Rachel Rear

Rachel Rear - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Copy editor, proofreader extraordinaire, veteran English teacher, college professor, published true crime author, essayist, and poet

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Overview

True Crime/Memoir Writer, Copy Editor, Proofreader, Poet, English Teacher and College Professor, Playwright.

I'm a published author and experienced copywriter and proofreader looking for freelance proofreading and copywriting/editing work.

My first book, Catch the Sparrow: A Search for a Sister and the Truth of her Murder, was published by Bloomsbury Publishing and Sphere UK in February 2022. I’ve also been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, Literary Hub, and other smaller publications and poetry journals. I have a wide reference for writing techniques and themes I can bring to your client's work.

I am also a veteran English teacher of 22 years in the NYCDOE, where I have taught at both the middle and high school levels. In addition, I was an adjunct professor of English Composition at the Fashion Institute of Technology for several years before beginning to focus on my own writing.

I am well-versed in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style formats, and can quickly learn any others.

Additionally, my teaching career requires precise time management, the ability to work under extreme pressure, flexibility, and accountability—all skills I know will help as I begin to branch out into the world of copy editing, proofreading, and copywriting.


Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
True Crime
Fiction
Middle Grade
Mystery & Crime
Picture Books
Plays & Screenplays
Poetry
Young Adult

Certifications

  • BA in English, Rutgers University
  • MA in Teaching of English, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • MFA in Poetry, The New School

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Neuwirth and Associates
January, 2019 – Present (almost 4 years)

Copy editing of YA Fiction and other genres.

Developmental Editor, Copy Editor, Proofreader

Self
November, 2018 – November, 2018 (less than a minute)

Edited author Hunter Simms’s book, Egoblivion

Copy and developmental editor

Piper Theatre Productions
June, 2009 – Present (over 13 years)

Regularly copy edit and give feedback on plays written by John P. McEneny of Piper Theatre Productions. Also co-authored a play with McEneny. (See anthologies and plays below.)

Adjunct College Professor, English Composition

Fashion Institute of Technology
August, 2007 – May, 2011 (over 3 years)

English Teacher

NYCDOE
September, 2000 – Present (about 22 years)

Mine!: A celebration of liberty and freedom for all benefitting Planned Parenthood

Micha Cruz, Shannon Wheeler, Eric Palicki, Lawrence Gullo, Eric Shanower, October Crifasi, Niki Smith, Michael Moreci, Mara Wilson, Glenn Greenberg, Frank Conniff, David Kelly, Stevie Wilson, Brian Azzarello, Kelly Fernandez, Irene Johnson, Alexa Cassaro, Mary Fan, Stuart Moore, Tini Howard, Tom Peyer, Josh Trujillo, Carolyn Belefski, Trina Robbins, Jason Yungbluth, Adam McGovern, Marc Fishman, Paul Levitz, Aria Baci, Casey Gilly, Cecil Castellucci, Blue Delliquanti, Hannibal Tabu, Margaret Miller, Magdalene Visaggio, Mark Waid, Pat Shand, Keith DeCandido, Caitlin Kiernan, Madeline Zuluaga, Rachel Pollack, Sammi Chan, Louise Simonson, Gillian G., Sheliah Villari, Mindy Newell, Dennis O'Neil, Amy Shand, Anne Toole, Robert Greenberger, Joe Illidge, Sonya Saturday, Vita Ayala, Barbara Kesel, Matt Miner, Gabby Rivera, Corinna Bechko, Lillah Sturges, Cat Parra, Ann Nocenti, Sarah Winifred Searle, Gail Simone, Kelsey Hercs, Anna Wilson, Andrew Aydin, Lauren Sisselman, Rachel Rear, Amber Benson, Sarah Kuhn, Josh Olson, Neil Gaiman, Devin Grayson, G. Falksen, Richard Bruning

Planned Parenthood, and the millions of people they help each year, need every bit of help they can get. Mine! is a comics anthology with the proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. With stories about trailblazing women, civil rights leaders, a person's first time going to a PP clinic, debunking myths about sex, STI screenings, HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, fantastical stories with superher... read more

Planned Parenthood, and the millions of people they help each year, need every bit of help they can get. Mine! is a comics anthology with the proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. With stories about trailblazing women, civil rights leaders, a person's first time going to a PP clinic, debunking myths about sex, STI screenings, HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, fantastical stories with superher... read more

Crab Creek Review - Volume XII (Crab Creek Review)

et al. [eds.] Kimberly Allison

A literary magazine with poetry and short stories. 109 pages.

