Alicia J Rouverol

Alicia J Rouverol - Editor

Manchester, UK

I am a NYT-reviewed writer and keen editor, specialising in fiction, short stories, biography, and non-fiction, w/ a passion for economics.

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Note: Unless you are currently a client of mine -- or we are in discussion about your project -- due to high demand, at present, I am not taking on full-length novels, novellas, memoirs, non-fiction books. I am only taking on short stories (or full collections/story cycles). If you have a project you feel I would be interested in, do check back with me in future!

I am a writer and editor, living in Manchester, England, where I studied fiction writing with novelists Geoff Ryman, Jeanette Winterson, Ian McGuire, and Maria Hyland, at the Centre for New Writing, University of Manchester (PhD, 2017; MA, 2013). I have taught creative writing/literature at four universities in the North West of England, and, since 2019, have been an Associate Lecturer at the University of Salford. I served as principal writer and editor on my first co-authored non-fiction book, favourably reviewed by the New York Times and nominated for a book award. In addition to editing non-fiction, I also edit fiction projects, with an emphasis on literary/upmarket works, but have also worked with authors on YA novels. As a writer, I have completed two novels and am finishing a collection of short stories (several of which are now published), so I do bring a fiction 'toolkit' to the mix.

I have worked on freelance editorial projects over a number of years, in a variety of settings -- exhibition texts, online formats, science projects for kids, contemporary, literary and YA novels in development. Because I teach writing regularly (in both university and workshop settings), I'm comfortable meeting clients where they are in their own writing process. It's vital that writers secure useful feedback but feel supported in the process.

As a writer myself, I have worked with a number of editors over the years on my own projects and learned how to support my clients best from engaging with other editors -- I know what I found helpful in an editor, and what I did not! Because I have also spent years teaching students of creative writing, I'm aware of the pitfalls writers fall into and strive to help writers to locate the issues in their own work. This is not a matter of simply showing you what needs changing but helping you to isolate your own 'tics' so you can resolve them. As I have developed my own non-fiction book proposals, sample chapters, and query letters (as well as novel pitches) for agents and publishers, I understand the process and journey of taking a project to publication. I usually work directly with authors, but I have also worked as an editor professionally for a publisher. Lastly, I have done quite a bit of editorial work in oral history -- a rather niche field, but Studs Terkel made it pretty popular some time ago!

"I loved working with Alicia on my young adult novel. Her sharp observation and thoroughness helped me to strengthen and build my characters in a way that impresses me still. Her suggestions guided me to re-think elements of the plot to help my story more accurately flow in the direction I wanted it to. Her suggestions were invaluable in helping me create a stronger story and I could not be more pleased with the outcome. I would definitely work with her again." -- Jennifer Barnes, 2021

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Economics
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Literary Fiction
Short Story

Certifications

  • PhD, Creative Writing
  • MA, Creative Writing
  • MA, Folklore 
  • BA, English with Creative Writing Concentration

Awards

  • Elizabeth George Foundation Writers Grant
  • Nominated for the OHA Book Award
  • Nominated for the Schwartz Humanities Prize
  • Twice finalist for the Lange-Taylor Prize

Work experience

Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing

University of Salford
September, 2019 – Present (almost 3 years)

At Salford I work with my students on fiction writing, teaching the fiction workshop, experimental writing ('the hybrid'), and biography. Most recently, I developed a course on Researching and Planning the Novel.

Lecturer/Associate Lecturer/TA in Creative Writing, Fiction

Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam and Manchester Universities
January, 2015 – February, 2019 (about 4 years)

While Lecturer in Creative Writing at Sheffield, I co-edited fiction for Route 57: Modern Natures issue (see portfolio); this included providing substantive editorial support, copyediting, and proofreading galleys.

At Sheffield Hallam, as Associate Lecturer, I taught story and image, helping students develop and fine tune screenplays and comics.

On the PhD course at Manchester, I co-taught fiction writing with award-winning Canadian novelist and science fiction writer, Geoff Ryman.

Editor, Business and Trade Series

World Trade Press
November, 2011 – March, 2012 (4 months)

I led a team of writers producing 200 articles on business and trade for the top 100 GNP nations. This included fact checking, editing, copyediting, and proofreading.

Assistant Editor/Marketing Manager

Narrative Magazine
January, 2010 – December, 2012 (almost 3 years)

I spent three years as an Assistant Editor for Narrative Magazine, reading from the slush pile, as well as one year working in the San Francisco office in marketing, giving me valuable insight into the literary publishing world.

Freelance Writer and Editor

Self-employed
January, 2008 – August, 2012 (over 4 years)

In addition to taking on freelance editorial projects, I was a Contributing Writer for Parents Digest and a Contributing Book Reviewer for The Monitor. I also developed my own non-fiction book proposals.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

I Was Content and Not Content: The Story of Linda Lord and the Closing of Penobscot Poultry

Rouverol, Alicia J., Cole, Stephen A., Chatterley, Cedric N.

"I am Ella Fountain Keesler pratt": An Oral History

Rouverol, Alicia J.; Foreword by Reynolds Price

Life on the Rocks, 12 Common Creatures on the Pacific Rocky Coast, A Guide for Kids

Keller, Debra Reilly, Debra Reilly Keller, Alicia Rouverol, David Keller, Dave Hogan

Finding Marin, Stories of Home

Jeanne Borgardus, James Flavell, Debra McKnight Higgins, Tracy Grant, Pemela Morton, Alicia J. Rouverol, Margie Crawford-Ryan, Roehrick Design, Robert Bengtson

Alicia J has 5 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Anthony Balkwill
Alicia provided timely and exceedingly thorough feedback about my novel, which I have just finished redrafting. Her comments identified significant areas of the text which needed revision, especially in the structure and point(s) of view of the overall work. I had not appreciated that the way I had set things up had been so flawed, but, taking Alicia's advice, I revised things substantially, an...
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Anthony Balkwill, July 2022


Jo Szewczyk
Alicia is the perfect 'first experience' at Reedsy. She is brilliant, communicative, and has a great attention for detail. I hired her for a 'second eyes' vs another editorial $$ervice and she blew them out of the water. She is attentive and will find the exact problem and her notes will help guide you to create a better manuscript. I will definitely use her services in the future (and so shoul...
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Jo Szewczyk, May 2022


Sophie Wright
Working with Alicia has been a dream! This is the first of hopefully several books I plan to write, so I'm hugely grateful to her for guiding me through this process. Alicia always replied super fast and with plenty of context. I felt able to ask and discuss as many things as I needed and she always gave me options and advice. She has done great job of finding the balance between a thorough co...
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Sophie Wright, May 2022


Joe P
I joined Reedsy as a complete novice. I knew I needed some guidance on how to move my book forward but didn’t know where to begin. I reached out to 5 editors before deciding to go with Alicia. Her CV speaks for itself and the initial conversations we had were very positive. She was very patient in replying to lots of my questions and provided me excellent guidance from the very beginning. On...
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Joe P, March 2022


David B
Alicia has provided an editorial assessment for two short stories of mine. I sought out Alicia based on her wide-ranging experiences as a writer, editor, and creative writing instructor, and what I found was that her talent in those areas clearly enriches and broadens the editorial perspective she offers to emerging writers. When you read Alicia's assessments, you realize right away that she...
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David B, November 2021

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