Alex Barba

Alex Barba - Editor

Former literary agent, book scout, and script doctor specializing in YA and romance. In the words of a great mentor: Story matters!

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Overview

I am an experienced fiction editor, literary agent, book scout, script doctor, and magazine and nonprofit editor. For the majority of my career I've worked on YA and romance stories - first love, love denied, coming-of-age, friendships and adventures, and spicy feminist romance. My main area of expertise is in YA fiction in the following genres: contemporary/realistic, rom-com, contemporary ("low") fantasy, and paranormal fantasy. But I've seen it all, and I love finding a good story in any setting!

What I'm most passionate about is helping to make a good story even better. I enjoy working with writers who are looking to take their work to the next level. I bring a thorough, careful eye to each project and enjoy working with authors in all manner of developmental stages.

Testimonials:

"She is personable, solution-focused, a creative-thinker, and of course has exceptional editorial skills. She has an outstanding eye for effective narrative."

"Alex is a fantastic editor. She is one of the few people I know who can catch every tiny mistake in a document! She's great at taking a piece that needs a lot of finessing and turning it into an engaging read. A very passionate, hardworking, and detail-oriented person."

"I highly recommend Alex for editing and copywriting. She is a focused and detailed-oriented person with a great personality!"

"Alex is exceptional at nurturing others to craft more creative and better-performing content. Given her communication and storytelling skills, it wasn't surprising that she was very easy to work with."
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Contemporary Romance
Historical Romance
New Adult
Paranormal Romance
Romantic Comedy
Romantic Suspense
Social & Family Issues
Young Adult Fantasy

Work experience

Editorial Literary Agent

The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
February, 2018 – May, 2020 (about 2 years)

Content Editor

The Climate Reality Project
August, 2014 – September, 2015 (about 1 year)

Editorial Associate Agent & Foreign Rights Contact

Inklings Literary Agency
May, 2014 – January, 2018 (over 3 years)

Contract Literary Scout

Sanford J. Greenburger Associates
January, 2014 – April, 2014 (3 months)

Literary Scout

Maria B. Campbell Associates
June, 2013 – December, 2013 (6 months)

Story Development (Script Editing)

Scenario-LA
January, 2013 – August, 2013 (7 months)

Editor

Revere Magazine
July, 2012 – August, 2013 (about 1 year)

Portfolio (8 selected works)

The Shrieking Shadow (Spy Gear Adventures)

Barba, Rick, Fischer, Scott M.

The Omega Operative (Spy Gear Adventures)

Barba, Rick, Fischer, Scott M.

The Witch Hunter

Boecker, Virginia

Alex has 2 reviews

Professionalism
Professionalism
Quality
Quality
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Value
Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Kate Drexel
Though I unfortunately couldn't work with Alex, she was incredibly professional and gave me sound advice in the very beginning when I approached her. I hope to have the experience to fully work with her in the future.

Kate Drexel, October 2020

Alex Barba
Thanks Kate - I hope to work with you in the future!

Reply from Alex Barba


Sookoon Ang
Alex's help on developmental editing of my novel is extremely valuable. She gave me with very useful advice and pointed out blind spots in my plot and character development which I was unable to see myself. As a new writer who is embarrassed about having someone read my work, Alex's enthusiasm and openness put me at ease while still providing me with honest and objective feedback that I critic...
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Sookoon Ang, September 2020

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