Erin Patterson

Erin Patterson – Editor

Experienced nonfiction and fiction editor with professional background in publishing


I have a passion for helping writers identify and connect with their message. Far too often, I have seen writers lose their way in the overwhelming task of creating a book. I love working with writers to get at the root of what they are trying to convey in their work and helping them uncover that for their readers.

I previously worked at Writers House, Literary Agency, where I edited both nonfiction and fiction writers at every stage of the process. I worked on books such as Why Didn't You Tell Me by Carmen Rita Wong, A Ballad of Love and Glory by Reyna Grande, The Girls in Queens by Christine Kandic Torres, The Other: How to Own Your Power at Work as a Woman of Color by Daniela Pierre-Bravo, and Unfollow Your Passion by Terri Trespicio.

As such, I have a keen understanding for what works well, what doesn't, and what agents and editors are looking for when they are reviewing manuscripts and proposals. I can provide nonfiction proposal development, developmental edits for nonfiction and adult fiction, query letter review, and more. At the beginning of this year, I left the publishing industry for a role supporting clients at a tech company, but I'll never be able to leave behind my passion for editing.
Biographies & Memoirs Health & Wellbeing
Contemporary Fiction Historical Fiction
English (US)

Work experience

Foundry Literary and Media

Sep, 2018 — Nov, 2018 (2 months)

Writers House Literary Agency

Jan, 2018 — Feb, 2022 (about 4 years)

Erin has 2 reviews





Michael C.

Michael C.

May, 2023

Erin did a thorough review of my historical novel and provided feedback on a range of technical issues (such as quotation marks and commas) as well as on language and style. She was on deadline and timely in her responses to my questions and comments. An enjoyable experience.
H B.

H B.

Apr, 2023

I can highly recommend Erin. She was super quick to contact me about my job to look over my query letter and submission package. I had quite a tight timeframe and she was able to meet that and even deliver it early. I found her suggestions incredibly helpful in terms of making my cover letter more punchy. She also had some useful insights about how to frame my opening three chapters after readi...
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