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Rachel Haimowitz

Rachel Haimowitz - Editor

Burnsville, NC, United States

Founder of Riptide Publishing and veteran editor of award-winning fiction with a focus on romance, thrillers, and LGBTQ stories.

Overview

I'm a co-founder/Publisher of the critically-acclaimed LGBTQ fiction press Riptide Publishing, and an industry veteran of almost twenty years. My areas of expertise are multiple subgenres of romance, thrillers/suspense, fantasy, paranormal/UF, and queer fiction. I've edited authors such as New York Times bestseller Stephanie Tyler (SE Jakes), queer romance superstar Abigail Roux, critical darlings such as Lisa Henry and Alexis Hall, and fan favorites such as Anne Tenino and LA Witt.

I'm also a published author, which allows me to bring a perspective to my work that many editors don't have: how it feels to be on the other side of the edit.

As a co-founder of Riptide, I've worn a great many hats, primarily editorial and management. Six years and several employees' worth of growth later, I'm able to spend less time babying the press and can now dedicate a few days each month to nurturing authors and projects that might never come across my desk at Riptide. As an editor, I've focused primarily on romantic comedy, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, thrillers, high and epic fantasy, paranormal and urban fantasy, and soft sci-fi. I also have particular interest and experience in fandom, first responder titles (I volunteered as an EMT for almost a decade), and titles set in the wilderness. Like most of my staff, I'm a queer woman; I can edit bi, ace, kinky, and/or Jewish characters with particular expertise, as those are my own lived experiences.

I'm a passionate advocate for the queer community, and believe strongly in the power of fiction to change the world for the better. Aside from my work at Riptide, which publishes only fiction with queer protagonists, I've been interviewed about queer fiction and/or romance by a number of trade magazines and NPR, and participated as a panelist or speaker at a number of industry events (RT, RWA, GRL, etc.). I've also taught numerous workshops at such events, primarily on craft/prose and the art of the query letter.

Services
Fiction
Adventure Dystopian Fantasy LGBTQ Literature Paranormal Romance Romance Science Fiction Thriller Urban Fantasy

Certifications

  • BA, Liberal Arts, The New School

Work experience

Founder / Publisher

Riptide Publishing
June, 2011 – Present (over 6 years)

Founder of the critically acclaimed LGBTQ fiction press Riptide Publishing, featuring three imprints (Riptide: romance across all subgenres; Triton: YA; and Anglerfish Press: non-romance genre fiction and literary fiction with darker themes). We have published multiple RITA-nominated titles, including both the first-ever male/male and the first-ever female/female titles to be RITA finalists in the 30+ year history of the award. We have also racked up a significant number of Foreword Indiefab Award nominations and wins, Rainbow Award nominations and wins, Lambda Award nominations, Bisexual Book Award nominations and wins, and starred reviews across multiple trade publications. We publish queer fiction stars such as Abigail Roux and Santino Hassell, have signed New York Times bestsellers such as Larissa Ione and Stephanie Tyler, and have launched careers of critical darlings such as Alexis Hall and JA Rock.

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
June, 2002 – Present (over 15 years)

Freelance editorial work for a number of individuals and presses, on fiction and nonfiction projects, including ghostwriting, developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, and query evaluation. Major publishing clients include Pearson/National Academy Foundation, Palgrave Macmillan, and Avalon Publishing.

Published Author

Noble Romance, Samhain Publishing, Guiltless Pleasure Publishing, Riptide Publishing
August, 2010 – Present (over 7 years)

I've published a number of novels throughout my career, including high fantasy with romantic elements, cyberpunk, contemporary romance, and BDSM-focused erotic romance. While this by no means qualifies me to edit by itself, it does help me to bring a unique perspective to the editing process, as I know exactly what it's like to put your work into someone else's hands and then digest and integrate their feedback. I have also experienced the query process from both sides of the table: as an author seeking (and finding) publication, and as an editor at multiple houses reading slush.

