Erin Clyburn

Erin Clyburn – Editor

Literary agent with over 15 years of editorial experience, specializing in MG, YA, horror, mystery, magic realism, and fantasy


I am a book industry professional with over 15 years' experience in copy editing, proofreading, and developmental editing.

As a literary agent, I represent middle grade, YA, and adult authors. I have acquired and edited client projects that have gone on to become award winners and international best sellers. While I represent a wide variety of genres, I gravitate toward the dark and strange: horror, thriller, mystery, magic realism, and grounded fantasy.

I love how collaborative the editorial process can be, and I enjoy working with clients from a big-picture, developmental level—pacing, characterization, worldbuilding, plot, etc.—down to the line-level, nitty-gritty details of grammar and word choice. As I edit, I put as much effort into pointing out what is working well as I do what isn't—I know that your manuscript is your passion on the page. My goal is to elevate your voice and vision to help make your project the strongest it can be.

I particularly love working with debut authors and seeing their projects come to life, but I also have experience working with established authors. I work with authors pursuing both traditional and self-publishing routes.

Horror Magical Realism Middle Grade Mystery & Crime Young Adult
English (US)

Work experience

Howland Literary

Apr, 2022 — Present

I represent authors of middle grade, young adult, and adult works to publishers, pitch projects, and negotiate deals between authors and publishers. I specialize in projects that are darker in tone: mystery, thriller, horror, magic realism, and grounded fantasy and science fiction. I read and evaluate manuscript submissions. I do developmental edits and copy edits on client manuscripts, and I represent the agency at conferences and workshops.


Jan, 2021 — Present

I am a freelance copy editor, proofreader, fact checker, and developmental editor for print and digital clients in food media and tech, including DoorDash, Caviar, Yoga Journal, Vegetarian Times, Outside, and Food & Wine.

The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

Jul, 2019 — Mar, 2022 (over 2 years)

At JDLA, after an internship with a New York–based boutique literary agency, I began to build my client list in middle grade and young adult fiction and adult fiction and select nonfiction.

Dotdash Meredith

Jan, 2016 — Jun, 2023 (over 7 years)

I copy edited and fact checked print and digital content, including stories and recipes, for Food & Wine and Cooking Light magazines. I worked with editors to implement a consistent voice and recipe style, and helped to develop and implement a universal style guide for recipes across all DDM brands.

Erin has 2 reviews





Daniel R.

Daniel R.

Dec, 2023

I was about ready to toss this manuscript in the "stories to forget" drawer where I intended for it to remain until the crack of doom, but I had spent so much time on it over the last year (not to mention that the story was a personal one for me). I decided to consult with Erin on developmental edits, to see if it could be salvaged. Her feedback provided important insights into where the sto...
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Maria M.

Maria M.

Dec, 2023

I had so many murky issues with my query and synopsis, I didn't think I'd be able to get out of the rut I was in. Erin was able to pinpoint the problems and give clear direction for how to fix issues and proceed with clarity. She was so courteous and thorough in responding to my questions, providing valuable insight that has helped tremendously in getting me back on track. My only regret is tha...
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