Rebecca Raskin

Rebecca Raskin – Editor

Editor specializing in science and business nonfiction and genre fiction. Experience in-house at HarperCollins and Kensington and agencies.

Overview

As an editor, I’ve been lucky enough to work with both nonfiction and fiction writers to help them bring their books to life. Whether you need help figuring out how to make your idea into a book, need general line-editing so your work shines, or a consultation on a query letter, I'm here to help!


NONFICTION: How do you bring your expertise (in business, in academics) to a trade audience? How to you successfully communicate complex ideas and tell compelling stories? While working at HarperCollins, I worked with CEOs, academics, journalists and scientists to bring their incredible work and research to a large audience. I’ve worked with New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestselling authors like former CNN news anchor Brooke Baldwin, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and linguist Amanda Montell. I can help you craft a book proposal and query letter and develop your abilities as a storyteller.


FICTION: At Kensington, I worked with genre fiction authors, primarily in romance and mystery. I’ve continued to work with fiction writers as a freelancer over the years, including historical fiction, contemporary fiction, and supernatural romances. I worked with authors like Nan Rossiter and Cheryl Hollon. I can provide developmental editing, copy editing and query reviews.


Services
Non-Fiction
Business & Management Health & Wellbeing Medicine, Nursing, & Dentistry
Fiction
Cozy Mysteries Romance Women's Fiction
Languages
English (US)
Certifications
  • Copyediting Certificate

Work experience

Self-employed

May, 2021 — Present

HarperCollins

May, 2018 — May, 2021 (about 3 years)

• Actively acquired for the Harper Business and Harper Wave lists.

Kensington Books

Mar, 2016 — Apr, 2018 (about 2 years)

• Read and evaluated all agented and slush submissions rapidly and analytically.
• Edited manuscripts for the Dafina, Zebra, and Kensington imprints.
• Drafted editorial letters, and discussed improvements for manuscripts, plot direction and character development with authors.

Folio Literary Management

May, 2015 — Mar, 2016 (10 months)

• Assessed queries, requested manuscripts, evaluated manuscripts and proposed nonfiction projects and contacted potential clients, resulting in the acquisition of multiple fiction series.
• Drafted pitch letters, composed lists of editors for submission, copyedited all manuscripts prior to submission, tracked editorial responses, assisted with negotiation during editorial acquisition.

Rebecca has 3 reviews

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Amit P.

Amit P.

Nov, 2023

It was an absolute pleasure working with Rebecca! She was much more thorough and helpful than I anticipated. Her quality is very good and she does her job very well. But she will go above and beyond to help you as well. She took the time to discuss my project, ideas, give me many tips and recommendations outside of just writing. She took a genuine interest in my project. She also was very timel...
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tonille M.

tonille M.

Jun, 2023

When it comes to amazing book editors, few can match the talent and expertise of Rebecca. With a meticulous eye for detail and a deep understanding of the craft, Rebecca has the remarkable ability to transform a very rough draft into a near masterpiece. Her insightful feedback provided invaluable guidance to help me navigate the complexities of the writing process with confidence.
Joe B.

Joe B.

May, 2020

Rebecca was invaluable in providing me with feedback on my manuscript! She was reliable, quick, and I appreciated her developmental and copy edits. The edited manuscript is so much better than my original!

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