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Kristen S.

Kristen S.

Orlando, FL, United States

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Fantasy and science fiction specialist. I focus on the Christian submarket but also edit fiction for the general market.


Work experience:

  • Kristen Stieffel
  • Havok
  • Orlando Business Journal

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment

Genres: Fiction Non-Fiction Christian Fiction Historical Fiction Inspirational Short Story Fantasy Science Fiction

Lila S.

Lila S.

New York, United States

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I specialize in editing nonfiction and academic books, and I'll work with you based on your specific writing style, voice, needs, and goals.


Work experience:

  • Lila M. Stromer Editorial Services
  • Law & Social Inquiry

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Fiction Non-Fiction History Law Political Science & Current Affairs Humanities & Social Sciences Plays & Screenplays Self-help & Self-improvement

Will T.

Will T.

Chicago, United States

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Trusted copy editor and proofreader of several publishers for award-winning fiction and literary nonfiction.


Work experience:

  • University of Iowa Press
  • Franciscan Media
  • Apex CoVantage
  • Ashgate Publishing
  • Scribe Media
  • Pivot Point International

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Fiction Non-Fiction Romance Young Adult Biographies & Memoirs Action & Adventure Women's Fiction Short Story Mystery & Crime Science Fiction

Penny H.

Penny H.

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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I'm a writer, editor and editorial consultant on ELT materials, both print and digital. 


Work experience:

  • Penny Hands Editorial Services

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment

Genres: Non-Fiction Education & Reference

Sandra W.

Sandra W.

Omaha, United States

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Skilled editor for your nonfiction book, primarily memoir, self-help/health, business/leadership, and true crime. How may I help you?


Work experience:

  • Metropolitan Community College
  • Write On Inc., Editorial services company

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Non-Fiction Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Health & wellbeing History Humanities & Social Sciences Psychology Self-help & Self-improvement True Crime

Steven B.

Steven B.

Vermont, United States

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Intuitive, expert editor with 30 yrs experience teaching fiction writing at a major university. Well-published, knowledgeable, honest, kind.


Work experience:

  • Miami University, Oxford, OH
  • Colby College, Waterville,ME
  • Hollow Tree Literary Services

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment

Genres: Fiction Non-Fiction Literary Fiction Young Adult Biographies & Memoirs Historical Fiction Short Story Middle Grade Fantasy Children's

Rachel S.

Rachel S.

Toronto, ON, Canada

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Experienced editor with a passion for fiction, travel (on the page and in real life), and stories that move and inspire.


Work experience:

  • Freelance

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Fiction Non-Fiction Biographies & Memoirs Religion & Spirituality Travel Inspirational Women's Fiction Short Story Fantasy Self-help & Self-improvement Urban Fantasy

Jason C.

Jason C.

London, UK

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A publisher with best-sellers and award-winning titles to my name. Experience in right sales, author representation and marketing.


Work experience:

  • Unbound.com
  • Faber and Faber
  • Pan Macmillan

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

Genres: Fiction Non-Fiction Literary Fiction Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management History Humanities & Social Sciences Travel Historical Fiction Mystery & Crime Thriller & Suspense

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