Rachel Pass

Rachel Pass – Editor

I focus on books that deal with difficult personal and societal issues and that inspire empathy, healing, creative thinking, and change.


I edit books that help people. This includes fiction and nonfiction books that deal directly with difficult issues like grief, injustice, and illness, as well as educational and reference texts.

I specialize in historical fiction, short stories, YA, literary nonfiction (memoir, etc.), and therapeutic self-help books that deal with mental health, difficult family relationships, social and racial justice, and healing. My passion for these topics stems from my own struggles and healing process, my years of teaching in alternative education settings, and my experience as a former foster parent and the adoptive mom of two wonderful kids with special needs.

One of my favorite projects was completing a developmental edit for the award-winning A Series of Small Maneuvers by Eliot Treichel. This YA novel deals with the teenage protagonist's grief over the death of her father. Another highlight was copyediting Ruth Tenzer Feldman's The Blue Thread, which deals with women's rights through a historical fiction lens. The Blue Thread won the Oregon Book Award for Young Adult fiction. I have also copyedited and proofread multiple poetry and short-story collections with related themes.

Another passion of mine is working on educational and instructional/DIY texts. For example, editing and project managing for the book, We Belong in History: Writing with William Stafford was a joy. This book offered educators ideas for teaching William Stafford's poetry in the classroom and included a collection of student poems modeled on Stafford's work. In the instructional/DIY space, I really enjoy working with fiber arts texts. I have been sewing for the past 35 years, knitting for 25, and have edited a variety of garment-sewing pattern booklets for Fabrics-Store dot com.

Please reach out with any questions or thoughts about your book project. I will be happy to talk with you and see if we would be a good fit!

Anthologies Historical Fiction Short Story Social & Family Issues
Biographies & Memoirs Education & Reference Self-Help & Self-Improvement
English (US)
  • Master of Arts in Writing with a Focus on Book Publishing
  • Master of Arts in Teaching with Specialization in English Language Arts
  • Oregon Writing Project Fellow
  • TESOL Certification

Work experience

Cuesta Community College

Jan, 2020 — Present

I teach writing, English grammar, and English as an additional language to students at Cuesta Community College. I cover the editing process extensively in my classes.


Jan, 2012 — Present

I provide developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading services for authors. I completed a developmental edit for A Series of Small Maneuvers by Eliot Treichel, which debuted with a starred review in Publisher's Weekly and earned high praise from the Huffington Post. This YA novel won a Readers Choice Award at the Oregon Book Awards and a Reading the West Award. In addition to book editing, I also edit sewing pattern booklets for Fabrics-, as well as blogs and newsletters for various private therapists' practices.

Ooligan Press

Sep, 2011 — Jun, 2013 (over 1 year)

Provided developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading services. I worked on the The Blue Thread, a YA novel by Ruth Tenzer Feldman, and Close is Fine, a short story collection by Eliot Treichel, both of which won Oregon Book Awards.

Morro Bay National Estuary Program

Nov, 2014 — Apr, 2023 (over 8 years)

I provided writing and editing services for science-related educational and reference materials. Please see the State of the Bay reports from 2014 through 2023 on the Morro Bay National Estuary Program website () for examples.


Jul, 2013 — Oct, 2015 (over 2 years)

I copyedited technical articles, blogs, and how-to content. I also created MINDBODY's first company-wide style guide.

The Portland Review

Sep, 2012 — Jun, 2013 (9 months)

I copyedited and proofread short stories, poetry, and short-form memoir.

Arts and Technologies High School and Summit High School

Aug, 2007 — Jun, 2012 (almost 5 years)

Taught academic and creative writing, literature, and visual arts to high school students. This experience gave me insight into YA fiction from my students' perspectives.


We Belong in History celebrates William Stafford’s life as a writer, teacher, and Poet Laureate of Oregon. This collection presents excellent student writing inspired by his work, a selection of Stafford’s work, and three sets of lesson plans written by teache... read more
Oregon Book Awards Readers Choice AwardMountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Reading the West AwardFor 15-year-old Emma Wilson, everything is changing. Uncomfortable at home and in school, Emma's growing up, and feels isolated from her friends... read more
The Pacific Northwest’s vast and varied contemporary poetry scene is on display in Alive at the Center, a community-based anthology drawing from Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, BC. A collection of more than 200 poems from a wide spectrum of poets, Alive at t... read more
Portland Review: Summer 2013 is our salute to the bold, the bright, and the uniquely beautiful. This full-color anthology showcases art, prose, and poetry that defies definition. The writers and artists here refuse to be bound by the edicts of any one school, ... read more
Portland Review: Spring 2013 follows our fifty-seven-year tradition of publishing exceptional prose, poetry, and art. Continuing our commitment to sharing local voices with the world, this volume features work by well-known Portland poets including David Biesp... read more
Portland Review: Winter 2013 pairs realism with magical realism, suburban with urban life, and characters whose lives are full with those who are running on empty. This anthology follows Portland Review's 57 year tradition of publishing exceptional prose, poet... read more

Rachel has 14 reviews





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A B.

May, 2023

Rachel does very thorough and thoughtful work. Overall, a very helpful and enjoyable experience.
Sarah H.

Sarah H.

May, 2023

Rachel has been nothing but professional and extremely helpful as I navigate the process of co writing my first book. She has been flexible, made her self available for zoom meetings, and approachable with any questions. Her professional services specifically her developmental edit has helped polish our book and I couldn't be more thankful. Definitely worth it.
Ana M.

Ana M.

Mar, 2023

Rachel is a master of words, wisdom, and transformation of your book. Blessed to find her and have full trust she will do justice to my work and make it even more beautiful.
Ana M.

Ana M.

Jan, 2023

Rachel is exquisite in her work. Detailed, focused, beyond knowledgable, and with a talent where your book will be lifted up to the next level.
Wendy S.

Wendy S.

Dec, 2022

Rachel was not only my editor but also someone with whom I had an instant rapport. She was able to offer suggestions and go above and beyond for me as a first time author. Her commitment and dedication in assisting me with getting my story told was a motivating factor in my ability to believe that my story was worth telling!!!!

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