Fleetwood Robbins

Fleetwood Robbins – Editor

Experienced developmental editor with expertise in science fiction and fantasy, working with publishers and independent authors.

Overview

My guiding principle as an editor is to prioritize the author’s work above all else—to preserve its integrity and draw out its best expression through a thorough discussion of the material. More than fifteen years of experience in publishing has given me a unique perspective on developing work that will stand out in a crowded field.


Testimonials:


“Fleetwood R. is a magician of an editor, which is to say he has an amazing talent for revealing the book you meant to write and showing you the path to actually writing that book, while also leaving you with the impression he was never there.”

—Mark Teppo, author and Creative Lead of the Mongliad


“When I was an acquiring editor at 47North, I was always on the lookout for top-notch developmental editorial talent to ensure my authors were in the best hands. Based on his reputation at Del Rey and Wizards of the Coast, I knew Fleetwood was a name that I could mention and have the writers feel like they were not being pawned off to a random person—this was someone with years of experience who had been entrusted with big stories. And that's where he really shone: taking on big, complex projects, and balancing the author's dream with a reader's needs. I was always happy with his edits and insights, and I know my authors were, too.”

—David Pomerico, Editorial Director, Harper Voyager US


“Fleetwood R. was my first editor, and I didn’t realize at the time how lucky I was that he took me on. He’s an absolute professional, a deft editor with a great story sense, and an excellent communicator. He also has a deadpan sense of humor that slays me. There was no better person to launch my career with, and I’d work with him again in a heartbeat.”

—Daryl Gregory, author of Pandemonium and Spoonbenders


"Fleetwood is a calm, professional editor who always sees consequences and future possibilities. He is even-handed and fair, and sees the value in pointing out rather than remaining silent. As writers are such a wide variety of humanity, so successful editors must be—and I would hire Fleetwood in a heartbeat, knowing he will improve any project he works on. Now more than ever, good editors are worth their weight in gold."

—Ed Greenwood, bestselling author and game designer.


“Fleetwood R. is a champ. A perfect mercenary red-pen-for-hire. He worked with me on one of the most challenging projects of my career and kept his head even when I was absolutely losing mine. He has an exceptional respect for voice, a love for the music of language and can keep a narrative on the rails no matter the prevailing weather conditions. If I ever need another editor to watch my back when things get weird, Fleetwood is the first guy I'll call.”

—Jason Sheehan, author of Tales from the Radiation Age

Services
Fiction
Dystopian Epic Fantasy Gaming & LitRPG Middle Grade Fantasy Military Science Fiction Post-Apocalyptic Space Opera Steampunk
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Waxman Leavell Literary Agency

Sep, 2014 — Jun, 2016 (over 1 year)

*Searched out published and unpublished authors for representation in the sale of their work to professional publishers.
*Evaluated manuscripts for commercial potential.
*Wrote and developed sales material for unpublished manuscripts to present to publishers for acquisition.
*Negotiated the sale of publishing rights to publishing houses.

Self-employed

Nov, 2012 — Aug, 2014 (over 1 year)

*Freelance Developmental Editor for Amazon Publishing: Worked with writers to improve and develop their manuscripts with respect to story structure, character development, pacing, and narrative focus. Projects included The Mongoliad Cycle and The Foreworld Saga (Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, et al.), Tales of the Radiation Age (Sheehan), and Shield and Crocus (Underwood), among others.
*Freelance Writer for Amazon Kindle Daily Blog: Wrote a biweekly blog feature for Kindle, reviewing multiple books around a predetermined theme.
*Freelance Copywriter for Random House: Wrote cover and online copy for titles, including LieSmith (Franklin), Dark Screams: Volume One (Stephen King, Kelley Armstrong, et al.), and The Dire Earth (Hough).

Wizards of the Coast

Jan, 2008 — Nov, 2013 (almost 6 years)

*Created, developed, and edited storylines for bestselling shared-world fiction properties to take place over multiple expressions of bestselling transmedia properties, including DUNGEONS & DRAGONS and MAGIC: THE GATHERING.
*Searched out, evaluated, and hired freelance writers for story initiatives. *Managed relations with existing writers and partners.
*Managed the flow of manuscripts through all editing and production stages, including quality checks, copyediting, and proofreading.
*Wrote promotional and sales copy for titles.

Random House Publishing Group

Oct, 2004 — Jan, 2008 (over 3 years)

*Acquired and edited books for multiple imprints of the RHPG including
Random House, Ballantine, and Del Rey.
*Managed and maximized author, agent, and internal publishing relationships for senior editor.
*Reviewed and recommended submissions for senior and executive editors.

Random House Publishing Group

Mar, 2002 — Oct, 2004 (over 2 years)

*Planned and managed author tours, press relations, and publicity.
*Wrote press material and pitched books and authors to national and local media.
*Managed and solicited the media community in support of authors, titles, and publisher.
*Wrote and edited the monthly reader email newsletter which had the highest subscriber base of all RH Inc newsletters.