Columnist

Huffington Post
March, 2007 – May, 2008 (about 1 year)

Production Intern

CNN
January, 2007 – April, 2007 (3 months)

Editorial Intern

Avalon Publishing
June, 2006 – August, 2006 (2 months)

Editor

Upper Deck Entertainment
January, 2004 – December, 2008 (almost 5 years)

Portfolio (16 selected works)

Theta Alpha Gamma (5 Book Series)

Anne Tenino

From Book 1: A Theta Alpha Gamma Novel Brad is great at meeting other people’s expectations. But his own? Not so much. Take the gay thing. Okay, so yeah. It took a morning meeting with a frat brother’s hairy, naked ass for him to admit it, but he knows the truth about himself now. Let the gay life commence. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. He hasn’t quite determined how to come out to anyone... read more

From Book 1: A Theta Alpha Gamma Novel Brad is great at meeting other people’s expectations. But his own? Not so much. Take the gay thing. Okay, so yeah. It took a morning meeting with a frat brother’s hairy, naked ass for him to admit it, but he knows the truth about himself now. Let the gay life commence. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. He hasn’t quite determined how to come out to anyone... read more

Crash & Burn (Cut & Run Series Book 9)

Abigail Roux

It’s been five years since Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett first worked together to solve the Tri-State murders, and time has been both harsh and kind. Engaged now, they face the challenge of planning a deeply uncertain future together. Zane is at the pinnacle of his career with one last mystery to solve, while Ty is at sea in a world where he’s no longer the tip of a spear.There’s ju... read more

It’s been five years since Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett first worked together to solve the Tri-State murders, and time has been both harsh and kind. Engaged now, they face the challenge of planning a deeply uncertain future together. Zane is at the pinnacle of his career with one last mystery to solve, while Ty is at sea in a world where he’s no longer the tip of a spear.There’s ju... read more

Risky Behavior (Bad Behavior Book 1)

L.A. Witt, Cari Z.

It’s day one of Darren Corliss’s career as a detective, and not only has he been assigned a notoriously difficult partner, but the guy might also be a pill-popping dirty cop. Internal Affairs needs proof, and Darren gets to be their eyes and ears whether he wants to or not.Detective Andreas Ruffner doesn’t play by the rules, and he doesn’t play well with others. With bodies piling up and a lis... read more

It’s day one of Darren Corliss’s career as a detective, and not only has he been assigned a notoriously difficult partner, but the guy might also be a pill-popping dirty cop. Internal Affairs needs proof, and Darren gets to be their eyes and ears whether he wants to or not.Detective Andreas Ruffner doesn’t play by the rules, and he doesn’t play well with others. With bodies piling up and a lis... read more

Mark of the Gladiator

Heidi Belleau, Violetta Vane

A Warriors of Rome StoryAfter an inconvenient display of mercy in the arena, the gladiator Anazâr is pulled from the sands and contracted to nobleman Lucius Marianus to train his new stable of female gladiators. His new charges are demoralized and untested, and they bear the marks of slavery and abuse. Anazâr has a scant four months to prepare them for the arena, and his new master demands per... read more

A Warriors of Rome StoryAfter an inconvenient display of mercy in the arena, the gladiator Anazâr is pulled from the sands and contracted to nobleman Lucius Marianus to train his new stable of female gladiators. His new charges are demoralized and untested, and they bear the marks of slavery and abuse. Anazâr has a scant four months to prepare them for the arena, and his new master demands per... read more

Sweetwater

Lisa Henry

Wyoming Territory, 1870.Elijah Carter is afflicted. Most of the townsfolk of South Pass City treat him as a simpleton because he’s deaf, but that’s not his only problem. Something in Elijah runs contrary to nature and to God. Something that Elijah desperately tries to keep hidden.Harlan Crane, owner of the Empire saloon, knows Elijah for what he is — and for all the ungodly things he wants. Bu... read more

Wyoming Territory, 1870.Elijah Carter is afflicted. Most of the townsfolk of South Pass City treat him as a simpleton because he’s deaf, but that’s not his only problem. Something in Elijah runs contrary to nature and to God. Something that Elijah desperately tries to keep hidden.Harlan Crane, owner of the Empire saloon, knows Elijah for what he is — and for all the ungodly things he wants. Bu... read more

Gabriel's City: A Tale of Fables and Fortunes

Laylah Hunter

DON'T MISS — just 99 cents for a limited time!For spoiled young aristocrat Colin Harwood, the port city of Casmile is a buffet of easy pleasures. But when he steps into a pub brawl to help a dangerously outnumbered young man, he is drawn into the seedy underbelly of the city the young man calls home.Gabriel is a cutpurse and a knife for hire, practically an urban legend. His vision of Casmile ... read more

