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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

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

Abby

Abby

Chicago, United States

I'm a literary agent who specializes in commercial/genre and literary fiction and select nonfiction (cooking, narrative)


Work experience:

  • The Lark Group
  • Browne & Miller Literary Associates
  • Sourcebooks
  • John Wiley & Sons

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

Genres: Literary Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits, Non-Fiction, Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction, Mystery & Crime, Thriller & Suspense

Amara

Amara

Portland, OR, United States

Experienced, empathetic editor with a passion for books.


Work experience:

  • Self-employed

Services: Editing editing Developmental Editing developmental-editing Editorial Assessment 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

Ann Leslie

Ann Leslie

New York City, NY, United States

Experienced editor and agent in women's fiction/romance. I have worked with bestselling authors Sylvia Day/Julia London/Hank Phillippi Ryan.


Work experience:

  • Harlequin Books
  • Dystel, Goderich & Bourret

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

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

Ronit

Ronit

Detroit, MI, United States

Editor of NYT-bestselling and award-winning fiction and memoir with ten years experience at Doubleday (Penguin Random House).


Work experience:

  • Penguin Random House Inc.
  • Ronit Wagman Editorial

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, Historical Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Coming of Age, LGBTQ Non-Fiction, Health & Wellbeing, Classics

Neil

Neil

Los Angeles, CA, United States

Getting feedback doesn't have to be an overwhelming experience. I work to ensure your hand is held through every step of the process.


Work experience:

  • Penguin Random House
  • Neil G. Gordon Writing & Editing Services

Services: Editing editing Developmental Editing developmental-editing Editorial Assessment editorial-assessment

Genres: Literary Fiction, Fiction, Young Adult, Humor & Comedy, Picture Books, Children's, Biographies & Memoirs, Non-Fiction, Business & Management, Health & Wellbeing, Humanities & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Action & Adventure, Historical Fiction, Inspirational, Women's Fiction, New Age, Mystery & Crime, Fantasy, Self-Help & Self-Improvement, Education & Reference, Science Fiction, Thriller & Suspense, Economics

Lauren

Lauren

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Former Random House copy editor and proofreader (O. Henry Prize Stories, Anne Rice). I love mysteries, sci-fi, and literary fiction.


Work experience:

  • Museum of Television & Radio, RiverRun Film Festival, Tribeca, IFP, and others
  • Freelance for Random House, Library of America, individual authors
  • Trailer Park and Team One / Saatchi & Saatchi

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

Genres: Mystery & Crime, Fiction, Historical Fiction, LGBTQ Fiction, Literary Fiction, Science Fiction, Entertainment, Non-Fiction, Political Science & Current Affairs, Humanities & Social Sciences, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy

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