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Kirby

Kirby

Louisville, United States

From crime and thrillers to memoirs and short stories—accomplished editor/author with over 20 years of experience in publishing and teaching


Work experience:

  • Sarabande Books
  • Self-employed
  • MFA in Writing Program at Spalding University

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

Genres: Mystery & Crime, Fiction, Literary Fiction, Short Story, Thriller & Suspense, Biographies & Memoirs, Non-Fiction, History, Humanities & Social Sciences, Writing & Publishing

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

Gene

Gene

Houston, United States

Creative, experienced editor of novels, children's books, and poetry. Let's prepare your manuscript for publication together.


Work experience:

  • Freelance
  • Uptown Stories
  • Simon & Schuster
  • Scholastic
  • HarperEntertainment
  • Daniel Weiss Associates/17th Street Productions
  • Denver Quarterly
  • San Jacinto College South

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Action & Adventure, Fiction, LGBTQ Fiction, Middle Grade, Children's, Comics & Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Poetry, Literary Fiction

Amara

Amara

Portland, OR, United States

Experienced, empathetic editor with a passion for books.


Work experience:

  • Self-employed

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment

Genres: Literary Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Art, Humanities & Social Sciences, Non-Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Historical Fiction, Cultural & Ethnic, Women's Fiction, Home & Garden, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Design, Photography, Architecture

Brittany

Brittany

Rye, United States

Experienced cookbook and spirits editor and proofreader with a background in nonfiction publishing.


Work experience:

  • Cider Mill Press Book Publishers
  • Book Passage Bookstore
  • Saint Mary's College of California
  • MARY: A Journal of New Writing

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading Indexing

Genres: Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits, Non-Fiction, Nature, Education & Reference

Sandra

Sandra

Omaha, United States

Skilled editor for your nonfiction book, primarily business/leadership, true crime, self-help/health, and memoir. I love first-time authors.


Work experience:

  • Metropolitan Community College
  • Write On, Inc., Editorial Services company

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Non-Fiction, Business & Management, Health & Wellbeing, History, Humanities & Social Sciences, Psychology, Self-Help & Self-Improvement, True Crime

Cindy

Cindy

Slippery Rock, United States

Specializing in historical and literary fiction – deep guidance for developing writers and a final polish for seasoned authors.


Work experience:

  • Moraine's Edge Books
  • Writing Assessment Services
  • Grove City College
  • Veritas Academy Online
  • Florida State University, Auburn University, Tallahassee Community College, Los Positas College

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment

Genres: Literary Fiction, Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Non-Fiction, Historical Fiction, Short Story, Education & Reference, Cultural & Ethnic, Anthologies, Writing & Publishing

Julie

Julie

New York, United States

I'm an editor with nearly two decades of experience in publishing, most recently at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.


Work experience:

  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Short Story, Middle Grade, Children's, Mystery & Crime, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller & Suspense, Dystopian

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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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