Anne-Marie Rutella

Anne-Marie Rutella - Editor

New York, NY, USA

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

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Overview

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, and Kirkus Editorial as well as directly with writers. Some authors I've edited are 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. And I never shy away from a good erotica story.

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. I just love a good Celtic fantasy - although I have an Italian last name, I'm a redheaded Irish girl and feel these in my blood. Urban, paranormal, steampunk, and epic fantasies are favorites to work on. 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.
Services
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Contemporary Romance
Epic Fantasy
Historical Romance
Horror
Paranormal Romance
Post-Apocalyptic
Space Opera
Steampunk

Certifications

  • Hunter College, English
  • New York University, Copy Editing

Work experience

Freelance Copy Editor and Manuscript Reviewer

Self-employed
August, 1999 – Present (about 21 years)

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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FREELANCE MANUSCRIPT REVIEWER

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.
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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.

Portfolio (22 selected works)

After Sundown: A Novel

Linda Howard, Linda Jones

Danger brings together two guarded hearts in a battle for survival in this irresistible story from New York Times bestselling authors Linda Howard and Linda Jones.Sela Gordon, the shy owner of a Tennessee general store, finds safety in solitude. But if anyone can pierce her protective shell it’s the handsome, mysterious ex-military man living alone in the wilds of Cove Mountain. For two years,... read more

Danger brings together two guarded hearts in a battle for survival in this irresistible story from New York Times bestselling authors Linda Howard and Linda Jones.Sela Gordon, the shy owner of a Tennessee general store, finds safety in solitude. But if anyone can pierce her protective shell it’s the handsome, mysterious ex-military man living alone in the wilds of Cove Mountain. For two years,... read more

Waiting for a Rogue: The Reluctant Brides

Marie Tremayne

Lady Caroline Rowe is determined never to marry. After the disastrous end to her last Season, she wants nothing more than to live quietly with her aunt in the country. But her resistance starts to slip when an exasperating new neighbor, The American, begins to invade not just her land, but her life. And, of course, he is the last man who should ever tempt her...Inheriting an estate across the ... read more

Lady Caroline Rowe is determined never to marry. After the disastrous end to her last Season, she wants nothing more than to live quietly with her aunt in the country. But her resistance starts to slip when an exasperating new neighbor, The American, begins to invade not just her land, but her life. And, of course, he is the last man who should ever tempt her...Inheriting an estate across the ... read more

Operation Second Chance (Cutter's Code)

Justine Davis

His guilt tore them apartCan the truth set them free?Ex-cop Adam Kirk has never forgiven himself for his partner’s murder. Neither has Amanda Bonner, the daughter left behind. But when new clues into the crime surface, Adam and Amanda form an unlikely partnership, which becomes their only chance to achieve justice. Duty soon leads to passion…and attempts on Amanda’s life. Will Adam lose the wo... read more

His guilt tore them apartCan the truth set them free?Ex-cop Adam Kirk has never forgiven himself for his partner’s murder. Neither has Amanda Bonner, the daughter left behind. But when new clues into the crime surface, Adam and Amanda form an unlikely partnership, which becomes their only chance to achieve justice. Duty soon leads to passion…and attempts on Amanda’s life. Will Adam lose the wo... read more

The Exalted (The Alskad Empire Chronicles)

Kaitlyn Sage Patterson

Since the founding of the Empire, Alskad has been ruled by the singleborn…but the new heir to the throne carries a secret that will change everythingWhen an assassin’s bullet takes the life of Queen Runa and allows an impostor to steal the throne, Bo Trousillion is forced to flee the empire that is his birthright. With few choices left and burdened with a secret that could disinherit him, Bo p... read more

Since the founding of the Empire, Alskad has been ruled by the singleborn…but the new heir to the throne carries a secret that will change everythingWhen an assassin’s bullet takes the life of Queen Runa and allows an impostor to steal the throne, Bo Trousillion is forced to flee the empire that is his birthright. With few choices left and burdened with a secret that could disinherit him, Bo p... read more

