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!


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.


"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."

New Adult Young Adult Fantasy
English (US)

Work experience

The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

Feb, 2018 — May, 2020 (about 2 years)

The Climate Reality Project

Aug, 2014 — Sep, 2015 (about 1 year)

Inklings Literary Agency

May, 2014 — Jan, 2018 (over 3 years)

Sanford J. Greenburger Associates

Jan, 2014 — Apr, 2014 (3 months)

Maria B. Campbell Associates

Jun, 2013 — Dec, 2013 (6 months)


Jan, 2013 — Aug, 2013 (7 months)

Revere Magazine

Jul, 2012 — Aug, 2013 (about 1 year)

Alex has 7 reviews





Hillary M.

Hillary M.

Feb, 2023

Alex was quick, insightful, and a great communicator! She helped me step outside "author brain" and dig into what the project needed most.
Alexandria R.

Alexandria R.

Aug, 2022

I've worked with Alex twice now--for a manuscript edit and a query review. She is professional, prompt, and the value she added to the project exceeded my expectations of any editor. Highly recommend!
Alexandria R.

Alexandria R.

Jul, 2022

I'm so glad I found Alex on Reedsy for my manuscript. She gave such thorough edits that have helped me analyze my writing and refine in areas that need improving. I highly recommend her if you are looking for an editor!
Ingrid D.

Ingrid D.

May, 2021

Alex is incredibly professional, reliable, and punctual. She has a wonderful eye and a wealth of knowledge to share.
Ingrid D.

Ingrid D.

Jan, 2021

Alex is professional, experienced and incredibly knowledgeable in the field of YA. She has a great eye for detail and has a way of challenging you in order to squeeze your very best work out of you. Her feedback is constructive and enlightening, and she is honest and approachable. Your manuscript will be a very different animal with her input. I can wholeheartedly recommend her services.
Alex B.
Thanks Ingrid! It was a pleasure working with you. Looking forward to your next one.

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