Rachel Moulton

Rachel Moulton - Editor

Albuquerque, NM, USA

I am a fiction writer, a life-long educator, and an editor who works hard to help other writers find their voice.

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I am a writer and an educator, and I have spent most of my career helping writers of all ages find their voice. The majority of my work has been in educational institutions where I've taught writing, been the primary mentor for literary magazines, and served on the board of writers' workshops. Additionally, I've worked with a number of published authors. In 2018, I turned my entire focus to editing, working also as a writing coach to individuals looking for motivation and inspiration. I have found that the greatest joy is seeing a book evolve, helping the writer grow through the process.

The bulk of my experience has been in helping writers find their voice. Shaping that voice is a journey that I am always honored to be asked to join. The trimming of text to focus on pace and strength of voice is one of my great joys, as is working on dialogue that is too bulky. Digging into the true meaning of a story and helping what is already on the page shine is a phenomenal experience.

“Rachel has saved my manuscripts time and again with her reliably insightful edits. I love her gentle but direct way of pointing out places to upgrade. I can rely on her to find pacing problems and let me see where my characters are not fully realized. Every writer needs a Rachel in their corner. If you’re neck-deep in a manuscript, whether early draft or final revision, I highly recommend her services.”— MARY CARROLL MOORE, AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF YOUR BOOK STARTS HERE, QUALITIES OF LIGHT, AND OTHER BOOKS

“I am grateful to have had Rachel’s keen eye on my manuscripts before I’ve sent them on to agents and editors. She is a wonder at finding the issues and missed opportunities in a story that I can no longer see myself. She is incredibly specific and honest, but delivers the feedback in a way that always leaves me jazzed with the possibilities for revision.”— KATRINA KITTLE, AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS, THE BLESSINGS OF THE ANIMALS, AND OTHER BOOKS

“I write primarily short stories and Rachel is an ideal editor for me, with great insights and comments to increase the depth of my characters and the storyline, as well as pace and rhythm of action. She astutely reminds me not to fall in love with certain words and phrases that are, or border on, the cliche. Rachel is a joy to work with.”— AV GORDON, FICTION WRITER

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Coming of Age
Dystopian
Horror
Literary Fiction
Post-Apocalyptic
Psychological Thriller
Short Story
Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • MFA in Creative Writing

Work experience

Feminist Horror Writer

Self-employed
July, 2018 – Present (over 4 years)

I earned my B.A. from Antioch College and my M.F.A from Emerson College. My work has appeared in Beacon Street Review, Bellowing Ark, Chicago Quarterly Review, Cream City Review, Bryant Literary Review, Narrative, and New Ohio Review. Additionally, I have published nonfiction with Literary Hub and have a forthcoming story in Button Eye Review. My debut novel—Tinfoil Butterfly—was long-listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and nominated for both a Shirley Jackson Award and a Bram Stoker.

Freelance Writer, Educator, Editor

Self-employed
June, 2018 – Present (over 4 years)

I work with emerging and established authors to strengthen their books. Additionally, I help motivate writers, working with them to begin projects as well as see those same projects to completion. As a former Director of Communications, I enjoy crafting book synopses and query letters.

Assistant Fiction Editor

Narrative Magazine
May, 2009 – Present (almost 14 years)

I helped to establish the content of the magazine by reading and evaluating short stories, essays, and novel excerpts.

Assistant Fiction Editor

Antioch Review
January, 2003 – December, 2007 (almost 5 years)

Worked with editor to establish fiction content.

Director of Communications

Antioch College
September, 2002 – August, 2004 (almost 2 years)

Edited biannual publications and the annual gift roster, worked on the website, fostered special projects, and acted as primary media contact.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

Tinfoil Butterfly: A Novel

Moulton, Rachel Eve

Reasons to Be Happy

Kittle, Katrina

Bringing up the Bones

Zeises, Lara M.

Qualities of Light

Mary Carroll Moore

Traveling Light: A Novel

Kittle, Katrina

Tree of Sighs

Lucrecia Guerrero

Raven Creek

Pautz, Therese

Project Hope

Purcell, David L.

Rachel has 42 reviews

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David Oxley
Rachel has been an amazing partner in helping us develop our book. She is an outstandingly talented editor but beyond that just an absolute pleasure to work with. This was our first book project and she struck the perfect balance of encouragement and honest feedback. Love working with her.

David Oxley, December 2022

Rachel Moulton
You are so kind! I love supporting other writers and your project is a worthy one. I hope I get to work with you again.

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BRUCE MARTIN
Rachel is an excellent, professional and thoughtful editor. She gave me very useful advice on several stories. I strongly recommend her.

BRUCE MARTIN, November 2022

Rachel Moulton
So glad to be helpful to you. I hope to work with you again.

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Eric Woods
Rachel did a wonderful job with my manuscript. She left me strong notes not only on grammar and word choices, but she pointed out questions that she had along with areas that needed to be strengthened. She got it back to me in plenty of time for me to make the corrections and ask any further questions of her. I would highly recommend Rachel and would hire her in the future!

Eric Woods, October 2022

Rachel Moulton
Thank you, Eric. I'm so glad to have a change to read your work. I hope I get to work with you again soon.

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Patricia Edwards
I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Rachel, her gentle guidance and suggestions have been invaluable, and her encouragement has given me confidence to keep trying to get my novel to market. Thank you

Patricia Edwards, October 2022


Mark Gaffney
Rachel gave my short story one last edit. Her insights and advice were very helpful. She was also super supportive and inspirational. A real pro!

Mark Gaffney, October 2022

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