Chonise Bass

Chonise Bass - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Freelance copyeditor with in-house publishing experience, an MS in Strategic Communication, and a heavy reliance on the Oxford comma.

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Not sure what to do with comma splices? Confused about paragraph organization? I can handle and help weed out anything that feels or seems unnecessary. My edits (outside of general grammar mistakes) are advisory, and the entire process will hopefully feel like a conversation between us and the text.

I have reviewed manuscripts, dissertations, short story collections, memoirs, and drafts of all shapes and genres for the last six years. Working with editorial teams at Soho Press, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, WW Norton, and 37Ink provided experience bringing countless books to life, and allowed me to work with authors regularly. I am currently at Simon & Schuster, so I have a bevy of media insights and know what the greater public is interested in. I also have a Masters in Strategic Communication in my back pocket, so words of affirmation are my strong suit. That being said, I look forward to reading your next bestseller!

"To my editor, Chonise Bass, you effortlessly caught the vision and direction for this work and made my manuscript sing! Thank you for moving, shifting, deleting, and challenging me."

-Kim Bright, author of Something Borrowed, Something Blue

English (US)
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Work experience

Editorial Intern

37 Ink, Simon & Schuster
June, 2019 – August, 2019 (2 months)

Editorial Intern

WW Norton
February, 2019 – May, 2019 (3 months)

Publicity Intern

Viking Books, Penguin Random House
August, 2018 – December, 2018 (4 months)

Editorial Intern

Soho Press
June, 2017 – August, 2017 (2 months)

Editorial Intern

St. Martins Press
June, 2017 – August, 2017 (2 months)


August, 2015 – Present (about 6 years)

Portfolio (6 selected works)

The Usual Santas: A Collection of Soho Crime Christmas Capers

Lovesey, Peter, Herron, Mick, Black, Cara, Neville, Stuart, Tursten, Helene

The Leaf Reader

Arsenault, Emily

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