DON'T MISS — just 99 cents for a limited time!For spoiled young aristocrat Colin Harwood, the port city of Casmile is a buffet of easy pleasures. But when he steps into a pub brawl to help a dangerously outnumbered young man, he is drawn into the seedy underbelly of the city the young man calls home.Gabriel is a cutpurse and a knife for hire, practically an urban legend. His vision of Casmile ... read more

Peripheral People (Ylendrian Empire)

Reesa Herberth, Michelle Moore

Corwin Menevie and Nika Santivan are decorated veterans of the Imperial Enforcement Coalition, and are perfectly capable of solving cases the old-fashioned way. When they’re paired with Westley Tavera and Gavin Hale, the most powerful Reader/Ground team to emerge from the Psionics Academy, it could either be the best thing that’s ever happened to crime fighting, or the makings of a quadruple h... read more

Corwin Menevie and Nika Santivan are decorated veterans of the Imperial Enforcement Coalition, and are perfectly capable of solving cases the old-fashioned way. When they’re paired with Westley Tavera and Gavin Hale, the most powerful Reader/Ground team to emerge from the Psionics Academy, it could either be the best thing that’s ever happened to crime fighting, or the makings of a quadruple h... read more

Hotline (Murmur Inc.)

Quinn Anderson

Zack never intended to become a phone sex operator, but with half a college degree and a smart mouth, his options were limited. It helps that he has a knack for thinking on his feet and a willingness to roll with whatever his clients throw at him. Sure, he gets his fair share of creeps and unconventional requests, but it pays the bills, and he’s in no danger of breaking his one rule: never fal... read more

Zack never intended to become a phone sex operator, but with half a college degree and a smart mouth, his options were limited. It helps that he has a knack for thinking on his feet and a willingness to roll with whatever his clients throw at him. Sure, he gets his fair share of creeps and unconventional requests, but it pays the bills, and he’s in no danger of breaking his one rule: never fal... read more

Bend

Nancy J. Hedin

Lorraine Tyler is the only queer person in Bend, Minnesota. Or at least that’s what it feels like when the local church preaches so sternly against homosexuality. Which is why she’s fighting so hard to win the McGerber scholarship—her ticket out of Bend—even though her biggest competition is her twin sister, Becky. And even though she’s got no real hope—not with the scholarship’s morality clau... read more

Lorraine Tyler is the only queer person in Bend, Minnesota. Or at least that’s what it feels like when the local church preaches so sternly against homosexuality. Which is why she’s fighting so hard to win the McGerber scholarship—her ticket out of Bend—even though her biggest competition is her twin sister, Becky. And even though she’s got no real hope—not with the scholarship’s morality clau... read more

Counterpoint: Song of the Fallen, #1 (Volume 1)

Rachel Haimowitz

It is the twilight of mankind. Depleted by generations of war with a race of dark beasts, humanity stands on the brink of extinction. The outlands are soaked with the blood of the fallen. The midlands are rotting with decadence and despair. Elfkind, estranged by past crimes, watches and waits for nature to run its course. And then the two collide. Ayden’s life has long been guided by two emoti... read more

It is the twilight of mankind. Depleted by generations of war with a race of dark beasts, humanity stands on the brink of extinction. The outlands are soaked with the blood of the fallen. The midlands are rotting with decadence and despair. Elfkind, estranged by past crimes, watches and waits for nature to run its course. And then the two collide. Ayden’s life has long been guided by two emoti... read more

Power Play (2 Book Series)

Rachel Haimowitz, Cat Grant

From Book 1: Brandon McKinney has scraped and sacrificed for what little in life he’s ever had. Though it’s been fifteen years since he escaped his father’s abuse, the damage remains. Trust seems as far out of reach as his dream of becoming an architect, and though he’s come to accept being gay, he can’t deny the shame and confusion he feels at other urges—the deeply-repressed desire to submit... read more

From Book 1: Brandon McKinney has scraped and sacrificed for what little in life he’s ever had. Though it’s been fifteen years since he escaped his father’s abuse, the damage remains. Trust seems as far out of reach as his dream of becoming an architect, and though he’s come to accept being gay, he can’t deny the shame and confusion he feels at other urges—the deeply-repressed desire to submit... read more

