Amanda Rutter

Amanda Rutter – Editor

Former acquisitions editor for Angry Robot and SFF editor of award-winning authors, such as Kameron Hurley, Sarah Pinborough and Laura Lam.

Overview

I'm an experienced developmental editor and proofreader, specialising in adult SFF and YA of all genres.

I started my career with Angry Robot, as acquisitions editor for the Strange Chemistry YA imprint. From there I began my freelance editorial career, working with authors such as Kameron Hurley, Sarah Pinborough and Janet Edwards. I am a proofreader for Angry Robot and Black Library, and I work with private clients as a editorial consultant.

I love working with authors to bring out their best possible work, and seeing a manuscript climb to the next level with my assistance. This can involve either a structural edit - identifying the potential issues in a novel, such as plot, pacing and characterisation, and brainstorming solutions with an author - or a final polish of a publication-ready manuscript in the form of proofreading.

“Amanda Rutter is everything you need in an editor. Not only does she provide a frighteningly thorough and effective copy-edit on your manuscript, her story notes are spot on, and she’s warm and friendly to work with. She has years of experience in the business, and is smart, professional, and has great judgement. I would, and have, recommended Amanda’s services to both new writers and veterans who are considering republishing some early work that needs a modern edit. She’s my go-to recommendation because I know she won’t disappoint.”

– Sarah Pinborough
Services
Fiction
Epic Fantasy Horror Military Science Fiction Space Opera Urban Fantasy Young Adult
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Certifications
  • BSC Accounting for Management

Work experience

Self-employed

Jul, 2013 — Present

Working with multiple clients in multiple genres - developmental editing, copy editing and proofreading.

Strange Chemistry

Dec, 2011 — Jul, 2013 (over 1 year)

Acquisitions editor for Angry Robot's YA imprint - discovered voices such as Cassandra Rose Clarke, Gwenda Bond, Laura Lam and Danielle L Jensen.

Portfolio

The Crimson Gods

Christian, Chris, M.

“He was the lad who did it twice, tricked the Devil by a roll of the dice. . . . He goes by the name of Stingy Jack, with a turnip lantern in hand to light his way through the black.”For immortal soulcatcher Buck, acclimating to newfound freedom in 1934 Chicag... read more
Absolute obedience, servitude, neutrality.These were the laws that once governed Bartholomew, an immortal soulcatcher, until one ill-fated night when he was forced to make a choice: rebel against his masters or reveal an ancient, dangerous secret.He chose defi... read more
The distant and unloved colony world of Russalka has no land, only the raging sea. Beneath the waves, the people live in pressurised environments and take what they need from the boundless ocean. It is a hard life, but it is theirs and they fought a war agains... read more
The Pirate's Wish

Cassandra Rose Clarke

After setting out to break the curse that binds them together, the pirate Ananna and the assassin Naji find themselves stranded on an enchanted island in the north with nothing but a sword, their wits, and the secret to breaking the curse: complete three impos... read more
The Assassin's Curse

Cassandra Rose Clarke

Beneath the mountain, the king's reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cecile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king's... read more
For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to s... read more
The Broken Ones

Danielle L Jensen

Below Forsaken Mountain, Marc is deeply involved in a plot to overthrow the tyrant king of Trollus – a secret he keeps from everyone, even his beloved Pénélope. Since a tragic accident revealed her affliction, Pénélope is anathema to her father. He gives her a... read more
After decades of war, the brutal Tathadann Party restored order to shattered Eitan City by outlawing the past and rewriting history. Memory is a commodity – bought and sold, and experienced like a drug. Henraek works as a Tathadann memory thief, draining citiz... read more
The Poison Eater

