Chonise Bass

Chonise Bass – Editor

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


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, 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

African American Fiction Coming of Age Literary Fiction Women's Fiction Young Adult
Biographies & Memoirs Self-Help & Self-Improvement
English (US)

Work experience

37 Ink, Simon & Schuster

Jun, 2019 — Aug, 2019 (2 months)

WW Norton

Feb, 2019 — May, 2019 (3 months)

Viking Books, Penguin Random House

Aug, 2018 — Dec, 2018 (4 months)

Soho Press

Jun, 2017 — Aug, 2017 (2 months)

St. Martins Press

Jun, 2017 — Aug, 2017 (2 months)


Aug, 2015 — Present

Chonise has 4 reviews





Africa K.

Africa K.

Mar, 2024

My experience working with Chonise was great. Her feedback was amazing and my manuscript looked much better and more polished. Looking forward to working with her again in the future.
Jessica S.

Jessica S.

Jan, 2024

Chonise is the absolute best! I loved her thoroughness for my manuscript and delivered early. I can’t wait to work with her again for my next project!!
Elizabeth W.

Elizabeth W.

Nov, 2022

Chonise is an eagle eyed proofreader, who also offers insightful comments and suggested edits. She was a breeze to work with, and I hope to work with her again.
Mattii M.

Mattii M.

Sep, 2022

Chonise was professional and offered great recommendations. Her services exceeded my expectations.

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