Sarah Barker

Sarah Barker - Editor

Copywriter and former Production Assistant at U of MN Press editing non-fiction and YA with attention to cultural sensitivity.

Request a quote
Verified identity


Hello there! I’m a former production assistant at the University of Minnesota Press and a freelance copy editor. In college, I did paid work as a media specialist for nonprofit Students for Education Reform and as a writing consultant. I also interned at boutique press Coffee House and completed the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs course Writing for Social Change. All these experiences led me to pursue a career in working with words in a way that bridges social divides and explores the diversity in human experience.

In my current role at University of Minnesota Press, I have had the pleasure of working with the words of seasoned scholars writing about everything from feminist theory in Mad Max: Fury Road to the historical impact of American newsreels. Now I would like to expand my copy editing into the fiction realm, which is why I've started freelancing. I am particularly interested in working with authors who are pushing boundaries and exploring sensitive topics.

In my edits, my focus is always on helping the author’s voice shine through. I am committed to reading with cultural sensitivity and advocating for precise, accurate language. From my editing, expect a detailed style sheet, clean tracked changes, continuity errors addressed, punctuation in its place, and plenty of queries to ensure that I've understood the intent behind your words.

English (US)
Education & Reference
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
LGBTQ Fiction
New Adult
Young Adult Fantasy


  • Member of Association of University Presses
  • Member of Minnesota Book Publishers Roundtable
  • Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Minnesota


  • Central Minnesota Arts Board Scholarship Recipient

Work experience

Production Assistant

University of Minnesota Press
August, 2017 – Present (over 5 years)

• Copy edit books
• Coordinate print production of book reprints
• Prepare book files for print-on-demand, digital printing
• Convert hardcover editions to paperback
• Copyedit back cover copy; copyedit indexes
• Proofread biannual catalog

Publishing Intern

Coffee House Press
September, 2014 – December, 2014 (3 months)

• Wrote reader reports analyzing manuscripts on mission alignment
• Standardized formatting of review database
• Updated press website with review excerpts and author events

Portfolio (8 selected works)

Furious Feminisms: Alternate Routes on Mad Max: Fury Road (Forerunners: Ideas First)

Boylan, Alexis L., Duane, Anna Mae, Gill, Michael, Gurr, Barbara

Sarah has 3 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Bernadette Lowitz
Sarah is a great editor. Not only was she incredibly thorough, she was very kind and helpful with any questions or concerns I had. I definitely recommend her to be your copy editor.

Bernadette Lowitz, October 2021

Ryan Neely
Sarah is very detailed and thorough. She did a fantastic job of finding all the things I missed and of offering suggestions for changes for clarity and sensitivity that I hadn't though about. Fantastic edit.

Ryan Neely, September 2021

Sarah Barker
Ryan was fantastic to work with!

Reply from Sarah Barker

Sarah Burnod
Sarah's work on my manuscript was very helpful! She explained all of my mistakes and corrected them consistently, all the while suggesting different words to suit an American audience. I'm happy that I got to work with her, as she is always punctual and professional.

Sarah Burnod, January 2021

Explore the Reedsy Community

Reedsy is a community of top publishing professionals. Join Reedsy today to browse 1000+ profiles.

Claire Winters

I've served as a developmental editor on over 30 non-fiction titles, specializing in psychology, personal development and media subjects.

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Genoveva Llosa

I'm an editor with 18 years of experience helping experts, thought leaders, and professors write books that matter.

San Francisco, CA, USA

To view 1,000+ more profiles, Join Reedsy