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Abby

Abby

Chicago, United States

I'm a literary agent who specializes in commercial/genre and literary fiction and select nonfiction (cooking, narrative)


Work experience:

  • The Lark Group
  • Browne & Miller Literary Associates
  • Sourcebooks
  • John Wiley & Sons

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

Genres: Literary Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits, Non-Fiction, Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction, Mystery & Crime, Thriller & Suspense

Kathryn

Kathryn

Chicago, United States

Experienced developmental book editor specializing in parenting books as well as children's PB, MG and YA fiction.


Work experience:

  • Sourcebooks, Inc.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • The Purcell Literary Agency
  • Entangled Publishing
  • Author Claudia Gray

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Middle Grade, Children's, Parenting & Families, Non-Fiction

Mohamad

Mohamad

Chicago, IL, USA

Ph.D level expertise with over 10 years of developmental, editing, and proofreading consulting experience.


Work experience:

  • Al-Hakim Advising & Consulting
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • International Network for Hate Studies

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Philosophy, Humanities & Social Sciences, Non-Fiction, Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies, Political Science & Current Affairs, Law, Writing & Publishing, Biographies & Memoirs, Christian Non-Fiction, Religion & Spirituality

Christa

Christa

Chicago, IL, USA

Development and copy editor working with NY publishers, bestselling/award-winning indie authors since 2011. Multi-published YA author.


Work experience:

  • Samhain Publishing
  • Editor Christa Désir

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading Query Letter Review

Genres: Women's Fiction, Fiction, Young Adult, Romance, LGBTQ Fiction

Avner

Avner

Chicago, IL, USA

Professional editor, ghostwriter, and author of fiction and non-fiction who can help get you and your book across the finish line.


Work experience:

  • Texas-based Publishing Services Company
  • Freelance

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

Genres: Literary Fiction, Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Non-Fiction, Political Science & Current Affairs, Humanities & Social Sciences, Sex & Relationships, Historical Fiction, Short Story, Contemporary Fiction, Thriller & Suspense

Jennifer

Jennifer

Chicago, IL, USA

Editor with 20+ years of experience in biography, memoir, history, and fiction for adults and children at various publishing companies.


Work experience:

  • Heinemann-Raintree
  • Quarasan
  • McGraw-Hill
  • Publications International, Ltd.
  • Capstone Publishers
  • White Dog Editorial Services

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading

Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Non-Fiction, History, Humanities & Social Sciences, True Crime, Mystery & Crime, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Thriller & Suspense, Children’s Non-Fiction, Action & Adventure

MJ

MJ

Chicago, IL, USA

Professional fiction editor with a strong eye for craft, a knack for detailed feedback, and the overall collaborative spirit of Ted Lasso.


Work experience:

  • Sourcebooks

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Query Letter Review

Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Cozy Mysteries, Mystery & Crime, Romantic Comedy, Romance, Thriller & Suspense, Women's Fiction

Evan

Evan

Chicago, IL, USA

Highly skilled editor with 10 years of experience. Writing is a collaborative process—let's create the best version of your work together!


Work experience:

  • Association Management Center
  • Eclectica Magazine
  • DePaul University Center for Writing-based Learning
  • Freelance
  • Agate Publishing

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading

Genres: Historical Fiction, Fiction, Poetry, Short Story, Literary Fiction, Medicine, Nursing, & Dentistry, Math & Science, Non-Fiction, Humanities & Social Sciences

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