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Perrin

Perrin

Chicago, IL, United States

Cookbooks are my specialty—books I have edited have won or been finalists for James Beard, IACP, and Gourmand awards.


Work experience:

  • Agate Publishing
  • Self-employed

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

Genres: Business & Management, Non-Fiction, Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits, Health & Wellbeing, Home & Garden, Economics, Humanities & Social Sciences

Louise

Louise

Chicago, IL, USA

I'm a major content geek with 15+ years experience in educational publishing, with a focus on real estate, law, and healthcare.


Work experience:

  • Self-employed
  • American Bar Association
  • Kaplan Professional Publishing/Dearborn Real Estate Education
  • Institute of Real Estate Management

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment

Genres: Education & Reference, Non-Fiction, Law, Humanities & Social Sciences, Psychology

Madison

Madison

Chicago, IL, USA

I edit kid lit, from picture books to YA. Honest, constructive, and compassionate feedback from a full-time editor and published author.


Work experience:

  • Albert Whitman & Company
  • Albert Whitman & Compaby
  • C&T Publishing

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

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

Avner

Avner

Chicago, IL, USA

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


Work experience:

  • Texas-based Publishing Services Company
  • Self-employed

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, Historical Fiction, Short Story, Contemporary Fiction, Thriller & Suspense, Humor & Comedy

Marya

Marya

Chicago, IL, USA

Chicago-based writer and editor with 20+ yrs experience. I get up to speed on new topics quickly and enjoy supporting all 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, Political Science & Current Affairs, Humanities & Social Sciences, Non-Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Design, Transportation, Law

Helena

Helena

Chicago, IL, USA

Nonfiction editor with indie in-house experience. Focused on social justice, art and design, and LGBTQ+ 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

Bailey

Bailey

Chicago, IL, USA

Developmental editor of narrative nonfiction and literary fiction with experience at Hachette, Melville House, and SAGE.


Services: Editing Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Query Letter Review

Genres: Literary Fiction, Fiction, Short Story, Women's Fiction, Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits, Non-Fiction, Health & Wellbeing, Self-Help & Self-Improvement, Biographies & Memoirs

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
  • Self-employed

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading Query Letter Review

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

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