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Constance Renfrow

Constance Renfrow - Editor

New York, NY, United States

Professional editor at an indie press/freelance editor specializing in literary and historical novels, YA, and speculative fiction.

Overview

Reviews (8)

I’m a New York-based editor and writer specializing in literary fiction. I am deeply in love with the English language and with telling passionate, evocative stories that leave the reader changed. I’m proud to say I’m currently an editor at Three Rooms Press, a fiercely independent literary publisher in New York. I am the editor of WEIRD GIRL AND WHAT'S HIS NAME by Meagan Brothers (IndieFAB Gold Winner: YA), hailed by Foreword Reviews as “[having] all the makings to become a classic of this generation." I also compiled and edited SONGS OF MY SELFIE: An Anthology of Millennial Stories, a collection of seventeen short stories by up-and-coming Millennial writers, which was just announced as an IndieFAB 2017 finalist. Bustle writes: “Doing for 'bad Millennials' what Bad Feminist did for uncertain feminists, SONGS OF MY SELFIE celebrates the Millennial stereotypes — flaws and all . . . this story collection not only stands up for Millennials, it gives Millennials a place to stand up for themselves.”

I’ve prepared more than seventy-five titles for publication at both Three Rooms Press and Skyhorse Publishing. My specialty is fiction, particularly literary fiction, and I’ve worked with YA, fantasy, thrillers, historical fiction, speculative fiction, military history, short stories, etc. I have also edited memoirs, crafting books, cookbooks, exercise guides, self-help, works in translation, and more.

As a freelancer, I help writers prepare their works in order to query agents and publishers, as well as for self-publishing platforms. I have also written and edited website copy, cover copy, bios, articles, and more. I wrote a regular column about book publishing for the website DIY MFA. Visit my website to read more about my passion for editing or to discover some of my tips for a successful manuscript submission.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Anthologies Crime & Mystery Historical Fiction LGBTQ Literature Short Story Thriller Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs History

Awards

  • IndieFAB Gold: YA (Weird Girl and What's-His-Name)
  • Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction (Shortlist) (Exile on Bridge Street)
  • IndieFAB Finalist: Anthology (Songs of My Selfie)

Work experience

Lead Editor

Three Rooms Press
June, 2014 – Present (over 3 years)

I am the lead editor at Three Rooms Press, a fiercely independent book publisher, inspired by Dada, punk, and passion. My primary purpose is to edit all upcoming titles (developmental editing, copy editing, and proofreading). Additionally, I assist the directors in acquiring titles and in marketing and publicity. I was the lead editor for WEIRD GIRL AND WHAT'S HIS NAME, an LGBT YA novel that "has all the makings to become a classic of this generation" (Foreword Reviews), and I compiled an anthology of short stories by millennial writers, SONGS OF MY SELFIE, published in April 2016.

Assistant Editor

Skyhorse Publishing
May, 2012 – May, 2014 (about 2 years)

I served in the editorial department of this up-and-coming trade publisher for two years after graduating from Franklin & Marshall College. I began as an intern, assessing manuscript submissions and completing minor copy editing tasks, and was hired six months later as an editorial assistant. I was promoted to Assistant Editor in January 2014 and was in charge of licensing and editing books from Swedish publishers. These were usually cookbooks and crafting books, though each season I was also responsible for at least one original novel or memoir. I was lead editor of approximately thirty titles per season. Additional duties included book acquisition, copy writing, and publicity.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Songs of My Selfie: An Anthology of Millennial Stories

SONGS OF MY SELFIE: An Anthology of Millennial Stories celebrates the millennial through the works of up-and-coming fiction writers, all under the age of twenty-six. This collection features seventeen short stories by millennial writers about actual millennial issues, exposing this generation's true ambitions and frustrations, humor and heartbreak, despair and joie de vivre.With fresh new voic... read more

SONGS OF MY SELFIE: An Anthology of Millennial Stories celebrates the millennial through the works of up-and-coming fiction writers, all under the age of twenty-six. This collection features seventeen short stories by millennial writers about actual millennial issues, exposing this generation's true ambitions and frustrations, humor and heartbreak, despair and joie de vivre.With fresh new voic... read more

