Rachel Lapidow

Rachel Lapidow - Editor

Burlington, VT, USA

Need focused editing? I'm a copy editor and proofreader of sci-fi, fantasy, RPGs, and romance. I work with DC and indie game companies.

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Overview

"Rachel has been a dream to work with—careful, diligent, and precise beyond professional. She absolutely made Upwind better. Can't recommend her highly enough.
—Jeff Barber, founder of Biohazard Games and creator of Blue Planet: Recontact and Upwind

I am a copy editor, proofreader, and developmental editor. My clients include DC Comics, independent tabletop roleplaying game companies, and indie authors. While I’ve worked on a range of titles from romance novels to biographies to health books, my favorite things to work on are comics, RPGs, science fiction, and fantasy. In addition to editing fiction and game guides, I am also the proofreader and copy editor for a nonprofit monthly newspaper.

I have a bachelor’s degree in professional writing from Champlain College. I earned a certificate copy editing from the University of California, San Diego. I am familiar with the Chicago Manual of Style and the Associated Press Stylebook, as well as house style guides. I am happy to learn additional style guides.

I will work with you to determine your needs, offer advice, and set project timelines. Some writers want regular weekly updates, others would rather only hear from me once I’ve completed their edit. Let me know how you want to receive updates.

I’ve developed documents from as short as a paragraph to over 122,000 words with an eye for consistency, tone, and readability. I review each piece and make recommendations that improve accuracy and target audience appeal for nonfiction and enhance reader interest and buy-in for fiction.

Do you need someone to look over your text and tell you what is working and what isn’t? I will examine your work with an eye for holistic effect (overall character development, dialogue, and setting, etc.) and offer recommendations and offer multiple ways of addressing issues. I won’t just say that something is good or bad, but explain why I think this is so and offer suggestions for fixing any rough patches.

I live in beautiful Vermont, so you may hear me talking a lot about the weather (it’s one of the major pastimes here). I read books from a lot of different genres. My love of cozy mysteries has led me to subscribe to a British streaming service so I can get my fix of Midsomer Murders (I also own the complete set of Murder, She Wrote DVDs). I would love to one day proofread or edit a mystery.

“I have worked with Rachel for some time and have found her to be a pleasure to work with. She is more than capable in many areas and, in particular, I have found her to be a proofreader par none. Rachel is always on time and above expectations. She would be a valued asset to any organization.”

—Kevin Lewis, president of The Hinesburg Record

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels
Gaming & LitRPG
Historical Fiction
Romance
Science Fiction
Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Education & Reference
Nature

Certifications

  • Poynter American Copy Editing Society Certificate
  • Certificate in Copy Editing, University of California, San Diego

Work experience

Freelance Proofreader

DC Comics
September, 2019 – Present (over 1 year)

I was hired in September 2019 as a freelance proofreader by DC Comics. I proofread the front and back matter of collected editions. This includes front covers, back covers, tables of content, forwards, introductions, biographies, character sketches, alternate covers, and more. I ensure consistent formatting of all sections. Please note that I am not proofreading the comics but the additional matter that is added to the comics to make up a collected edition.

Freelance Copy Editor

Self-employed
February, 2017 – Present (about 4 years)

I’ve worked on game guides for Nine Dragons RPG, Biohazard Games, Festive Ninja Games, and other independent game makers. I’ve worked on dozens of books in a variety of genres including romance, science fiction, fantasy, young adult, historical fiction, biography, nonfiction, and even instruction manuals. I also proofread and copy edit a local monthly newspaper.

I have maintained 100% client satisfaction and a top site rating for over two years on Upwork.

