Hire a Developmental Editor in Los Angeles

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Lauren W.

Lauren W.

Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Former Random House copy editor and proofreader (O. Henry Prize Stories, Anne Rice). I love mysteries, nonfiction, and literary fiction.


Work experience:

  • Paley Center for Media, RiverRun Film Festival, Tribeca, IFP, and others
  • Freelance for Random House, Library of America, individual authors
  • Trailer Park and Team One / Saatchi & Saatchi

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading

Genres: Mystery & Crime Fiction Historical Fiction LGBTQ (Fiction) Literary Fiction Science Fiction Entertainment Non-Fiction Political Science & Current Affairs Urban Fantasy Fantasy

Michael B.

Michael B.

Los Angeles, CA, USA

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New York Times Bestselling fiction editor with a dozen years of publishing industry experience, specializing in sci-fi, fantasy, and horror.


Work experience:

  • Skybound Entertainment
  • Penguin Random House

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Query Letter Review

Genres: Science Fiction Fiction Fantasy Horror Thriller & Suspense Historical Fiction

Daniel J.

Daniel J.

Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Editor and proofreader specializing in self-help, spiritual, poetry, non-native/translated English, graphic novels, first-time authors.


Work experience:

  • Fantagraphics Books Inc.
  • self-employed
  • self-employed/personal practice

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading

Genres: Health & wellbeing Non-Fiction Religion & Spirituality Poetry Fiction New Age Comics & Graphic Novels Self-help & Self-improvement Travel Science Fiction

Jay A.

Jay A.

Los Angeles, CA, USA

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I’m passionate about words and sentences and well-told stories. Helping manuscripts find their fullest potential is one of my greatest joys


Work experience:

  • Jay Antani Editorial

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Action & Adventure Fiction Thriller & Suspense Young Adult Biographies & Memoirs Non-Fiction Coming of Age Cultural & Ethnic Contemporary Fiction Literary Fiction Plays & Screenplays

Carolyn H.

Carolyn H.

Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Longtime editor with focus on architecture, design, lifestyle, and business.


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

Genres: Architecture Non-Fiction Art Humanities & Social Sciences Design Home & Garden

Josh R.

Josh R.

Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Experienced, passionate, and versatile non-fiction editor. Clients include Al Gore, Garth Brooks, and Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket).


Work experience:

  • Melcher Media
  • theNewerYork Press (tNY.Press)
  • The Industry L.A.
  • Penguin Random House Publishers
  • Raab & Co

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Indexing

Genres: Humanities & Social Sciences Non-Fiction Political Science & Current Affairs Business & Management Biographies & Memoirs Technology Sex & Relationships Self-help & Self-improvement Psychology

Emma B.

Emma B.

Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Dedicated, creative editor with an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and years of experience at a top New York City literary agency.


Work experience:

  • McCormick Literary
  • The Iowa Writers' Workshop
  • Atheneum (a division of Simon & Schuster)

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

Genres: Literary Fiction Fiction Short Story Young Adult Biographies & Memoirs Non-Fiction Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits History Humanities & Social Sciences Political Science & Current Affairs Women's Fiction

Lorraine Martindale M.

Lorraine Martindale M.

Los Angeles, CA, USA

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I love working with writers. Previously worked with Sourcebooks, Penguin Putnam, Random House, Guideposts Books, and DC Comics.


Work experience:

  • Squaresville

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading

Genres: Mystery & Crime Fiction Inspirational Non-Fiction Women's Fiction Young Adult Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Religion & Spirituality

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