Rebecca Coleman

Rebecca Coleman - Editor

Annapolis, MD, USA

I am an editor with over 15 years' experience working with bestselling authors. I specialize in literary fic, romance, and books set in NYC.

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Overview

I'm a developmental and copy editor with an extensive background in both fiction and narrative nonfiction. No matter the genre, my very favorite projects have been stories about love: literary novels (with both LGBTQ and straight protagonists), contemporary and suspense romance, an international dating guide, a cam girl's memoir. I don't shy away from the controversial (in fact, I love it!), and with every project, my goal is to help the author bring out the very best in the story they set out to tell.

Editing is a collaboration between author and editor, and I have a few specialized areas of knowledge that can bring value to projects that call for them. New York City is one of those areas; I've spent a great deal of time in the city and am deeply familiar with its history, geography, and culture. My business name, Five Points Editorial Services, is a nod to a particular bit of New York history. I've also lived in Germany and England, and I've traveled all over the United States (California is another region I know well). My lifelong love of Japanese culture has also been helpful in a surprising number of editing projects.

With each editing project, I begin by asking your goals for the project, which can help in developing my approach (acquisitions editors at traditional publishing houses, for example, have a different set of preferences than the dedicated fanbases of self-published authors). I also ask about your concerns and anything in particular about the story that you'd like for me to focus on or help you resolve. My most popular service is copy editing that also includes developmental comments in the margin -- more affordable than a traditional developmental edit, and extremely helpful in polishing a project before it goes out to agents or readers.

From the time I receive the full manuscript file and the first payment (usually 60%-70% of the total), I usually require four to six weeks to complete the project. Once I receive the final payment, I return the file with tracked changes and comments (a process I'm happy to explain if needed); with traditional developmental editing, I include an editorial letter of four to eight pages. You're welcome to read through my comments and ask me questions, including about ideas you may have to resolve any story issues I've noted. I don't perform a second read-through of revised material, but any further editing of smaller sections can always be arranged separately for a discounted cost.

If this sounds like the collaboration you're looking for, I'd love to take a look at your project and offer you a quote! I only take on projects for which I believe I can be genuinely helpful, and I'm happy to help guide you to the right service (or editor!). While most of my services cover full manuscripts, I also offer a service I call the Story Edit -- an affordable, flat-rate developmental edit on the first 10,000 words of your novel, designed to identify "big picture" issues so you can revise with confidence before a more extensive edit.

In your message, please include any questions you have about the process as well as your goals and concerns -- and, of course, tell me about your story. Editing is an important step in every author's professional journey, and it's an amazing feeling to see your work work shine even brighter than you had pictured. Send me a message and let's discuss it -- I'd love to help!

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
LGBTQ Fiction
Literary Fiction
New Adult
Romance
Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Sex & Relationships
Travel

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
September, 2003 – Present (about 18 years)

Portfolio (7 selected works)

The Dreamers of Gotham (The Mara)

Jenny Mercer

Not quite immortal, but certainly not human, Tabitha and Sam blended in for years as a seemingly normal couple-- hitting the bars together, scraping out a living on the edge of society, never revealing that the violent ends of their human lives had rebirthed them as Mara-- a succubus and an incubus. But when a mutual mistake brings down punishment upon them, forcing them to separate, each lose... read more

Not quite immortal, but certainly not human, Tabitha and Sam blended in for years as a seemingly normal couple-- hitting the bars together, scraping out a living on the edge of society, never revealing that the violent ends of their human lives had rebirthed them as Mara-- a succubus and an incubus. But when a mutual mistake brings down punishment upon them, forcing them to separate, each lose... read more

Key Weirder

Robert Tacoma

No man can take too much of a good thing, not even in tropical Key West. When beach-connoisseur Taco Bob decides on a road trip, he leaves the Conch Republic in search of the beautiful woman who broke his heart, and the ultimate trout recipe. But soon after he leaves town, the entire state is in an uproar when a young man on a mission from Texas makes off with the most prized souvenir in Key W... read more

No man can take too much of a good thing, not even in tropical Key West. When beach-connoisseur Taco Bob decides on a road trip, he leaves the Conch Republic in search of the beautiful woman who broke his heart, and the ultimate trout recipe. But soon after he leaves town, the entire state is in an uproar when a young man on a mission from Texas makes off with the most prized souvenir in Key W... read more

Random Violence (A PI Jade de Jong Novel)

Jassy Mackenzie

As P.I. Jade de Jong probes into the murder of a prosperous Johannesburg white and other recent car-jacking cases, a pattern begins to emerge, a pattern that goes back to her own father's murder and involves a vast and intricate series of crimes for profit.In Johannesburg prosperous whites live in gated communities; when they exit their cars to open the gates, car-jackings are common. But seld... read more

