Amanda Karby

Amanda Karby - Editor

Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Publishing industry pro of 10+ years / Experienced copyeditor focused on partnership, quality, and kindness / Literary nonfiction + fiction

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"I have been an editor for fifteen years and Amanda is the most thorough and comprehensive copyeditor I've worked with (or should it be "with whom I've worked"?—Amanda would be able to help with this one!). During all the years she copyedited PLEIADES, she never missed a deadline and always made our language keener. She goes above and beyond, delivering not just a style sheet and corrections but rationales and suggestions. Our authors were *happy* to have their work examined and strengthened by such an astute reader. I would give Amanda my highest recommendation."

—Phong Nguyen, Miller Family Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing at Mizzou; former editor, PLEIADES


When I was an undergrad studying poetry and creative nonfiction, I imagined myself becoming a career author, going on to publish my own work one day. Instead, as I grew and learned, I realized my strongest skills actually lie on the other side of the manuscript.

I offer copyediting, line editing, and proofreading for a wide variety of genres. I have experience in literary fiction and nonfiction, genre fiction, poetry, journalism, and academic writing, with particular interest in short stories and memoir. I hold a BA in English and creative writing from Hope College and an MA in publishing and writing from Emerson College. Professionally, since 2013, I've worked in print and digital publishing production at some of the most prolific university presses and academic publishers in the world.

I view all forms of editing as collaborations between author and editor, and in these collaborations I prioritize communication, high standards, and sincere care. Partnering with an author to polish their writing and highlight their gifts is an honor. If you're seeking a copyeditor with industry experience and a focus on thoughtfulness and quality, I would love to hear from you!


“Amanda is simply wonderful to work with. She's a highly skilled copyeditor, and her work on my second short story collection, UNIVERSAL LOVE, was fabulous!"

—Alexander Weinstein, author of UNIVERSAL LOVE and CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD; Director, The Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing
English (US)
Literary Fiction
Short Story
Biographies & Memoirs
Humanities & Social Sciences
Writing & Publishing


  • MA in Publishing and Writing
  • BA in English and Creative Writing


  • Erika Brubaker Senior Award for Proficiency in Literature, 2010
  • William B. Eerdmans’ Prize for Prose, 2008

Work experience

Freelance Editor

May, 2011 – Present (almost 12 years)

I offer copyediting, line editing, and proofreading services with experience in narrative (creative/literary) fiction and nonfiction, poetry, genre fiction, journalism, and scholarly writing. I specialize in the Chicago Manual of Style and have strong familiarity with AP, APA, and MLA. Clients include Milkweed Editions, PLEIADES Literary Magazine, and Alexander Weinstein.

Senior Digital Publishing Coordinator

Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan Library
February, 2016 – Present (about 7 years)

My role is centered on managing full-suite publishing production for scholarly/academic trade books and open access academic journals, specifically for a number of distributed clients as well as books in our in-house imprint. Production management for books runs from first transmittal of a complete manuscript all the way through to the print and digital release. In addition to my experience in publishing, I am also able to use my copyediting skills in my role, occasionally taking on projects when necessary.

Digital Production Coordinator

The MIT Press
September, 2014 – January, 2016 (over 1 year)

While at MITP I helped direct our ebook production workflows, from developing reflowable ebooks, to managing their distribution to retailers, and every step in between.

Editorial Assistant, Rights Management and Licensing

Pearson North America
May, 2014 – September, 2014 (4 months)

At Pearson I aided Rights Editors in clearing permissions for third-party materials; researching, acquiring, and licensing images; creating and furnishing credits for custom products; and negotiating fees and denials.

Editorial Intern

The Good Men Project
May, 2013 – August, 2013 (3 months)

Editorial Intern

Sleeping Bear Press / Cherry Lake Publishing
May, 2009 – August, 2009 (3 months)

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Universal Love: Stories

Weinstein, Alexander

The Hollow

Barrell, Nicole, Karby, Amanda

Ordinary Sins: Stories

Heynen, Jim, Pohrt, Tom

Amanda has 5 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Derek Schaedig
Amanda was AMAZING to work with! She is a great communicator, and has a lot of passion for the work she does. I cannot recommend her highly enough!

Derek Schaedig, March 2023

Amanda Karby
Derek, it was so wonderful working with you and getting to know your story. So excited to see what comes next for you!

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Natasha Bair
Amanda did quality work editing my manuscript. I'll be coming to her again in the future!

Natasha Bair, January 2023

Saint Williams
Amanda has a lot of knowledge as far as professional editing goes. She was very helpful.

Saint Williams, September 2022

Amanda Karby
It was such a pleasure working with you! Thanks so much for trusting me with your story.

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Andrew Livingston
Amanda is a terrific editor and exactly what my manuscript needed. She is detail-oriented, organized, professional, kind, and a pleasure to work with. Very highly recommended.

Andrew Livingston, February 2022

Amanda Karby
Andrew, I want to reiterate my thanks for your kindness, thoroughness, and patience throughout our work together, particularly as I had some tech issues and needed to extend our original deadlines....
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Grace Lockhart
Amanda was very professional and helpful. She offered affordable prices with quality revisions.

Grace Lockhart, October 2021

Amanda Karby
It was such a pleasure working with you, Grace—thank you for trusting me with your first book and for bringing children such an important subject with your story!

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