Soul of the Sword (Shadow of the Fox)

Julie Kagawa

One thousand years ago, a wish was made and a sword of rage and lightning was forged. Kamigoroshi. The Godslayer. A weapon powerful enough to seal away the formidable demon Hakaimono.Now he has broken free.Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has one task: to take her piece of an ancient and powerful scroll to the Steel Feather temple in order to prevent the summoning of the Harbinger of Change, the gr... read more

One thousand years ago, a wish was made and a sword of rage and lightning was forged. Kamigoroshi. The Godslayer. A weapon powerful enough to seal away the formidable demon Hakaimono.Now he has broken free.Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has one task: to take her piece of an ancient and powerful scroll to the Steel Feather temple in order to prevent the summoning of the Harbinger of Change, the gr... read more

Switched at Birth (The Bravos of Valentine Bay Book 2690)

Christine Rimmer

A NEW IDENTITY, A NEW LOVE Ever since Madison Delaney learned she was switched at birth, her life has been in a tailspin. The Hollywood actress arrives in Valentine Bay hesitant to reveal herself to her new family, but she quickly encounters Sten Larson living next door. The down-to-earth shipbuilder makes Madison question everything she thought she wanted. Can a movie star find happiness in s... read more

A NEW IDENTITY, A NEW LOVE Ever since Madison Delaney learned she was switched at birth, her life has been in a tailspin. The Hollywood actress arrives in Valentine Bay hesitant to reveal herself to her new family, but she quickly encounters Sten Larson living next door. The down-to-earth shipbuilder makes Madison question everything she thought she wanted. Can a movie star find happiness in s... read more

The Iron Crown (The Darkest Court Book 3)

M.A. Grant

After the last Faerie Civil War, the leaders of the magickal pantheons stripped the shining Seelie Court of its power and tasked the dark Unseelie Court with maintaining the natural balance of the world.Ages later, a twisted intrigue throws the balance of all Faerie into ruin and ignites a new civil war.Discounted by his family and haunted in the Unseelie sidhe, Queen Mab’s youngest son, Lugh,... read more

After the last Faerie Civil War, the leaders of the magickal pantheons stripped the shining Seelie Court of its power and tasked the dark Unseelie Court with maintaining the natural balance of the world.Ages later, a twisted intrigue throws the balance of all Faerie into ruin and ignites a new civil war.Discounted by his family and haunted in the Unseelie sidhe, Queen Mab’s youngest son, Lugh,... read more

Witch Hunter (Harlequin Nocturne Book 285)

Shannon Curtis

He trusts no one. She trusts him.When a name appears on Dave Carter’s skin, he goes hunting. It’s his job to find and kill witches who transgress natural law. He can’t believe that sweet, naive empath Sully Timmerman is the murderer he’s seeking. Is she dangerous, in danger, or both? Dave wants to protect her, but he can’t protect his own heart. And he might not even want to…

He trusts no one. She trusts him.When a name appears on Dave Carter’s skin, he goes hunting. It’s his job to find and kill witches who transgress natural law. He can’t believe that sweet, naive empath Sully Timmerman is the murderer he’s seeking. Is she dangerous, in danger, or both? Dave wants to protect her, but he can’t protect his own heart. And he might not even want to…

Unbroken Cowboy (A Gold Valley Novel)

Maisey Yates

In Gold Valley, Oregon, forbidden love just might be the sweetest…Dane Parker traded in his trailer-park roots for glory as a bull rider. But when a serious injury sidelines him for months, it’s the first time he can’t just pull himself up by his bootstraps. The last thing he wants to deal with is sweet family friend Bea treating him like one of her wounded animals—or the unexpected attraction... read more

In Gold Valley, Oregon, forbidden love just might be the sweetest…Dane Parker traded in his trailer-park roots for glory as a bull rider. But when a serious injury sidelines him for months, it’s the first time he can’t just pull himself up by his bootstraps. The last thing he wants to deal with is sweet family friend Bea treating him like one of her wounded animals—or the unexpected attraction... read more