Weird Girl and What's His Name

Meagan Brothers

IndieFab Young Adult Fiction Book of the Year 2015!Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Books 2015!In the podunk town of Hawthorne, North Carolina, seventeen-year-old geeks Lula and Rory share everything—sci-fi and fantasy fandom, Friday night binge-watching of old X-Files episodes, and that feeling that they don’t quite fit in. Lula knows she and Rory have no secrets from each other; after all, he came o... read more

IndieFab Young Adult Fiction Book of the Year 2015!Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Books 2015!In the podunk town of Hawthorne, North Carolina, seventeen-year-old geeks Lula and Rory share everything—sci-fi and fantasy fandom, Friday night binge-watching of old X-Files episodes, and that feeling that they don’t quite fit in. Lula knows she and Rory have no secrets from each other; after all, he came o... read more

Swing State: A Novel

Michael T. Fournier

Swing State unveils the generally overlooked decades-long economic downturn in the rural Northeast. With an unflinching eye, novelist Michael T. Founier lays bare the dim dreams and raw existence of the lives of three residents of Armbrister, New Hampshire, who share the same goal: Get out. Faced with grim prospects, the intersection of bullying and terrorism blurs, with disastrous consequence... read more

Swing State unveils the generally overlooked decades-long economic downturn in the rural Northeast. With an unflinching eye, novelist Michael T. Founier lays bare the dim dreams and raw existence of the lives of three residents of Armbrister, New Hampshire, who share the same goal: Get out. Faced with grim prospects, the intersection of bullying and terrorism blurs, with disastrous consequence... read more

Warriors: A Novel (Highliners)

William B. McCloskey

William McCloskey is back and better than ever in Warriors, the potent new prequel to Highliners, Breakers, and Raiders. Long before Hank Crawford arrived in the waters of Ketchikan, his partners and compatriots were already in love with its shores. Following the final, crushing moments of World War II, Japanese officer Kiyoshi Tsurifune, Sergeant Jones Henry, and Resistance fighter Swede Scor... read more

William McCloskey is back and better than ever in Warriors, the potent new prequel to Highliners, Breakers, and Raiders. Long before Hank Crawford arrived in the waters of Ketchikan, his partners and compatriots were already in love with its shores. Following the final, crushing moments of World War II, Japanese officer Kiyoshi Tsurifune, Sergeant Jones Henry, and Resistance fighter Swede Scor... read more

The Fisherman: A Thriller

Vaughn C. Hardacker

After tracking down a crazed sniper last year, homicide detectives Mike Houston and Anne Bouchard opted to leave Boston for the isolated mountains of Maine. They adjusted nicely to chopping their own firewood, relaxing in their log cabin, and simply enjoying the solitude of the mountains.But then Anne Bouchard, meets and elderly couple looking for help in locating their missing granddaughter. ... read more

After tracking down a crazed sniper last year, homicide detectives Mike Houston and Anne Bouchard opted to leave Boston for the isolated mountains of Maine. They adjusted nicely to chopping their own firewood, relaxing in their log cabin, and simply enjoying the solitude of the mountains.But then Anne Bouchard, meets and elderly couple looking for help in locating their missing granddaughter. ... read more

Dolph Lundgren: Train Like an Action Hero: Be Fit Forever

Dolph Lundgren

Are you ready to take your exercise and fitness routine to the next level? Then take a lesson from internationally-renowned action hero Dolph Lundgren, as he shares the personal fitness secrets gained from a lifetime of hard-fought experiences on-camera and off.Dolph has created a personal philosophy of fitness based on martial arts, yoga, strength training, biochemical research, professional ... read more

Are you ready to take your exercise and fitness routine to the next level? Then take a lesson from internationally-renowned action hero Dolph Lundgren, as he shares the personal fitness secrets gained from a lifetime of hard-fought experiences on-camera and off.Dolph has created a personal philosophy of fitness based on martial arts, yoga, strength training, biochemical research, professional ... read more

The Court-Martial of Corporal Nutting: A Memoir of the Vietnam War

John R. Nutting

John Nutting is nineteen years old in 1966. Raised in small-town Idaho, to a family that could trace its military roots back to the Revolutionary War, Nutting knows he’s going to fight the war as a Marine. On the day of his high school graduation, he swears into the US Marine Corps and boards the plane to boot camp.All too soon he’s in the jungle, a greenhorn member of “F” Company, 2nd Battali... read more