Don't Get Caught with Your Skirt Down: A Practical Girl's Recession Guide

Jill Keto

A straightforward, no-nonsense, practical, woman-to-woman guide to understanding the economy and personal finance, navigating the sea of confusing investment options and cutting back on spending during this difficult, belt-tightening recession.We’re in the midst of some of the toughest times we’ve ever seen. But it’s not time to panic—with some solid guidance and financial savvy, you can weath... read more

A straightforward, no-nonsense, practical, woman-to-woman guide to understanding the economy and personal finance, navigating the sea of confusing investment options and cutting back on spending during this difficult, belt-tightening recession.We’re in the midst of some of the toughest times we’ve ever seen. But it’s not time to panic—with some solid guidance and financial savvy, you can weath... read more

Shmirshky: the pursuit of hormone happiness

E

“Informative, engaging, and hilarious!”—Sarah Brokaw, author of FortytudeHot flashes flashing you awake at 3 a.m.? Forgetting the names of your very own children? Don’t worry—E, the author of Shmirshky, understands how you feel.Shmirshky is the first book of its kind—a guide to women’s midlife changes that’s quick, easy, and full of love! Reading Shmirshky is like having coffee with a hilariou... read more

“Informative, engaging, and hilarious!”—Sarah Brokaw, author of FortytudeHot flashes flashing you awake at 3 a.m.? Forgetting the names of your very own children? Don’t worry—E, the author of Shmirshky, understands how you feel.Shmirshky is the first book of its kind—a guide to women’s midlife changes that’s quick, easy, and full of love! Reading Shmirshky is like having coffee with a hilariou... read more

Wallflower (Rear Entrance Video Book 2)

Heidi Belleau

A Rear Entrance Video NovelThis gamer geek has a pretty little secret.Art student and MMORPG addict Robert Ng has always been a loner, but he's recently made it his goal to make more (IRL) friends. Which is how he winds up working nights at Rear Entrance Video, shilling sketchy porn and blowup dolls as a favor to his roommate. The longer he works there, though, the more he realizes he’ll never... read more

A Rear Entrance Video NovelThis gamer geek has a pretty little secret.Art student and MMORPG addict Robert Ng has always been a loner, but he's recently made it his goal to make more (IRL) friends. Which is how he winds up working nights at Rear Entrance Video, shilling sketchy porn and blowup dolls as a favor to his roommate. The longer he works there, though, the more he realizes he’ll never... read more

Cross & Crown (Sidewinder Book 2)

Abigail Roux

When Nick O'Flaherty arrives at the scene of a double homicide to find he has a witness to the crime, he thinks it’s his lucky day. But when he realizes his witness is suffering from amnesia and can’t even remember his own name, Nick wishes he’d gone with his gut and put in for vacation time.Then Nick’s boyfriend and former Recon teammate, Kelly Abbott, joins him in Boston, and Nick finds his ... read more

When Nick O'Flaherty arrives at the scene of a double homicide to find he has a witness to the crime, he thinks it’s his lucky day. But when he realizes his witness is suffering from amnesia and can’t even remember his own name, Nick wishes he’d gone with his gut and put in for vacation time.Then Nick’s boyfriend and former Recon teammate, Kelly Abbott, joins him in Boston, and Nick finds his ... read more

Pickup Men (Volume 1)

L.C. Chase

2015 EPIC Ebooks Awards Winner, Contemporary Romance 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Finalist, Gay Romance It takes a pissed-off Brahma bull named Shockwave to show rodeo pickup man Marty Fairgrave the cold hard truth about champion bull rider Tripp Colby: Tripp will never leave the safety of his closet or acknowledge Marty in public. Sometimes loving someone just isn't enough, and after a ... read more

2015 EPIC Ebooks Awards Winner, Contemporary Romance 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Finalist, Gay Romance It takes a pissed-off Brahma bull named Shockwave to show rodeo pickup man Marty Fairgrave the cold hard truth about champion bull rider Tripp Colby: Tripp will never leave the safety of his closet or acknowledge Marty in public. Sometimes loving someone just isn't enough, and after a ... read more

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