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Andrea

Andrea

Birmingham, United States

Editor and food writer with over 10 years of experience creating cookbooks on a wide range of cooking subjects.


Work experience:

  • Self-employed
  • Time Inc Books

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Query Letter Review

Genres: Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits, Non-Fiction, Health & Wellbeing, Writing & Publishing

Peggy

Peggy

Philadelphia, United States

Editor, writer, and publishing consultant specializing in cookbooks and other illustrated lifestyle/craft book categories.


Work experience:

  • Self Employed
  • Clarkson Potter/Random House

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

Genres: Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits, Non-Fiction, DIY & Crafts, Health & Wellbeing, Home & Garden, Weddings, Self-Help & Self-Improvement, Education & Reference

Joel

Joel

Oakland, CA, United States

Ace dev editor; seasoned copy/line/proofer. 45+ titles for Amazon Pub and I'm genre friendly. Show me your book so we can talk about it


Work experience:

  • Amazon Publishing

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Mystery & Crime, Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller & Suspense, Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction, Sports & Outdoors, Non-Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs

Dawn

Dawn

Hoboken, NJ, United States

Deep experience editing memoir, narrative nonfiction, novels and short stories.


Work experience:

  • Reader's Digest
  • O, The Oprah Magazine
  • More Magazine
  • The Literarian
  • Independent editor

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment

Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Non-Fiction, Literary Fiction, Fiction

Erin L.

Erin L.

Seattle, Washington, United States

24+ awards in writing and editing • 30+ books edited • Specialties include nonfiction and poetry • Ph.D. student, lit and creative writing


Work experience:

  • Cavendish Square, Wiley, & other publishers
  • Open Books: A Poem Emporium
  • Killer Visual Strategies
  • Various magazines
  • The Kentucky Standard
  • Sarabande Books
  • Entre Ríos Books

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Literary Fiction, Fiction, Short Story, Poetry, Art, Humanities & Social Sciences, Non-Fiction, Business & Management, History, Nature, Children’s Non-Fiction

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 Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment 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

Julia

Julia

Franklin, United States

Experienced editor of MG and YA fiction and non-fiction. Formerly with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Simon & Schuster, and HarperCollins.


Work experience:

  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Simon & Schuster
  • HarperCollins Childrens Books
  • Disney Press/Hyperion Publishing

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading Query Letter Review

Genres: Middle Grade, Children's, Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Young Adult, Biographies & Memoirs, Non-Fiction, Children’s Non-Fiction

Carey

Carey

San Rafael, CA, United States

I am an editor who loves helping authors revise and refine their work so it is clear, precise, and ready for publication.


Work experience:

  • Chronicle Books
  • Carey Jones

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

Genres: Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits, Non-Fiction, DIY & Crafts, Health & Wellbeing, Travel, Sports & Outdoors, Parenting & Families, Design

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Hire the best developmental editors in the United States


Finally finished a draft of your manuscript, but still have some kinks to work out? That’s where a developmental editor comes in — someone who will perform a “big picture” edit on your story and tell you what needs fixing in your next draft, along with suggestions for how to fix it. They’ll cover everything from plot holes to character issues to prose style, ensuring your story is consistent and compelling from start to finish.


Developmental editing is especially important for first-time authors, who may not even realize they’ve left something out. You certainly don’t want to go all the way to press with a book that has serious developmental issues. Fortunately, daunting as that might sound, it’s actually pretty easy to work with a developmental editor — once you’ve found the right person to do the job.


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