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Brian S.

Brian S.

Alexandria, VA, USA

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Professional Editor | 12 years and 3 NYT Bestsellers | 58 Books Published by Penguin, Harper Collins


Work experience:

  • The Asia Foundation
  • United States Peace Corps
  • Pearson Education
  • DK Publishing / BradyGames
  • Cadoza Publishing / Book Republic Press
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • Crowbar Creative

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Query Letter Review

Genres: Fiction Non-Fiction Young Adult Picture Books Biographies & Memoirs Middle Grade Fantasy Sports & Outdoors Science Fiction Gaming & LitRPG Children's

Emily H.

Emily H.

Portland, OR, USA

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I am a nonfiction editor, dedicated to helping writers achieve their publishing aspirations.


Work experience:

  • Lyrical Editing
  • Beyond Words/Atria Books (An imprint of Simon & Schuster)

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading Query Letter Review

Genres: Non-Fiction Biographies & Memoirs Health & wellbeing Humanities & Social Sciences Religion & Spirituality Psychology New Age Self-help & Self-improvement Parenting & Families

Fiona M.

Fiona M.

Limassol, Cyprus

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Shaping novels into the best version of an author's vision. Former clients published by HarperTeen, Macmillan, and more. US and UK markets.


Work experience:

  • Freelance and consultancy
  • AcroSquare
  • Freelance
  • OrderBox Media
  • Inklings Literary Agency
  • Holloway Literary Agency

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Query Letter Review

Genres: Fiction Literary Fiction Young Adult Action & Adventure Horror Fantasy Science Fiction Thriller & Suspense Dystopian Children's Middle Grade Fantasy Epic Fantasy Contemporary Fiction Magical Realism Young Adult Fantasy

Alice H.

Alice H.

Brighton, UK

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Highly experienced editor, specialising in children's books. Former Children's Editor at Thames and Hudson, author of 42 published books.


Work experience:

  • Self-employed
  • Thames & Hudson
  • White-Thomson Publishing

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Fiction Non-Fiction Literary Fiction Picture Books Art DIY & Crafts Humanities & Social Sciences Nature Travel Middle Grade Children's - Non-fiction Children's

Vi L.

Vi L.

Portland, OR, USA

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There is no "one-size-fits-all" approach when it comes to editing, so I am here to develop a unique strategy that makes your book stand out.


Work experience:

  • V.
  • Ooligan Press
  • Portland Review Literary Journal
  • Simon & Schuster UK
  • Transatlantic Literary Agency

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment

Genres: Fiction Non-Fiction Young Adult Biographies & Memoirs Anthologies LGBTQ (Fiction) Women's Fiction LGBTQ (non fiction) Self-help & Self-improvement Education & Reference

Ben L.

Ben L.

Madison, WI, USA

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Freelance editor specializing in literary & crime fiction. 15+ years experience running two critically acclaimed publishing companies.


Work experience:

  • Tyrus Books (a division of F+W Media, later a division of Simon & Schuster)
  • Bleak House Books (a division of Big Earth Publishing)

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment

Genres: Fiction Non-Fiction Literary Fiction Biographies & Memoirs Short Story Mystery & Crime True Crime Thriller & Suspense

Jasmin K.

Jasmin K.

London, UK

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An experienced editor and author, I’ve worked on Booker-longlistees and Amazon bestsellers. Qualified, kind and honest. Specialises in SFF.


Work experience:

  • Endeavour Media
  • Freelance
  • Garnet Publishing (Ithaca Press and Periscope Books)
  • Tenebris Books

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Fiction Non-Fiction Literary Fiction Biographies & Memoirs History Humanities & Social Sciences Historical Fiction Fantasy Science Fiction Dystopian Urban Fantasy

Stephanie T.

Stephanie T.

San Francisco, CA, USA

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From writing and editing to querying and beyond. I've been through every step and have the insider knowledge to help you on your adventure.


Work experience:

  • Stephanie Thomas
  • Wolters Kluwer Legal Education
  • Bedford/St. Martin's (Macmillan Learning)
  • Barefoot Books
  • Pearson Custom Publishing
  • Black Spring Press & Dexter Haven Associates (UK)

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading Query Letter Review

Genres: Non-Fiction Education & Reference

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Have a rough draft on your hands, but not sure how to perfect it into a bestseller? You’re probably in need of a professional developmental editor. The all-important developmental edit is the stage in which the underlying problems of a story, such as plot, pace, and character development, are diagnosed and fixed. It’s an in-depth structural edit that every story must undergo to be the best possible version of itself.

Developmental editors are the freelance book editors behind this kind of edit. Experienced editors are one in a million, bringing decades of experience, instinct, and insight to the table and the story. Since it’s an intensive process, developmental editing rates generally tend to differ, depending on the length of the book.

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