Nicole Fegan

Nicole Fegan - Editor

New Orleans, LA, USA

Experienced editor and copy-editor. I'm passionate about contemporary fiction and a lover of all things lyrical, poetic, and full of heart.

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Hello! I have been freelance editing on Reedsy since May 2020 and have worked on over 60 projects, spanning poetry, novels, and multimedia anthologies. As a Brown University graduate with degrees in English and Philosophy, with editorial experience on the collegiate and professional levels, my goal as an editor is to work with you to figure out exactly what your project needs to bring it to perfection.

I have been editing friends' essays and poems since my high school days as a poet at the Duke Young Writers' Camp. During my time at Brown University, I translated that experience into a career of editing and copyediting short-form narrative nonfiction and journalism at The Brown Daily Herald and Post- Magazine. As a senior at Brown, I developed a syllabus for a new class titled "Philosophy of Sex" and subsequently served as a Teaching Assistant for the class. Due in large part to that work, I am devoted to accurate and healthy depictions of sex, relationships, philosophy, and ethics in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction alike.

In the summer of 2018, I worked at Delacorte Press at Penguin Random House - a fully female-staffed imprint publishing Young Adult and Middle Grade titles - and honed my skills for editing and assessing full-length novels.

All of the basics aside, I just adore books and editing! I'm deeply passionate about lyrical and poetic work, but I am an avid reader of all genres and find a well-executed story to be one of life's greatest joys. My passions outside of literature are music, baseball, theatrical set-building, film, mathematics, and exploring nature, so if your work concerns any of these topics, I may just be the editor for you!
English (US)
Coming of Age
Contemporary Fiction
Literary Fiction
New Adult
Sex & Relationships

Work experience

Freelance Editor

May, 2020 – Present (about 2 years)

Freelance editor specializing in novels and poetry collections. I work personally with authors to figure out their needs and refine their manuscripts. My responsibilities include writing editorial assessments and providing developmental edits, copy edits, and proofreads for authors' projects.

Narrative Managing Editor

post- Magazine
January, 2020 – May, 2020 (4 months)

Oversaw all Narrative pieces at post- Magazine, the Brown Daily Herald's culture magazine. Organized the production schedule, helped writers brainstorm article ideas, and thoroughly edited first drafts. Participated in final reads and contributed to formatting and administrative decisions, along with the other managing editors.


The Brown Daily Herald
September, 2018 – September, 2019 (about 1 year)

Copyedited weekly pieces for the Brown Daily Herald (Brown University's largest student-run publication) and post- Magazine, the culture magazine of the Brown Daily Herald.

Editorial Intern

Penguin Random House
June, 2018 – August, 2018 (2 months)

Worked at Delacorte Press reading incoming Young Adult and Middle Grade manuscripts, providing feedback on manuscripts in-progress, and assisting in the decision-making process for choosing book covers.

Literary Magazine Editor

Pegasus Magazine
September, 2012 – June, 2016 (over 3 years)

Lead editor at Pegasus Magazine, the literary magazine at Sanford H. Calhoun High School.

Portfolio (15 selected works)

Welcome to Your Life

Costoff, Paul

More Than That

Alexandre, Anthony, Moreira, Nuno, Fegan, Nicole

Color Me In

Díaz, Natasha

Scars Like Wings

Stewart, Erin

What if I Know?

Swan, Kaito

Bless and Release

Les Surge, Ruth


Shah, U.K.

Nicole has 80 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Rich Marcello
Nicole is an excellent editor. She proofread my novel, delivered her edits on time and with a high degree of quality, and, as a result, made the novel better. I highly recommend her and would definitely work with her again. If you are looking for an editor with excellent skills who really cares about your work, Nicole is the editor for you.

Rich Marcello, June 2022

Tim Kulp
Nicole always does awesome work! I'll be working with Nicole again for many more projects in the future.

Tim Kulp, June 2022

Samantha Testa
Nicole took the time to really understand my project before starting and it made me feel a lot more comfortable. She is very polite and professional and her feedback was great!

Samantha Testa, June 2022

Kate Mapother
Nicole was great to work with. Communicated clearly and promptly. Work completed on time and it was just what I was looking for. I highly recommend her!

Kate Mapother, May 2022

Tiffany Brown
Excellent communication throughout this project.

Tiffany Brown, May 2022

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