Aja Pollock

Aja Pollock – Editor

Making sure your prose sings, your facts and story are straight, and your unique voice shines through.


My mission is to enable writers to connect with readers through clear and vibrant prose. I approach every project with sensitivity and respect for the author's voice and vision. For me, the goal of every edit, no matter how big or small, is to build a stronger bridge between writer and reader.

For more than fifteen years, I've been a freelance editor for Simon & Schuster (where I began my trade publishing career as an in-house production editor), Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and Macmillan as well as smaller houses and self-publishing authors. My reputation as a sensitive, careful, and thoughtful editor has brought me manuscripts from just about every genre by an incredibly diverse array of authors, from first-time novelists to beloved, long-established writers, from twentysomething bloggers to globe-trotting journalists with decades of experience, and even a former president, for good measure.

And now a few words from authors who were kind enough to thank me in their books:

[Thank you to] everyone at Scribner—especially copy editor Aja Pollock, who knew the correct spelling of “Yog-Sothoth.”
--Patton Oswalt, author of Zombie Spaceship Wasteland

Our sincere thanks also go to Aja Pollock, our sharp-eyed copy editor, whose thoroughness and flair for culture high and not-so-high are an exceedingly rare combination.
--Dade Hayes and Dawn Chmielewski, authors of Binge Times

Copy editor Aja Pollock's eagle eye took the book to a higher level.
--Bill Parcells and Nunyo Demasio, authors of Parcells: A Football Life

Aja Pollock is not only a brilliant copy editor but saved me countless times from undoubtedly incurring the wrath of horror fans everywhere with careless mistakes.
--Adam Rockoff, author of The Horror of It All

My copy editor, Aja Pollock, saved me from countless errors.
--H. D. S. Greenway, author of Foreign Correspondent

Special thanks to Aja Pollock for all the ways you bettered the manuscript.
--Lauren Weisberger, author of Revenge Wears Prada

And [thanks] especially to Aja Pollock, my copy editor, an unsung hero, who was meticulous and supersmart.
--Rachel Greenwald, author of Have Him at Hello

Art Biographies & Memoirs Entertainment Music
Fantasy Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Thriller & Suspense Women's Fiction
English (US)
  • NYU Summer Publishing Institute
  • BA in Medieval Culture from Brown University

Work experience

on my porch, at a coffee shop, in far-flung places . . .

Apr, 2004 — Present

Freelance copy editor, line editor, and development editor for publishers large and small, as well as self-published authors.

Simon & Schuster

Mar, 2004 — Mar, 2006 (about 2 years)


Born to Run

Bruce S.

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Named a New York Times Notable Book of 2018, and a Best Book of 2018 by NPR, The New York Times Book Review, Amazon, The Boston Globe, LitHub, Vulture, Slate, Elle, Vox, and Electric Literature."Tana French’s best and most intricately nuanced novel yet." -- Th... read more
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER"Ultra-readable." –Vogue "Equal parts cotton candy and red meat, in the best way." –People "Wolitzer’s social commentary can be as funny as it is queasily on target.” –Wall Street Journal"Wolitzer is one of those rare writers who creat... read more
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From a #1 New York Times bestselling author comes her “best book yet” (Philadelphia Inquirer), a “compulsively readable” novel that shows “there’s no doubt Weiner knows how to deliver a certain kind of story, and well” (The New York Times Book Review).Allison ... read more
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The autobiography every true American has been waiting for: a shockingly candid and raw confessional from a national treasure.From his humble beginnings in a desolate Iowa coal mining town, his years at Our Lady Queen of Chewbacca High School to his odds-defyi... read more
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Named one of the most anticipated novels of the year by New York Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Publishers Weekly, The Huffington Post, and more. From New York Times and internationally bestselling autho... read more
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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and a finalist for the National Book Award!From the PEN/Hemingway Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed short story collection, Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, comes Billy Lynn's Long H... read more
Ken Follett’s magnificent new historical epic begins as five interrelated families move through the momentous dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women’s suffrage. A thirteen-year-old Welsh boy enters a man’s world in th... read more
A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys.This bewitching and harrowing tale of... read more
George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, has authored a personal biography of his father, George H. W. Bush, the 41st President. Forty-three men have served as President of the United States. Countless books have been written about them. But ne... read more

Aja has 64 reviews





Brooke D.

Brooke D.

Sep, 2023

Aja was my first choice as a copyeditor, and I was thrilled when she responded quickly and showed interest in my manuscript. Her attention to detail is amazing, and her changes made my book stronger. She finished the project on time, always communicated well, and made sure all my questions were answered. Having my book edited to Big 5 standard is exciting, and I'm grateful to have been able to ...
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Ryan M.

Ryan M.

May, 2023

I like to think of a creative work, such as a manuscript, as a house. Aja ensured that my house wouldn’t collapse onto my head. Moreover, she turned it into a home.
Michele P.

Michele P.

Dec, 2022

Editing is everything when self-publishing. I have hired Aja several times for both my first novel, and my new manuscript. She is professional, always timely, easy to communicate with, and top of the game in her craft. When putting a book out there in the world independently, you need a village behind you to make sure it is as clean as possible, and that the words shine ... Aja is critical in m...
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Elayne Z.

Elayne Z.

Dec, 2022

Aja is an excellent proofreader. She proofed my two latest books. I was impressed by her attention to detail, thoroughness, and professionalism. She met her deadlines and thoughtfully answered all my questions. I highly recommend her.
Michele P.

Michele P.

Oct, 2022

I have worked with Aja so many times now that I feel she is part of my writing process. She is incredibly professional, and has a command of her craft that is invaluable to a writer. I can't say enough good things about this gem of an editor, except that whatever you send to her will be made so much better if you follow her advice.

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