Claire Evans

Claire Evans - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Former Penguin Random House editor with over a decade of experience, specializing in children's & young adult fiction.

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Overview

Are you looking for an expert to help your words leap off the page? Do you need an outside eye to make sure your text is error-free, your writing logical, your prose compelling? I can help with that! I'm a professional fixer when it comes to writing.
I worked for almost a decade in the editorial department of a major publishing house (Penguin Random House). There, I partnered with many authors to develop their stories--both linguistically and structurally--in order to help them make the final project as strong as possible. Many of these books went on to win awards (National Book Award, Newbery Honor, etc) and be New York Times bestsellers. More recently I have been working as a freelance editor, writer, and proofreader on a broad spectrum of projects, everything from story scouting and audio book editing to proofreading and editing professional web content and policy papers.
I am detail-oriented, love playing with language, delight in fixing anything I can, and pride myself on my fast turnaround time. If you need an editor, copywriter, or proofreader to make your words sing, let me help you get it done!
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Dystopian
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Middle Grade
Mystery & Crime
Young Adult

Work experience

Assistant Editor

Penguin Random House
July, 2009 – April, 2018 (almost 9 years)

Played an integral role in ensuring the smooth and successful running of a boutique PRYG imprint. Extremely knowledgeable about current titles and market trends. Primary actor responsible for writing jacket, sales, review, and web copy designed to make books stand out in multiple marketplaces, including updating web copy to capitalize on popular events and seasonal trends. Worked on New York Times bestsellers and novels that sold into many foreign markets. Actively involved in the complete editorial process (including editorial letters, phone calls with authors, line edits, and general story structuring) for middle grade and young adult novels, approx. 10 per year. Relied upon to speed read and respond to multiple urgent submissions overnight and provide editorial feedback on manuscripts with a short turn around period. Read over 300 submissions per year and provided individualized written feedback on each one.

Editor, proofreader, and copywriter

Self employed
April, 2018 – Present (over 2 years)

Some clients include Audible, Inc. and The New York Times.

Visiting Editor

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
October, 2010 – April, 2013 (over 2 years)

Attended multiple conferences, critiqued manuscripts, and presented to audiences of over 100 attendees per conference.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Jane, Unlimited

Kristin Cashore

An instant New York Times bestseller—from the award-winning author of the Graceling Realm series—about adventure, grief, storytelling, and finding yourself in a world of seemingly infinite choices."A wild gift for readers who like books that take them to unexpected places."—Melissa Albert, author of The Hazel WoodJane has lived a mostly ordinary life, raised by her recently deceased aunt Magno... read more

An instant New York Times bestseller—from the award-winning author of the Graceling Realm series—about adventure, grief, storytelling, and finding yourself in a world of seemingly infinite choices."A wild gift for readers who like books that take them to unexpected places."—Melissa Albert, author of The Hazel WoodJane has lived a mostly ordinary life, raised by her recently deceased aunt Magno... read more

The Mad Wolf's Daughter

Diane Magras

***A New York Times Editors’ Choice***A Scottish medieval adventure about the youngest in a war-band who must free her family from a castle prison after knights attack her home--with all the excitement of Ranger's Apprentice and perfect for fans of heroines like Alanna from The Song of the Lioness series.One dark night, Drest's sheltered life on a remote Scottish headland is shattered when inv... read more

***A New York Times Editors’ Choice***A Scottish medieval adventure about the youngest in a war-band who must free her family from a castle prison after knights attack her home--with all the excitement of Ranger's Apprentice and perfect for fans of heroines like Alanna from The Song of the Lioness series.One dark night, Drest's sheltered life on a remote Scottish headland is shattered when inv... read more

Trouble is a Friend of Mine

Stephanie Tromly

Sherlock meets Veronica Mars meets Ferris Bueller's Day Off in this story of a wisecracking girl who meets a weird but brilliant boy and their roller-coaster of a semester that's one part awkward, three parts thrilling, and five parts awesome.When Philip Digby first shows up on her doorstep, Zoe Webster is not impressed. He's rude and he treats her like a book he's already read and knows the e... read more

Sherlock meets Veronica Mars meets Ferris Bueller's Day Off in this story of a wisecracking girl who meets a weird but brilliant boy and their roller-coaster of a semester that's one part awkward, three parts thrilling, and five parts awesome.When Philip Digby first shows up on her doorstep, Zoe Webster is not impressed. He's rude and he treats her like a book he's already read and knows the e... read more

Trouble Makes a Comeback

Stephanie Tromly

An utterly satisfying sequel packed with razor-sharp dialogue, a love triangle you didn't see coming, and the most charismatic dynamic duo you ever met.Now that the infuriating and irresistible Philip Digby has left town for a lead on his sister who disappeared years ago, Zoe Webster is looking forward to a quiet spring semester. She's dating a cute quarterback, hanging out with new friends, a... read more

An utterly satisfying sequel packed with razor-sharp dialogue, a love triangle you didn't see coming, and the most charismatic dynamic duo you ever met.Now that the infuriating and irresistible Philip Digby has left town for a lead on his sister who disappeared years ago, Zoe Webster is looking forward to a quiet spring semester. She's dating a cute quarterback, hanging out with new friends, a... read more

The Cadet of Tildor

Lidell, Alex

Spellbook of the Lost and Found

Fowley-Doyle, Moïra

Trouble Never Sleeps

Tromly, Stephanie

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