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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 editing Developmental Editing developmental-editing Editorial Assessment editorial-assessment Query Letter Review 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

Katie

Katie

Los Angeles, United States

Book coach/story editor with over 10 years of experience. I've worked with Big 5, award-winning, agent-repped, and self-published authors.


Work experience:

  • Freelance

Services: Editing editing Developmental Editing developmental-editing Editorial Assessment editorial-assessment Query Letter Review query-letter-review

Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Non-Fiction, Women's Fiction, Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Romance, Self-Help & Self-Improvement, Young Adult Fantasy, Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Paranormal Romance, Psychological Thriller, Thriller & Suspense

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 editing Developmental Editing developmental-editing Copy Editing copy-editing Proofreading proofreading

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

Aja

Aja

Austin, United States

Making sure your prose sings, your facts and story are straight, and your unique voice shines through.


Work experience:

  • Simon & Schuster
  • on my porch, at a coffee shop, in far-flung places . . .

Services: Editing editing Developmental Editing developmental-editing Copy Editing copy-editing Editorial Assessment editorial-assessment Proofreading proofreading

Genres: Literary Fiction, Fiction, Humor & Comedy, Art, Humanities & Social Sciences, Non-Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction, Music, Entertainment, Mystery & Crime, Fantasy, Thriller & Suspense

Anne

Anne

New York, United States

Experienced freelance book editor with a particular interest in literary fiction and memoir.


Work experience:

  • Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press
  • Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agency
  • Library Journal
  • Freelance

Services: Editing editing Developmental Editing developmental-editing Editorial Assessment editorial-assessment Query Letter Review query-letter-review

Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Non-Fiction, Women's Fiction, Fiction, Psychology, Humanities & Social Sciences, Short Story, Coming of Age, Literary Fiction

Emily

Emily

New York, United States

Former non-fiction editor at Penguin Random House and Macmillan. I've edited business, true crime, history, and everything in between.


Work experience:

  • Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, Macmillan
  • Portfolio/Sentinel/Current, Penguin Random House

Services: Editing editing Developmental Editing developmental-editing Editorial Assessment editorial-assessment Query Letter Review query-letter-review

Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Non-Fiction, Business & Management, History, Humanities & Social Sciences, True Crime, Political Science & Current Affairs, Self-Help & Self-Improvement, Earth, Space, & Environmental Sciences, Math & Science, Sports & Outdoors

Matthew

Matthew

Durham, NC, United States

Copy editor specializing in humanities, social sciences, general and creative nonfiction, as well as literary fiction.


Work experience:

  • Matthew Somoroff, Editor
  • UNC Press
  • Duke University

Services: Editing editing Developmental Editing developmental-editing Copy Editing copy-editing Proofreading proofreading

Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Non-Fiction, History, Humanities & Social Sciences, Music, Education & Reference, Literary Fiction, Fiction, Art

Christa

Christa

Los Angeles, CA, United States

Nonfiction editor and book coach with 18+ years of experience helping authors bring their visions to life


Work experience:

  • Various Publishers, Authors, and Corporate Clients
  • Google
  • John Boswell Book Packaging
  • Various Clients

Services: Editing editing Developmental Editing developmental-editing Editorial Assessment editorial-assessment Query Letter Review query-letter-review

Genres: Art, Humanities & Social Sciences, Non-Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Management, Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits, Health & Wellbeing, Medicine, Nursing, & Dentistry, Math & Science, Home & Garden, Sex & Relationships, Self-Help & Self-Improvement, Parenting & Families

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