Leslie Wilson

Leslie Wilson – Editor

Meticulous, tireless, caring copy editor and proofreader of nonfiction, narrative nonfiction, and inspirational texts of all genres/lengths.


Writers, I was born to refine, elevate, and make you feel great about your work! I have a combined seventeen years of experience in educational and nonfiction trade publishing, focusing on topics ranging from faith to nutrition to crisis management. To say I enjoy what I do would be a wild understatement; even as a child, I would delight in correcting errors I found in the stories I read at night.

If you've misspelled or misused a word, I'll fix it. Every time. If you've repeated a phrase on pages 13, 209, and 341, I will find it in each place and suggest something fresh. If you've been endlessly circling an idea and can't quite hone in on what you want to say, I will help you get clarity and choose the perfect phrasing. My edits are clean, precise, and always true to your purpose and your unique writer's voice.

I believe in supporting the creative in all of us, striving for perfection, and bringing a spirit of positivity and partnership to every project. Your dream--your manuscript--is every bit as important to me as it is to you.

Business & Management Health & Wellbeing Inspirational Self-Help & Self-Improvement
English (US)

Work experience


Oct, 2019 — Present

I edit, copyedit, and proofread children's fiction and nonfiction and evaluate full-length book projects. I also edit, copyedit, and proofread nonfiction and memoir manuscripts, streamlining phrasing and ideas, editing for style, nurturing writers, and making sure every page is clear, full of authentic voice, and free of errors. I've worked on books by neuroscientist Paul Zak, FEMA crisis manager and NATO representative Ed Conley, and Dr. Susan Boron.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Mar, 2017 — Oct, 2019 (over 2 years)

I sourced, wrote, and edited children's literature and nonfiction; and excerpted, proofread, and spec'd illustrations for pieces from popular and classic children's authors, including Stephen Krensky, Claire Llewellyn, Laurence Yep, Gary Paulson, Jacqueline Woodson, and Judy Blume.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Oct, 2011 — Mar, 2017 (over 5 years)

I excerpted, edited, copy edited, and proofread literary and genre fiction, poetry, and nonfiction for grades 3–8 reading anthologies; edited and proofread companion books; and ensured error-free layouts.

Harcourt School Publishers

Jul, 2006 — Oct, 2011 (about 5 years)

I assisted in all areas of book production, commissioned children's authors, edited and proofread from manuscript stage to final pages, and ensured alignment between visuals and text.

Leslie has 5 reviews





Davis K B.

Davis K B.

Feb, 2024

Leslie did a fantastic job! Her edits are so insightful. My manuscript is so much tighter and better as a result of her work. She did such a wonderful job that I have now hired her again to do a second proofread after my typesetting (my final step before publishing). I highly recommend Leslie!
Dan M.

Dan M.

Jan, 2024

While I have published in the academic world, this is my first foray in the public sphere. So, I had no idea what to expect, and if I am honest, I was a bit nervous. However, to my surprise and relief, I was fortunate enough to connect with Leslie. She is a consummate professional, a top notch editor, and also a great person, which is always a wonderful bonus! She provided realistic timelines a...
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Sarah R.

Sarah R.

Dec, 2023

Would definitely use her services again! She was prompt and did a fantastic job! Made my draft a million times better!
Marc-David M.

Marc-David M.

Nov, 2023

Whoa- what a thorough copy editor with an eye for detail! Leslie was able to catch the smallest issues in my manuscript: typos, inconsistencies, grammar out of line with the style handbooks. I felt that she took real ownership of the manuscript and gave it her undivided attention. Work was delivered exactly on time. Couldn't be better. A terrific engagement.
Omar L.

Omar L.

Nov, 2023

Leslie - is wonderful to work with! She took on my project immediately and delivered on schedule. She exceeded my expectations by proofreading the numerous images in my book as well!

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