Amelia Beamer

Amelia Beamer – Editor

100+ novels edited over 15+ years / trad. published and critically acclaimed author / generous with industry insider information

Overview

“Amelia is a brilliant editor. She can pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses of a story as well as any editor I’ve dealt with, and suggest smoothly compatible improvements.”

– Tim Powers, World Fantasy Award winning author of Declare and Last Call


I'm a developmental editor of 100+ fantasy, horror, and other novels, working mostly with first-time authors. Books I've edited have gone on to be published by Big Four publishers and other traditional and hybrid publishers, as well as earning glorious reader feedback after being self published. I've earned my stripes working as an editor and book packager for Shueisha English Edition, a major publisher in Japan, and Locus, the trade magazine for the science fiction, fantasy, and horror publishing industry. I welcome writers whose first language is something other than English, as I understand how to address the cross-cultural and linguistic translation issues these books often have.


Here's the kind of stuff we'll tackle, with example problems we can fix:



● Character and plot development (example issue: characters mired in conflicts that bog down the plot)

● Worldbuilding (example issue: explaining unnecessary information)

● Competitive pacing (example issue: the character got up in the morning and spent hours waiting for the story to start)

● Clear, compelling writing (example issue: sentence constructions that used to be common but now feel dated)


I also am (weirdly?) grateful to have felt the sting of lots of red pens, as an author of a critically acclaimed novel and a number of professionally published short stories. I take a long view of writing careers (you'll be a new writer for at least ten years), and I expect you can and will be writing at a professional level.





“Amelia’s comments addressed all the worries I had about the story she beta-read for me—and she brought up several new and useful points for me to consider. After her input I feel well and truly un-stuck with this story.”

– Margo Lanagan, World Fantasy Award winning and Michael L. Printz Honor author of Black Juice and Tender Morsels



“Amelia did an incredible job. Her developmental edit was detailed and offered very insightful comments. Thanks to her developmental edit, I managed to fix major issues in the novel including plot holes, continuity issues, character motivations, pacing, etc."

– Hashem Al-Ghaili, author, Simulation: The Great Escape


Services
Fiction
Horror Psychological Thriller Urban Fantasy
Languages
English (UK) English (US)
Awards
  • Commended for the William L. Crawford Award
  • Finalist for the Locus Award for First Novel
  • Honorable Mention, Raymond Carver Contest
  • Two-time finalist for the Dell Magazines Award
  • Artist residency at Gullkistan Center for Creativity, Iceland
Certifications
  • BA in English Literature
  • Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop

Work experience

Shueisha English Edition

Jan, 2011 — Mar, 2023 (about 12 years)

● Managed book production to deadline for popular fiction titles translated from Japanese into English, taking materials from raw translation to polished e-book
● Advised on corporate strategy and cross-cultural translation considerations

Locus Publications

Apr, 2005 — Aug, 2011 (over 6 years)

● Wrote, edited, and proofread time-sensitive content for print and electronic distribution
● Managed conflicting priorities including deliverable production, journalism, book reviews, and a thousand other things including knowing where the car keys are

Self-employed

Jan, 2005 — Present

Portfolio

Proofreading
ZOO

Otsuichi

Proofreading
The Byways: A Novel

Pascual, Mary

Developmental Editing
Under Another Sun

Siciliano, D.M.

Developmental Editing
Labyrinth

Yoshinori Shimizu

Proofreading
Inside

D.M. Siciliano

Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Proofreading
TSUNAMI

Tetsuo Takashima

Proofreading
Proofreading
Proofreading

Amelia has 4 reviews

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Harrison E.

Harrison E.

Mar, 2024

I highly recommend Amelia. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more insightful and perceptive Development Editor. She provided a high-level summary document outlining the core strengths of my novel as well as the key areas for improvement, which included: character development, world-building, writing style, and plot continuity issues, to name a few. Her review of the manuscript was brimming with p...
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Amelia B.
Harrison, you were a delight to work with, and I really enjoyed your novel. Please keep in touch and let me know how everything goes. I look forward to our future collaborations, and thanks for you...
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Ian C.

Ian C.

Jan, 2024

Amelia did a very good job with my book, and I have a very clear idea moving forwards of what needs to be done to make it the best it can be. She was very timely in her responses, and very clear with her comments. Just overall, a very solid, quality job.
Amelia B.
Thank you, Ian! It was really a pleasure to work with you, and I appreciate you taking the time to leave a glowing review.
Pamela L.

Pamela L.

Jan, 2024

It was an absolute pleasure collaborating with Amelia. Her insightful comments were invaluable and made a significant impact on my writing. Amelia adeptly addressed my concerns and went above and beyond. She fearlessly trimmed sentences, paragraphs, and chapters when necessary, ensuring the manuscript's strength. Moreover, she generously praised moments that evoked strong emotions. Her guidance...
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Amelia B.
Pamela, thanks so much for your wonderful review. I loved your novel and it was an absolute pleasure to be trusted to help shape your work.
Samuel E.

Samuel E.

Oct, 2023

Working with Ameila was great. She provided high quality feedback that was both clear and insightful. She explained the reasoning behind specific choices and suggestions in the draft so I was better able to understand the goal and how it would improve my writing. Both feedback and communication were prompt and she answered questions I had about the draft and the query process in general in a hi...
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