Rachael Dugas

Rachael Dugas - Editor

Tampa, FL, USA

Former literary agent, specializing in YA, MG, romance, and more. I aim to help you polish your work, while enhancing what makes you YOU!

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I began my publishing career as an editorial intern, assisting with romance and women's fiction titles. I then continued on to work as a literary agent, where my client list focused mainly on young adult, middle grade, romance, and women's fiction titles, though I was, and still am, interested in projects across nearly the entire fiction spectrum. As an agent, I engaged in extensive developmental and line edits with each and every client. I also frequently instructed writers' boot camps and workshops, with a particular emphasis on query letters and strengthening the first 10 pages of writers' novels prior to submission. I gained experience working closely with writers on projects at all stages of the submission process, a sense of what makes a commercial project, and, of course, how to successfully position and pitch a project.

As an agent, editor, or reader, the books that you really fall in love with are the ones with that special little spark--that "it" factor that takes a book from a good read to an unforgettable one. Whether it's your sense of humor, your unique world view, an amazing protagonist, a quirky voice, or gorgeous prose, I aim to amplify each project's key strengths, while also shoring up weaknesses, identifying red flags, and getting the smoothest, cleanest writing possible. Whether you're looking to strengthen your novel prior to submitting to agents and editors or preparing to self-publish, my goal is to retain the "you" in your book, but to hone the most polished version of you. I vow to provide you with a thorough, sensitive, and constructive critique of your work that will help you stand out in the crowd.

Let's get your novel ready to move off your computer and out into the world! I can't wait to get started.
English (US)
Young Adult

Work experience

Associate Agent

Talcott Notch Literary
June, 2011 – September, 2016 (over 5 years)

Reviewed and selected manuscripts/authors to represent and worked with clients through the entire publication process. Engaged all clients in full developmental and line edits before submitting their manuscripts to editors. I also frequently mentored Writer's Digest's "Plot Perfect" and "First 10 Pages" boot camp weekends. Additionally, I judged other fiction writing-related contests, partook in pitch conferences, and engaged in panels and presentations at writers' conferences. My main focus was on YA, MG, historical fiction, women's fiction, commercial adult fiction, and romance. During my tenure, I sold projects to Random House, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Running Press, and more.

Editorial Intern

December, 2010 – June, 2011 (6 months)

Held editorial internship with the CT offices of IL-based Sourcebooks. Worked with romance, women's fiction, and Jane Austen-related titles. Supported editors with various tasks, including market research, creating copy, and formatting manuscripts for production.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Summer on the Short Bus

Crandell, Bethany

The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow

Haight, Jessica, Robinson, Stephanie, Muradov, Roman

Of Breakable Things

Rolland, A. Lynden

Rachael has 4 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Rachael is very demanding, passionate and talented editor. Collaboration with Rachael resulted in dramatic increase of quality of the manuscript!


larry center
Rachel has a great grasp of technique in fiction and I learned a lot from her. High recommend!

larry center, June 2021

Rachael Dugas
Thanks for the great review, Larry! I hope we'll see your novel out in the wild soon!

Reply from Rachael Dugas

Marci Rubin
Rachael is very professional and thoughtful! She communicates effectively and and clearly.

Marci Rubin, April 2021

Rachael Dugas
Thanks for the lovely review, Marci! Best of luck to you! Best, Rachael

Reply from Rachael Dugas

The quality of work is beyond my expectations!

VALERIY KOZLOV, January 2021

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