Brooks Becker

Brooks Becker – Editor

Proofreader and copyeditor with experience at St. Martin's Press and Penguin Random House. I love modern memoirs about wild adventures.

Overview

Since completing the NYU copyediting course, I have proofed and copyedited fiction and non-fiction titles for St. Martin's Press and Random House, as well as more than 100 self-published titles. I strive to make books readable and grammatically correct while maintaining the author's voice. While my specialties are memoir and women's fiction, I am seeking opportunities to edit books of any genre. I only offer copyediting and proofreading at this time.
Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Education & Reference Entertainment Inspirational Psychology Travel
Fiction
Humor & Comedy Romance Women's Fiction
Languages
English (US)
Certifications
  • NYU Fundamentals of Copyediting and Proofreading for Books
  • BA in English and Journalism
  • MA in French

Work experience

Penguin Random House

Feb, 2018 — Present

St. Martin's Press

Apr, 2017 — Present

City of New York

Jan, 2016 — Aug, 2017 (over 1 year)

Lippincott Massie McQuilkin

Aug, 2013 — Jan, 2014 (5 months)

Editorial intern at literary agency

Morningside Translations

Nov, 2012 — Mar, 2014 (over 1 year)

AT&T

Aug, 2010 — Aug, 2011 (about 1 year)

Time Inc.

Jan, 2008 — Jun, 2008 (5 months)

Atlanta magazine

Dec, 2007 — Jan, 2008 (about 1 month)

Atlanta magazine

Aug, 2007 — Dec, 2007 (4 months)

Portfolio

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Against the electrifying backdrop of the 1960s, Danielle Steel unveils the gripping chronicle of a young woman discovering a passion for justice and of the unsung heroes she encounters on her quest to fight the good fight. The daugh... read more
In her hilarious book of essays, Parks and Recreation star Retta shares the stories that led to her success in Hollywood.In So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know, Parks and Recreation star Retta takes us on her not-so-meteoric rise from roaches to ... read more
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Danielle Steel tells the uplifting story of an ordinary woman embracing an extraordinary adventure, and the daring choice that transforms her world. Winona Farmington once dreamed of graduating from college, moving to New York City,... read more
A literary treasure of over one hundred unpublished letters from National Book Award-winning author Flannery O'Connor and her circle of extraordinary friends. Flannery O'Connor is a master of 20th-century American fiction, joining, since her untimely death in ... read more
The Wall Street Journal: "Engrossing...[Dychtwald]writes with an infectious energy."The Washington Post: "Enlightening...we learn that Chinese millennials, unlike their jaded American counterparts, are still dreamers and strivers, and have faith that they can ... read more
"This is history told the old-fashioned way. The book is only as long as it needs to be, the adroit narrative full of heroes (Smith, Roosevelt, big-city Democratic bosses) and villains (William Randolph Hearst, William Jennings Bryan, the Ku Klux Klan). The sc... read more
One of Bustle's "17 Best Nonfiction Books Coming Out In June 2018" • One of The Revelator's "16 New Environmental Books for June" • One of Equinox's "5 Books High Performers Should Read in June" • One of Foodtank's "18 Books Making a Splash This Summer" • One ... read more
“Sister” Jane Arnold returns in a colorful mystery featuring four-legged sleuths—and the breathtaking thrill of the chase—from the New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Like a Fox. As winter deepens over the Blue Ridge Mountains, even the threat of snowst... read more
The Adults: A Novel

Caroline Hulse

Two divorced parents. Their daughter. Their new partners. A family holiday...of sorts. What could possibly go wrong?Meet The Adults.Claire and Matt are no longer together but decide that what's best for their daughter Scarlett is to have a "normal" family Chri... read more
The powerful story of a friendship between two men—one Sikh and one skinhead—that resulted in an outpouring of love and a mission to fight against hate.One Sikh. One former Skinhead. Together, an unusual friendship emerged out of a desire to make a difference.... read more
The New York Times bestselling author of Reality-Based Leadership rejects the current fad of "engaging" employees and the emotional drama of "meeting their needs"--returning leadership to leaders and productivity to businesses.For years now, leaders in almost ... read more
"A unique window into human behavior and development." —Steven PinkerThe riveting story of two sets of identical twins separated at birth and improbably reunited as adults, a dream case for exploring nature and nurture.Accidental Brothers tells the unique stor... read more
"In the grand tradition of Ben Mezrich's The Accidental Billionaires (2009)... an engaging look into a fascinating subculture of millions." —Booklist"Breezy...How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars ably if uncritically chronicles the short history of a young compa... read more
The definitive memoir of one of Israel's most influential soldier-statesmen and one-time Prime Minister, Ehud Barak, with insights into forging peace in the Middle East.In the summer of 2000, the most decorated soldier in Israel's history—Ehud Barak—set himsel... read more

Brooks has 193 reviews

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Gil M.

Gil M.

Feb, 2024

From beginning to end, it was a delight working with Brooks. She finished the proofreading project ahead of schedule and kept me informed about her progress every step of the way. My 110K-word manuscript is now ready for the printer and I am confident there isn't a sentence that isn't perfect. Brooks is a true professional. I recommend her to anyone looking for an experienced proofreader who re...
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Will P.

Will P.

Dec, 2023

Brooks is a kind and skillful editor who delivered a high-quality edit in a timely manner. Beyond providing a solid copy-edit that caught a number of minor errors undetected by spellcheck, she adopted my non-traditional stylistic choices without direction, and challenged instances of awkward word choice and phrasing. These insights show that Brooks is more than a word-checker; she's an intellig...
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Jennifer G.

Jennifer G.

Nov, 2023

Brooks did the final proofread for a collection of short stories. Her work was thorough and her corrections spot on. Will definitely work with again and would recommend.
michael M.

michael M.

Nov, 2023

"Brooks Becker comes with my highest endorsement! Her meticulous attention to detail shines through in her work. What's more, she contributes insightful recommendations that honor the original tone and style of the writing. Her responses were timely, and as someone new to novel writing, I deeply appreciated her encouraging and respectful approach. Thanks to her, my story not only remained good—...
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Hayden B.

Hayden B.

Nov, 2023

Brooks was fantastic to work with!! She was so kind, and her edits were amazing! She definitely helped elevate my book.

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