Megan Gendell

Megan Gendell - Editor

Brattleboro, VT, USA

YA expert, passionate about LGBTQ+ stories, freelancer for Big Five publishers. I've copyedited 400+ books. Let's polish yours next!

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Over the past decade, I've copyedited, fact-checked, and proofread hundreds of manuscripts for dozens of publishers and individuals, working for Big Five publishers including HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, and Simon & Schuster. My projects have ranged from YA fiction to murder mysteries to Buddhist-inspired self-help, and I've had the honor of working with bestselling authors including Angie Thomas, Sy Montgomery, Elana K. Arnold, and Mindy McGinnis (check out some of my favorites in my portfolio below). Young adult and middle grade fiction hold a special place in my heart, and as a queer person myself, I love working on LGBTQ+ stories that reach readers who need to feel seen and celebrated.

I have so much admiration for independent authors who forge their own path to write, polish, and deliver their stories directly into the hands of readers. Your book deserves the same treatment it would get through traditional publishing, and I’m here to deliver that signature impeccable copyediting, combined with a deep respect for your unique voice and the vitality of your work.

A copyeditor is a close reader, and I cherish the opportunity to connect intimately with the world you’ve created, tidying up its loose ends and giving it a line-by-line polish so that your story shines brightly. I’d love to bring my knowledge, experience, and passion to your project—let’s connect!

English (US)
Children’s Non-Fiction
Health & Wellbeing
LGBTQ Non-Fiction
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
LGBTQ Fiction
Middle Grade
Urban Fantasy
Young Adult

Work experience

Freelance Copyeditor

January, 2006 – Present (over 16 years)

I've worked for a huge variety of publishing clients over the years:
• HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, and Chronicle Books, copyediting, fact-checking, and proofreading picture books through young adult fiction and nonfiction (more than 300 titles; 2012–present)
• Wisdom Publications, proofreading popular and scholarly books on Buddhism and mindfulness (more than 30 titles; 2016–present)
• FSG, Routledge, Cambridge University Press, and other major publishers, copyediting literary and scholarly nonfiction for adults (more than 50 titles; 2012–2016)

Associate Editor

August, 2003 – April, 2007 (over 3 years)

• Created illustrated books for kids from inception to publication for the direct-to-home market
• Handled all developmental and production editing, including:
- Hired and managed writers, copyeditors, and proofreaders
- Liaised with consultants, writers, and designers
- Edited manuscripts for content, style, grammar, and clarity

Portfolio (20 selected works)

Punching the Air

Zoboi, Ibi, Salaam, Yusef

I'll Be the One

Lee, Lyla

Pumpkin (Dumplin')

Murphy, Julie

A Sitting in St. James

Williams-Garcia, Rita

On The Come Up

Thomas, Angie

Still Lives: A Novel

Hummel, Maria

The Last Namsara (Iskari)

Ciccarelli, Kristen

The Luck Uglies

Durham, Paul, Antonsson, Petur


Stevenson, Noelle, Stevenson, Noelle


McGinnis, Mindy

The Year I Flew Away

Arnold, Marie

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