Lucy Vilankulu

Lucy Vilankulu – Editor

Experienced copy editor and proofreader with publishing, agency and direct-author experience.

Overview

I'm a copy editor and proofreader based in Minneapolis, MN. Experience with fiction and nonfiction ranging from paranormal romance to annual reports. Eleven years of working with occult publisher Llewellyn Worldwide grounded me in both alternative spirituality and "genre" fiction like romance, YA, supernatural, mystery and memoir, while work with ad agencies, journals and newsletters gave me experience with articles, ad copy and legal. Recent projects include a book about Somatic Abolitionism, a book about poetry and hope, a guide to the sutras of Buddha for beginners, a novel and a medical memoir.


I usually work with publishers, book agents and established writers but I have worked with many a first manuscript.


I set my price using Reedsy's self-publishing cost calculator, so have a look before asking me to bid: https://blog.reedsy.com/guide/how-to-self-publish-a-book/cost-to-self-publish/. I don't double- or triple-book projects, so your project will get my undivided attention.

Services
Fiction
African American Fiction Contemporary Fiction Historical Fiction
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Health & Wellbeing History New Age
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Jan, 1998 — Present

Twenty-four years’ experience editorial and proofreading for a range of publishing, advertising and marketing agencies. Clients include Minnesota Literature, Llewellyn Worldwide and Patti Frazee (publishing services), as well as work with individual writers. I have edited nonfiction, fiction, YA, supernatural, supernatural romance, mystery, alternative spirituality and memoir.

Llewellyn Worldwide

Aug, 2004 — Oct, 2015 (about 11 years)

Proofreader on a range of books including YA, spirituality, health and wellness, supernatural, calendars, almanacs, and mystery.

Minnesota Literature

Mar, 2004 — Jan, 2008 (almost 4 years)

Wrote and produced Minnesota Literature, a monthly publication of literary news, publications and opportunities in Minnesota published continuously from 1974-2009.

Portfolio

Chasing AllieCat

Rebecca Fjelland Davis

Dumped with relatives in a small Minnesota town for the summer, Sadie Lester is relying on her mountain bike to save her from total boredom. Then she meets Allie, a spiky-haired off-road mountain biker who's training for a major race. Allie leads Sadie and Joe... read more
Multimillion-dollar listings, hefty commissions, and cutthroat deals are the name of the game for Kyle Cameron, south Florida's stylish and driven star broker. But her fast-track life ends abruptly when she is fatally stabbed at an open house. Suspicious of th... read more
Abraham Lincoln is one of the most haunted—and haunting—presidents in US history. Sightings of Lincoln’s ghost, as well as the ghost of his assassin, have been reported for more than 150 years. Visited by eerie premonitions, morbid dreams, and unusual events t... read more
For more than one hundred years, this easy-to-use guide has provided detailed times and dates to help you achieve success. Use the moon’s dynamic energies to get the best results for: Planting • Hunting • Fishing • Buying a Car • Training Pets • Asking for a L... read more
Pieces of Us

Margie Gelbwasser

Two families. Four teens. A summer full of secrets. Every summer, hidden away in a lakeside community in upstate New York, four teens leave behind their old identities . . . and escape from their turbulent lives. But when hes back in Philadelphia during the sc... read more
A veteran police detective, Robert Snow was devoted to evidence and hard facts—he had never given any thought to reincarnation. But during a hypnotic regression, he experiences a vivid awareness of being alive in three separate historical scenes. Remaining ske... read more
Immigrants from the Indian subcontinent have been coming to Minnesota for more than half a century, and today more than forty thousand people of Indian descent live in the state, contributing to a wide variety of professional, educational, and cultural fields.... read more
Discover the extraordinary life and profound contributions of Merlin Stone, the renowned feminist, author, artist, historian, and speaker. With unparalleled access to Merlin’s unpublished writings, photos, and personal stories, Merlin Stone Remembered is a sig... read more
Shirley White Pearl was raised in an era when women stayed home and raised children, took care of the house and husband. But Shirley is anything but typical. In 1952, she set out to start her adult life at the University of Iowa. She marches in protests and di... read more

Lucy has 8 reviews

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Rosetta C.

Rosetta C.

Oct, 2023

I am very thankful and appreciative of Lucy's editing help. I found some uncorrected errors in my writing that had not been corrected, but I fixed them. Otherwise, I was TRULY grateful for her answering technical questions when I had to print out the final pages. She guided me throughout the process and when I texted her about questions pertaining to the novella, she immediately responded. I wo...
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Raeven J.

Raeven J.

Jun, 2023

Lucy was very professional and prompt!
Desirae M.

Desirae M.

Apr, 2023

I appreciated Lucy working with my budget. We worked in two parts. She gave me good initial feedback, plus answered my specific questions so that I was able to send her the next draft with a clearer direction and with stronger added or polished scenes. Lucy communicated with me well. I appreciated her time and feedback. I would work with her again.
Kristopher K.

Kristopher K.

Jan, 2023

Lucy patiently answered all of my questions and was thorough with my manuscript.
Ashley W.

Ashley W.

Oct, 2022

Lucy provided great editing services for my fiction story. I am happy with the result!

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