Sofia Geck

Sofia Geck – Editor

A multidisciplinary developmental editor, dual-wielding experience in both academic and fiction publishing, particularly children's media.

Overview

Whether it's science or science fiction, children or academic audiences, I'll work with you one-on-one to ensure clarity and concision in your writing. I draw on experience from multiple realms, including acquisition editing at Springer Nature and educational writing for children's media companies like Sesame Workshop and PBS Kids.


On the science writing side, I specialize in academic books and journal articles in the behavioral sciences, particularly psychology, criminology, and social work. Drawing on my in-house experience, I can advise on how to tailor proposals for maximum publisher appeal, including writing effective marketing text and shaping your work to target particular audiences.


My background is in English literature and psychology, and in addition to academic writing, I'm equally enthusiastic to take on fiction projects. Beyond my experience working on children's educational media, I am passionate about high-concept speculative fiction, graphic novels, and podcasts/audio dramas.


My editorial letters are thorough and full of insightful questions designed to help you consider the most effective way to frame an idea or argument for your intended readers. I’m happy to adapt my services based on the needs of your specific project, ranging from a full evaluation of your book’s structure, style, and scope to a shorter consultation on the best way to approach publishers with a manuscript proposal.



Services
Non-Fiction
Business & Management Music Psychology
Fiction
Children's Fantasy Science Fiction Short Story Young Adult Fantasy
Languages
English (US)
Awards
  • 2022 GBH Kids Scriptwriting Fellow

Work experience

Springer Nature

Aug, 2017 — Sep, 2021 (about 4 years)

I commissioned, edited and coordinated production of academic books in Applied Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and Criminology. I also supported senior editors in clinical, social, and personality psychology, as well as public health and social work.

PBS Kids, Sesame Workshop

Jul, 2019 — Present

Freelance writer, lyricist, and composer for children’s TV. Credits include:
–Work It Out Wombats!, WGBH/PBS Kids (2023): Writer and lyricist for an animated series teaching computational thinking. 2022 GBH Kids Scriptwriting Fellow.
– Sesame Workshop: Writer and lyricist for various short songs for the Sesame cast on topics such as cultural diversity and personal hygiene.
– Sesame Studios: Composer and lyricist for "Grow Up Next To You", an original song about having fun as a family for the animated web series “Gnome Bros”.

Barnard College Writing Center

Oct, 2014 — May, 2017 (over 2 years)

Writing tutor for academic essays in multiple subject areas. I facilitated hour-long sessions with undergraduate students to develop their writing and editing strategies.

Portfolio

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Sherilynn K B.

Sherilynn K B.

Feb, 2024

Sofia is thorough, detail-oriented, professional, and works quickly. I appreciate her editing work with my novels.
Thejus C.

Thejus C.

Apr, 2022

Sofia's ability to couch guidance and criticism in a digestible manner is rare. Her editorial letter shone a flashlight into the dark corners of my writing and exposed a few rotten beams and a possum's nest. I definitely plan to work with her again. But first, the possums.
Sherilynn K B.

Sherilynn K B.

Feb, 2022

Sofia has been wonderful to work with. She is organized and thorough, and provided an outline of her process, including expectations for meetings and a timeline. She also provided summaries of each conversation we had. Sofia’s editing notes were comprehensive and valuable. She definitely made my writing better, and did so with kindness and consistency. I definitely plan to use her services again.

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