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Rebecca Brinbury

Rebecca Brinbury - Editor

Seattle, WA

A copy- and substantive editor with a love for creating new models of publishing success in the twenty-first century. | rebeccabrinbury.com

Overview

I’m an editor and literary arts administrator—basically, I work to support writers and writing professionals from both the editorial and administrative sides.

In my freelance editorial work, I focus on copy- and substantive editing. I work regularly in genre fiction and translation and pride myself on catching continuity errors, anachronisms, timeline issues, and instances of accidental bias in addition to addressing grammar and mechanics.

My nonfiction work tends to be more strictly copyediting and content management; I specialize in craft books, nonprofit communications, and online and app-based corporate content management.

I'm also a cofounder and editor at Northwest Essay (northwestessay.com), a personal statement essay editing service used by potential undergrad and grad students when preparing their personal statements and college applications.

When I'm not deep into Track Changes on a manuscript, you can find me working with the Northwest Independent Editors Guild, of which I am the board president (edsguild.org), and Poetry Northwest, of which I am managing editor (poetrynw.org). I also worked for eleven years in fundraising and arts administration, including as the development director at Seattle's literary arts center, Hugo House (hugohouse.org), and as cofounding managing director of Seattle City of Literature (seattlecityoflit.org), a nonprofit dedicated to Seattle's effort to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as a City of Literature.

Style guides:
> Chicago Manual of Style
> Associated Press Stylebook

Services
Languages
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Crime & Mystery Fantasy Historical Fiction Plays & Screenplays Poetry Romance Science Fiction Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Arts & Architecture & Photography Computers & Internet DIY & Crafts Home & Garden

Certifications

  • Editing Certificate - University of Washington
  • Web Development Certificate - University of Washington

Work experience

Copyeditor

Freelance

September, 2013 – Present (over 3 years)

I copyedit a variety of projects as a freelancer: fiction and nonfiction manuscripts, crafting kits, and corporate and nonprofit communications. Clients include Girl Friday Productions/Amazon.com, Sasquatch Books, becker&mayer! Book Producers, udu, Ookla, and many individuals and self-publishing authors.

Cofounder and editor

Northwest Essay

April, 2006 – Present (over 10 years)

Northwest Essay is an affordable, quick option for personal statement editing services for potential undergraduate and graduate students working on their applications. In addition to providing substantive editing and copyediting on essays, I also handle the business administration, including website management, business licensing and taxes, and business development opportunities.

Arts administrator

Various

April, 2006 – Present (over 10 years)

I’ve spent the last decade working (and volunteering) for arts organizations, raising several million dollars in the process and setting up countless administrative and program-tracking systems. Because of my passion for the crafts of writing and editing, I’ve focused mainly on companies that support and provide opportunities for writers—in fact, I’ve found that supporting writers in an administrative capacity is remarkably similar to supporting them in an editorial one!

Portfolio (5 selected works)

End of Secrets

Ryan Quinn

Though her specialty is foreign cyberterrorism, CIA agent Kera Mersal finds herself plunged into a bizarre domestic case. Singers, writers, and artists are disappearing, leaving no trace in a world where everyone leaves a digital footprint. Posing as a journalist, Kera attempts to track the artists’ last-known movements.On a hunt that takes her from the underground art scene to a rogue domesti... read more

Though her specialty is foreign cyberterrorism, CIA agent Kera Mersal finds herself plunged into a bizarre domestic case. Singers, writers, and artists are disappearing, leaving no trace in a world where everyone leaves a digital footprint. Posing as a journalist, Kera attempts to track the artists’ last-known movements.On a hunt that takes her from the underground art scene to a rogue domesti... read more

The Bodyguard (The Bodyguard series)

Leena Lehtolainen

As a professional bodyguard, Hilja Ilveskero rarely loses her cool. But one day, she and a client have an argument in a Moscow fur salon, and Hilja quits on the spot. When the client turns up dead, Hilja quickly discovers that she is a suspect. In an attempt to clear her name and find the killer, she uncovers ever-deeper layers of subterfuge. Amid all the covert treachery and intrigue, Hilja f... read more

As a professional bodyguard, Hilja Ilveskero rarely loses her cool. But one day, she and a client have an argument in a Moscow fur salon, and Hilja quits on the spot. When the client turns up dead, Hilja quickly discovers that she is a suspect. In an attempt to clear her name and find the killer, she uncovers ever-deeper layers of subterfuge. Amid all the covert treachery and intrigue, Hilja f... read more

Sing for Us

Steven Wise

During the dying days of the Civil War, Letha Bartlett lovingly tends to the wounded in a Confederate hospital in Richmond, Virginia. A widow herself, her gentle touch and fiercely protective personality bring comfort and courage to the soldiers in her care. When Granville Pollard, a Northerner who spurned his Union father to fight for the Confederacy, enters the ward, Letha is captivated by h... read more

During the dying days of the Civil War, Letha Bartlett lovingly tends to the wounded in a Confederate hospital in Richmond, Virginia. A widow herself, her gentle touch and fiercely protective personality bring comfort and courage to the soldiers in her care. When Granville Pollard, a Northerner who spurned his Union father to fight for the Confederacy, enters the ward, Letha is captivated by h... read more

Star Wars Crochet (Crochet Kits)

Lucy Collin

An out-of-this-world crochet adventure, the Star Wars Crochet kit offers a fun and interactive experience by including a full-color paperback book with step-by-step instructions for crocheting Star Wars' most memorable characters, plus yarn, a crochet hook, a needle, stuffing, and safety eyes. With instructions for twelve different characters and enough materials for two complete projects -- Y... read more

An out-of-this-world crochet adventure, the Star Wars Crochet kit offers a fun and interactive experience by including a full-color paperback book with step-by-step instructions for crocheting Star Wars' most memorable characters, plus yarn, a crochet hook, a needle, stuffing, and safety eyes. With instructions for twelve different characters and enough materials for two complete projects -- Y... read more

Fishing with RayAnne

Ava Finch

RayAnne Dahl goes fishing for a different life, catching much more than she’d bargained for...Having fled the testosterone-soaked world of pro fishing to finally settle in her Minneapolis fixer-upper, thirty-something RayAnne unexpectedly lands at the helm of the first all-women fishing and talk show. Between her dad's falling off the wagon, unwanted advice from Mom—a life coach to the menopau... read more

RayAnne Dahl goes fishing for a different life, catching much more than she’d bargained for...Having fled the testosterone-soaked world of pro fishing to finally settle in her Minneapolis fixer-upper, thirty-something RayAnne unexpectedly lands at the helm of the first all-women fishing and talk show. Between her dad's falling off the wagon, unwanted advice from Mom—a life coach to the menopau... read more

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