Previous projects include the following:
• Assessed YA novels Split Rock and Suncookers: Ice and Fire (45K and 39K words) for Bradford Evans (2018).
• Critiqued Colony (88K words), a YA horror-adventure book by Veronica Wolff (2019).
• Revamped materials for Biohazard Games (2017–2019), including roleplaying games Upwind and Blue Planet.
• Edited pieces for Jacqueline Larkin (2017–2019). Published in Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Dote Magazine, Ambrosia, and other magazines.
• Line edited fantasy game An Atlas of the Horizons (113K words) for Benjamin Williams (2019)
• Transformed email templates, instruction manuals, thank you letters, and more for lifestyle brand Apace EZ Solutions (2017–2019).
• Edited 3 books in Honour series (49K words total) and Flintlock Roleplaying Game (43K) for Nine Dragons RPG (2016–2019).
• Edited tabletop roleplaying game Return to the Stars (18K words) and other materials for Festive Ninja (2018–2019). A digital version has been accessed over 10K times.
• Critiqued YA novels Split Rock and Suncookers: Ice and Fire (39K words) for Bradford Evans (2018-2019).
• Edited health book Vajuvenation (33K words) for Dr. Rosalind Jackson, a respected OB-GYN (2017).
• Line edited 5 romance novels (50K words each) for Weaver Sinclair Limited (2017).
• Line edited 5 Regency romance novels (63K words apiece) and 2 erotic romance novels (25K and 61K words) for Creative Publishing House (2017).
• Proofread biography Molasses, Fatback, and Biscuits (48K words) for Integrative Ink (2017).
• Proofread contemporary romance Crazy About Alaska (65K words) for Shannon L. Brown (2017).

Portfolio (23 selected works)

The Last God: Tales from the Book of Ages (2020-) #1 (The Last God (2019-))

Johnson, Philip Kennedy, Telfer, Dan, Carpenter, Kai, Fedderici, Riccardo, Blanco, Jared

Crazy about Alaska (Alaska Dream Romance)

Shannon L Brown

LARGE PRINT AND HARDCOVER EDITIONTwo men are interested. She picked the wrong man once. Will she choose the right one now?As a single mother and a real estate agent, Holly works hard. Climb a roof? Check. Work with her former, difficult professor? Maybe. She wants a husband who can love her and her twin girls. When other men run because she has kids, they become her secret.College professor Ad... read more

LARGE PRINT AND HARDCOVER EDITIONTwo men are interested. She picked the wrong man once. Will she choose the right one now?As a single mother and a real estate agent, Holly works hard. Climb a roof? Check. Work with her former, difficult professor? Maybe. She wants a husband who can love her and her twin girls. When other men run because she has kids, they become her secret.College professor Ad... read more

Molasses, Fatback, and Biscuits: A story about a rural Carolina boy, my father, Henian Edward Newsome

Douglas Jay Newsome

This book is about an individual who some might call a Griot who is passing down his story orally as a Griot might, this concept is in his genetic makeup as he happens to be an African American. The subject of this story is Henian Edward Newsome a rural North Carolina boy who was born on the banks of the Chowan River, delivered by a midwife in the families two room home on December 24, 1924. I... read more

This book is about an individual who some might call a Griot who is passing down his story orally as a Griot might, this concept is in his genetic makeup as he happens to be an African American. The subject of this story is Henian Edward Newsome a rural North Carolina boy who was born on the banks of the Chowan River, delivered by a midwife in the families two room home on December 24, 1924. I... read more

The Twisted Tree

Rachel Burge

Part ghost story, part Nordic thriller - this is a twisty, tense and spooky YA debut, perfect for fans of CORALINE and Michelle Paver. Martha can tell things about a person just by touching their clothes, as if their emotions and memories have been absorbed into the material. It started the day she fell from the tree at her grandma's cabin and became blind in one eye. Determined to understand ... read more

Part ghost story, part Nordic thriller - this is a twisty, tense and spooky YA debut, perfect for fans of CORALINE and Michelle Paver. Martha can tell things about a person just by touching their clothes, as if their emotions and memories have been absorbed into the material. It started the day she fell from the tree at her grandma's cabin and became blind in one eye. Determined to understand ... read more

Gray Wolf Security 1

Glenna Sinclair

Enjoy all 5 PRIVATE SECURITY ROMANCE books. No cliffhangers.More than 1,000 pages :)DONOVANHe killed my brother. He didn’t wield the rock that destroyed a promisinglife, the life of a future doctor, but he killed him just the same. Heshould have been there that night, should have protected Joshua from thewrath of bullies that he’d pulled down on us all. But he wasn’t. And Joshuadied. Now my da... read more

Enjoy all 5 PRIVATE SECURITY ROMANCE books. No cliffhangers.More than 1,000 pages :)DONOVANHe killed my brother. He didn’t wield the rock that destroyed a promisinglife, the life of a future doctor, but he killed him just the same. Heshould have been there that night, should have protected Joshua from thewrath of bullies that he’d pulled down on us all. But he wasn’t. And Joshuadied. Now my da... read more

Vajuvenation: A Natural Protocol to Rejuvenate Your Lady Parts, Improve Your Sex Life and Regain Your Self Confidence: A Natural Approach to Rejuvenate ... Sex Life and Regain Your Self Confidence

