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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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."
English (US)
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)

January, 2013 – August, 2013 (7 months)


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 6 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Alexandria Rizik
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 Rizik, August 2022

Alexandria Rizik
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!

Alexandria Rizik, July 2022

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

Ingrid Du Vernet, May 2021

Ingrid Du Vernet
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.

Ingrid Du Vernet, January 2021

Alex Barba
Thanks Ingrid! It was a pleasure working with you. Looking forward to your next one.

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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!

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