Hanna Richards

Hanna Richards – Editor

Copyeditor and proofreader who teaches grammar for the University of Washington. My clients include Penguin Random House and HarperCollins.

Overview

I’m a copyeditor and proofreader who works with both self-publishing authors and traditional publishing houses. My clients include Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Coffee House Press, W. W. Norton, and more. The authors whose books I've worked on include Nobel Prize–winner Abdulrazak Gurnah, Pulitzer Prize–winner Sebastian Smee, and New York Times–bestselling authors Clare Pooley and Roxane Gay.


I'm also an instructor for the University of Washington's Certificate in Editing program, where I teach the ins and outs of grammar to up-and-coming editors. We cover topics such as sentence geography, subject-verb agreement, pronoun-antecedent agreement, parallelism, parts of speech, punctuation, and other common writing pitfalls.


As an editor, I strive to enhance your manuscript by eliminating errors, not your voice.


What I look for when copyediting:

- Obvious gaps in logic and larger inconsistencies (e.g., page 16 says that a character has only one sister but on page 114 that character suddenly has two)

- Confusing or awkward phrasing

- Consistency in spelling, hyphenation, numerals, fonts, italics, and capitalization

- Errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, and syntax


What I look for when proofreading:

- Consistency in layout and main design components (running heads, footers, chapter headings, folios, etc.)

- Consistency in spelling, hyphenation, numerals, fonts, italics, and capitalization

- In-text design errors (bad line breaks, stacks, widows, orphans, etc.)

- Text errors (missing text, words, or punctuation, correct use of homophones, etc.)

- Glaring, non-subjective grammatical errors


Please reach out for more information about my rates or to receive a free editing or proofreading sample.

Services
Fiction
Fantasy Humor & Comedy Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Science Fiction Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Health & Wellbeing Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Languages
English (US)
Certifications
  • Certificate in Editing, University of Washington

Work experience

Self-employed

Dec, 2019 — Present

My clients include Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Coffee House Press, W. W. Norton, and more.

University of Washington

Dec, 2019 — Present

I teach grammar for the university's Certificate in Editing program.

Portfolio

How to Age Disgracefully

Clare Pooley

Penguin

A senior citizens’ center and a daycare collide with hilarious results in the new ensemble comedy from New York Times-bestselling author Clare PooleyWhen Lydia takes a job running the Senior Citizens’ Social Club three afternoons a week, she assumes she’ll be ... read more
Joyful Recollections of Trauma

Paul Scheer

HarperCollins

"It's a hilarious essay collection about trauma. Yes, really."—People MagazineFrom award-winning actor and comedian Paul Scheer, a candid and hilarious memoir-in-essays on coming to terms with childhood trauma and finding the joy in embracing your authentic se... read more
The Comfort of Ghosts

Jacqueline Winspear

Soho Press

A milestone in historical mystery fiction as Maisie Dobbs takes her final bow!The Comfort of Ghosts completes Jacqueline Winspear’s ground-breaking and internationally bestselling series.“An outstanding historical series.”—The New York Times“Winspear is a bril... read more
The Pulitzer Prize–winning art critic’s gripping account of the “Terrible Year” in Paris and its monumental impact on the rise of Impressionism. From the summer of 1870 to the spring of 1871, famously dubbed the “Terrible Year” by Victor Hugo, Paris and its pe... read more
A philosopher calls for a revolution in ethics, suggesting we expand our “moral circle” to include insects, microbes, and even AI systems. Today, human exceptionalism is the norm. Despite occasional nods to animal welfare, we prioritize humankind, often neglec... read more
A dynamic and strikingly relevant look at a feminist canon as expansive rather than definitiveA Penguin ClassicFor Roxane Gay, a feminist canon is subjective and always evolving. A feminist canon represents a long history of feminist scholarship, embraces skep... read more
The Complete Crepax

Guido Crepax

Fantagraphics Books

In this Italian erotic comics collection, which spans 1977–1989, the character Valentina, a music, art, and fashion-loving Milanese photographer, ages in "real time." First, she saves Effi, a German heiress, from kidnappers, and they become lovers. Valentina a... read more
Murder at la Villette

Cara Black

Soho Press

Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc has been framed for the murder of her daughter’s father—now she’s on the lam, and must find the real killer to clear her name in this thrilling 21st installment of Cara Black’s New York Times bestselling mystery series... read more
The Eternaut 1969

Hector German Oesterheld

Fantagraphics Books

This is a psychedelically drawn, boldly political retelling of the 1950s graphic novel The Eternaut, whose imagery is still used as a symbol of resistance in Latin America to this day. The 1950s version of The Eternaut, a seminal Argentine work, is drawn in F.... read more
Proud Sorrows

James R. Benn

Soho Press

In the eighteenth installment in this fan-favorite WWII mystery series, US Army Captain Billy Boyle investigates a murder in a charming English village, where personal vendettas tangle with wartime espionage.Norfolk, England, November 1944: After a series of d... read more
Ride or Die

Gail-Agnes Musikavanhu

Soho Press

Gail-Agnes Musikavanhu's adrenaline-packed joyride of a debut is an ode to Gen Z and chaotic teens—perfect for fans of Grace D. Li, Ebony Ladelle, and Baby Driver.Best friends Loli Crawford and Ryan Pope have earned their nickname, the “Bonnie and Clyde of Woo... read more
The Goth House Experiment

SJ Sindu

Soho Press

An uncanny and electric story collection from SJ Sindu, Lambda Literary finalist and Publishing Triangle Edmund White Debut Fiction Award–winning author of Blue-Skinned GodsIn “Dark Academia and the Lesbian Masterdoc,” a millennial English professor finds vira... read more
Jesus for Everyone