A literary magazine with poetry and short stories. 109 pages.

The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2013

In this book you will find fifty terrific new ten-minute plays, all successfully produced during the 2012-2013 theatrical season. They are written in a variety of styles, some realistic, some are not, some comic, some are dramatic. The ten-minute play form lends itself well to experimentation in style. Also included, for the first time, a comprehensive list of theaters which do ten-minute plays.

In this book you will find fifty terrific new ten-minute plays, all successfully produced during the 2012-2013 theatrical season. They are written in a variety of styles, some realistic, some are not, some comic, some are dramatic. The ten-minute play form lends itself well to experimentation in style. Also included, for the first time, a comprehensive list of theaters which do ten-minute plays.

The Best Women's Stage Monologues 2014

The best monologues for women from the 2013 2014 theatrical season presented in this essential book!Here, you will find a rich and varied selection of monologues from plays - most are for younger performers (teens through thirties), but there are also some excellent pieces for older men and women. Some of the monologues are by playwrights familiar to you, such as Don Nigro, Jane Martin, Terren... read more

The best monologues for women from the 2013 2014 theatrical season presented in this essential book!Here, you will find a rich and varied selection of monologues from plays - most are for younger performers (teens through thirties), but there are also some excellent pieces for older men and women. Some of the monologues are by playwrights familiar to you, such as Don Nigro, Jane Martin, Terren... read more

The Best Men's Stage Monologues 2013 (Monologue Audition)

Lawrence Harbison

Here you will find a rich and varied selection of monologues for men from plays which were produced and/or published in the 2012-2013 theatrical season. Most are for young performers (teens through 30s) but there are some excellent pieces for older men as well. All represent the best in contemporary playwriting.

Here you will find a rich and varied selection of monologues for men from plays which were produced and/or published in the 2012-2013 theatrical season. Most are for young performers (teens through 30s) but there are some excellent pieces for older men as well. All represent the best in contemporary playwriting.

The Very Bad Girl Scouts

John P. McEneny

Grooselda’s life is shattered when her family moves her from the mountainside German village of Schwalm-Eder to the cold hallways of Consumption Middle School in New Jersey. As she and her twin brother, Dagobert, navigate the complicated caste system that is middle school and try to fit in, their efforts will put them on a collision course with the most dangerous group of all: the Girl Scouts.... read more

Grooselda’s life is shattered when her family moves her from the mountainside German village of Schwalm-Eder to the cold hallways of Consumption Middle School in New Jersey. As she and her twin brother, Dagobert, navigate the complicated caste system that is middle school and try to fit in, their efforts will put them on a collision course with the most dangerous group of all: the Girl Scouts.... read more

The Grippe of October

John P. McEneny

It starts with a cough. October 1918. Weary young soldiers return to their hometowns after the end of the fighting in Europe, bringing with them the scars of war...and a mysterious illness that spreads like wildfire. As it reaches pandemic proportions, sheltered young Alice McMahon must put aside her dreams of the stage to tend to the sick and dying, rich and poor alike, one of many lives that... read more

It starts with a cough. October 1918. Weary young soldiers return to their hometowns after the end of the fighting in Europe, bringing with them the scars of war...and a mysterious illness that spreads like wildfire. As it reaches pandemic proportions, sheltered young Alice McMahon must put aside her dreams of the stage to tend to the sick and dying, rich and poor alike, one of many lives that... read more

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