Angel Butts

Angel Butts – Editor

The devil is in the details! The Word Angel casts demons from scifi, suspense, romance, and research for Macmillan, Rutgers, and nonprofits.


After nearly two decades in the business, I've worked with just about everything. Pulitzer-prize-winning novels. Dissertations in sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, philosophy. Thrillers, mysteries, zombies, true crime, romance, erotica, scifi, and more zombies. Men who love dogs and the women who love them. Quantitative and qualitative research reports, journal articles, grant evaluations, and more.

I trained at MLA headquarters, I hold an MA (ABD) in sociology, and I love what I do.

I am not an official sensitivity reader, but I hope to become certified soon. I reject sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, and fat shaming, and I will call it out when I see it, every time I see it, in every manuscript I work on. This is not a crusade; it's a professional decision as much as a personal one. I firmly believe the majority of contemporary readers are alienated by such language. In 2021, both authors and editors should be educating themselves about things like, for example, how to write nonwhite and/or nonheteronormative characters in ways that do not perpetuate stereotypes or enduring harms. We can all do better. Let's do better together.


I am not shy in my feedback; expect to receive a heavily marked manuscript at the end of our contract. In the interest of both clarity and expediency, I am direct in my feedback; though none of my clients have ever mistaken this directness as stereotypical editorial disdain or hostility (it is not), they might agree that my services are not for the faint of heart.

That said, I work with the understanding that you are the driver of your property. I am simply here to make your work as polished as it can possibly be. In the end, it is entirely up to you to decide whether to accept any changes I suggest or follow any advice I provide, and I respect your voice and your decisions.


I am fortunate to have a very active client roster--even busier lately with the recent addition of Simon & Schuster. As a result, I typically book anywhere from one to four months in advance. (At the time of this writing, October 2021, I am booking new projects to begin in February 2022.)

I am fairly selective in the titles I choose to bid on.

I accept complete manuscripts only.



Please respect my time and consider this carefully before you send your request.

Expect my bid to come in around $600 per 10,000 words. It may vary a bit based on your sample and a few other factors (e.g., the work is part of a series, the theme is of particular interest, etc.), but it will be in that vicinity. Subsequent rounds and projects may be discounted unless part of a package.


Though I welcome submissions of any genre or topic, I am particularly interested in receiving socially impactful works that seek not only to entertain their audience but also to elevate, educate, or enlighten. This may be as direct as a nonfiction book about the history of a particular social movement or as indirect as a romance novel in which gender equity is a central motivating force, or a sci fi novel that tackles income inequality or climate change.
Horror LGBTQ Fiction Mystery & Crime Romance Science Fiction Thriller & Suspense Women's Fiction
Humanities & Social Sciences Political Science & Current Affairs True Crime
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

Alexandra Chandler for U.S. Congress

Apr, 2018 — Oct, 2018 (6 months)

Worked closely with campaign manager and volunteers to schedule appearances for a candidate running for U.S. Congress in the 3rd District of Massachusetts in 2018. Prior to the campaign, I had performed a developmental edit on an editorial written by Ms. Chandler that appeared in the Washington Post.


Mar, 2015 — Present

Converted decade-plus side gig into a successful full-time endeavor. I copyedit, proofread, and correct files for print and online publication, build and maintain client list, generate and track all invoices, and maintain financial records.

Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York (SUNY)

Sep, 2008 — Dec, 2008 (3 months)

Taught one section of Introduction to Sociology.

Educational Testing Service

Jul, 2004 — Jul, 2012 (about 8 years)

Generated test items for the Sociology Teaching Licensure Exam (PRAXIS II/2012) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL/2004). Developed items within strict content guidelines to ensure each exam’s fairness and accessibility.

Rutgers University

Jun, 2003 — Dec, 2015 (over 12 years)

Courses Taught: Expository Writing, Mass Communication in Modern Society, Introduction to Sociology, Criminology, Sexuality and Society, Sociology of Deviant Behavior, Sociology of Sex and Gender

Modern Language Association (MLA)

Aug, 1997 — Dec, 2008 (over 11 years)

Duties under the managing editor of MLA publications included selecting reviewers and ensuring the timely review of submissions to literary journal PMLA and both corresponding with and preparing correspondence for journal editors, editorial board members, authors, and reviewers.
Duties under the production director included proofreading and correcting electronic files of MLA publications for the in-house electronic production department (formerly the typesetting department).
Duties under the executive director included generating correspondence related to grant funding, governance, awards, and professional publications as well as creating and maintaining a historical archive of MLA actions.


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Angel has 6 reviews





Markus C.

Markus C.

Oct, 2022

Angel did an amazing job. There were a few grammatical errors she missed and some slight inconsistencies. But I understand that nothing is perfect and things can be missed as no one has a perfect eye. Overall, it was worth the money. Will be hiring her again.
Patrick B.

Patrick B.

Dec, 2021

Angel persevered through interruptions and long delays due to issues on my end. She remained professional and her editorial work was spot on. Her insight to my story was specific and accurate and although I wasn’t necessarily looking for content editing, the comments and observations she shared were very helpful.
Robert H.

Robert H.

Jun, 2021

Thank you for the wonderful insight to help me tell my first story.
Javier G.

Javier G.

Jan, 2021

Superb. I hired Angel for a copy edit, but she went above and beyond. Her corrections made my writing stronger. Now I can't wait to publish! As a bonus, her explanations behind each edit are lessons I get to take for my next projects. Angel has made me a better writer. An example: "I think it’s best to leave the value judgments to the reader. Your job is to paint the picture of the character...
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Selene M.

Selene M.

Dec, 2020

I absolutely loved working with Angel! Her feedback was fantastic, her dev was very helpful and supportive, and her line edits caught so much that I missed or didn’t know. Phenomenal!
Angel B.
Thank you, Selene! It was a pleasure working with you, and I'm so pleased you were happy with my service. I look forward to seeing you in print!