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M L.

M L.

New York, NY, USA

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Experienced editor - mystery/thriller, fantasy, YA, historical fiction. First-time author friendly!


Work experience:

  • Pegasus Books

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

Genres: Fiction Romance Young Adult History Humanities & Social Sciences Historical Fiction Mystery & Crime Fantasy Science Fiction Dystopian Paranormal Romance

John K.

John K.

Harrisville, NH, USA

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Seasoned fiction and non-fiction editor specializing in literature, memoir, and biography with 10+ years experience at FSG and McSweeney's


Work experience:

  • Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Once Magazine
  • McSweeney's
  • Self-employed

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

Genres: Fiction Non-Fiction Literary Fiction Art Biographies & Memoirs History Political Science & Current Affairs Humanities & Social Sciences Nature Music Short Story

Ariel P.

Ariel P.

New York, NY, USA

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Editor specializing in Academic, Non-Fiction, and YA Fantasy. Editing is my favorite thing to do, so let me help make writing yours!


Work experience:

  • Little Feminist, Tumbling Dumpling Press
  • Berkeley Fiction Review
  • Self-employed
  • Peralta Community College District
  • Creston Books

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

Genres: Fiction Young Adult Picture Books Short Story Fantasy Children's

Molly R.

Molly R.

Linz, Austria

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Former literary agent turned research librarian turned expat and freelance editor, consultant, and researcher!


Work experience:

  • LJK Literary Management
  • The Einstein Thompson Agency
  • Thompson Literary Agency
  • Center for Marketing Intelligence
  • New Knowledge Organization

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

Genres: Fiction Non-Fiction Literary Fiction Humor & Comedy Biographies & Memoirs Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits LGBTQ (Fiction) Women's Fiction Education & Reference

Kristen O.

Kristen O.

New York, NY, USA

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Editor and writer with a passion for nonfiction, especially faith-based.


Work experience:

  • Howard Books, Simon & Schuster

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Fiction Non-Fiction Christian (Non-Fiction) History Humanities & Social Sciences Religion & Spirituality Entertainment Science Fiction Thriller & Suspense Dystopian

Tim M.

Tim M.

El Paso, TX, USA

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I am an author and editor and have worked with hundreds of authors from debut to NYT Bestsellers.


Work experience:

  • Dominion Editorial

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

Genres: Fiction Humor & Comedy Action & Adventure Horror Fantasy Science Fiction Thriller & Suspense Dystopian Urban Fantasy Gaming & LitRPG

Lauren H.

Lauren H.

New York, NY, USA

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Specializing in genre and literary fiction since 2015, with publishers including Tor, St. Martin's, Kirkus, and Prometheus.


Work experience:

  • Self
  • Hamilton College

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Fiction Literary Fiction Romance Women's Fiction Mystery & Crime Fantasy Science Fiction

Allison M.

Allison M.

New York, NY, USA

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Freelance editor for fiction, thrillers, nonfiction, with 5 years of experience at Grove Atlantic, 6 in books. Day job: foreign book scout.


Work experience:

  • Bettina Schrewe Literary Scouting
  • Grove Atlantic

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Fiction Non-Fiction Literary Fiction Biographies & Memoirs History Humanities & Social Sciences Historical Fiction Short Story True Crime Thriller & Suspense Coming of Age

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