, Lizzie and Alex, as well as a sweet rescue dog named Phoebe.
Articles and images are the intellectual property of the publications in which they appeared.
Feature story from Spirit: The Magazine of Saint Leo University (Spring 2017)
Faculty story on USF College of Nursing website (June 2019)
Student story on USF College of Nursing website (May 2018)
Promotional page from Reader's Digest magazine (April 2006)
RD Food and RD Pets items from
Reader's Digest magazine (April 2006)
Opening spread from Green Living: No Action Too Small (Capstone Press, 2009)
Spread from Trailblazers of the Modern World: Jackie Robinson (World Almanac Library, 2002)
Fiction and nonfiction titles for a number of imprints