Fiction Editing Services

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Stephen

Stephen

Maplewood, United States

Top editor for 30 years, novelist, sf/f story writer, poet. Specializes in nonfiction and SF/F. I'll help you write a book you're proud of.


Work experience:

  • Avon Books
  • Wiley
  • Amacom
  • Thomas Dunne Books

Services: Editing editing Developmental Editing developmental-editing Editorial Assessment editorial-assessment Query Letter Review query-letter-review

Genres: Literary Fiction, Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Non-Fiction, Business & Management, History, Humanities & Social Sciences, Historical Fiction, Short Story, Fantasy, Sports & Outdoors, Earth, Space, & Environmental Sciences, Math & Science, Science Fiction

Jenn

Jenn

Leawood, KS, United States

I am an award-winning author and experienced editor of books for children and young adults. I specialize in humor, fantasy, and scifi.


Work experience:

  • Self-employed

Services: Editing editing Developmental Editing developmental-editing Copy Editing copy-editing Editorial Assessment editorial-assessment Proofreading proofreading Query Letter Review query-letter-review

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Humor & Comedy, Picture Books, Children's, Action & Adventure, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Children’s Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction

Katie

Katie

Los Angeles, United States

Book coach/story editor with over 10 years of experience. I've worked with Big 5, award-winning, agent-repped, and self-published authors.


Work experience:

  • Freelance

Services: Editing editing Developmental Editing developmental-editing Editorial Assessment editorial-assessment Query Letter Review query-letter-review

Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Non-Fiction, Women's Fiction, Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Romance, Self-Help & Self-Improvement, Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Paranormal Romance, Psychological Thriller, Thriller & Suspense

Abby

Abby

Portland, United States

Dedicated editor of children's books specializing in middle grade and YA fiction. Worked at HarperCollins, Disney-Hyperion, and Scholastic.


Work experience:

  • HarperCollins
  • Disney-Hyperion
  • Scholastic
  • Abby Ranger Editorial, LLC

Services: Editing editing Developmental Editing developmental-editing Editorial Assessment editorial-assessment Query Letter Review query-letter-review

Genres: Picture Books, Children's, Fiction, Middle Grade, Children’s Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction, Middle Grade Fantasy, Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult

Ellen

Ellen

Brooklyn, NY, United States

I'm a publishing professional with more than 20 years of experience in NYC providing services to HarperCollins, Hyperion, and many others.


Work experience:

  • Ellen S. Leach editorial services
  • Avon/HarperCollins and HarperCollins Children’s Books
  • Duke University Press

Services: Editing editing Copy Editing copy-editing Proofreading proofreading

Genres: Romance, Fiction, Mystery & Crime, Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits, Non-Fiction, Literary Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction, Self-Help & Self-Improvement

Allison

Allison

Jersey City, NJ, United States

Jack-of-all-trades editor specializing in literary fiction and academic work (journal articles, book chapters, dissertations).


Work experience:

  • Self-employed
  • Wiley

Services: Editing editing Developmental Editing developmental-editing Copy Editing copy-editing Proofreading proofreading

Genres: Literary Fiction, Fiction, Humanities & Social Sciences, Non-Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Life Sciences, Math & Science, Writing & Publishing, Sports & Outdoors, Self-Help & Self-Improvement

Aja

Aja

Austin, United States

Making sure your prose sings, your facts and story are straight, and your unique voice shines through.


Work experience:

  • Simon & Schuster
  • on my porch, at a coffee shop, in far-flung places . . .

Services: Editing editing Developmental Editing developmental-editing Copy Editing copy-editing Editorial Assessment editorial-assessment Proofreading proofreading

Genres: Literary Fiction, Fiction, Humor & Comedy, Art, Humanities & Social Sciences, Non-Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction, Music, Entertainment, Mystery & Crime, Fantasy, Thriller & Suspense

Matthew

Matthew

Durham, NC, United States

Copy editor specializing in humanities, social sciences, general and creative nonfiction, as well as literary fiction.


Work experience:

  • Matthew Somoroff, Editor
  • UNC Press
  • Duke University

Services: Editing editing Developmental Editing developmental-editing Copy Editing copy-editing Proofreading proofreading

Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Non-Fiction, History, Humanities & Social Sciences, Music, Education & Reference, Literary Fiction, Fiction, Art

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You know the saying — behind every great work of fiction is a great editor. Ask any author, and they’ll confirm exactly how important their editor was to the success — and existence — of their book. After all, there’s a reason why one of the first people that authors thank in their acknowledgements chapter is usually their editor.


“Fiction editing” is quite a broad term that encompasses multiple types of editing across several genres. One of these is developmental editing, where the editor helps the author improve the overall structure and plot of their story by offering feedback on character development, pacing, and other key fiction elements. Another is copy editing, which zeroes in on the individual lines of the story, making sure that each line is clear, concise, and stylistically consistent with the rest of the manuscript. A third type is proofreading, which checks works of fiction for spelling or typographical mistakes.


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