Nicole Fegan

Nicole Fegan - Editor

Roanoke, VA, USA

Editor, copyeditor, proofreader. I'm passionate about contemporary fiction and a lover of all things lyrical, poetic, and human.

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Overview

I am a Brown University graduate with degrees in English and Philosophy, with editorial experience on the collegiate and professional levels. I have been freelance editing on Reedsy since May 2020 and have worked on over 30 projects, spanning poetry, novels, and multimedia anthologies. 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!
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Coming of Age
Contemporary Fiction
New Adult
Poetry
Non-Fiction
Philosophy
Sex & Relationships

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Reedsy
May, 2020 – Present (about 1 year)

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.

Copyeditor

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 (14 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

Nicole has 40 reviews

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Joshua Cole
I always enjoy working with Nicole. Her rates are incredibly reasonable, but more importantly, she challenges my writing with thoughtful honesty. I highly recommend her for your next edit, you will not be disappointed!

Joshua Cole, June 2021

Nicole Fegan
Thank you, Josh! It is always a pleasure working with you on your remarkable poetry.

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Ray M
After my first interaction with Nicole, I knew I'd be writing a glowing review. Patience, insight and professionalism are a few of her most obvious qualities. Oh, and she's immensely generous with her time and feedback! What stood out to me the most though, was her passion for my work. It meant so much to dialogue over my book and she seemed just as eager to invest as I was. I'm very much look...
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Ray M, June 2021

Nicole Fegan
Thank you immensely, Ray! You are such a talented writer and it was a true gift to work on your project. Best of luck in completing it and I look forward to working with you again in the future!

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Sara Aguirre
Nicole was wonderfully articulate, concise, and professional. Her experience rings true in her work. I had so much anxiety about releasing my most sacred and vulnerable work to be critiqued, reviewed, and criticized (for the best, of course), but Nicole had such graceful honesty that was easy to absorb and clear to understand. My work will undoubtedly benefit from her expertise.

Sara Aguirre, June 2021

Nicole Fegan
Thank you so much for your kind words, Sara!

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Destiny Jones
Nicole was professional, quick, and quite thorough with the editing she did on my poetry. Also quite honest with what she thought would work and what wouldn't work with my body of poems I had. It gave me clear ideas on what to fix and what was perfect. I appreciate all her help.

Destiny Jones, May 2021

Nicole Fegan
Thank you, Destiny, you were an absolute joy to work with!

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Lucas Aresin
Nicole is great to work with. English is my second language, and her edits helped me to refine both the text and the content at the same time. She understood what I was trying to do with my book when I struggled to understand it myself, and she subsequently helped me to narrow down the main themes of the book better than I could myself. At all times she managed to be supportive while pointing o...
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Lucas Aresin, May 2021

Nicole Fegan
Thank you so much, Lucas! Knowing my edits were helpful is the true joy of my job, so I am overjoyed to hear you were happy with my work.

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