Portfolio

From a dazzling new voice in fantasy comes a mesmerizing tale of treachery, passion, intrigue, betrayal, and an act of pure vengeance that threatens to bring down a kingdom. Seething with decadent appetites unchecked by law or gods, the court of Antyre is rule... read more
It is a world like our own in every respect . . . save one. In the 1950s, random acts of possession begin to occur. Ordinary men, women, and children are the targets of entities that seem to spring from the depths of the collective unconscious, pop-cultural av... read more
From Book 1: With bonus material! This Kindle edition features extra content only found in the Collector’s Edition of The Mongoliad: Book One, including an illustrated character glossary, a Foreworld map, and Sinner, a prequel to the Mongoliad series.The first... read more
The Academy of Chaenbalu has stood against magic for centuries.Hidden from the world, acting from the shadows, it trains its students to detect and retrieve magic artifacts, which it jealously guards from the misuse of others. Because magic is dangerous: somet... read more
Shield and Crocus

Michael R. Underwood

In a city built among the bones of a fallen giant, a small group of heroes looks to reclaim their home from the five criminal tyrants who control it. The city of Audec-Hal sits among the bones of a Titan. For decades it has suffered under the dominance of five... read more
From award-winning author Daniel Fox comes a ravishingly written epic of revolution and romance set in a world where magic is found in stone and in water, in dragons and in men–and in the chains that bind them.Deposed by a vicious usurper, a young emperor flee... read more
In The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Greg Keyes has crafted a brilliant saga of magic, adventure, and love set against a backdrop of clashing empires and an ancient, reawakened evil. Now, with The Born Queen, Keyes brings his epic to a masterly close, gathering ... read more
Award-winning author Laura Resnick brings readers into the adventures of Chandra Nalaar, a young and impulsive mage on a collision course with destiny. The novel that begins the story of Chandra Nalaar, the impulsive young fire mage whose exploration of the mu... read more
In this struggle for influence and power, for the keys to magical knowledge, everything you knew about novels based on Magic: The Gathering® is changing . . . Jace Beleren is a planeswalker who has taken the path of least resistance. He is gifted and powerful,... read more
Walk the Blind Eternities!The New York Times best-selling author Matthew Stover brings his razor-sharp prose and hard-hitting characterization to the Multiverse of Magic: The Gathering®. From the ashes of defeat, the planeswalker Tezzeret will rise again. Beat... read more
Grand Junction

Maurice G Dantec

Visionary, gripping, sumptuous and tantalizing, Grande Junction is a masterwork of hip, literary science fiction.On October 4, 2057, most electronic devices on Earth are infected and destroyed by unknown viruses, and billions of people dependent on machine int... read more
The first major English translation of one of France’s most admired writers, Cosmos Incorporated is a triumph of science fiction–a masterwork of cataclysm, mysticism, and suspense.Fifty years of warfare, disease, and strife have decimated the world’s populatio... read more
What if V-E Day didn’t end World War II in Europe? What if, instead, the Allies had to face a potent, even fanatical, postwar Nazi resistance? Such a movement, based in the fabled Alpine Redoubt, was in fact a real threat, ultimately neutralized by Germany’s f... read more
Sir William the Marshal, legend in his own time, has promised to go on crusade, a vow made to his Young King as he lay dying. But when the Oliphant, legendary war horn of Roland, is stolen by the lethal Assassins, he’s charged with returning the relic in order... read more
SideQuests are stand-alone stories or novellas that chronicle the heroes, villains, and adventures in The Foreworld Saga across numerous eras and ages. They can be read in any order with or without prior knowledge of The Foreworld Saga.Expert swordsmen Basilio... read more
SideQuests are stand-alone stories or novellas that chronicle the heroes, villains, and adventures in The Foreworld Saga across numerous eras and ages. They can be read in any order with or without prior knowledge of The Foreworld Saga.As Mt. Vesuvius rumbles ... read more
SideQuests are stand-alone stories or novellas that chronicle the heroes, villains, and adventures in The Foreworld Saga across numerous eras and ages. They can be read in any order with or without prior knowledge of The Foreworld Saga. Many were displeased wi... read more
SideQuests are stand-alone stories or novellas that chronicle the heroes, villains, and adventures in The Foreworld Saga across numerous eras and ages. They can be read in any order with or without prior knowledge of The Foreworld Saga.Sigrid is a Shield-Maide... read more
SideQuests are stand-alone stories or novellas that chronicle the heroes, villains, and adventures in The Foreworld Saga across numerous eras and ages. They can be read in any order with or without prior knowledge of The Foreworld Saga.When The Italian Job mee... read more
In a post-apocalyptic America that has shattered into a hundred perpetually warring fiefdoms, anyone with a loud voice and a doomsday weapon can be king (and probably has been). Duncan Archer—con man, carpetbagger, survivor—has found a way to somehow successfu... read more

Fleetwood has 6 reviews

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Avimanyu D.

Avimanyu D.

Dec, 2020

Fleetwood was professional and helped me through my query letter. His suggestions made me rethink some of the elements of my novel. I will use his services in a heartbeat.
Kathryn H.

Kathryn H.

Sep, 2020

Fleetwood came through on time, with a thorough review of my book (developmental edit). His editorial letter had a number of suggestions, large and small, to make characterization stronger, to reinforce one of the plot threads, and generally to polish the presentation. His help will make this a better book. Many thanks!
Darryl K.

Darryl K.

Jun, 2020

I wanted a thorough Developmental edit and Fleetwood delivered perfectly. His experience in both this level of editing and my genre was very evident and his delivery, professionalism and the recommendations have all been excellent. I couldn't recommend him highly enough.
Bob A.

Bob A.

Apr, 2020

With his insightful suggestions I rearranged my novel, making it tighter and more suspenseful. This involved a complete rewrite of some sections and a large addition to another. Not only did we communicate through Reedsy, but talked a couple of times on the phone so that he could provide additional input. He seemed genuinely interested in helping me develop the story’s full potential and had he...
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D. C. L.

D. C. L.

Jan, 2020

Fleetwood carefully reviewed my material, asked spot-on questions during our phone call, and made helpful suggestions about how to approach the industry with my novel. His edit of my query letter made it a thousand times better than what I had been working with and included a positioning statement that helped define the story's marketability. Additionally, he showed great insight while editing ...
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