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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

MJ

MJ

Chicago, IL, USA

Experienced 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

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

Susan

Susan

Chicago, IL, USA

A former Hachette editor of SF/F, romance, and commercial fiction. Lover of all things nerdy, steamy, and everything in between.


Work experience:

  • Susan Barnes Editing

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Thriller & Suspense, Epic Fantasy, Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense

Helena

Helena

Chicago, IL, USA

Nonfiction editor with indie in-house experience. Focused on social justice, art and design, and LBGTQ+ topics. Collaborative and curious.


Work experience:

  • Schiffer Publishing

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: LGBTQ Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction, Art, Humanities & Social Sciences, Political Science & Current Affairs, Design, History, Biographies & Memoirs

Marya

Marya

Chicago, IL, USA

Chicago-based writer & editor with 20+ yrs experience. I get up to speed on new topics quickly and enjoy supporting writers.


Work experience:

  • Self-employed
  • Duncan Associates
  • American Planning Association

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

Genres: Anthologies, Fiction, Humor & Comedy, Political Science & Current Affairs, Humanities & Social Sciences, Non-Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Design, Geography, Law, Transportation

Molly

Molly

Chicago, IL, USA

Editor skilled in Mystery and Romance. Deep experience in NYC trade and education publishing (Doubleday, Pearson). Also a published writer.


Work experience:

  • Freelance
  • Pearson Education
  • American Booksellers Association
  • New York University
  • Doubleday
  • Jay Garon-Brooke Associates

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading Query Letter Review

Genres: Mystery & Crime, Fiction, Romance, Education & Reference, Non-Fiction, Science Fiction

Alex

Alex

Chicago, IL, USA

I'm a freelance editor and writer, providing a full range of editorial services to authors and publishers for both fiction and nonfiction.


Work experience:

  • Sourcebooks
  • Self-employed
  • Top Five Books

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

Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery & Crime, Science Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Non-Fiction, Entertainment, History, Humanities & Social Sciences

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