Chris Barcellona

Chris Barcellona - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Former Big 5 editor with 10+ years of experience in publishing/media. Fave genres: romance, historical, sci-fi, fantasy, YA

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I excel at editing genre fiction, and love to assess and restructure plots (I typically use the Save the Cat method of plotting.) I've also helped out literary fiction authors with plotting issues using techniques I've learned from editing genre fiction.

While at Macmillan, I worked with high-profile authors, including R.L. Stine and Meg Cabot.

I am also a strategically-minded person with a solid understanding of both the traditional publishing and self-publishing businesses.

Favorite genres:
๐ŸŽ” romance (especially LGBTQ+)
๐ŸŽ” fantasy
๐ŸŽ” historical
๐ŸŽ” science fiction
๐ŸŽ” young adult
๐ŸŽ” non-fiction
๐ŸŽ” middle-grade

Types of edits that I offer:
โœŽ Developmental Edit
โœŽ Editorial Assessment
โœŽ Copy Edit
โœŽ Proofread
โœŽ Query letter review

I'm also happy to work with you to figure out an out-of-the box service that will best help you with your project.

For example:
โ˜… If you're in the planning stages of a new project, I can read your character descriptions and beat sheet/plot summary and give feedback
โ˜… If you're actively drafting something, I can act like a critique partner and read your pages week by week (or month by month) and give feedback while you're still working on it.
โ˜… If there's something else you need help with, let me know!

And of course, if youโ€™re unsure of what service you need, let me know!

Also, Iโ€™d like to try to work with your budget, so if you have one, please let me know. I set my prices based on a variety of factors, including (but not limited to) word count, type of edit, amount of work the manuscript needs, etc.

Selected past experience:
๐Ÿ•ฎ Editor at Macmillan Children's Publishing Group (5 years)
๐Ÿ•ฎ Editorial and project management for nonfiction projects at McGraw-Hill (2 years)
๐Ÿ•ฎ Head of Production at chart-topping podcast + serialized fiction studio (3.5 years)
English (US)
Coming of Age
Historical Fiction
LGBTQ Fiction
Middle Grade
Science Fiction
Young Adult

Work experience

Head of Production / Production Director

Realm (formerly Serial Box)
May, 2018 – December, 2021 (over 3 years)

Ushered projects through the editorial and production process, project managed serialized audiobooks and podcasts, wrote and proofread copy for new projects.


January, 2014 – May, 2018 (over 4 years)

From 2011-2018, I worked in the editorial department at Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, working my way up from intern to editor. I edited a variety of projects, including young adult books (mostly romance, historical, fantasy, and non-fiction) and middle grade novels. I also wrote, edited, and proofread cover and jacket copy, wrote selling points, and project managed a variety of books.

Editorial Assistant

McGraw-Hill Education
May, 2012 – October, 2013 (over 1 year)

Project managed nonfiction books, researched and requested permissions, and handled editorial schedules.

Editorial Intern

Condรฉ Nast
September, 2010 – December, 2010 (3 months)

Fact-checking, writing, interviewing, researching, web editing.

Opinions Editor

The Fordham Ram
January, 2010 – December, 2011 (almost 2 years)

As a section editor at Fordham University's journal of record, I brainstormed story ideas, contacted writers, edited stories, designed The Ramโ€™s 3-4 page opinions section in InDesign, wrote stories almost weekly. Also created graphics featured in the publication.

Communications Assistant

WFUV (90.7 FM)
May, 2009 – December, 2009 (7 months)

Copywriting, research, image and newsletter creation.

Portfolio (6 selected works)

Queens of Geek

Wilde, Jen

Love, Lies and Spies

Anstey, Cindy

P.S. I Miss You

Petro-Roy, Jen

Meg & Linus

Nowinski, Hanna

Good Enough: A Novel

Petro-Roy, Jen

Chris has 14 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

LA Goff
Chris was a joy to work with! I selected her because she asked for my first chapter and gave me a sample edit. No other editor on my "offer list" was willing to put in that work. Chris is a perfect balance of providing corrections and asking the right questions without losing the author's voice. I will hire her for my next doubt!

LA Goff, December 2022

Kathryn Bonnevier
Chris was amazing to work with! I highly recommend!

Kathryn Bonnevier, November 2022

Anna Volk
Chris provided prompt feedback on my query letter. I was able to write back and forth with her for a few drafts until we got to one we both thought worked. She was able to cut out a lot of the excess words in my query letter that weren't adding much, but that I initially didn't want to remove - it really highlights the importance of having another (professional!) person's eyes on your work. She...
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Anna Volk, October 2022

Thomas Arena
I am so glad I chose to work with Chris! Throughout our collaboration, and even before I accepted any offers, Chris has been responsive, professional, and informative. Chris provided me with a range of options and prices for different types of services, which made my decision easier. At all times, Chris was transparent, clear, and candid. I have been working on my manuscript for two years, and...
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Thomas Arena, October 2022

linda strother
Chris h ad some good ideas that I am incorporating in my revisions to my novel. Unfortunately, when I asked her to look at a few paragraphs of revision, which I would pay extra for, just to see if I understood what she had told me to do, she refused to look at them. Now I need to hire another editor to see if I have solved the problem she described. If Chris is not going to look at a few paragr...
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linda strother, October 2022

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