Rosalind Jackson MD

Gynecologist reveals that more than half of the women questioned knew very little about their (Vaginal Health). Lack of knowledge and misconceptions about vaginal health and intimate wellness can rob women of the enjoyment of having the sex life they dreamed of. As a woman ages and gain more wisdom about life, relationships and so much more; some may feel powerless and unable to tap into their... read more

Gynecologist reveals that more than half of the women questioned knew very little about their (Vaginal Health). Lack of knowledge and misconceptions about vaginal health and intimate wellness can rob women of the enjoyment of having the sex life they dreamed of. As a woman ages and gain more wisdom about life, relationships and so much more; some may feel powerless and unable to tap into their... read more

Soldiers of Avarice (The Aielund Saga Book 1)

Stephen L. Nowland

Aiden Wainwright was the son of a wagon maker in a small country town where nothing interesting ever happened, until a chance encounter with a strange relic changed him forever. Obsessed with unravelling the mystery of his experience, Aiden turns from his friends and family and studies the arcane arts, discovering within himself a spark of intellect he never imagined. But his resourcefulness a... read more

Aiden Wainwright was the son of a wagon maker in a small country town where nothing interesting ever happened, until a chance encounter with a strange relic changed him forever. Obsessed with unravelling the mystery of his experience, Aiden turns from his friends and family and studies the arcane arts, discovering within himself a spark of intellect he never imagined. But his resourcefulness a... read more

Soldiers of the Crown (The Aielund Saga Book 2)

Stephen L. Nowland

From the peril of the high seas to the urban landscape of Fairloch, capital of Aielund, Aiden Wainwright and his companions are charged with protecting the only heir to the throne whilst seeking out the conspirators that plot her capture, and who will stop at nothing to achieve their goals.Out of his depth in the largest city in the land, Aiden recruits the aid of the few allies he can find an... read more

From the peril of the high seas to the urban landscape of Fairloch, capital of Aielund, Aiden Wainwright and his companions are charged with protecting the only heir to the throne whilst seeking out the conspirators that plot her capture, and who will stop at nothing to achieve their goals.Out of his depth in the largest city in the land, Aiden recruits the aid of the few allies he can find an... read more

Harleen

Stjepan Sejic

Dr. Harleen Quinzel has a theory: mental illness is a survival mechanism. As she seeks to help the broken souls of Gotham City piece together their sanity she will become the one thing she fears the most: one of them. A bold new retelling of the tragic origin of Harley Quinn told through the eyes of the only person who knows her better than anyone: Harleen.A young psychiatrist with a potential... read more

Dr. Harleen Quinzel has a theory: mental illness is a survival mechanism. As she seeks to help the broken souls of Gotham City piece together their sanity she will become the one thing she fears the most: one of them. A bold new retelling of the tragic origin of Harley Quinn told through the eyes of the only person who knows her better than anyone: Harleen.A young psychiatrist with a potential... read more

Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 2: Arkham Knight

Peter J. Tomasi

GOTHAM DESERVES A BETTER DARK KNIGHT.The Batman is a cancer. A cancer that has darkened Gotham City. His reckless vigilantism endangers innocents, creates villains, and only ever begets more violence. The people deserve justice. The Arkham Knight has come to deliver it. The Arkham Knight has an army of supporters waging war against the Dark Knight. They've bombed the city and beat back Batman ... read more

GOTHAM DESERVES A BETTER DARK KNIGHT.The Batman is a cancer. A cancer that has darkened Gotham City. His reckless vigilantism endangers innocents, creates villains, and only ever begets more violence. The people deserve justice. The Arkham Knight has come to deliver it. The Arkham Knight has an army of supporters waging war against the Dark Knight. They've bombed the city and beat back Batman ... read more

Aquaman Vol. 2: Amnesty

Kelly Sue DeConnick

The tides turn for the Sea King as Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel, Pretty Deadly) and red-hot artist Robson Rochatake steer Aquaman into uncharted waters!Thought to be dead by the rest of the world, Arthur Curry has retreated to a remote island where he struggles to recover his lost memory and return to his life as Aquaman. But when he finally realizes the truth about his past, what he le... read more

The tides turn for the Sea King as Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel, Pretty Deadly) and red-hot artist Robson Rochatake steer Aquaman into uncharted waters!Thought to be dead by the rest of the world, Arthur Curry has retreated to a remote island where he struggles to recover his lost memory and return to his life as Aquaman. But when he finally realizes the truth about his past, what he le... read more

