Chad Rhoad

Chad Rhoad - Editor

Charleston, SC, USA

An editor with 15 years experience in publishing. I've edited more than 300 published books for a national press. True crime and history.

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First, I love writing. I am here to use my background to help authors turned their works into what they want to be. My experience in writing and editing for the past 15 years spans the gamut from print publications in journalism to history books to teaching writing at the university level. And I love True Crime books.

I have a BA in English and a MFA in creative writing from the University of South Carolina. I have taught literature, rhetoric and composition, writing and creative writing at the University of South Carolina and Charleston Southern University. I worked as managing editor for The Hartsville Messenger newspaper from 2005 to 2007 and worked as a freelance journalist from 2007-2010.

For the past 8 years, I have been a senior editor at The History Press in Charleston, SC, where I have been the editor/project manager for more than 220 books.
I work in fiction and non-fiction alike.
When editing, I strive to see the work for what it wants to be rather than what I would want. I believe in thoughtful communication and conversation of ideas and work to support writers using my experience in any way possible.

I've worked in many areas of writing and communications, and I look to enthusiastically use that experience to support others.

Most importantly, I'd like to make this process as fun as possible. That may be tough, but offer free jokes.
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Sports & Outdoors
True Crime


  • MFA, Creative Writing, 2012, University of South Carolina


  • Pushcart Prize Nomination 2013

Work experience


January, 2018 – Present (about 5 years)

I have been working with independent authors through my own company since 2018. Since then, I have worked with dozens of authors to help get their projects where they want them.

Adjunct English Instructor

Charleston Southern University
January, 2015 – Present (about 8 years)

I teach both online and in class and have taught courses on college writing, intro to composition, rhetoric, and various literature classes.
I have worked with students of all ages and stations in life.

Senior Editor

The History Press
June, 2012 – Present (almost 11 years)

Since 2012, I have worked with authors on more than 220 book projects in history and culture. I work with authors from the conception of the idea through publication. I work with authors on the developmental and editorial levels, and I work with them on crafting a message to promote their books and increase their online platforms.
This has allowed me to work with debut writers as well as veteran writers and people of all ages and backgrounds.

Managing Editor

The Hartsville Messenger
July, 2005 – September, 2007 (about 2 years)

I worked as managing editor of this newspaper. I managed a staff of 6 and wrote in the areas of sports, city government and long form lifestyle articles.

Clemson Tough: Guts and Glory Under Dabo Swinney (Sports)

Williams, Larry, Hanby, Zachary, Hanby, Zachary

St. Louis Jazz: A History

Owsley, Dennis C.

Detour Iowa: Historic Destinations

Whye, Mike, Whye, Mike

Iowa Agriculture: A History of Farming, Family and Food (American Palate)

Maulsby, Darcy Dougherty, Grassley, Senator Chuck

Carolina Bluegrass: A High Lonesome History

Wilson-Giarratano PhD, Gail, Klein, Larry, Ahrens, Pat

Connecticut River Ferries

Griswold, Wick, Jones, Honorary Senior Lecturer Stephen

Hidden History of Music Row

Allison, Brian, Elkins, Elizabeth, Olivarez, Vanessa, Brooks & Dunn, Kix Brooks of

Chad has 13 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Scott Young
The most important lesson I learned from Chad is to write concisely and avoid 'author intrusion'!

Scott Young, October 2022

Troy Hillman
Chad was PHENOMENAL to work with from start to finish. He communicated very effectively with me every step of the way. I could tell throughout the process he had my best interests in mind. He also went above and beyond what I asked him to do and offered numerous suggestions on how to make my book better. I would refer Chad to anyone and cannot say enough good things about my experience work...
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Troy Hillman, August 2022

Ann Slattery
Very professional and punctual!

Ann Slattery, July 2022

JD Morrison
Chad is fantastic! You will enjoy working with him.

JD Morrison, July 2022

Chad Rhoad
Such an interesting work. Good luck, JD!!

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J.R. Alexander
Six star service! The reedsy platform only allowed me the option to leave five stars for this review, so I drew the sixth star on the surface of my screen. Of course I'm just funning here, however the thought did cross my mind. After reading Chad Road's impressive set of credentials and the amount of editing experience that he had, I said a short prayer and took the plunge. And now I'm happy t...
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J.R. Alexander, March 2022

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