John Nutting is nineteen years old in 1966. Raised in small-town Idaho, to a family that could trace its military roots back to the Revolutionary War, Nutting knows he’s going to fight the war as a Marine. On the day of his high school graduation, he swears into the US Marine Corps and boards the plane to boot camp.All too soon he’s in the jungle, a greenhorn member of “F” Company, 2nd Battali... read more

Exile on Bridge Street: A Novel (Auld Irishtown Trilogy)

Eamon Loingsigh

Exile on Bridge Street details teenage Irish immigrant Liam Garrity's struggle to adulthood in pre-Prohibition Brooklyn. Back home, Ireland's fight for its own independence erupts with the 1916 Easter Rising. The fate of Garrity's father, an Irish rebel, is unknown, which leaves his mother and two sisters vulnerable on the family farm as British troops swarm, seeking reprisals. Garrity must or... read more

Exile on Bridge Street details teenage Irish immigrant Liam Garrity's struggle to adulthood in pre-Prohibition Brooklyn. Back home, Ireland's fight for its own independence erupts with the 1916 Easter Rising. The fate of Garrity's father, an Irish rebel, is unknown, which leaves his mother and two sisters vulnerable on the family farm as British troops swarm, seeking reprisals. Garrity must or... read more

Celestial Mechanics: a tale for a mid-winter night

William Least Heat-Moon

When Silas Fortunato applies for an editorial position for the “spirituality” section of a local newspaper, he is asked to fill in a bubble sheet to mark his religion. The problem is, his beliefs don’t fall within any of the categories. Silas believes that selflessness enlarges vision and that what a person should strive for is to be overcome by the beyond. He believes in honoring otherness an... read more

When Silas Fortunato applies for an editorial position for the “spirituality” section of a local newspaper, he is asked to fill in a bubble sheet to mark his religion. The problem is, his beliefs don’t fall within any of the categories. Silas believes that selflessness enlarges vision and that what a person should strive for is to be overcome by the beyond. He believes in honoring otherness an... read more

Punk Avenue: Inside the New York City Underground, 1972-1982

Phil Marcade

Punk Avenue: The New York City Underground 1972-1982 is an intimate look at author Paris-born Phil Marcade’s first ten years in the United States where drifted from Boston to the West Coast and back, before winding up in New York City and becoming immersed in the early punk rock scene. From backrooms of Max’s and CBGB’s to the Tropicana Hotel in Los Angeles and back, Punk Avenue is a tour de f... read more

Punk Avenue: The New York City Underground 1972-1982 is an intimate look at author Paris-born Phil Marcade’s first ten years in the United States where drifted from Boston to the West Coast and back, before winding up in New York City and becoming immersed in the early punk rock scene. From backrooms of Max’s and CBGB’s to the Tropicana Hotel in Los Angeles and back, Punk Avenue is a tour de f... read more

Constance has 8 reviews

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Jonathan LaPoma

I hired Constance to copy-edit and proofread my novel The Summer of Crud, and I'm pleased that I did. She found a number of grammatical/spelling errors that I'd missed, and she provided great comments on areas that were unclear or unnecessary. I highly recommend Constance and hope to work with her again!

, August 2017


Ric Rae

Constance was very good at communication and her work was very insightful. She listen to what I had to say regarding her edit and gave good feedback. Would recommend.

, July 2017


Brent Davis

Constance is one of the finest professionals I have had the pleasure to work with through Reedsy. Prompt, professional, and always went the extra mile. Her recommendations have been excellent and she was willing to be flexible with my requests. I have every intention of working with Constance again in the future. Vincent Davis

, May 2017


Whitney DiTaranto

Wow wow wow. Constance really exceeded my expectations. Her experience was the exact fit I was looking for to edit my novel and she did an extremely thorough job. She discovered flaws in my narrative that I just couldn't see because I had been staring at it for so long and needed a new set of eyes on it. Her edits were straightforward and she did not tread lightly - exactly what you want in an ...

, May 2017


Beck Medina

I'm so happy I got the opportunity to collaborate with Constance. She was flexible regarding deadlines and finances, and her editorial letter and extensive notes were invaluable to me as a writer. I walked away feeling encouraged, yet challenged to become a better storyteller in the most positive way imaginable. Do not sleep on working with this amazing editor! Constance is worth EVERY PENNY!

, March 2017

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