The Favorite Daughter

Kaira Rouda

Will hit you right in the heart” -- BustleA PopSugar Best Book of Spring!“An exceptional psychological thriller.” -- Publishers Weekly STARRED review“Leaves you wanting more.” -- Liv Constantine, author of the national bestseller The Last Mrs. Parrish“A smart, wickedly plotted psychological thriller brimming with dark surprises” -- Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author“Intense, ... read more

Will hit you right in the heart” -- BustleA PopSugar Best Book of Spring!“An exceptional psychological thriller.” -- Publishers Weekly STARRED review“Leaves you wanting more.” -- Liv Constantine, author of the national bestseller The Last Mrs. Parrish“A smart, wickedly plotted psychological thriller brimming with dark surprises” -- Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author“Intense, ... read more

Colton Baby Rescue (The Coltons of Red Ridge Book 1)

Marie Ferrarella

A K-9 cop must protect a single mom as USA TODAY bestselling author Marie Ferrarella introduces the new Coltons of Red Ridge miniseriesCarson Gage has a crime to solve—the murder of his brother—and his number-one suspect is his archenemy, Serena Colton. The Coltons and Gages have feuded for generations; Carson is convinced the cowgirl is hiding his prime suspect on her ranch. But the beauty an... read more

A K-9 cop must protect a single mom as USA TODAY bestselling author Marie Ferrarella introduces the new Coltons of Red Ridge miniseriesCarson Gage has a crime to solve—the murder of his brother—and his number-one suspect is his archenemy, Serena Colton. The Coltons and Gages have feuded for generations; Carson is convinced the cowgirl is hiding his prime suspect on her ranch. But the beauty an... read more

Frost and Flame (Gods of War)

Gena Showalter

From Gena Showalter, the New York Times bestselling author of the Lords of the Underworld saga, comes Frost and Flame, the second book in the scorching paranormal romance series Gods of War.Bane of Adwaeweth is the most feared immortal warrior in All War history. Possessed by a bloodthirsty beast, he will stop at nothing to win. Then he meets irresistible Nola Lee. He hates the power she wield... read more

From Gena Showalter, the New York Times bestselling author of the Lords of the Underworld saga, comes Frost and Flame, the second book in the scorching paranormal romance series Gods of War.Bane of Adwaeweth is the most feared immortal warrior in All War history. Possessed by a bloodthirsty beast, he will stop at nothing to win. Then he meets irresistible Nola Lee. He hates the power she wield... read more

Tovian (A Cyborg Warrior Tale)

Immortal Angel

His only job was to keep the station safe, but his time has just run out. Can he save his elf in time?As the chief security officer on the Flouriant space station, Tovian works hard to keep the station free of crime. But when a threat arises that he can’t fight, there is only one elf on his mind: Callie.Callie has been watching a certain muscular cyborg on the station monitors a little too clo... read more

His only job was to keep the station safe, but his time has just run out. Can he save his elf in time?As the chief security officer on the Flouriant space station, Tovian works hard to keep the station free of crime. But when a threat arises that he can’t fight, there is only one elf on his mind: Callie.Callie has been watching a certain muscular cyborg on the station monitors a little too clo... read more

Secrets, Spells & Murder (Little Shop of Spells Book 1)

Janni Nell

Trouble is brewing in the small town of Silver Moon Falls. Resident witch, Maddie Goodcharm, is accused of hexing the townsfolk. So not true! Maddie loves her town and its people, well, most of them anyway. When one of the townsfolk dies in suspicious circumstances, Maddie becomes the main suspect in a murder investigation. But that isn’t her only problem. During a practice session in the wood... read more

Trouble is brewing in the small town of Silver Moon Falls. Resident witch, Maddie Goodcharm, is accused of hexing the townsfolk. So not true! Maddie loves her town and its people, well, most of them anyway. When one of the townsfolk dies in suspicious circumstances, Maddie becomes the main suspect in a murder investigation. But that isn’t her only problem. During a practice session in the wood... read more

