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.


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.

Education & Reference Self-Help & Self-Improvement Sociology
LGBTQ Fiction New Adult Post-Apocalyptic Young Adult Fantasy
English (US)
  • Central Minnesota Arts Board Scholarship Recipient
  • Member of Association of University Presses
  • Member of Minnesota Book Publishers Roundtable
  • Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Minnesota

Work experience

University of Minnesota Press

Aug, 2017 — Present

• 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

Coffee House Press

Sep, 2014 — Dec, 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

Sarah has 3 reviews





Bernadette L.

Bernadette L.

Oct, 2021

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.
Ryan N.

Ryan N.

Sep, 2021

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.
Sarah B.
Ryan was fantastic to work with!
Sarah B.

Sarah B.

Jan, 2021

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.

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