reid tang

reid tang – Editor

Editor with extensive experience at an independent small press, specializing in literary fiction and poetry.


I'm an editor with four years' experience at Math Paper Press, an independent small press publishing literary and genre fiction, short story collections, and poetry collections and anthologies.

I'm especially excited about, and have additional expertise editing, experimental, genre-transgressive & hybrid work. Nothing's too weird for me—I grew up on the 90s internet and experimental poetry of questionable merit.

In the past, I've worked on Victor Ocampo's The Infinite Library (sci-fi short stories, International Rubery Book Award shortlist) and Madeleine Thien's Simple Recipes (short stories, author shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker for a different title). I also edited and wrote the foreword for Alvin Pang's What Happened (collected poems, and Alvin's poetry is in the Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry in English, 2nd Ed!).

My approach to editing begins with acknowledging that everyone needs a fresh eye on their writing, however accomplished and great the work. I am committed to an editing process that is as gentle or as frank as the work requires at its current stage of development. I don't condescend to authors, I don't sugarcoat, but I don't believe in cruelty or harshness or canceling entire pages out with red pen.


Here is a quick breakdown of the differences between the editing services I offer:

Developmental editing is the most thorough and in-depth service. I provide both big-picture and zoomed-in, word- & sentence-level feedback on your manuscript. Where the work falls within the realm of my specific interests, I can also offer more involved industry- or genre-specific edits.

Copyediting focuses on the mechanics of your writing: grammar, spelling, and punctuation. I often include feedback on writing style and narrative voice as well, though not with the big-picture focus that a developmental edit provides.

Proofreading is the final stage of editing, taking place after the manuscript has been laid out by a designer. I’ll tackle typos, formatting errors, grammatical mistakes. No creative feedback is offered with proofreading services.

Editorial Assessments are manuscript evaluations, with no inline editing work on the manuscript. I read the manuscript and you get a written assessment that tells you what areas of it need further work. If you’re not sure what kind of editing service you need, an assessment will show you the areas your manuscript could use some help, and whether that help should be comprehensive or minor.


Please include a 10-15 page sample of your work with your request, and provide a word count as well as page count for your manuscript. For poetry collections, include the total number of poems. Thank you!

Contemporary Fiction LGBTQ Fiction Literary Fiction Poetry Short Story
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience

The New School of Drama

Aug, 2017 — May, 2020 (over 2 years)

Math Paper Press, BooksActually

Jan, 2016 — Jan, 2020 (about 4 years)

Edited, copy edited and proofread fiction, non-fiction and poetry manuscripts for publication.
Coordinated timelines for editorial and publishing processes for new titles.

reid has 20 reviews





Anna B.

Anna B.

Apr, 2024

Reid was so helpful with the way that they edited my work. They were very efficient in their work but not at the suffering of their editing work. I found all the suggestions to be useful and will definitely be coming back!
reid T.
Thank you, Anna! I'm so glad you found my edits helpful.
Nancy K.

Nancy K.

Aug, 2021

Ruth will give your manuscript a very thorough review with clear direction. Ruth will let you know if your story or chapter does not have a complete arc, or an effective theme, or if one section has a tone which does not fit in with the rest of the book. I appreciated Ruth's notes which indicated which sections were strongest, which sections needed work, and which sections could/should be elimi...
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reid T.
Thank you, Nancy! I'm so glad we got to collaborate (twice!) - your writing has such a unique, incisive humor to it, and was so much fun to read and work on.
Daniella H.

Daniella H.

Mar, 2022

Ruth was absolutely fantastic to work with! When reading her feedback, I felt that she really took the time to understand the work, its heart, and my intentions in order to deliver sound feedback. The feedback itself was more guiding than prescriptive, which I always find to be the most helpful and prefer whenever collaborating. Wonderful to talk to, very professional!
reid T.
Thank you - I'm so glad our collaboration was fruitful for you, Daniella!
Joseph D.

Joseph D.

Mar, 2022

Ruth helped me understand my own vision far better than I could have without them! Super communicative and professional, as well as true to their word in all aspects.
reid T.
Thank you, Joseph! It was such a pleasure working with you.
ian G.

ian G.

Dec, 2021

Ruth was meticulous, professional and highly observant when it came to leaving feedback on my manuscript. She not only provided line by line edits over multiple drafts, but analysed the entire manuscript for its overall coherence, themes, and its strengths and flaws. She was also patient and eager to assist whenever I had questions or comments. Would gladly work with her again!
reid T.
Thanks, Ian! Best of luck with your manuscript - and I'd definitely love to work together again in future!

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