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Kim H.

Kim H.

Seattle, WA, USA

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I'm an experienced editor in all stages of text development, and I'm just as socially awkward as you are. Let's chat.


Work experience:

  • Simon & Schuster
  • Lyrical Press
  • Wave Books
  • University of Washington

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Fiction Non-Fiction Literary Fiction Romance Young Adult Biographies & Memoirs Entertainment Short Story Fantasy Science Fiction Epic Fantasy Contemporary Fiction Post-Apocalyptic Young Adult Fantasy

Emily A.

Emily A.

New York, United States

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Former non-fiction editor at Penguin Random House and Macmillan. I've edited business, true crime, history, and everything in between.


Work experience:

  • Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, Macmillan
  • Portfolio/Sentinel/Current, Penguin Random House

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Query Letter Review

Genres: Non-Fiction Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management History Political Science & Current Affairs Humanities & Social Sciences Math & Science Self-help & Self-improvement Sports & Outdoors Earth & Space & Environmental Sciences True Crime

Martin G.

Martin G.

Glasgow, United Kingdom

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Editor with ten years experience of working on award-winning sports books such as Andrea Pirlo's autobiography, Pep Confidential & more


Work experience:

  • BackPage Press
  • The Herald
  • The Sunday Times

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment

Genres: Non-Fiction Biographies & Memoirs Fantasy Sports & Outdoors Gaming & LitRPG

Robin P.

Robin P.

Edmond, OK, United States

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Seasoned editor specializing in Christian romance genres working with all kinds of authors, newbie to NYT bestsellers.


Work experience:

  • Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas Smitten line
  • Serenade Press
  • Freelance Editing Services

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment

Genres: Fiction Non-Fiction Romance Christian Fiction Historical Fiction Inspirational Women's Fiction Mystery & Crime

Hugo V.

Hugo V.

London, United Kingdom

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ELT specialist with extensive in-house print and digital experience from primary to adult. I also translate (English-Italian).


Work experience:

  • Self-employed
  • Macmillan Education
  • Macmillan Eduaction

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

Genres: Non-Fiction Writing & Publishing ELT

Bruno G.

Bruno G.

Seattle, WA, United States

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Your first reader and best collaborator. I edit novels, art books, and scholarly manuscripts.


Work experience:

  • Editing by George
  • Six Red Marbles
  • Asymptote Journal
  • Microsoft and Vendors to Microsoft
  • Harvard Summer School

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading

Genres: Fiction Non-Fiction Literary Fiction Romance Art Health & wellbeing Humanities & Social Sciences Historical Fiction Mystery & Crime Fantasy

Kate S.

Kate S.

New York, NY, USA

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Experienced editor and copyeditor specializing in fiction and nonfiction, specifically women's, young adult and memoir.


Work experience:

  • International Museum of Women, part of the Global Fund for Women

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading

Genres: Fiction Non-Fiction Young Adult Technology Health & wellbeing Law Political Science & Current Affairs Humanities & Social Sciences Women's Fiction LGBTQ (non fiction) Education & Reference

Silissa K.

Silissa K.

New York, NY, United States

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Editor with five years experience at St. Martin's Press, specializing in mysteries, historical fiction and literary fiction.


Work experience:

  • St. Martin's Press
  • west elm

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Fiction Literary Fiction Historical Fiction Mystery & Crime Thriller & Suspense

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