Shanna Germain

Poison never lies. Tali was once one of the seven martyrs of the forgotten compass. She barely escaped that life with her body and soul intact. Now she has a new life as a poison eater in the city of Enthait. Here she is hailed as one of the city's protectors.... read more
In the year 2519, people on Earth don't grow old and die any longer, their bodies are frozen and they start a new life in the virtual reality of the global game.Jex is almost eighteen, working twelve hour shifts, and dreaming of when she'll be legally adult an... read more
Aurora Firedrake returns in the spellbinding sequel to The Last of the Firedrakes.The seven kingdoms of Avalonia are crumbling and evil is spreading across the land like a plague. Queen Morgana is close to finding a way to open The Book of Abraxas and it's onl... read more
Saffron Coulter is back on Earth, but even so, nothing is easy. Struggling with the victimising expectations of her friends and family and threatened with a stay in psychiatric care, Saffron has to make a choice: to forget about Kena and fit back into the life... read more
In the year 2408, a century after the invention of interstellar portals, seven hundred people scavenge a living in abandoned New York. The respectable citizens have either withdrawn to new settlements in the countryside, or joined the great exodus of humanity ... read more
The Custodian Guard have stood watch over the Emperor's Palace on Terra since the foundation of the Imperium. Charged with protecting the Master of Mankind from all threats, within and without, their fearsome resolve is renowned throughout the galaxy, and thei... read more
Book I of the Manifold Worlds from Hugo-nominated author Foz Meadows. When Saffron Coulter stumbles through a hole in reality, she finds herself trapped in Kena, a magical realm on the brink of civil war. There, her fate becomes intertwined with that of three ... read more
Warrior Witch

Danielle L Jensen

Sometimes, one must become the unimaginable… Cécile and Tristan have accomplished the impossible, but their greatest challenge remains: defeating the evil that they have unleashed upon the world. As they scramble for a way to protect the people of the Isle and... read more
A Magical World. A Stolen Birthright. A Forbidden Love.16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a ... read more
In the second installment of the award-winning Horizon series, Dr. Caeli Crys returns to her war-torn world to fight for those she left behind. Almagest, Caeli’s home, stands on the brink of revolution. Long hidden from the rest of the galaxy, the once-peacefu... read more
Horizon

Tabitha Lord

Caeli Crys isn’t living—she’s surviving. On the run after the genocide of her empathic people, she witnesses a spaceship crash near her hidden camp. When she feels the injured pilot suffering from miles away, she can’t help but risk discovery to save his life.... read more
Honorable Mention, 2017 Reader's Favorite AwardsFinalist, 2017 Next Generation Indie Book AwardsScholar. Slave. Warrior. Wizard.On a planet far from Earth, descendants of marooned space travelers fight a decades-long war. Shy scholar Victoria knows nothing of ... read more
Amber is one of over a million eighteen-year-olds in one of the great hive cities of twenty-sixth century Earth. She’s about to enter the Lottery of 2532, which will assess her abilities and decide her hive level, her profession, her whole future life. Amber’s... read more
Loyalties are tested when worlds collide... Every two thousand years, the dark star Oma appears in the sky, bringing with it a tide of death and destruction. And those who survive must contend with friends and enemies newly imbued with violent powers. The king... read more
On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents, a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past. As the dark star of the cataclysm rises, an illegitimate ruler is tasked with holding to... read more

Amanda has 106 reviews

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Wayne M.

Wayne M.

Aug, 2023

I hired Amanda to edit my work-in-progress military Sci-Fi novel. She did a very thorough job. She did the line-by-line. This included a lot of detail, including what should be capitalized and “What is this character talking about?”. She also told me that I was presenting the story in a fragmented fashion. I would have a short segment about one character in one place, then jump to something ...
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James H.

James H.

Apr, 2023

Another great review from Amanda - can't recommend enough!
Evgeni J.

Evgeni J.

Mar, 2023

Amanda is a very talented editor and easy to work with. Communications with her were very easy and clear. She did a very thorough proofread of my novel and found all the errors left behind. Considering my novel was pretty lengthy, the price for the project was very good and she did an exceptional job. Looking forward to collaborating with her again in the future. Thank you!
Tara H.

Tara H.

Mar, 2023

I am in awe with Amanda and the care she put towards my manuscript. It was a hefty one with too much going on, and I knew she had her work cut out for her. Her feedback was more than I had hoped for, with a thorough editorial letter and extremely helpful notes on my manuscript. Not only did she point out areas that needed work, but she also gave suggestions that made so much sense to my story t...
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Ras K.

Ras K.

Feb, 2023

Fantastic work! I look forward to future collaborations!

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