Joshua Graber

Joshua Graber - Editor

Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Literary fiction editor. Friendly collaborator. Narrative shaper and sentence wrangler.

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Book and literary journal editor with ten years experience editing books and stories through every stage of the process: developmental edits all the way to fine copyedits and proofreading.

The greatest compliment I've received as an editor is from a writer I worked with recently, who wrote on Twitter that my "superpower is to see the beating heart of a book." I like to get to know my clients and their work, and I'm passionate about helping each client achieve their goals with the piece(s) they're working on.

If my approach seems like it could help you, let's talk about working together!
English (AUS)
English (US)
Contemporary Fiction
Literary Fiction
Short Story
Young Adult

Work experience

Fiction Editor

Word West Press
May, 2019 – Present (about 3 years)

I'm responsible for every aspect of the editorial process, from initial consultations with each writer on their goals and ambitions for the book, to developmental edits, copyedits, and proofreading. I'm a one-person department, and I love this sort of deep engagement with a project. I've valued my work at Word West immensely.

Freelance Editor

January, 2008 – Present (over 14 years)

I've worked on everything from poetry to historical zombie fiction. The breadth of experience has been extremely valuable to me, and I feel that I have something to offer almost any project. If I can't help you, I can probably point you in the direction of someone who can.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Secrets of the Wild

Dustin, Hoffman M

Collective Gravities

Clark, Chloe N

Not I

Castillo, Sebastian

Dawg Towne

Kaltman, Alice

Joshua has 3 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Rita Minzenmay
Joshua is the ultimate professional. I have already reviewed him for a short sample edit, but wanted to leave feedback on his Editorial Evaluation of my novel. I found Joshua's comments to be very positive, insightful and constructive. His critique showed respect and understanding of my work and will be invaluable in taking it to the next level. Joshua was responsive and timely in communicati...
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Rita Minzenmay, January 2022

Joshua Graber
Working with Rita was an absolute pleasure. She is a consummate professional and timely communicator, and I loved getting to know her beautifully drawn characters!

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John Ingold
Joshua is an extremely accomplished editor, providing feedback that is comprehensive and detailed. Based on my experience, it's clear Joshua takes his time while editing, making sure to read through the work multiple times. His feedback, provided as a word document, is thoughtful and direct.

John Ingold, December 2021

Rita Minzenmay
Joshua has just completed a sample edit on my novel in progress. I have so far found him to be extremely easy to communicate with, enthusiastic and also highly professional . Joshua's editorial suggestions on my manuscript demonstrated surprising insight and were never intrusive. I could see how implementing them would improve the clarity and bring the story to life. I am looking forward to o...
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Rita Minzenmay, November 2021

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