Rebecca Best

Rebecca Best - Editor

Toronto, ON, Canada

Publishing pro with 5+ years of experience, incl. building Kobo's Originals program, and Lit Agency submission review.

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Hello! So great to meet you - looking forward to working together.

I'll give you a sense of my background. My experience in the publishing world represents a really interesting cross-section of work. Most recently, I managed Kobo's Original content program where I was responsible for all acquisitions to the program. This gave me an expert understanding of the uber-commercial world of eBooks. I have worked extensively with both traditionally published and self-published authors. Prior to my time at Kobo, I worked at Canada's premier literary agency, The Cooke Agency (Now CookeMcDermid). I was responsible for author query assessment, and preparing client submissions to both Big 5 Publishers and indie presses. Being on both sides of this process has given me an expertise in query letter writing, synopsis writing and editing, and assessing commercial viability.

As a freelancing professional I am efficient, clear, and collaborative. I like to dive deep into discussions with the author to find out what makes you and your story unique. Given my current workload, I am currently only taking on query letter review projects at this time. I have expertise across multiple genres, with a focus on literary fiction and romance.

I am sincerely looking forward to working together!
English (CAN)
Biographies & Memoirs
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Short Story
Women's Fiction
Young Adult


  • Copyediting Course
  • Publishing Certificate

Work experience

Agency Assistant

The Cooke Agency
June, 2014 – January, 2015 (7 months)

Assessing slush pile submissions, preparing publisher submission proposals to big 5 publishers.

Manager, Original Content

Rakuten Kobo
January, 2014 – December, 2018 (almost 5 years)

For Clarity - in this role I was responsible for the acquisition and production of the attached titles (not the cover design)

Rebecca has 1 review

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Ravek Hunter
Rebecca is a very pleasant and professional collaborator. More importantly, she delivered exactly what I was looking for by the deadline we agreed upon. I will certainly use her services again!

Ravek Hunter, April 2019

Rebecca Best
Working with Ravek was a delight - not only is he a fantastic writer, he was clear and upfront about his needs, and always prompt with responses. I'll be delighted to continue to work with Ravek ag...
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