Rachel King

Rachel King - Editor

Portland, OR, USA

Dedicated and astute developmental, line, and copy editor with over a decade of experience. Specializes in literary fiction.

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I am an excellent developmental and line editor who specializes in literary fiction. In-house, I have worked as an editorial and production assistant at West Virginia University Press and as a project editor at Perseus Books Group, and I am currently the editor of Ruminate Magazine.

I enjoy making sentences sound better as well as pinpointing and fixing a manuscript's structural issues. The author Karen Osborn says, “Rachel King's attention to detail was unsurpassed. In addition, she had a thoughtful and accurate grasp of the larger intentions of the novel, and that grasp informed each of her smaller suggestions and notes, so that the result was a tighter, leaner, more powerful, and more focused manuscript.”

I would love to work with you on your manuscript!

English (US)
Literary Fiction

Work experience

Managing Editor/Editor

Ruminate Magazine
April, 2018 – Present (about 3 years)

I manage the editorial production process and approve all content published. My duties include hiring genre editors, evaluating manuscripts in Submittable, line-editing content, formulating product copy, and writing a quarterly editor’s note as well as my duties I performed while managing editor: maintaining the schedule, copyediting content, communicating with the printer, and managing the genre editors.

Project Editor

Perseus Books Group
October, 2012 – May, 2015 (over 2 years)

I managed the production process of eight to fourteen books simultaneously. For each book, I evaluated the manuscript and requested a copy editor, created a design extract and submitted it to composition, reviewed the copyedit, communicated with the author while s/he reviewed the copyedit, prepared the files for layout, reviewed the files once they were laid out, sent the galley file to the author and proofreader, combined corrections from the author and proofreader and submitted them to the designer, proofread the designer’s work, submitted the final file to the manufacturing department, and reviewed the ebook.

Copy Editor / Line Editor

September, 2012 – Present (over 8 years)

I copyedit/line-edit fiction and nonfiction for West Virginia University Press, Counterpoint/Catapult/Soft Skull, Melville House, and Perseus Books Group. For each manuscript, I make sentences grammatically correct and meanings clear, I create a detailed style sheet specific to the project, I write a letter to the author before his/her review, and I clean the manuscript by accepting or rejecting edits after the author’s review.

Editorial and Production Assistant

West Virginia University Press
August, 2010 – August, 2012 (about 2 years)

I oversaw the production schedule; served as the production contact with authors, editors, typesetters, and proofreaders; edited and proofread manuscripts, utilizing Track Changes and preparing a style sheet; inserted text and photos into InDesign, applying styles and integrating corrections; assisted the marketing manager in formulating frontmatter; and participated in press-wide brainstorming and planning sessions about book ideas and marketing strategies.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

Hillbilly Hustle

Browne, Wesley

Like Light, Like Music

Austin, Lana K. W.

To the Bones


My Radio Radio

van Eerden, Jessie

Rachel has 1 review

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Jiri Klobouk
For a month Rachel King assumed the role of a Queen over my manuscript to my absolute satisfaction. Her personality matches her professionalism and our collaboration was top-notch.

Jiri Klobouk, December 2020

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