Brooke Goode

Brooke Goode – Editor

I'm a career editor with a love of the perfectly crafted sentence, specializing in travel, memoir, literary fiction, and women's lit.

Overview

A career editor with more than 30 years’ experience, I love working with my clients to help them get their work to the next level.

A bit about my background: I’ve worked at notable publishing houses (Henry Holt, Rutgers Univ. Press, and Rowman & Littlefield and its imprints); major consumer magazines (IPC Media in London and Johnston International Publishing in NYC); and in radio broadcasting (Australian Broadcasting Corp.) Before I began my freelance editing career, I worked for many years as a freelance journalist and magazine editor. For my full bio, please see my résumé and a selected list of books I’ve worked on, below.

I have extensive international experience and have lived and worked on four continents—the UK, Australia, Africa, and the US, where I was born and now reside. Reedsy clients include new and seasoned authors from across the globe (Ghana, Denmark, Greece, Pakistan, Canada, Mali, Afghanistan, Australia, and the US).

The services I offer include everything from helping to overhaul a manuscript that’s hit a rut to refining it at the sentence or word level to tidying up the grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Whether your manuscript is in the early or late stage, I can bring my experience and eye for good writing to the table to improve it. I take pride in being meticulous, easy to work with, and communicative.

Once your manuscript is agent-ready, I can write or edit your query letter and synopsis and/or offer advice on what direction to go in to get it out into the world: the traditional, hybrid, or self-publishing route.

As an avid reader, I know what good writing is, what works and doesn’t work. Nothing makes me happier than passing on my expertise on to my clients.

I truly love editing and am not happy until my client is.


Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Health & Wellbeing Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies Parenting & Families Political Science & Current Affairs Travel
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction Women's Fiction
Languages
English (AUS) English (UK) English (US)
Certifications
  • 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.

Self-employed

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

Portfolio

Made with Reedsy
Worlds Apart: A Memoir of Uncertain Belonging

Lutterodt, Sarah

What can you do when the world is pushing you over the edge? More than you think.For some of us, it's the automated voice that answers the phone when we'd rather talk to a real person. For others, it's the fact that Starbucks insists on calling its smallest-si... read more
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50 Worst Dates

Laboucane, Jane

An American tourist in Europe stopped at a restaurant in Gdansk, Poland, and struck up a conversation with a local. 'Where do you come from?' he asked. 'New Jersey', she said. He smiled and replied, 'Ah, "Sopranos"'. Even fans of that popular show, one that he... read more
A wryly funny and surprisingly moving account of an extraordinary life lived almost entirely in the public eyeA teen idol at fifteen, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at twenty, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicle... read more
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Finding Lalla's Anna

Dao, Anna

Bookclick 360 Wordeee

Tenkara Today

Lyle, Morgan

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Mausumbe Road

Ali, Subia J.

