Meg Ryan

Meg Ryan – Editor

20 yrs journalist + editor for top publications. MFA poetry/nonfiction. I shoot straight + I'm kind. My clients win awards + sell books.


Level up your manuscript with sensitive, incisive, market-savvy critique and hands-on editing. With 20+ years in journalism, strategic content development, and creative writing, I bring a unique perspective to your work that combines a sensitive eye and ear for language and your individual voice with deep knowledge of craft, publishing, and what works in the market. I've written and edited for global brands including Martha Stewart, Women's Health, Conde Nast, and others, as well as independent authors and publishers in the US, Canada, and Australia.

My last two indie authors sold their completed manuscripts to publishers, and one was the recipient of a new nonfiction award in Canada (we're so proud!)

Art Biographies & Memoirs Health & Wellbeing Music Nature Psychology Writing & Publishing
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (NZ) English (UK) English (US)
  • Pottersfield Press Publishing Prize, New Nonfiction, 2021
  • ACES Copyediting Certificate

Work experience


Oct, 2010 — Present

Full-spectrum editorial services for authors, publications, and mission-driven organizations in the arts, health and fitness, and religion and spirituality.

- Feature writing
- Ghostwriting
- Structural Editing
- Line Editing
- Copyediting
- Editorial Design
- Proofreading
- Content Calendar Creation
- Production Management
- Voice Development and Manuscript Evaluation

Select Clients include Art Center College of Design, Bonnier Publishing, La Salle University, Los Angeles News Group, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Rodale, Temple University, Wirecard North America, and many others.

Rathalla Review

Sep, 2020 — Present

Review poetry submissions and consider them for publication in semiannual literary magazine. Lead a team of poet-editors in discussion of craft, voice, and fit within the voice and mission of the publication. Edit poems. Correspond with poets. Collaborate with editorial team to review and ensure quality of the finished product in print and online.

Rosemont College

Jul, 2020 — Aug, 2022 (about 2 years)

Design hybrid online/in-class undergraduate courses in Magazine Writing, Marketing Communications, and Photography. Create and deliver presentations on a variety of topics relevant to course material. Counsel students on assignments, research, and other academic matters. Write assignment rubrics and evaluate work based on them. Critique student work and encourage students in their progress toward final portfolio work.

Garden Design Magazine

Sep, 2015 — Feb, 2017 (over 1 year)

Structural, line, and copy editing for all aspects of this quarterly, ad-free, book-length magazine. Consulting on production management and editorial design best practices, house style, and editorial voice. Wrote headlines, captions, features, and other copy. I started in a copy chief role, then moved into executive editor role.

Women's Health magazine

Apr, 2007 — Sep, 2009 (over 2 years)


Made with Reedsy
Smiley's The Outsiders

Hassan, Mahamud

Developmental Editing Copy Editing Proofreading Book Coaching
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Working from Home for a Harmonious Life

Desroches, Luc

Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment
Vox Humana was veteran organist Haig Mardirosian's column in The American Organist, the official journal of the American Guild of Organists as well as the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of Ame... read more
Copy Editing
While we may, at first glance, assume that the role of the organ on university and music school campuses affects those majoring students who have chosen to earn degrees and pursue careers, we ... read more
Copy Editing
Michael Barone celebrates 50 years with Minnesota Public Radio. He was with the original stations that spawned the media giant nearly arom its start. More importantly, he created a unique pres... read more
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
They're Watching You

Ichaso, Chelsea

Copy Editing
Developmental Editing Query Letter Review Book Coaching
Copy Editing
Whole Living MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2012 ISSUE: Format: MAGAZINE Publisher: A MARTHA STEWART PUBLICATION Issue date: 09/2012
Copy Editing
Copy Editing
A lifestyle magazine rooted in health and fitness. Women's Health is filled with actionable and practical advice that you can use today. For women who want to do more, have more, and be more.
Copy Editing
Garden Design Magazine
Copy Editing
33 Best Images of the year. Daft Punk Cover.
Copy Editing

Meg has 6 reviews





Fletcher B.

Fletcher B.

Sep, 2023

Meg blew my expectations out of the water with her efforts editing my book! She provided just the right amount of feedback on my writing and was always prompt and professional getting back to me. Meg also did a fantastic job resolving all of the technical aspects of polishing my work.
Meg R.
Thanks, Fletcher! It's been a pleasure to collaborate with you and help bring your vision to life! Thank you for entrusting me with your work.
Max E.

Max E.

Apr, 2022

Feedback delivered with precision and insight. I look forward to working with Meg R. again.
Smiley F.

Smiley F.

Jul, 2020

Very supportive.
Virginia K.

Virginia K.

Mar, 2020

Fantastic to work with and a rewarding experience for me. I look forward to working with Meg again.
Najaam L.

Najaam L.

Sep, 2019

Meg, actually understood my voice in many ways through my writing. This is my first major book project and she was patient, thorough and really helped me through certain aspects to express my self better. She was my first editor and she brought her years of experience onto my project. I appreciate her and look forward to working with her again in the future. Thank you Meg! Namaste.
Meg R.
Thanks, Najaam! It was such a pleasure to help you bring your first book into the world! It's great to work with a writer who has a clear vision and a distinctive voice. I also loved how open our c...
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