Dan Cross

Dan Cross - Editor


2x shortlisted author & professional editor who loves adventure stories in any genre. Happy to give discounts, so just ask.

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I am a professional editor with over 10 years' experience and I run my own manuscript editing business, The Open Book Editor. I have a passion for ADVENTURE stories, especially in the genres of historical fiction, literary, science fiction, fantasy, myth retellings, speculative, and western. I am also a huge fan of stories with believable characters who must confront their own inner conflicts, as well as external ones. While I can help with all aspects of your book's development, I have a psychology degree and character development is a particular strength of mine.

Despite my experience, I am new to Reedsy, so am offering BIG DISCOUNTS to build my portfolio. Please enquire to learn more.

Accepts: Novels; Novellas; Short Stories; Flash Fiction; Non-Fiction.

Services: Developmental Edit; Editorial Assessment; Copy Editing; Proofreading; Query Letter Review.


I am a British editor and author living in Bogotá, Colombia. I am an expert in all forms of English, including British, American, Canadian and Australian.

I am an associate editor for Write On!, an industry-recommended magazine to champion creative writers of all backgrounds. I am a Fellow of the Historical Novel Society and an associate member of the Society of Authors. I was invited to judge the 2019 Pen to Print Book Challenge Competition.

My first novel, CAESAR OF MERCENARIES, was shortlisted for the 2018 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Award. My second novel, THE LIONESS & THE FLAME, was shortlisted for the 2020 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize.

English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (SA)
English (UK)
English (US)
Action & Adventure
Historical Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Science Fiction
Thriller & Suspense
Biographies & Memoirs


  • 2018 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize (Best Unpublished Manuscript) - Shortlistee
  • 2020 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize (Best Unpublished Manuscript) - Shortlistee

Work experience

Managing Editor & Owner

October, 2020 – Present (5 months)

I provide professional manuscript editing services to authors and novelists of fiction and non-fiction. In addition, I offer one-to-one consultancy sessions to authors looking to understand the publishing industry better or to support those in need of guidance—publishing is a tough business to break into and it can be hard to perservere; I can give you the support, advice, and tools to keep going. (Think of this service as like a Life Coach of Book Publishing, if you will.) Finally, I will be adding articles and videos in the future with tips on writing, editing, and publishing.

Associate Editor

Write On! Magazine
June, 2019 – Present (over 1 year)

Associate editor of print and digital editions of creative writing magazine, Write On! Showcase editor, feature writer, and author interviewer.

Managing Owner & Professional Editor

August, 2017 – November, 2020 (over 3 years)

Red Monster Writing offers professional editing services for businesses and manuscripts, including novels, novellas, short stories, and non-fiction..

Professional Editor

February, 2017 – Present (about 4 years)

I edit a range of fiction and non-fiction documents, from short, single-page entries, to complete manuscripts of prose. I have worked with English-speaking clients from all over the world.

Freelance Editor

Freelance Editor
April, 2015 – August, 2017 (over 2 years)

Freelance editor. Experience editing fiction and non-fiction.

Portfolio (1 selected work)


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