Holly Tavel

Holly Tavel - Editor

New York, NY, United States

I'm a fiction writer and editor with a wealth of practical experience and a profound understanding of the nuances of language and narrative.

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So you've finished a first draft (or maybe a second or third) of your book, and it's time to hire an editor. But what are you really looking for in that person? I believe you want someone who can be many things––a critic, a guide, and a partner who will bring rigor, honesty, intelligence, thoughtfulness, and creativity to the table. I possess those qualities in spades, and would love to help you bring your book to fruition.

I have years of experience as a copy editor for such publishers as Verso, Bloomsbury, Scribner, Pearson and Scholastic. I'm an accomplished, award-winning fiction writer and former Fulbright scholar. Further, I have taught creative writing at the university level for ten years (currently at Pratt Institute, formerly at Brown, and at two colleges in Europe). I excel at giving constructive criticism and thoughtful, detailed feedback. My goal is to help foster a writer's own unique voice––to help you tell your stories in the most effective way possible.

I have no doubt that, with my talent and expertise, I can help you achieve the level of quality you want for your book. I look forward to working with you!
English (UK)
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Education & Reference
Health & wellbeing
LGBTQ (non fiction)
Political Science & Current Affairs
Literary Fiction
Short Story
Women's Fiction
Young Adult


  • Fulbright Scholarship

Work experience

Adjunct Professor, Creative Writing

Rollins College
July, 2016 – Present (over 4 years)

Adjunct professor, Creative Writing

Pratt Institute
January, 2012 – May, 2016 (over 4 years)

Adjunct professor, English Language Arts

City University of New York
September, 2011 – December, 2015 (about 4 years)

Freelance editor, copyeditor, proofreader, manuscript consultant

Holly Tavel Editorial
January, 2005 – Present (about 16 years)

Have done work for McGraw-Hill Education, Scholastic, Scribner, Verso, S4 Carlisle, Cengage/Pearson, Bloomsbury Academic, American Association of Advertising Agencies, Litteraria Pragensia (Prague), Glowlab, Synergy Educational Excursions, many individual clients.

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