Erin McClary

Erin McClary – Editor

Former editor at 7th largest publisher in the US, specializing in adult fiction and nonfiction. Dev edit, copyedit, proofreading, and more.

Overview

**CURRENTLY BOOKING FOR JUNE AND BEYOND**


I am a former professional acquisitions editor for Sourcebooks, the fastest growing publisher in the U.S. My focus is on adult fiction and nonfiction. In my previous life, I worked in brand and digital marketing in a number of industries, so I bring a wealth of knowledge when it comes to figuring out how to position a book and what edits are needed to make it shine within that space. I am also a writer myself, which has given me an understanding of craft that I've found to be valuable to my authors as I edit their books. I am particularly adept at evaluating characters, plot, pacing, and dialogue to help your book be commercially viable and appeal to a broad readership. I live for books and reading, and I look forward to helping writers achieve their dreams!


Books I've worked on have been New York Times and USA Today bestsellers; chosen for Target Book Club, Book of the Month, LibraryReads, Hoopla Book Club, Reader's Digest Editor's Picks, and Amazon Editor's Best of the Month; earned starred reviews from trade publications; nominated/shortlisted for awards, including the Goodreads Choice Awards; and were Indie Bestsellers.


Please note: I copyedit/proofread using American English and the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition.


Here's what some of my authors have said about working with me:


"You make me a better writer." —Southern fiction/mystery

"The manuscript has benefited significantly from your attention to detail and storycraft." —historical/biographical narrative nonfiction

"Thank you for helping me remove the barnacles and make this novel what it was meant to be.” —contemporary women’s fiction

"Insightful, thoughtful, and on it." —upmarket women’s fiction

"I not only appreciated her expertise and energy as an editor, as well as her kind yet firm approach..." —historical fiction

"Her innate sense of narrative and structure has been a brilliant guide for me, helping me shape the book into a work far better than I could ever have imagined." —nonfiction/pop science

"Erin had the vision to see what my book could become and the skill to move each draft closer to that vision." —nonfiction/science/women’s studies

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Humanities & Social Sciences Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction Historical Fiction Thriller & Suspense Women's Fiction
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Sourcebooks

Apr, 2022 — Present

I was hired as an associate acquisitions editor in December 2019 and promoted to editor in April 2022. I acquire and edit about 15-20 books a year across adult fiction and nonfiction.

Sourcebooks

Dec, 2019 — Apr, 2022 (over 2 years)

Portfolio

One Summer in Savannah: A Novel

Shelton Harris, Terah

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Refuge

VanPatten, Bill

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In Every Mirror She's Black: A Novel

Ákínmádé Åkerström, Lolá

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Long After We Are Gone: A Novel

Shelton Harris, Terah

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When a Child Dies

Aagaard, Claire

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The Secret Next Door

Taylor, Rebecca

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Erin has 11 reviews

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Laura J.

Laura J.

Jan, 2024

I appreciated Erin's promptness and respect for my time, her willingness to chat with me prior to making an agreement, and her attention to my areas of concern. She clearly understood the story I wished to tell and focused her suggestions on furthering that goal. She worked with the "words on the page," i.e., each comment and recommendation was relevant--not some generic bullet point one might ...
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Erin M.
Thank you so much for this kind review, Laura. I enjoyed working with you immensely on your beautiful and timely novel and would love to work with you on your next book. Wishing you all the best!
Ron T.

Ron T.

Jan, 2024

Erin is a pro. She has an eagle eye that catches even the smallest mistakes, including ones missed by my first editor. My only regret is not hiring her in the first place. I won't make that mistake again. If you're looking for a meticulous, professional editor who knows what they're doing and what to look for, look no further. Erin is your person!
Erin M.
What a lovely review, Ron! I truly enjoyed working with you and would welcome the opportunity to do so again on your next book. Looking forward to picking up a copy of this one once it's out in the...
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Chris D.

Chris D.

Jan, 2024

I had previously hired Erin to copy edit my manuscript. For that project, Erin had more than demonstrated her investment in my project, so much so that I couldn't resist hiring her again to review my query letter. Thanks to her advice, my letter is strong enough for me to make my pitch to agents with confidence.
Chris D.

Chris D.

Dec, 2023

The best I can ever say about any editor is when I can say, "That editor saved me from myself." That was my experience with Erin. She gave me a thoughtful and comprehensive review (a week ahead of time to boot), leaving me that much more confident about my manuscript. Price was eminently reasonable. Thank you Erin!
Erin M.
Thank you for this wonderful review, Chris! It was a pleasure working with you and getting to read your beautiful novel.
Kay F.

Kay F.

Oct, 2023

I thought Erin’s copy editing skills were highly competent and I like the way she often explained her thinking. I never felt she was an adversary questioning my voice. It was a pleasure working with her
Erin M.
Thank you, Kay! Preserving a writer's voice throughout the editing process is always top of mind for me. It was a pleasure working with you; wishing you all the best on your writing and publishing ...
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