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Lesley-Anne L.

Lesley-Anne L.

Ajax, ON, Canada

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Toronto-based editor and proofreader specializing in nonfiction and romance. I'll help you sound like the best possible version of you!


Work experience:

  • The Editing Company
  • ECW Press

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading Query Letter Review

Genres: Fiction Non-Fiction Romance Young Adult Biographies & Memoirs Women's Fiction Self-help & Self-improvement

Elspeth T.

Elspeth T.

London, United Kingdom

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Author and editor of children's fiction and ELT children's readers and coursebooks.


Work experience:

  • Selt Publishing Istanbul

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading

Genres: Fiction Non-Fiction Young Adult Picture Books Historical Fiction Middle Grade Comics & Graphic Novels Education & Reference Children's - Non-fiction ELT Children's

Emily Y.

Emily Y.

London, United Kingdom

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A Bookseller Rising Star and commercial fiction editor with eight years experience at Penguin Random House, Hachette and HarperCollins.


Work experience:

  • Quercus (Hachette UK)
  • Ebury & Del Rey (Penguin Random House)
  • Orion Publishing (Hachette UK)
  • Avon (HarperCollins)

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Fiction Romance Historical Fiction Women's Fiction Mystery & Crime Fantasy Science Fiction Thriller & Suspense Dystopian

Alexander H.

Alexander H.

Nashville, TN, USA

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I'm an editor with over a decade of experience in developmental editing, copyediting and proofreading. Specialties in travel and memoir.


Work experience:

  • Lonely Planet
  • Lonely Planet

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Non-Fiction Biographies & Memoirs Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Nature Travel

Brooke G.

Brooke G.

New Jersey, United States

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An experienced editor, with a particular love for travel and memoir, who has lived and worked in the US, UK, Australia, and Africa.


Work experience:

  • Brooke Goode Editing & Writing Services
  • Modern Africa magazine
  • West Africa magazine
  • Rowman & Littlefield
  • Drew Magazine
  • Rutgers University Press
  • Henry Holt & Co.
  • St. Martin's Press
  • IPC Media
  • Australian Broadcasting Corp
  • James Curry Publishers
  • Zed Books

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Fiction Non-Fiction Biographies & Memoirs Health & wellbeing Political Science & Current Affairs Humanities & Social Sciences Travel Cultural & Ethnic Women's Fiction

Rachel R.

Rachel R.

Zürich, Switzerland

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Crime thriller and historical fiction specialist with 10+ years' editing experience at Penguin Random House and HarperCollins


Work experience:

  • Transworld Publishers (Penguin Random House UK)
  • HarperCollins Publishers UK
  • Fourth Estate (HarperCollins Publishers UK)
  • Ebury Press (Penguin Random House UK)
  • The Book Club Boutique

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment

Genres: Fiction Action & Adventure Historical Fiction Women's Fiction Mystery & Crime Thriller & Suspense

Jen G.

Jen G.

Nashville, TN, USA

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Freelance editor specializing in developmental editing, substantive/line editing, copyediting, and writing back cover or jacket copy.


Work experience:

  • Jennifer Gingerich Editorial
  • Ramsey Solutions
  • Ramsey Solutions
  • Ramsey Solutions
  • Jennifer Gingerich Editorial
  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Marshall University

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Non-Fiction Biographies & Memoirs Christian (Non-Fiction) Religion & Spirituality

Aimee L.

Aimee L.

Plymouth, UK

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Experienced Editor and writer specialising in self-help, wellbeing, psychology, health and science, non-fiction titles. Formerly of Penguin.


Work experience:

  • Penguin Books

Services: Editing Developmental Editing

Genres: Fiction Non-Fiction Biographies & Memoirs Health & wellbeing Humanities & Social Sciences Religion & Spirituality Women's Fiction Psychology Mystery & Crime Self-help & Self-improvement Thriller & Suspense

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