Superman: The City of Tomorrow Vol. 1

Jeph Loeb

For the Man of Tomorrow, the turn of the century has come to Metropolis and Brainiac has arrived to ring in the New Year.So begins an all-out assault on the City of Tomorrow with the very soul of Metropolis and its protector in the balance. Superman must team up with Green Arrow, Steel, and Red Tornado in order to stop the diabolical machinations of both Brainiac 13 and Lex Luthor. Metropolis ... read more

For the Man of Tomorrow, the turn of the century has come to Metropolis and Brainiac has arrived to ring in the New Year.So begins an all-out assault on the City of Tomorrow with the very soul of Metropolis and its protector in the balance. Superman must team up with Green Arrow, Steel, and Red Tornado in order to stop the diabolical machinations of both Brainiac 13 and Lex Luthor. Metropolis ... read more

The Flash by Geoff Johns Omnibus Vol. 1

Geoff Johns

WALLY WEST--THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE!Nearly 20 years ago, writer Geoff Johns (Batman: Earth One, Shazam) took over The Flash and redefined a comic book icon for a new generation. During his unforgettable five-year run on the series, Johns would enrich the world of Keystone City and humanize both Wally West and his enemies like no one before.Now reexperience these stunning tales of the Flash from ... read more

WALLY WEST--THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE!Nearly 20 years ago, writer Geoff Johns (Batman: Earth One, Shazam) took over The Flash and redefined a comic book icon for a new generation. During his unforgettable five-year run on the series, Johns would enrich the world of Keystone City and humanize both Wally West and his enemies like no one before.Now reexperience these stunning tales of the Flash from ... read more

Female Furies

Cecil Castellucci

Up and coming writer Cecil Castelluci enters Jack Kirby's epic Fourth World to write a funny, feminist take on the origins of the elite female fighting force of Apokolips.They are the Female Furies--trained from birth by the brutal Granny Goodness to become the greatest soldiers the Multiverse has ever seen! So why hasn't the great and powerful Darkseid drafted them into his war machine? It's ... read more

Up and coming writer Cecil Castelluci enters Jack Kirby's epic Fourth World to write a funny, feminist take on the origins of the elite female fighting force of Apokolips.They are the Female Furies--trained from birth by the brutal Granny Goodness to become the greatest soldiers the Multiverse has ever seen! So why hasn't the great and powerful Darkseid drafted them into his war machine? It's ... read more

Promethea: The Deluxe Edition Book Two

Alan Moore

Alan Moore and J.H. Williams III's multiple Eisner Award-winning masterpiece, Promethea, is collected in oversize, deluxe hardcover format for the first time ever.Sophie Bangs has just come to grips with her alter ego, the fabled warrior named Promethea, when she decides to join Barbara Shelley on her journey through the Tree of Life. But will leaving Stacia and Grace working together to prote... read more

Alan Moore and J.H. Williams III's multiple Eisner Award-winning masterpiece, Promethea, is collected in oversize, deluxe hardcover format for the first time ever.Sophie Bangs has just come to grips with her alter ego, the fabled warrior named Promethea, when she decides to join Barbara Shelley on her journey through the Tree of Life. But will leaving Stacia and Grace working together to prote... read more

House of Secrets: The Bronze Age Omnibus Vol. 2

Various

WELCOME TO THE HOUSE OF SEDRETS, WHERE EVERY DARK AND COBWEBBED CORNER HOLDS A SPELLBINDING STORY OF SHOCK AND SUSPENSE-AND THE DOOR IS ALWAYS OPEN!In the 1970s, a golden age of horror was well underway in America, and there is no better representation of this bountiful era than the iconic gothic series The House of Secrets. Helmed by acclaimed editor Joe Orlando, each issue was filled to the ... read more

WELCOME TO THE HOUSE OF SEDRETS, WHERE EVERY DARK AND COBWEBBED CORNER HOLDS A SPELLBINDING STORY OF SHOCK AND SUSPENSE-AND THE DOOR IS ALWAYS OPEN!In the 1970s, a golden age of horror was well underway in America, and there is no better representation of this bountiful era than the iconic gothic series The House of Secrets. Helmed by acclaimed editor Joe Orlando, each issue was filled to the ... read more