As P.I. Jade de Jong probes into the murder of a prosperous Johannesburg white and other recent car-jacking cases, a pattern begins to emerge, a pattern that goes back to her own father's murder and involves a vast and intricate series of crimes for profit.In Johannesburg prosperous whites live in gated communities; when they exit their cars to open the gates, car-jackings are common. But seld... read more

The Kingdom of Childhood

Rebecca Coleman

As a child, hers was a dark fairy tale set against a wonderland of sparkling white snow, with the warm glow of candlelit holy day lanterns keeping the shadows at bay. Back then, there was innocence. And now she'll do anything to return. The Kingdom of Childhood is the story of a boy and a woman: 16-year-old Zach Patterson, uprooted and struggling to reconcile his knowledge of his mother's extr... read more

As a child, hers was a dark fairy tale set against a wonderland of sparkling white snow, with the warm glow of candlelit holy day lanterns keeping the shadows at bay. Back then, there was innocence. And now she'll do anything to return. The Kingdom of Childhood is the story of a boy and a woman: 16-year-old Zach Patterson, uprooted and struggling to reconcile his knowledge of his mother's extr... read more

Goddess Fire

Meg Westley

The god of dreams has fallen silent; the goddess of nightmares ravages Egira. Her emissaries, the towering, indigo-skinned Vleth, conquer the land and transform its culture. Women wield exclusive power and men are slaves. Those who worship the god of dreams are incarcerated in underground catacombs.

The god of dreams has fallen silent; the goddess of nightmares ravages Egira. Her emissaries, the towering, indigo-skinned Vleth, conquer the land and transform its culture. Women wield exclusive power and men are slaves. Those who worship the god of dreams are incarcerated in underground catacombs.

The Three Motives for Murder

Michelle Perry

The small town of Coalmont, Tennessee is shattered when a car crash on graduation night leaves three of its teenagers dead and another three fighting for their lives. Four years later, the aftershocks still ripple through the town, and no one feels them more than Natasha Hawthorne, the young driver. When someone targets the survivors of the horrific crash for murder, the obvious motive is reve... read more

The small town of Coalmont, Tennessee is shattered when a car crash on graduation night leaves three of its teenagers dead and another three fighting for their lives. Four years later, the aftershocks still ripple through the town, and no one feels them more than Natasha Hawthorne, the young driver. When someone targets the survivors of the horrific crash for murder, the obvious motive is reve... read more

Paint It Black

Michelle Perry

After fulfilling a lifelong devotion of bringing her drug lord father to justice, DEA agent Necie Bramhall believes the painful past is finally behind her—unaware that she has just created a new, more deadly enemy. Necie's beautiful and ruthless half-sister Maria Barnes, driven by a lifetime of jealousy and enraged by her father's arrest, is bent on destroying everything Necie holds dear—start... read more

After fulfilling a lifelong devotion of bringing her drug lord father to justice, DEA agent Necie Bramhall believes the painful past is finally behind her—unaware that she has just created a new, more deadly enemy. Necie's beautiful and ruthless half-sister Maria Barnes, driven by a lifetime of jealousy and enraged by her father's arrest, is bent on destroying everything Necie holds dear—start... read more

Rebecca has 8 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Paula Chapman
Rebecca delivered an edit of my first four chapters (12K words) of a Women's Fiction/Historical WIP in a timely fashion. Her edit was thorough and covered aspects that work and areas needing tweaking, very succinctly, with suggestions. Her comments were accurate, organized, helpful, and encouraging. I look forward to working with her again and highly recommend her.

Paula Chapman, May 2021


James Schwartz
I asked Rebecca to assess the possibility of expanding a short story into a novel. She replied with a long, detailed, very perceptive response that will be quite valuable as I move forward with the project.

James Schwartz, December 2020


H. M. Wilhelmborn
If my novel shines, it will be because Ms. Coleman brought her gifts to it. Ms. Coleman intuitively understood my vision for the novel, and she approached its characters, dialog, settings, context, and everything else with a deep and abiding respect for the art that is writing. Ms. Coleman is a writer and editor possessed of unmistakable insight. After reading Ms. Coleman’s review, which has pr...
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H. M. Wilhelmborn, November 2020


Marcie Lima
When working with Rebecca, you’re working with more than an editor. Rebecca comes into the project as your partner. Prior to securing the work, Rebecca was already giving me guidance and advice during quotation. Once she was awarded the work, she approached the project with an eagle eye for detail. You will feel comfortable throughout the process. The integrity of your storyline and your v...
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Marcie Lima, October 2020


Zoe Disigny
Rebecca is both professional and caring. I feel she understands what I’m trying to accomplish with my story and respects my individual style. Ive learned a great deal from her comments which have always been constructive and kind. I feel safe with her, so important for creativity to flourish. I highly recommend her.

Zoe Disigny, May 2020

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