Brooke Goode

Brooke Goode – Editor

Career editor with a love of the perfectly crafted sentence. Travel, memoir, literary fiction, women's lit, health & well-being.


I have 30+ years' experience as an editor working with new and seasoned authors, publishing houses, and academics. I've lived and worked in the UK, US, Australia, and Africa. Recent projects include memoirs, travelogues, and fiction by authors from Denmark, Afghanistan, Mali, Greece, Pakistan, Australia, and the US. For authors wanting to find an agent, I can write your query letter and synopsis. I'm communicative, organized, and meticulous.

I currently reside in the US but have lived and worked on four continents. In the UK, I was editor of a business magazine covering sub-Saharan Africa, while freelancing for a small academic publisher, Zed Books, and a large media conglomerate, IPC Media; in Australia I worked as a radio journalist for the Australian Broadcasting Corp; I've travelled extensively throughout Africa, where I freelanced for various publications including West Africa magazine. For the past 15 years I've focused solely on freelancing, working for myself and publishing companies, including Henry Holt, Rutgers Univ Press, and Rowman & Littlefield and its subsidiaries.

I'm committed to working with my clients to help them take their work to the next level. I truly love editing and am not happy until my client is.

Biographies & Memoirs Health & Wellbeing Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies Parenting & Families Political Science & Current Affairs Travel
Contemporary Fiction Women's Fiction
English (AUS) English (UK) English (US)
  • B.A. English literature; M.A. political economy

Work experience

KnoWEwell, PCB

Jan, 2020 — Jan, 2023 (about 3 years)

National editor, involving monitoring, selecting, editing, and writing content for health and wellness start-up.

Rowman & Littlefield

Jan, 2010 — Mar, 2020 (about 10 years)

Freelance editor for national publisher of scholarly titles based in Baltimore, MD. Have edited more than 50 titles in the fields of education, the humanities, and the social sciences.


Jan, 2009 — Present

Owner and operator of full-services editing/writing company for academics, authors, businesses, students, and non-professionals.

Drew Magazine

May, 2008 — Jan, 2012 (over 3 years)

Reported and edited articles for Drew University's student magazine, based out of Madison, NJ.

Rutgers University Press

Jan, 2008 — Jan, 2011 (about 3 years)

Copyedited many academic titles for this well-established university press, based in New Brunswick, NJ.

Henry Holt & Co.

Jan, 1998 — Dec, 2005 (almost 8 years)

Copyedited many fiction and non-fiction titles for this major NYC publisher.

St. Martin's Press

Jan, 1996 — Jan, 2000 (about 4 years)

Copyedited many scholarly and academic titles for this major NYC publisher.

Australian Broadcasting Corp

Jan, 1993 — Jan, 1996 (about 3 years)

Reported and wrote stories for Australia's national public broadcasting company.

IPC Media

Jan, 1988 — Jan, 1991 (about 3 years)

Edited and generated copy for several mass-market publications of this international London-based publishing conglomerate.

Zed Books

Jan, 1988 — Jan, 2000 (about 12 years)

Copyedited non-fiction titles for this independent London-based publishing company.

West Africa magazine

Jan, 1986 — Jan, 1988 (about 2 years)

Business and economics editor for this weekly business magazine, based in London, serving Africa

James Curry Publishers

Jan, 1985 — Jan, 1988 (about 3 years)

Copyeditor for this London-based leading imprint of academic books on Africa.

Modern Africa magazine

Jan, 1980 — Jan, 1988 (about 8 years)

Editor of this bi-monthly business magazine, based in London, serving sub-Saharan Africa


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Brooke has 9 reviews





A N.

A N.

Mar, 2023

Working with Brooke was a smooth, effortless process. She is extremely conscientious, and she delivered her assignment well before the deadline. Brooke also took a complex story and distilled it into a great synopsis. Along with a high level of professionalism, Brooke also showed much compassion - something I value in every transaction in life. Thank you, Brooke!
Brooke G.
Thanks, Anette. It was a true pleasure to work with you on your honest and engaging memoir.
Arabela I.

Arabela I.

Feb, 2023

I had a great experience with Brooke. After describing my situation, she offered a heavy copy edit that was within my limited budget. A few weeks later she returned my manuscript with both line edit and some general advice. I liked that she is experienced with writings about different cultures and places and approached by text with cultural humility and respect.
Brooke G.
Thanks, Arabela! It was a pleasure working with you on your lively, honest travel memoir.
Jenni-Lee W.

Jenni-Lee W.

Oct, 2022

Brooke was professional, prompt, thorough and detailed. Her feedback was insightful and extremely helpful in making my book be the best it can be. Despite the time difference, Brooke was incredibly responsive and not only that, she was a pleasure to work with. I would work with her again in a heartbeat and highly recommend her.
Brooke G.
I got lucky being selected by Jenni-Lee to edit her manuscript. She's an excellent writer and was a pleasure to work with. The process couldn't have gone more smoothly, and I believe her book wil...
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Bernice V.

Bernice V.

Sep, 2022

Brooke Goode has provided me with in-depth feedback to aid me towards improving my manuscript.  She is exceptionally keen with her critical analysis. The suggestions are extremely clear with aa roadmap to assist me in fixing the indicated areas, i.e., the technical issues, writing style, capturing what is good and what needs improvement.  Overall, the feedback has been important and an essentia...
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Brooke G.
Bernice tackled this project with humor and charm. She is very open to suggestions and doesn't shy away from hard work. Great fun to work with her on her heartfelt memoir.
Anna D.

Anna D.

Jun, 2022

Brooke is the consummate professional. I am thrilled about her work on my manuscript, and the query letter she wrote that captured both the essence of my memoir and what I am about. Brooke delivered before the deadline her edits, a style sheet, and an overview of the manuscript that included her suggestions/recommendations on chapters/passages I could improve. I am both happy and grateful for...
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Brooke G.
The feeling is mutual. Anna was a delight to work with, and I wish her the best of luck getting her inspiring and interesting memoir out into the public eye.