Batman: Gotham Knights: Transference

Devin Grayson

Batman: Gotham Knights made history as the very first ongoing Batman series to be launched by a woman, and now this popular series will be collected together for the first time ever!When a little boy in Gotham loses his parents to a horrible gun crime, Batman is forced to revisit the ghosts of his past. The dead begin to walk and talk. Psychological warfare is declared upon Batman by the sinis... read more

Batman: Gotham Knights made history as the very first ongoing Batman series to be launched by a woman, and now this popular series will be collected together for the first time ever!When a little boy in Gotham loses his parents to a horrible gun crime, Batman is forced to revisit the ghosts of his past. The dead begin to walk and talk. Psychological warfare is declared upon Batman by the sinis... read more

Batman and the Outsiders Vol. 1: Lesser Gods

Bryan Hill

THE DARK KNIGHT'S NEW ARMY ASSEMBLES!Years ago, an evil organization called the Ark experimented on an innocent family, transforming them into metahumans. Batman defeated the Ark and safely placed its victims into hiding. Or so he thought. Now, most of the family is dead. The sole survivor is on the run, and Ra's al Ghul himself is on the hunt for her. When this case gets too dark for even Bat... read more

THE DARK KNIGHT'S NEW ARMY ASSEMBLES!Years ago, an evil organization called the Ark experimented on an innocent family, transforming them into metahumans. Batman defeated the Ark and safely placed its victims into hiding. Or so he thought. Now, most of the family is dead. The sole survivor is on the run, and Ra's al Ghul himself is on the hunt for her. When this case gets too dark for even Bat... read more

The Dreaming Vol. 2: Empty Shells

Simon Spurrier, Neil Gaiman

As his kingdom crumbles and his subjects search for him in desperation, Dream of the Endless wanders the Earth as an exile from the realm he is meant to embody.Here, far from the Gates of Horn and Ivory, there are wonders and horrors that even an immortal cannot imagine--until they experience them firsthand.When an ill-fated romance collapses, Dream is vulnerable to exploitation by sinister fo... read more

As his kingdom crumbles and his subjects search for him in desperation, Dream of the Endless wanders the Earth as an exile from the realm he is meant to embody.Here, far from the Gates of Horn and Ivory, there are wonders and horrors that even an immortal cannot imagine--until they experience them firsthand.When an ill-fated romance collapses, Dream is vulnerable to exploitation by sinister fo... read more

Green Arrow Vol. 8: The End of the Road

Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly

The finale of Green Arrow is here and the Emerald Archer's world will be forever changed. With an all-star talent line-up, this graphic novel is sure to hit its mark!It's a mystery six months in the making: the box that can destroy the Justice League will be opened! But first Ollie will have to keep all the villains at bay, including Count Vertigo, Parasite and more! Is the Emerald Archer thro... read more

The finale of Green Arrow is here and the Emerald Archer's world will be forever changed. With an all-star talent line-up, this graphic novel is sure to hit its mark!It's a mystery six months in the making: the box that can destroy the Justice League will be opened! But first Ollie will have to keep all the villains at bay, including Count Vertigo, Parasite and more! Is the Emerald Archer thro... read more

John Constantine, Hellblazer Vol. 22: Regeneration

Mike Carey

Confronting the demons of one's past should be familiar ground for John Constantine. But some vicious memories are so horrible and buried so deep that digging them up could leave no one to pick up the pieces.Dreams of what could be and the nightmares of what is clash in John Constantine's mind as he slips in and out of fevered consciousness while past and present collide. A journey through the... read more

Confronting the demons of one's past should be familiar ground for John Constantine. But some vicious memories are so horrible and buried so deep that digging them up could leave no one to pick up the pieces.Dreams of what could be and the nightmares of what is clash in John Constantine's mind as he slips in and out of fevered consciousness while past and present collide. A journey through the... read more

Birds of Prey: Murder and Mystery (Birds of Prey: Mystery & Murder)

Gail Simone

Just in time for the release of Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) comes the seminal story that brought the Birds of Prey into the spotlight of the DC Universe!Written by award winning author Gail Simone, Birds of Prey: Mystery & Murder explores the relationships and pulse pounding action that made the Birds of Prey the premier female super team!In a tricky le... read more

Just in time for the release of Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) comes the seminal story that brought the Birds of Prey into the spotlight of the DC Universe!Written by award winning author Gail Simone, Birds of Prey: Mystery & Murder explores the relationships and pulse pounding action that made the Birds of Prey the premier female super team!In a tricky le... read more

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