Anne-Marie Rutella

Anne-Marie Rutella – Editor

Copy editor specializing in romance, science fiction, and fantasy. Copy edited for Harlequin, HarperCollins, Carina Press, and Avon.


I am a copy editor with over twenty years of experience in publishing. I have copy edited for Harlequin, HarperCollins, Avon, Carina Press, Ravenous Romance, The Reading List, and Kirkus Editorial as well as directly with writers. Some authors I've edited are Mike Chen, Christine Rimmer, Susan Mallery, Marie Force, and Adam Carpenter.

When working on your manuscript I follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. I am reliable, thorough, and precise in English usage. I understand and am sensitive to the issues faced by copy editors working within the context of an author's style. I do my best to preserve and enhance your voice. I work with Track Changes activated - it is your manuscript and you have the final say always. I make great use of the comments feature and will always query or flag anything questionable. I love working directly with authors to polish their work to industry standards before submitting to agents and publishers or self-publishing.

In the romance area, I can't get enough of a paranormal romance, especially a good shifter or vampire story! Contemporary, historical, romantic suspense, and rom-coms are most definitely in my wheelhouse. Sports romance is one of my specialties as well. And I never shy away from a good erotica story. I also adore a good holiday story - any holiday!!

In the historical fiction arena, I just love a good Regency, Celtic / Irish story, or Viking-era England settings and feel these in my blood. I find Neolithic, Paleolithic, Ice Age, or any prehistoric setting in any area of the world highly interesting, especially if it combines modern times and prehistory via archeology, time travel, or some other unique way.

Some of the science fiction / fantasy subgenres I enjoy working on are space opera, space Western, dirty space, and UFO/conspiracy. Dystopian and postapocalyptic stories, while not the escapism they once were (!), are still fun and thrilling. Urban, paranormal, steampunk, and epic fantasies are favorites to work on. I also love a good horror story. In my free time I play Dungeons & Dragons (roll for initiative!) so any sword & sorcery medieval adventures are going to get my attention, as well.

I hope to work with you soon. Stay well.

Contemporary Romance Epic Fantasy Historical Fiction Holiday Horror Paranormal Romance Post-Apocalyptic Space Opera
English (UK) English (US)
  • Hunter College, English
  • New York University, Copy Editing

Work experience


Aug, 1999 — Present

Independent Authors – 1999-present
Work with authors across all genres to copy edit manuscripts in prepublication and for self-publishing.


Screenwriter Magazine – June 2002 – December 2005
Off-site Staff Copy Editor
Copy edited articles for monthly trade magazine for the script-writing and film industry.


Hollan Publishing - Sep 2008 – Jan 2009
Copy edited novellas, anthologies, and full-length novels for Ravenous Romance, featuring erotica, science fiction, urban fantasy, and contemporary romance.


Harlequin Enterprises – 2009 - Feb 2020
Copy editing for all in-house imprints.


Carina Press – 2010 - Feb 2020
Copy editing for all in-house imprints.


Kirkus Editorial – November 2012 – April 2014
Copy editing in the following genres: general fiction, romance, science fiction / fantasy, thriller, entertainment / pop culture.


HarperCollins – 2014- Feb 2020
Copy editing for all in-house imprints.



Harlequin Enterprises – 2001 – 2009
Reviewed manuscripts for consideration for Desire, Harlequin Historicals, Silhouette Romantic Suspense, Special Edition, Kimani, and Love Inspired lines. Submitted written reports on content and marketability.

Bookspan – 2000 – 2009
Reviewed manuscripts for consideration for Doubleday Book Club, The Literary Guild, The Mystery Guild, and Science Fiction Book Club. Submitted written reports on content and marketability.


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Anne-Marie has 69 reviews





Riya A.

Riya A.

Jun, 2024

The copyedit went smoothly and was delivered on schedule. All communication was courteous and friendly!
Deborah M.

Deborah M.

May, 2024

I am very glad that Anne-Marie agreed to copy edit my manuscript. Her edits were thorough and clear, and she was friendly and responsive to work with. The manuscript was in good shape, but Anne-Marie’s expertise raised it to the next level of readiness for publication. And I loved her wonderful little side comments that showed she was fully engaged and was reading the story beyond its mechan...
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Oliver K.

Oliver K.

Apr, 2024

As a first-time author, I wasn’t really sure what to expect but Anne-Marie was so personal, friendly and knowledgeable in her interactions I needn’t have worried. I was so impressed by the level of care and interest she showed, delivering a host of subtle refinements and suggestions (and brilliant sidenotes), that somehow both preserved and improved everything I had managed to pull together on ...
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Maria E.

Maria E.

Mar, 2024

There are a myriad of reasons that I continue to seek Anne-Marie for professional editing. Quality, Reponse, Personable, and more. She has edited several of my novels by now. As writers, we bare pieces of are hearts and souls on paper. On every page, we cast hope. There is no one better to trust one's most prized works with than Anne-Marie. I will continue seeking her services for as long as sh...
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Deena G.

Deena G.

Feb, 2024

Anne-Marie was a pleasure to work with. Her attention to detail was amazing and I feel confident publishing my manuscript because of her hard work. Highly recommend!

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