Rebecca Bohanan

Rebecca Bohanan - Editor

Los Angeles, CA, USA

MAD Magazine editor and UCLA Writers' Program developmental editing instructor with 9 years of professional editing experience.

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Overview

"I've worked with Rebecca on multiple projects across my writing career and keep coming back to her because of her editorial judgment, her insight and her knack for making passages pop. Before I sold my novel H.E.A.R., Rebecca did an editorial pass on it, helping me fine tune my characters and sharpen the plot. I have no doubt her assistance was instrumental in my selling the book. More recently, she helped me turn my first novel, Shaking Her Assets, into a webtoon. A master of the form, Rebecca guided me through the adaptation process, turning my book into an app-based graphic novel. Whenever I have a project I care about, I want Rebecca's eyes on it. She a true pro, a kind person and I can't recommend her highly enough!"--Robin Epstein

"If you're looking for a supportive editor with a keen eye for detail, look no further than Rebecca Bohanan. She helped me find new life in a piece I had given up on and, after a few rounds of suggestions, I got my first 'yes' from the editor of a reputable magazine."--Gregory Zilboorg

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If you've got a funny novel, witty comic, or something in-between, I'd love to edit it for you! I was an editor at MAD Magazine, and I specialize in developmental editing — I even teach the Developmental Editing course at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program. I've produced and edited comics for my 9 to 5 gig, and have edited YA fiction freelance. I enjoy working on short stories and personal essays as well, and had my own New York Times' Modern Love essay published ("A Man and Meals Worth Losing Sleep Over"). I'd love to edit yours before submission! Additionally, I've worked for Zagat and TripAdvisor, and can copy edit food and travel guides.

My goal is to help writers create enduring characters, raise their stakes, and plot their ... well, plot. I'm also great at untangling story timeline issues, auditioning different story structures, and keeping a steady storytelling pace.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels
Contemporary Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Plays & Screenplays
Short Story
Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
Travel

Certifications

  • MFA, New York University, Dramatic Writing
  • BA, Chapman University, Screenwriting

Awards

  • 2nd Round Finalist, Austin Film Festival
  • Quarterfinalist, Slamdance

Work experience

Instructor

UCLA Extension Writers' Program
July, 2021 – Present (5 months)

I teach Developmental Editing at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

Comic Producer and Editor

Pocket Comics
December, 2020 – Present (about 1 year)

I edit and produce webcomics for an up-and-coming app.

Associate Editor, Assistant Editor

MAD Magazine at DC Comics
December, 2018 – December, 2020 (about 2 years)

I started at MAD Magazine as the Assistant Editor, then was promoted to Associate Editor. I was the last editor on staff at this historic institution, and was responsible for all editorial work for the magazine.

Contributing Writer

TripAdvisor's WhatToPack.com
December, 2018 – March, 2020 (about 1 year)

I wrote online editorial content for a TripAdvisor website, and can edit travel content to meet TripAdvisor's standards.

Reader

Bettina Schrewe Literary Scouting
December, 2013 – May, 2014 (5 months)

Editorial Research Assistant

Zagat
March, 2012 – April, 2015 (about 3 years)

I proofread and fact-check the Zagat guidebooks for print publication. Zagat had been acquired by Google at the time, and my responsibilities also included editing the Zagat content on Google Maps.

MAD Magazine (2018-) #11

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MAD Magazine (2018-) #12

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MAD Magazine (2018-) #13

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MAD Magazine (2018-) #14

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MAD Magazine (2018-) #15

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Mad Magazine Stocking Stuffer

The Editor's of MAD Magazine

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Epstein, Robin

Rebecca has 1 review

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Professionalism
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Quality
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Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Timeka C
Dumping a disembodied chapter on an editor without the benefit of the rest of the book, or a chapter-by-chapter synopsis, is not a fair thing to do. An editor needs to know what's happening throughout the book to better pick and choose what blocks of information should stay in the disconnected chapter or be stuffed into other, more fitting, sections of the book. Even the most concise and necess...
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Timeka C, November 2021

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