I started freelance editing in 2010 after working in New York book publishing for five years as a junior literary agent at Writers House. Agenting taught me how to take a rough, incomplete manuscript or proposal and sculpt it into something beautiful (and salable). I turned to freelance editing because I wanted an even closer connection with words. I love working with YA, romance, literary, and memoir. I'm also a Penguin-published author myself, with one young adult novel, Scripted. Being a writer gives me an extra sensitivity to a writer's needs.
author of NIUBI! The Real Chinese You Were Never Taught in School (Plume 2009)
“Maya’s years of experience both as an agent and as an avid, lifelong lover of books have given her an invaluable sense for what publishers and agents look for in a book proposal. She has a quick eye for spotting exactly what should stay, what should go, and what should be reorganized in any written work, and more importantly, knows how to break the news gently when you have to, say, cut 50 pages from your baby. She has been an indispensable friend, editor, and guide in my own writing career, and I highly recommend her services to others as well.”
author of Run to You (Harlequin 2014)
“Maya’s keen editorial eye made my novel shine. As a debut author, I had no idea what to expect from her editorial letter, and was afraid to open it! But I’m so glad I did. Her edit letter was organized by issue, with spot-on suggestions on how to make the revisions, and it had just enough positives to make it easy to take the negatives. Instead of making me dread revisions, she made me excited to do them. Her line edits came next, and she made me examine every sentence, every word. She sprinkled in positive comments here and there that kept me smiling through all that hard work. When I was done, my manuscript had improved a thousandfold. Maya helped me become a better writer. I’m currently working on my next book, and as I write each scene, I ask myself, “What would Maya say about this?” I was very blessed to be able to work with Maya, and I highly recommend her to anyone seeking an editor.”
"I'm one of those writers that throws everything but the kitchen sink into a manuscript at first, then through the revision process, I see what rises up to the top. Maya Rock deeply understands my instincts and inclinations as a writer, which is a rare find. She digs into my manuscripts, hunts for meaning, and can wade through my mess to root out the essential question that I'm scratching at. Then, with an expert blend of honesty, logic, and care, she helps me isolate things to deepen, helps me identify elements to put aside for later, and directs me on the best ways to proceed through the story I am trying to tell.
I have worked with Maya in an agent-client relationship, and now as one of her editorial clients. My work would not be the same without her guidance, support, and most of all, her logic."
author of THE BELLES (Disney-Hyperion 2018)
“Thank you, Maya Rock, for your incredibly detailed critique. Your comments resonated and made clear the flaws that I had overlooked. I had several “a-ha” moments while reading your feedback. I also appreciate your affable, yet professional approach. I highly recommend your services.”
author of The Someday Jar (Berkley 2015)
Full-time freelance editor serving agents, authors, and publishing houses.
Assisted chairman Al Zuckerman and edited and sold manuscripts to all the major houses (Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, St. Martin's, etc.)
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Associate Agent at a leading UK agency working editorially and agenting commercial fiction and non-fiction
Accomplished editor of picture books, middle grade and YA novels who helps authors polish their work and raise the quality of their writing.