Hire a Manuscript Editor in Oakland

We've sourced the best manuscript editors in Oakland who are ready to help you with all your developmental editing needs.

Andy R.

Andy R.

Oakland, CA, USA

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I am a literary agent and freelance developmental book editor. I also edit and consult on query letters and non-fiction book proposals.


Work experience:

  • Andy Ross Agency

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Query Letter Review

Genres: Historical Fiction Fiction Literary Fiction Thriller & Suspense Women's Fiction Young Adult History Humanities & Social Sciences Non-Fiction Political Science & Current Affairs

Joel B.

Joel B.

Oakland, CA, United States

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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 Action & Adventure Fantasy Horror Thriller & Suspense Literary Fiction Romance Women's Fiction

Lisa H.

Lisa H.

Berkley, United States

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Every sentence matters! My passion is helping your words shine, whether you're at the beginning of your project or you need a final polish.


Work experience:

  • Poignant Pen LLC

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

Genres: Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Non-Fiction Health & Wellbeing Sex & Relationships Fantasy Fiction Self-Help & Self-Improvement Science Fiction Travel Home & Garden

Stephen S.

Stephen S.

Maplewood, United States

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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

Jessica H.

Jessica H.

Jacksonville, United States

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Award-winning freelance editor Jessica Hatch provides practical, marketable revision advice to clients on all six habitable continents.


Work experience:

  • Writers House
  • St. Martin's Press
  • Fox Literary LLC
  • Self-employed

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading Query Letter Review

Genres: Biographies & Memoirs Non-Fiction Health & Wellbeing Historical Fiction Fiction LGBTQ Fiction Women's Fiction LGBTQ Non-Fiction Self-Help & Self-Improvement

Kendall D.

Kendall D.

Colorado Springs, United States

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Writer at Nerdist, HelloGiggles, and Geek & Sundry. Editor at Penguin Random House for 5 1/2 years working in fiction and non-fiction.


Work experience:

  • Penguin Random House
  • Legendary LLC (Nerdist, Geek & Sundry, Amy Poehler's Smart Girls)
  • Petful
  • Kendall Ashley Creative

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Biographies & Memoirs Non-Fiction Christian Non-Fiction Religion & Spirituality Historical Fiction Fiction Women's Fiction Self-Help & Self-Improvement Science Fiction Fantasy

Jenna N.

Jenna N.

Bangor, United States

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10+ years as a nonfiction editor—everything from vegan desserts to plant magic to training for your first marathon.


Work experience:

  • Self-employed

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing

Genres: Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Non-Fiction Health & Wellbeing Home & Garden

Julia R.

Julia R.

Franklin, United States

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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

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Developmental Editor Oakland

Developmental editors are miracle-workers that can turn good books into bestsellers. Rather than editing your prose, they dive into the complex issues of your book, from the flow of the plot to the many facets of the characters. They help you spot and eliminate plot holes, inconsistencies, and improper pacing, asking you tough questions about the character development and structure, so as to revise and improve everything, helping you create a masterpiece. If you’re worried that developmental editors will somehow take your creation from you, then don’t: an excellent editor will know how to collaborate with the author to reshape a novel without losing sight of its essence

Our developmental editors from Oakland are not all business — they value an author’s work, which is why they put maintaining a good relationship with authors on the top of their to-do list. Once they get to know your vision, they’ll offer all the narrative advice they’ve accumulated over the years to help you produce the best version of your work. Sign up now and meet your developmental editor!

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