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Christa B.

Christa B.

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Nonfiction editor and book coach with 18+ years of experience helping authors bring their visions to life


Work experience:

  • Various Publishers, Authors, and Corporate Clients
  • Google
  • John Boswell Book Packaging
  • Various Clients

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Query Letter Review

Genres: Non-Fiction Art Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Health & wellbeing Medicine & Nursing & Dentistry Humanities & Social Sciences Home & Garden Sex & Relationships Math & Science Self-help & Self-improvement Parenting & Families

Veronica W.

Veronica W.

Hampshire, United Kingdom

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A bit of a geek with an eye for detail and a way with words: an experienced development editor and copy-editor with a passion for education.


Work experience:

  • Self-employed
  • Nelson Thornes
  • International Financial Publishing (now part of the Emile Woolf Group)
  • Kaplan Financial

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment

Genres: Non-Fiction Business & Management Humanities & Social Sciences Psychology Engineering Math & Science Education & Reference Finance & Accounting Physics & Chemistry Economics

Susan E.

Susan E.

Tampa, FL, United States

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Professional fiction and non-fiction editor with 30+ years' experience helping writers to hone their craft and tell their stories.


Work experience:

  • EC for Books (formerly Ellora's Cave Publishing)
  • Weekly Planet/Creative Loafing Newspapers
  • Tampa Tribune Newspaper
  • Psychological Assessment Resources
  • Arts Council of Hillsborough County
  • Self

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment

Genres: Fiction Non-Fiction Literary Fiction Romance Humor & Comedy Art Biographies & Memoirs Humanities & Social Sciences Women's Fiction Plays & Screenplays Sex & Relationships Mystery & Crime Paranormal Romance Architecture

Jeanette S.

Jeanette S.

New York, NY, United States

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Freelance editor with more than a decade of experience in fiction and nonfiction developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading.


Work experience:

  • JS Editorial
  • Penguin Random House
  • Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Amazon

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Fiction Non-Fiction Romance Young Adult Business & Management Career Guides Travel Women's Fiction Entertainment Fantasy Self-help & Self-improvement Urban Fantasy

Ameesha G.

Ameesha G.

Birmingham, United Kingdom

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11 years’ nonfiction experience, specialising in books that make the world better: personal development, philosophy, & business.


Work experience:

  • Packt Publishing
  • The Book Shelf LTD.

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment

Genres: Non-Fiction Business & Management Career Guides Humanities & Social Sciences Religion & Spirituality Philosophy Psychology Self-help & Self-improvement Atheism

Kelly D.

Kelly D.

Maryport, United Kingdom

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I have edited and proofread many non-fiction books for Hachette and HarperCollins, and have also worked on memoirs for individual clients.


Work experience:

  • Francis and Davis Editorial Services

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Non-Fiction Biographies & Memoirs Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Health & wellbeing History Medicine & Nursing & Dentistry Humanities & Social Sciences Entertainment Math & Science Education & Reference Children's - Non-fiction

Ine D.

Ine D.

Ghent, Belgium

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Let me nurture your manuscript, polish it until it sparkles, and transform it into a thing of beauty – a joy forever.


Work experience:

  • Armida Publications
  • PostScripting

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Fiction Non-Fiction Literary Fiction Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Career Guides Women's Fiction Plays & Screenplays Self-help & Self-improvement

Warren H.

Warren H.

Philadelphia, United States

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PhD with 10+years as editor and proofreader for nonfiction and plays. Author of two successful books and four plays.


Work experience:

  • Philadelphia Theatre Company
  • The Gershman Y
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
  • Association for Jewish Studies

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading

Genres: Fiction Non-Fiction Art History Humanities & Social Sciences Religion & Spirituality Cultural & Ethnic LGBTQ (non fiction) Entertainment Plays & Screenplays Short Story

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