Christa Angelios

Christa Angelios – Editor

Columbia Publishing Course alumna, former intern at Tor Books with passion for SFF, spec fic, and horror/thriller. #WeNeedDiverseBooks

Overview

Hello and welcome!

I'm a freelance editor specializing in horror, thriller, speculative, and fantasy novels, both upmarket and commercial. As a first-generation American and lifelong folklore enthusiast, I'm especially suited to multicultural novels and working with authors whose mother tongue isn't English.

**Please be aware that my work hours are Eastern Standard Time (EST), and I am a part-time freelancer with a limited schedule best reached evenings and weekends.**

My teaching experience honed my proofreading skills, my poetry background gave me a keen copy editing eye, and my creative writing classes taught me the craft of developing narrative arcs. I believe in the power of stories to change the world, and believe that power must be wielded responsibly: from thorough research and authenticity reads to inclusive language and complex characters. I also believe in the magic and power of awe and wonder as hugely important and necessary functions of art, especially for those whose lives do not have nearly enough of that magic and power due to struggle, trauma, oppression, etc. Nothing perhaps sums up my philosophy better than the core belief that it is the duty of art to "comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable."

My Background:
I currently work in copyrights at Penguin Random House, where I've learned about the commerce of intellectual property and how to assess and negotiate permissions for use of previously published material. I also have over seven years of experience tutoring in English Language Arts (ELA) and English for Students of Other Languages (ESOL). My love of language learning, cultural exchange, and literary activism brought me to serve on the Associate Board of Literacy Partners and volunteer with PEN America. In my former internship at Tor Books, I put what I learned in my Irish Lit course to use working with Alex Bledsoe's Tufa novels, and as an intern at what is now the Dystel, Goderich & Bourret literary agency, I requested and vetted manuscripts for agents. I served for a stint as flash fiction editor of Silver Pen’s Liquid Imagination, and poetry editor of the Christian horror magazine, The Midnight Diner, and in a former professional life, I co-taught 6th-grade English, working with over 50 students from 7 countries in my career. Among my favorite units to teach were The Hero's Journey with Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief; historical fiction with Margi Preus's The Heart of a Samurai; comparative, multimedia folklore with various versions of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen" and the Japanese "Yuki-onna" tale; and Gothic literature with William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" and William Carlos Williams's "The Use of Force."

My Education:
I'm an alumna of the Columbia Publishing Course, a six-week intensive course on all aspects of book, magazine, and digital media publishing. I've also taken a proofreading and copy editing course from NYU; an editorial masterclass by Fiona McCrae, Director and Publisher of Graywolf Press; and a webinar entitled "Finding Your Characters' and Your Voice" from National Book Award-winning author Jesmyn Ward. I earned my B.A. in creative writing and business administration from Iowa's Coe College. There, I served as a fiction and communications editor for the literary magazine, The Coe Review, and practiced literary fiction, poetry, and folklore under a slate of professors who all studied at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

My Process:
I start every project with a thorough conversation to clarify your needs--I like to communicate with all parties (author, agent, editor, etc.) to sharpen the vision of the project. I then will provide a quote, and if all is amenable and I take the project on, I begin with a once-through with my reader hat on, noting first impressions.
- For an editorial assessment, this is the only step--I will then provide you with an editorial letter of overall commentary and feedback.
- For a developmental edit, once I've completed my initial read, I then take a short research period to explore similar works and literary archetypes/genres you're working in, to help better inform and contextualize my commentary. I then go into a second read, commenting directly in the manuscript as I go, and once that is complete, I will send you the edit with an editorial letter.
- For copy edits and proofreads, I skip the research step and move straight into a second read, adding in-line commentary and Track Changes. On a copy edit, I will include an editorial letter and style sheet free of additional charge, and on a proofread, I will provide a style sheet for an additional fee.
No matter the project, I close with a debrief to answer any questions or comments the author may have after receiving the feedback. I do provide package rates, but don't recommend this unless you're far enough along in the project that you're confident in the number and type of passes you'll need.

Looking forward to working with you!

