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Jon

Jon

Kansas City, MO, USA

Professional book editor and writer with a soft spot for non-fiction. I'm also a frequent traveler and (occasional) travel writer.


Work experience:

  • Freelance
  • Skyhorse Publishing

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Query Letter Review

Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Non-Fiction, Travel, Music, Humanities & Social Sciences, History, Geography, DIY & Crafts

Jen

Jen

Kansas City, MO, USA

Experienced editor with 9+ years working with indie authors. 4+ years editing for Hallmark Publishing.


Work experience:

  • Hallmark Publishing
  • Self-employed

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading

Genres: Cozy Mysteries, Mystery & Crime, Fiction, Epic Fantasy, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Contemporary Romance, Romance, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Comedy, Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult, Romantic Fantasy

Shannon

Shannon

Kansas City, MO, USA

Book coach and editor with 10+ years of experience. My clients include award-winning authors and publishers. Fantasy, romance, thrillers.


Work experience:

  • Mid-Continent Public Library
  • Self-employed
  • Pitch Wars
  • Writers House
  • Penguin Random House

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

Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romance, Fiction, Romantic Suspense, Horror, Thriller & Suspense, Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopian, Science Fiction

Elisabeth

Elisabeth

Iowa City, IA, United States

Award-winning and New York Times bestselling editor of nonfiction and memoir.


Work experience:

  • University of Iowa Press
  • University of Nebraska Press
  • Self-employed

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

Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Non-Fiction, History, Humanities & Social Sciences, Nature, Travel, Entertainment, Sex & Relationships, Sports & Outdoors, Religion & Spirituality

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 Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading

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

Ann Leslie

Ann Leslie

New York City, NY, United States

Over 25 years' editorial experience at a Big 5 publisher and a literary agency, specializing in commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction.


Work experience:

  • Harlequin Books
  • Dystel, Goderich & Bourret

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment

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

Beth

Beth

New York City, NY, USA

NY Times bestselling editor & ghostwriter with 25 years of experience in publishing. I love helping author's stories take flight.


Work experience:

  • Self-employed
  • Simon & Schuster
  • Workman Publishing

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

Genres: Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits, Non-Fiction, Health & Wellbeing, History, Humanities & Social Sciences, Self-Help & Self-Improvement, True Crime, Business & Management, Biographies & Memoirs, Nature

Mozelle

Mozelle

Grove City, PA, USA

Passionate and skilled editor of 150+ titles, specializing in Creative Non-Fiction and Fiction pieces, with a background in self-publishing.


Work experience:

  • Self-employed

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Psychological Thriller, Thriller & Suspense, Fiction, Mystery & Crime, Biographies & Memoirs, Non-Fiction, Self-Help & Self-Improvement, Fantasy, Children's, Young Adult, Inspirational

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Hire the best developmental editors in Kansas City, Missouri


Every manuscript has to be edited before publication. The developmental edit is the first part of this process, and the one that most drastically changes a manuscript, as it involves extensively evaluating plot development, character arcs, pacing, and story structure. From changing the order of events to rewriting entire scenes or condensing action for a faster pace, a manuscript emerges on the other side of developmental editing as a much sharper version of itself.


A developmental editor in Kansas City will be able to use their inside understanding of publishing trends and genre tropes to advise you on the specific areas that need improvement in your own project. This is a collaborative process, where you and your editor work consider solutions to problems together, and arrive at a tighter, more controlled manuscript.


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