Elena Vega

Elena Vega – Editor

Top-notch nonfiction editor for 30+ years. Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, Conde Nast, Hachette. Track record of acclaimed projects!


Back when editors still kept scotch in their file cabinets, I started in book publishing as an editorial assistant. Over the past 30 years+, during which I've worked for places such as Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, Hearst, Conde Nast, and Apple, I've copy edited and/or done developmental editing for more than 200 books—many of which have gone on to earn heaps of praise from critics and readers alike. Specialities are memoir, biography, business, and entertainment. I'm also an award-winning self-published author myself, under a nom de plume.

I have endless enthusiasm for books and authors, and care deeply about every project. I'll go the extra mile to help you create something you're truly proud of, and I'm very easy to work with; my style is to be communicative and accessible. Whatever level of editing your project needs, you'd be in very good hands with me!

A few testimonials:

“Elena's work is flawless. I cannot recommend her enough!” —Rebecca Toscano, Program Director, Taliesin Nexus

“Elena can do it all. I love her passion, flexibility, speed, and attention to detail.” —Daniel Silver, Head of Performance Marketing, Backroads

“Incredibly professional, dependable, and thorough, she’s one of the only freelancers I trust with my Tier 1 projects.” —Rachel Hoge, Production Editor, Post Hill Press

Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Entertainment Political Science & Current Affairs Self-Help & Self-Improvement
English (US)

Work experience


May, 2022 — Present

I acquire and develop nonfiction books for my own imprint part-time, and freelance as a copy editor and developmental editor for other imprints. Specialities are business, self-help, and memoir, but I've edited many types of nonfiction as well as some fiction projects.


Jan, 2010 — Present

Specializing in nonfiction books, particularly business, self-help, and memoir.

Yoga Journal and San Francisco magazine

Jul, 2000 — Nov, 2004 (over 4 years)

Oversaw copy editing for two major monthly publications and copy edited many articles myself.



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