Current pleasure reading:
- Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019, edited by Carmen Maria Machado and John Joseph Adams
- China Dream by Ma Jian, translated from the original Chinese by Flora Drew
- Horror: A Literary History edited by Xavier Aldana Reyes

Currently recommending:
- In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado (speculative memoir, best use of authorial craft)
- The Way of the Writer: Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling by Charles Johnson (best chapter on revisions, best intensive writing practices)

Some fantastic articles on diversity, inclusion, and professional responsibility/duty of care:
- PEN America's "Equity in Publishing: What Should Editors Be Doing"
- Mira Jacob's "I Gave a Speech about Race to the Publishing Industry and No One Heard Me" (BuzzFeed)
- Lee & Low's "Where Is the Diversity in Publishing? The 2019 Diversity Baseline Survey Results"
- The Bookseller's "Survey Reveals Extent to Which Working Class Feel Excluded from the Book Trade"
- Lorraine Berry's "How the Literary Class System Is Impoverishing Literature: On the Systemic Economic Barriers to Being a Writer" (LitHub)
Services
Fiction
Cultural & Ethnic Dystopian Fantasy Horror Literary Fiction Middle Grade Fantasy Poetry Short Story
Languages
English (US)
Certifications
  • Columbia Publishing Course
  • Editorial Masterclass with Graywolf's Fiona McCrae at A Public Space
  • Fundamentals of Grammar and Copyediting at NYU
  • Find Your Characters' and Your Voice webinar by National Book Award-winning author Jesmyn Ward

Work experience

Self-employed

Nov, 2013 — Present

Penguin Random House

Jan, 2020 — Present

Penguin Random House

Aug, 2017 — Dec, 2019 (over 2 years)

Tor Books, Macmillan

Jan, 2015 — May, 2015 (4 months)

Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret LLC

Jan, 2015 — May, 2015 (4 months)

Portfolio

The Grief Keeper

Alexandra Villasante

This stunning YA debut is a timely and heartfelt speculative narrative about healing, faith, and freedom.Seventeen-year-old Marisol has always dreamed of being American, learning what Americans and the US are like from television and Mrs. Rosen, an elderly exp... read more
A #1 New York Times Bestseller! Presented by James Patterson's new children's imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion...Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth w... read more
The latest installment in Alex Bledsoe's critically-acclaimed Tufa series about musically-talented fae in rural Tennessee, a series Kirkus Reviews calls "powerful, character-driven drama...a sheer delight." (starred review)“Beautifully written, surprisingly mo... read more
The Star-Touched Queen

Roshani Chokshi

Praise for The Star-Touched Queen:New York Times Bestseller#9 on the Summer 2016 Kids' Indie Next ListAn Amazon Best Book of the MonthA Goodreads Best Book of the Month Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when yo... read more
Full Disclosure: A Novel

Beverley McLachlin

From the former Chief Justice of Canada comes a riveting thriller starring Jilly Truitt, a rising, young defense attorney faced with a case that hits close to home. A searing look at what justice means in the courts and on the streets, Full Disclosure is perfe... read more
The Diner's April '14 installment features hard-hitting, faith-based speculative fiction from D. Leroy and David R. Matteri, poetry from Alisa Velaj, the second of four serial novella segments from Karina Fabian and an exclusive essay from Maurice Broaddus.
Midnight Diner 5.1

Douglas J. Lane

The new, quarterly Midnight Diner features short fiction from Douglas J. Lane and Max Harris, poetry from P.C. Vandall, the first of four serial novella segments from Karina Fabian and an exclusive essay from Maurice Broaddus. The Diner has evolved...adapted..... read more
The Diner's July '14 installment features all-new, faith-based speculative fiction from Ross Baxter and Lynette Pedersen, poetry from Stanley Noah, the third of four serial novella segments from Karina Fabian and an exclusive essay from Maurice Broaddus.

Christa has 4 reviews

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Paul O.

Paul O.

Apr, 2020

Thrilled by the attention to detail on a recent short story Christa helped me with. For anyone looking to 'level-up' their writing, I'd highly recommend working with Christa.
Maxime P.

Maxime P.

Apr, 2020

We worked on my large, creative project and Christa was excellent, took the time to understand it, and help me move it forward. Her suggestions really fit with the vision and direction of my writing and helped me produce excellent work. Even working during a pandemic, we managed to work together and produce excellent work.
Ana T.

Ana T.

Dec, 2019

Christa approached my work as though it were her own, investing lots of time in research and consultations with me. Her approach and her intelligence has enabled her to make informed, effective comments that will without a doubt enhance my work's quality.
Sasha M.

Sasha M.

Sep, 2019

Working with Christa was such a great experience! I am writing a book for the first time so of course finding the right person to work with is super important if not nerve wracking,-especially when trust is involved. From the start, Christa made me and my work feel welcome. She expressed her passion for writing to me and made sure that I was getting the best service for the impact of my persona...
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