Rachel Small

Rachel Small – Editor

Experienced editor with a passion for literary and women's fiction, stories that move and inspire people, and travel adventures.


Your vision, my insight.

I see the author-editor relationship as a collaborative one with space for conversation, and I provide professional and reliable editing services with the writer's vision top of mind.

Over the years, I've worked with numerous authors of both fiction and nonfiction, and I particularly enjoy literary and women's fiction, creative nonfiction, books about spirituality and/or self-help, and travel adventures.

Biographies & Memoirs Inspirational Religion & Spirituality Self-Help & Self-Improvement Travel
Contemporary Fiction Short Story Women's Fiction
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
  • Advanced Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading

Work experience


Jan, 2010 — Present

Whether you’re a veteran author or an emerging writer, I can help you express your story, in your words, clearly and powerfully.


“We’re all flawed and confronted daily with sometimes slight but often apparently insurmountable challenges. But if we dig deep, what we unearth from the depths of our souls, if we’re lucky, can allow us to overcome and carry on to live another day with an unt... read more
A childhood marred by tragedy. An uncertain future. One summer that changes everything. After losing her mother in a tragic accident, Hannah Tatum grows up wanting nothing more than to be a good girl. At twenty-one, she has her whole future planned out. She’ll... read more
The Debut Novel From Michael Doane Written in the same tradition as On the Road and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Michael Doane’s The Crossing explores what it means to exist in 21st century America. She’s out on a pier, deep in the ocean. A tidal... read more
Ricky Green is a restless teenager with a penchant for trouble. When the Beatles invade America, Ricky and his three friends form a band, hoping to reap fame and fortune. But amidst the profound cultural and political upheaval of the sixties, the Wild Ones str... read more
The Angriest Angel

Christopher H.

"A sci-fi series opener with ADHD as a key component that deserves all the attention it can get.”-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)They’ve lived among us for decades without incident. Until now.The Caelans are a nonviolent and technically advanced people who lon... read more
Holy sh*t! You’re engaged! Your heart starts to race. You feel terribly overwhelmed. Now what? Enter AstroWed, Earth’s first space-themed wedding-planning workbook ready to make those checklists work FOR you rather than AGAINST you. Written, designed, and illu... read more
Chasing Checkers

Christopher H.

Teddy “Chex” Clark has been racing cars since he was seven. He’s always dreamed of driving professionally. But when an old friend calls him out of the blue and offers him the chance to make his dream a reality, Teddy can’t help but ask himself—is he ready?From... read more
When dark forces threaten the fates of Gods and men, a troubled psychic may be their only hope.Shilpy Chopra finally has the ordinary life she always dreamed of: a quiet job at a Sydney bookstore, good friends, and then there's Dusk - her perfect and devoted b... read more
The dead body in the pool is putting a serious dent in Geoff’s morning. An ex-pat property manager on the Caribbean island of Bequia, Geoff doesn’t want a spotlight shone on the secret past he left behind in Canada, but now he’s the suspect in a brutal murder.... read more
One day, a bored little boy finds himself inside an old clock store. And while the boy is generally uninterested in most of the old and dusty clocks within the store, one particular clock strikes up his curiosity. And then everything changes for this bored lit... read more
Evangeline May Sinclair is an intelligent young woman with a promising future in a large corporation. Though she has every reason to be happy, she has always felt insubstantial and out of place.Gradually, her dreams begin to reveal an existence that seems far ... read more
BawB's Raven Feathers is pure and simple. It kickstarts moments of self-reflection and inner peace, drawing on nostalgia while pushing the reader to live in the present and dream of tomorrow. Alternating brief chapters of prose with perfectly rhythmic, adult r... read more
In 'In Gaza, I Dare to Dream', Rana vividly recounts details of her own life under Israeli Occupation, aggression and the Gaza Siege. The daily suffering of the Palestinian people is seldom mentioned in mainstream media, therefore, the author takes you on a jo... read more
Cartel honcho Diego “El Toro” Sandoval has grandiose dreams. He has handpicked from the cream of America’s teenaged Latino gangs and now having trained them with all the skills of his Mexican army Special Forces background, Sandoval is about to set them loose ... read more

Rachel has 82 reviews





Robin A.

Robin A.

Sep, 2023

From grammar and tone to honing the message, Rachel’s read of my storyline provided not only a developmental edit, but cleaning and tightening as well. Absorbing Rachel’s feedback was like attending an immersive writing class, jam-packed with actionable tidbits that will push me to become a better writer. An objective and supportive assessment by someone gifted with sound editing skills is pric...
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Carlos V.

Carlos V.

Aug, 2023

Great all around. Outstanding value. Excels most at understanding the writer's voice and ideas. This ability allows her to add indispensable depth. Hire her!
John S.

John S.

Aug, 2023

Rachel was an absolute pleasure to work with, from start to finish. She went above and beyond in the detail of her edit. When she submitted all her revisions to me, she broke down in detail what she did and what I needed to do moving forward. I look forward to working with her on my next novel. Thanks again Rachel!
Jorge S.

Jorge S.

Jun, 2023

She's outstanding!
Cave M.

Cave M.

Feb, 2023

Rachel was amazing to work with. As a first timer on this platform, not to mention this process, I was given a clear outline of what to expect from every step and stage of the editorial process. Rachel was prompt with her correspondence, and very understanding of moving timelines on my part. I look forward to working with her again in the future.

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