Rebecca Lester

Rebecca Lester - Editor

Saint Louis, MO, USA

Anthropologist, social worker, professional editor, and award-winning author with 20+ years' experience. Compassionate perfectionist.

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Looking for something a bit different? Do you want an editor with passion and commitment who can also think outside of the box? Someone who really "gets" the process of writing? I may be just what you're looking for! I have a unique combination of skills and expertise that I'm eager to put to work for you.

I have a PhD in cultural anthropology with specialties in gender (including LGBTQIA+ and queer issues), mental health/ psychiatry, and religion. I am also a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with specialties in eating disorders, substance use disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, and trauma. I have over 20 years’ experience with editing and publishing: I am the author of two award winning books and over 2 dozen articles; I am currently the Editor-in-Chief of a major international journal; I was the editor for a book series (Culture, Mind, and Society) for Palgrave McMillan; and I have been a reviewer/ proofreader for dozens of journals, presses, and grant-giving institutions. As a professor, I have guided over 2 dozen doctoral students through the writing and production of their dissertations.

My most recent book, Famished: Eating Disorders and Failed Care in America (2019) is what I call an ethnographic memoir, which follows a somewhat unconventional format for anthropological texts. I mention this by way of noting that I am comfortable with (and enjoy) both conventional and non-conventional forms of writing.

Writing can be a vulnerable endeavor and having an editor you can trust is essential. As an editor, my job is to facilitate your ability to achieve your vision of your project and to supply the skills, encouragement, and guidance needed to get there. As an author myself, I know what a difference the right editor can make. I have benefited from some excellent editors and have suffered through some challenging ones. Knowing the process from both sides makes me additionally compassionate with authors and the difficulties and joys of writing.

English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Education & Reference
Health & Wellbeing
LGBTQ Non-Fiction
Religion & Spirituality
Self-Help & Self-Improvement

Work experience

Freelance Editor

January, 2021 – Present (over 1 year)

Editor-in-Chief, Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry

January, 2018 – Present (over 4 years)

Book Series Editor

Palgrave McMillan
July, 2016 – January, 2018 (over 1 year)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Lumen Psychotherapy
December, 2008 – Present (over 13 years)

Professor of Anthropology

Washington University in St. Louis
July, 2002 – Present (about 20 years)

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Rebecca has 4 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Alli Martin
Rebecca was amazing to work with. This was my first book and she far exceeded my expectations. From structure through the flow of the story, she guided me in all the right directions. I was nervous about publishing a book. A book has to be really well written. I believe we accomplished that together and I'm proud of Shattered but Not Broken.

Alli Martin, September 2021

Katherine Utz Hunter
Rebecca was wonderful! She took the time to set up an initial call to get to know me and my objectives. She was communicative during the editing process and delivered the edited manuscript in a very timely fashion!

Katherine Utz Hunter, July 2021

Danyelle Lepardo
Rebecca is an exceptional help to my project. From beginning to end she was happy to help with anything I asked and went above and beyond. Highly recommend her for anything you are working on.

Danyelle Lepardo, May 2021

Rebecca Lester
Thank you so much, Danyelle!

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Guadalupe Wiles
Wonderful experience with Dr. Lester. Her copy edit work is superb.

Guadalupe Wiles, April 2021

Rebecca Lester
Thank you so much! It was great to work with you.

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