Neha Patel

Neha Patel – Editor

Proofreader, copy editor and sensitivity reader who loves YA fiction, thrillers, and memoirs. Freelanced with Sourcebooks and HarperCollins.

Overview

I love digging deep into the details of a manuscript to help writers hone and polish their stories. Whether you need a sensitivity read for a high fantasy or a copy edit for a memoir, you've come to the right editor.


I have over six years of experience partnering with subject matter experts, production editors, published writers, and indie writers, providing clear, actionable feedback to get manuscripts from the computer screen and into the hands of readers.


Getting manuscripts reader ready is my passion. I have proofread and copy edited manuscripts in various genres, but I have a soft spot for YA fiction, thrillers, memoir, and romance.


Over the years, I've also conducted sensitivity reads for novels such as Really Good, Actually by Monica Heisey (National Bestseller); Notes on an Execution by Danya Kukafka (National Bestseller, Winner of the 2023 Edgar Award for Best Novel, and New York Times Best Crime Novel of the Year); and Carmen and Grace by Melissa Coss Aquino. It truly is a privilege to parter with authors and help them with their portrayal of Indian characters, religion, and culture.


While working with me, you can expect prompt responses and strict adherence to timelines as well as detailed inline comments and editorial letters with actionable feedback/advice.

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Literary Fiction Psychological Thriller Romance Young Adult
Languages
English (US)
Certifications
  • Master of Technical and Professional Communication, Auburn University
  • Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Alabama in Birmingham
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of Alabama in Birmingham
  • Certificate in Editing, University of Washington

Work experience

Posthill Press

Mar, 2022 — Present

Proofread manuscripts (55,000–300,000 words each) in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat Pro using an in-house style guide and CMoS within an established deadline set by the Production Editor. Genres include nonfiction (e.g., memoir) and fiction (e.g., multigenerational family saga).

Sourcebooks

Jun, 2021 — Present

Proofread and copy edit manuscripts (55,000–300,000 words each) in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat Pro within an established deadline set by the Production Editor. Genres include nonfiction, fiction, historical fiction, romance, thriller, science fiction, and fantasy.

Salt & Sage Books

Sep, 2020 — Present

Proofread and copy edit manuscripts (1,000–100,000 words each) in Microsoft Word within an established deadline and include a personalized editorial letter (500–3,000 words each) that explains revisions and suggestions. Genres include fantasy, fiction, science fiction, and nonfiction.

In addition, I conduct sensitivity reads for concerns related to Indian culture, Hinduism, and women’s issues.

Gartner

Jun, 2022 — Present

Perform copy edits and developmental/structural edits on Gartner’s IT research notes (~150,000 words per month) on Google Docs using the Gartner Style Guide, AP Style Guide, and Gartner Lexicon.

UWorld

Jan, 2019 — Jun, 2022 (over 3 years)

Copy edited and proofread ~115,000 words per month of the USMLE, COMLEX, NCLEX, PANCE, MCAT, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Calculus, AP Physics, AP Psychology, AP World History, AP English Language, and AP English Literature question banks on Microsoft Word.

Referenced AMA, CMoS, Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, Stedman's Medical Dictionary, Dorland's Medical Dictionary, Medline Plus, Encyclopædia Britannica, and in-house style guides.

Portfolio

Carmen and Grace: A Novel

Coss Aquino, Melissa

Red Clay Suzie

Lofton, Jeffrey Dale

Such a Good Liar

Wallman, Sue

We Don't Swim Here

Tirado, Vincent

Swarm

Lyle, Jennifer

The Sacrifice

Chupeco, Rin

Must Love Books

Robinson, Shauna

Missing Dead Girls

Walters , Sara

Neha has 1 review

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Annette M.

Annette M.

Feb, 2024

Neha provided a thorough, professional proofread of my manuscript. All corrections and comments were clearly communicated, making the editing process very simple for me. I would look forward to working with Neha again. Thank you, Neha!

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