Claiming Her Mates: Book One: A reverse harem paranormal romance series

Dia Cole

Three Lykos shifters swore to protect Havana. But who will protect them from her?With everyone bailing on my holiday party, I didn’t think the night could get any worse. Then three scorching hot men storm the club and demand I come with them. Thinking they’re cops, I run only to discover the flu vaccine is turning people into monsters.Now my survival depends on Mason, Gabriel, and Liam. I shou... read more

Three Lykos shifters swore to protect Havana. But who will protect them from her?With everyone bailing on my holiday party, I didn’t think the night could get any worse. Then three scorching hot men storm the club and demand I come with them. Thinking they’re cops, I run only to discover the flu vaccine is turning people into monsters.Now my survival depends on Mason, Gabriel, and Liam. I shou... read more

The Day Lincoln Lost

Charles Rosenberg

Coming soon! The Day Lincoln Lost by Charles Rosenberg will be available Aug 11, 2020.

Coming soon! The Day Lincoln Lost by Charles Rosenberg will be available Aug 11, 2020.

Holy Ghosts: Or How a (Not-So) Good Catholic Boy Became a Believer in Things That Go Bump in the Night

Gary Jansen

In this remarkable true story, the haunting of a Long Island household forces a respected writer and editor to reevaluate the mysteries of life and death as he struggles with the frightening truths of his childhood home and his town's past. Growing up in Rockville Center, Long Island, Gary Jansen never believed in ghosts. His mother-a devoutly Catholic woman with a keen sense for the uncanny-c... read more

In this remarkable true story, the haunting of a Long Island household forces a respected writer and editor to reevaluate the mysteries of life and death as he struggles with the frightening truths of his childhood home and his town's past. Growing up in Rockville Center, Long Island, Gary Jansen never believed in ghosts. His mother-a devoutly Catholic woman with a keen sense for the uncanny-c... read more

Dirty Space

Tony Wards

In the 22nd century, the Embassy embarks on its inaugural mission to study the Milky Way and beyond. Suzette Striker, the ship’s beautiful, young physician, gives insight to the behind-the-scenes adventures of a first-class vessel. The Embassy is an impressive spacecraft, but that does not mean that the maiden voyage will be smooth sailing. Dr. Suzette Striker, Captain Maurice Ricardo, and the... read more

In the 22nd century, the Embassy embarks on its inaugural mission to study the Milky Way and beyond. Suzette Striker, the ship’s beautiful, young physician, gives insight to the behind-the-scenes adventures of a first-class vessel. The Embassy is an impressive spacecraft, but that does not mean that the maiden voyage will be smooth sailing. Dr. Suzette Striker, Captain Maurice Ricardo, and the... read more

California Girls

Mallery, Susan

Wonderland

Carpenter, Adam

Anne-Marie has 6 reviews

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Charlotte Kieft
Anne-Marie was excellent to work with. She was prompt, asked insightful questions, and provided exactly the sort of editing expertise I was hoping for. I'd be delighted to work with her again in the future.

Charlotte Kieft, September 2020


Maria E Cantu Alegre
Anne-Marie was efficient and her feedback, superb. She assisted me with copy-edits and proof-reading/grammar for my second novel, "Return of the Son". There were times that I felt she was reading my mind - knowing exactly where I was trying to take the story; during times I lacked in needed description. She was personable and lovely to work with. She gets an overall 5 star rating from me!

Maria E Cantu Alegre, August 2020


Matthew Dick
Anne-Marie copy-edited my sci-fi novel. She was very thorough and even gave me general feedback on the story. She is definitely a sci-fi fan! I hope to work with her again!

Matthew Dick, July 2020


Joshua Geckles
Once again, Anne-Marie produced stellar results! I look forward to working with her again!

Joshua Geckles, July 2020


Matthew Pittman
Anne-Marie was amazing to work with and I was very happy with her ideas, suggestions, and overall level of work. If I am lucky enough to find representation and get published I hope to send many more projects her way!

Matthew Pittman, July 2020

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