Darryl Oliver

Darryl Oliver - Editor

Jersey City, NJ, USA

Experienced editor with Penguin Random House and former educator with an excellent editorial eye and content creation ability.

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With a wide variety of experiences and interests, I make an excellent editor or writer for a great many projects. I specialize in all things editorial. If your query letter, synopsis or manuscript requires any type of structural, proofreading, or plot edits then I'm your editor. My genres include, but are not limited to, Fantasy/Sci-Fi, History, Historical Fiction, Alternate History, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Romance, and Memoir.

I'm currently an Editorial Assistant with Random House and have been a freelance editor/writer for some time. At Random House, I've worked with numerous award-winning and best-selling authors. As a Random House editor, my expertise goes beyond the page. I'm uniquely suited in assessing the market and helping you shape your manuscript in the best way possible for its readership.

I've formerly been an educator, teaching 9th and 10th grade English. I hold my BA in English and MA in the humanities with an emphasis in history. I look forward to working with you and helping you to pursue your creative vision!

What to expect when working with me:
-A detailed and professional read with clear and open lines of communication.
-After reviewing the manuscript, the manuscript will be returned with notes in track changes in addition to an editorial memo.
-If a second round of edits is agreed upon, feel free to message me as you complete the edits.
-If a second round of edits is agreed upon, the manuscript will be returned once more with notes in track changes in addition to an editorial memo.
English (US)
African American Fiction
Epic Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Biographies & Memoirs

Work experience

Editorial Assistant

Penguin Random House
December, 2020 – Present (11 months)

I've worked on the latest books by award-winning and bestselling writers including Gary Shteyngart and Angie Kim, as well as debut authors such as Hafizah Geter and The New Yorker’s Vinson Cunningham.

My other responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Reading, documenting, and organizing submissions.
Draft pass letters, participate in author/agent calls.
Work with authors and other editors on line, structural, and plot edits.
Work with marketing, publicity, and sales to find the best possible positioning strategy.

Editorial Intern

Penguin Random House
September, 2020 – December, 2020 (3 months)

Read submissions for a variety of editors with eclectic lists and drafted rejection letters
Researched comparative titles using MyHouse and assisted with Profit/Loss sheets
Attended editorial, marketing, and design meetings

Communications Associate and Social Media Coordinator

The Wesley School
August, 2020 – December, 2020 (4 months)

Create content for and manage the Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts
Manage, update, and write copy for the school website using Finalsite CMS
Photograph and record events to use for marketing material

English Instructor

La Salle High School
August, 2018 – August, 2020 (about 2 years)

Instructed students in literature, writing, and grammar
Generated an engaging and rigorous curriculum while staying current with best practices

Freelance Lead Editor

Kimball Publishing
July, 2018 – May, 2021 (almost 3 years)

The primary and lead editor on a series of novels, all receiving a 5-star rating on Amazon
Provide grammatical, structural, and plot edits
Work in tandem with author and publisher to achieve best result

Contributing Writer

Pasadena Black Pages
January, 2018 – January, 2021 (about 3 years)

Write and contribute articles pertaining to the African-American community
Generate original content after researching popular and compelling topics
Topics include: Voting, Black Role Models, Black History Month, profiles on influential individuals, etc.

PRISM Literary Arts Journal Editor-In-Chief

Orange Media Network
June, 2015 – June, 2016 (about 1 year)

Edited, managed, and published Literary Arts Journal.
Managed a team of editors, contributors, and graphic designers.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Probably Ruby: A Novel

Bird-Wilson, Lisa

Darryl has 6 reviews

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Dathane Turner
Darryl is awesome. You can tell he has been in the industry for years. As a developmental editor, he takes the time to really dissect the manuscript giving informed feedback. I would recommend him to anyone who wants someone to take their work to the next level.

Dathane Turner, October 2021

Diego Saavedra
Darryl understood my entire project just from reading the query. He edited it so well and brought his own insights to the project that he practically wrote the query for me himself. I really appreciate himself and he gave a good suggestion on changing the genre of my manuscript. Very helpful.

Diego Saavedra, September 2021

Joshua Crosson
Thank God I hired Darryl for a query letter review. With his sharp editorial eye he helped shape my query letter into the absolute best that it could be. I feel a new confidence now as I venture out into the querying process and I couldn't have done it without Darryl's help! Highly recommended!

Joshua Crosson, September 2021

Michelle C
Darryl provided a comprehensive developmental edit. He made suggests to improve my manuscript. His letter provided a useful overall summary of the manuscript. He provided line edits and commentary directly in Word. He started and completed the project on time and offered a follow up edit prn. I strongly recommend his work and look forward to his assistance with my future manuscripts.

Michelle C, August 2021

Patricia Sanchez-Urcuyo
I enjoyed working with Mr. Oliver. I was so glad that he was encouraging and made me feel my efforts were on the right track. He was clear and candid, which I appreciated. I wish I had emailed a few more questions, but since this was my first time dealing with an editor, I did not want to take up too much of his time. I hope to work with him again.

Patricia Sanchez-Urcuyo, July 2021

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