From Comfort Woman:“We began the day with breakfast, after which we swept and cleaned our rooms. Then we went to the bathroom downstairs to wash the only dress we had and to bathe. The bathroom did not even have a door, so the soldiers watched us. We were all ... read more
In Shooting Star, ninety-two-year-old poet Victoria Trumbull becomes embroiled in controversy at the community theater on Martha's Vineyard. The new artistic director has announced plans to replace local amateur talent with off-Island professionals, and the ca... read more
A runaway bestseller in Britain with over 100,000 copies sold, a riveting historical mystery in the tradition of Kate MortonAuction house appraiser Jude leaves London for her dream job at Starbrough Hall, an estate in the countryside, examining and pricing the... read more
From the glacial lakes of Patagonia to the safari camps of Zambia, Charles Gaines has traversed the globe in search of the elusive catch. Traveling by helicopter, kayak, ship or houseboat, on lakes, rivers, oceans and everglades, he has visited five continents... read more
Declaring War Against Schooling documents 100 years of educational wars between Visionary learning leaders and Traditional school people. Ironically, to win the existing war, both opposing groups must unify to overthrow the control of education by politicians.... read more
The attacks of 9/11 led to a war on Iraq, although there was neither tangible evidence that the nation's leader, Saddam Hussein, was linked to Osama bin Laden nor proof of weapons of mass destruction. Why, then, did the Iraq war garner so much acceptance in th... read more
Volume 2 documents the prolific estate-building activity that took place in one of the country's exclusive residential "colonies" during the period between World War I and World War II. Beautifully illustrated and extensively researched.
Lavishly ilustrated, The Somerset Hills provides a rare glimpse into some of New Jersey's finest country houses and estates, and the fascinating people who designed and built them. Volume 2 of this stunning series is also now available.
While the current conversation about work-family balance and “having it all” tends to focus on women, both men and women are harmed when conditions make it impossible to balance meaningful work with family life. Yet, both will benefit from re-evaluating what i... read more
Embodying Culture is an ethnographically grounded exploration of pregnancy in two different cultures—Japan and Israel—both of which medicalize pregnancy. Tsipy Ivry focuses on "low-risk" or "normal" pregnancies, using cultural comparison to explore the complex... read more
This engrossing tale of gangs and organized criminality begins in the frontier saloons situated in the marshy flats of Chicago, the future world class city of Mid-continent. Gangland Chicago recounts the era of parlor gambling, commercialized vice districts co... read more
Loss and grief are universal experiences and much has been written about both. Understanding Loss and Grief: A Guide Through Life Changing Events is a comprehensive self-help book about the various types of loss we may experience over a lifetime, and the atten... read more
Excuse Me, Your Participle’s Dangling will give you all the bare essentials of grammar that you need to write like a pro. The book also offers a simple yet foolproof method of writing under pressure, the key to success in any college program or workplace. If y... read more
An indispensible resource for today's independent investorsMore Americans than ever are directing their own investments, and thousands of "experts" promise information on the best stocks and bonds to buy. To be successful in the markets, investors need to dig ... read more
Now in paperback, today's most celebrated writers explore literature and the literary life in an inspirational collection of original essays.By turns poignant, hilarious, and practical, Writers on Writing brings together more than forty of contemporary literat... read more
Reduce Child Obesity: A Guide to Using The Kid’s Choice Program in School and at Home provides school leaders with a practical guide for applying the Kid's Choice Program (KCP), which is a school-based program to promote healthy behaviors and reduce the risk o... read more
During a one-hundred-day period in 1994, Hutus murdered between half a million and a million Tutsi in Rwanda. The numbers are staggering; the methods of killing were unspeakable. Utilizing personal interviews with trauma survivors living in Rwandan cities, tow... read more
Angels and Tomboys - Girlhood in Nineteenth-century American Art (Hardback) - Common

By (author) Sarah Burns, By (author) Barbara Dayer Gallati, By (author) Lauren Lessing By (author) Holly Pyne Connor

Angels and Tomboys - Girlhood in Nineteenth-century American Art

Brooke has 17 reviews

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Bernie O.

Bernie O.

Jan, 2024

It was great working with Brooke! She was very meticulous and timely with keeping a breast of her progress. She provided great suggestions and was thorough in her work. She was also generous in sharing resources and providing additional guidance to help me along. I would recommend Brooke!
Brooke G.
Thanks so much, Bernie! You were a terrific client and it was a pleasure working with you.
Kit F.

Kit F.

Dec, 2023

Brooke did a fantastic job both with copy editing and development editing for my 73,000-word memoir. She understood what I was trying to convey and strengthened my story with her excellent suggestions. She has an eye for detail and explained what she had done and why. In addition to doing an excellent job she was able to finish the work earlier than promised.
Brooke G.
Your kind words made my day, Kit. It was a pleasure to work with you.
Cody S.

Cody S.

Nov, 2023

Brooke is a hidden gem in the editing world. She is efficient, professional, and has excellent communication skills. I highly recommend working with her!
Brooke G.
Thanks so much, Cody. It was a pleasure to work with you on your ground-breaking wellness book!
Bernice V.

Bernice V.

Oct, 2023

There are no words to describe the work that Brooke Goodehas done to lift me up and move me in the direction I so trulyneeded.  Her expertise, experience, straightforward approach, and professional ability to provide constructive criticism have all been a part of this excellent working relationship we have had.  That is precisely why I selected her for a second time to review my work and to giv...
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Brooke G.
Thank you, Bernice! You were a delight to work with and together we ironed out some of the kinks. Onward to the next stage!
Sarah L.

Sarah L.

Sep, 2023

Brooke has been great to work with. She had a good feeling for what I was saying which was a real plus. Also she was willing to give her opinion why the text was obscure and discuss solutions as needed. Her style sheet was very helpful in ensuring the editing was consistent. Overall an excellent experience.
Brooke G.
Thank you, Sarah. It's been a fascinating project to work on and I can't wait to see the book in print.

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