Amy-Jill Levine

HarperCollins

Why Jesus’s historic and cultural influence makes him fascinating, provocative, and relevant for everyone, not only Christians.Two thousand years after his birth and death, Jesus of Nazareth continues to be of vital interest. Yet much of the scholarship around... read more
Safety through Solidarity

Shane Burley

Melville House

Two activist journalists present a progressive, intersectional approach to the vital question: What can we do about antisemitism?Antisemitism is on the rise today. From synagogue shootings by white nationalists, to right-wing politicians and media figures push... read more
A Place at the Nayarit

Natalia Molina

Univ of California Press

"Extraordinarily relevant and meaningful."—Elee Wood, New York TimesLatinx Files 2022 Best Books, Los Angeles Times L.A. Taco’s 2022 Best Books 2022 Porchlight Business Book Awards Longlist2023 PROSE Award North American & US History Finalist, Association of A... read more
The Bedlam Cadaver

Robert J. Lloyd

Melville House

In late 17th Century London rich young women are being kidnapped, then murdered. Harry Hunt, formerly of the Royal Society but now a rich gentleman, is falsely accused. To clear his name, he must rely on his abandoned scientific expertise and battle the full f... read more
América del Norte

Nicolás Medina Mora

Soho Press

Moving between New York City, Mexico City, and Iowa City, a young member of the Mexican elite sees his life splinter in a centuries-spanning debut that blends the Latin American traditions of Roberto Bolaño and Fernanda Melchor with the autofiction of US write... read more
Counting Backwards

Binnie Kirshenbaum

Soho Press

A middle-aged couple struggles with the husband’s descent into early-onset Lewy Body dementia in this profound and deeply moving novel shot through with Kirshenbaum’s lacerating humor. It begins with hallucinations. From their living room window, Leo sees a ma... read more
Unsex Me Here

Mattia, Aurora

Whether you're an experienced runner or a complete beginner, this inspiring book will motivate you to train your body and mind to complete one of the hardest physical feats of all—an ultramarathonWhen Sid Garza-Hillman stood at the starting line of his first 5... read more
King Bro!

Jägerfeld, Jenny

A biting memoir with an over the top package!This is your warning! This book contains Count Dracula’s memoirs. And as you would expect, there are plenty of hideous creatures in it—giant yetis, insidious werewolves, slimy fish monsters—maybe you shouldn’t read ... read more
Franny is a feisty 14-year-old with a gift for turning her thoughts and feelings into drawings. She lives in Montreal with her father, a sewing machine repair man by day and inventor by night. When he’s invited to pursue his research in Japan, Franny is sent t... read more
The second book in The Woodwalkers series!It’s New Year and a new term is beginning at Clearwater High. The young shape-shifter Carag is excited to go on his first study expeditions into the human world with his friends. But his former mentor, Andrew Milling, ... read more
Could summer in your neighborhood turn out to be better than an exotic holiday overseas? Ina and her new neighbor Vilmer are about to find out…na has no plans for the summer. Suddenly, she finds herself lying in front of the entire class, telling them she is g... read more
Big Thrift Energy

Virginia Chamlee

Learn to find affordable vintage home decor and how to style it in a modern home.From a Goyard trunk worth upwards of $10,000 (scored for $90) to a floor-length vintage Christian Dior cape (a $10 Goodwill find), Virginia knows how to find deals.Danielle from A... read more
The Flapper Queens

Trina Robbins

Fantagraphics celebrates The Flapper Queens, a gorgeous collection of full-color comic strips. In addition to featuring the more well-known cartoonists of the era, such as Ethel Hays, Nell Brinkley, and Virginia Huget, Eisner award-winning Trina Robbins introd... read more
Bleeding Skull

Annie Choi

A celebration of the most obscure, bizarre, and brain-busting movies ever made, this film guide features 250 in-depth reviews that have escaped the radar of people with taste and the tolerance of critics ― Goregasm! I Was a Teenage Serial Killer! Satan Claus!D... read more
My Good Man

Eric Gansworth

A literary tour-de-force sure to turn the coming-of-age genre on its head from Printz honor author, Eric GansworthBrian, a 20-something reporter on the Niagara Cascade’s City Desk, is navigating life as the only Indigenous writer in the newsroom, being lumped ... read more
Nymph

Leila Marzocchi

In this fairy tale of a graphic novel, a mysterious, tiny being upsets the balance of the woods. A lone, defenseless pupa has rained down from the sky. An assembly of talking birds and trees agree to protect "Dolly" as it begins to evolve ― but into what? As t... read more

Hanna has 35 reviews

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Bianca G.

Bianca G.

Apr, 2024

Hanna is a literary genius, will be working with her again in the future.
Deborah D.

Deborah D.

Mar, 2024

It's always a pleasure working with Hanna.
Joseph C.

Joseph C.

Jan, 2024

Working with Hanna was one of the best experiences ever! She is responsive and incredibly helpful. She knows how to decode the style and tone of a manuscript and suggest edits that fit within that style. in many instances she made my voice stronger. All of her suggesting were warranted and only served to improve my work. I would recommend her any day of the week!
J.S B.

J.S B.

Aug, 2023

Flexible and easy to work with, and responsive. This is my first time using Reedsy and hopefully might do another collab in the future, should the schedule permit.
Sarah S.

Sarah S.

Jul, 2023

Hanna was an absolute joy to work with! She's very thorough and communicated with me consistently. When I had questions about her edits or the grammar rules, she explained it in perfect detail and was always patient with me. She went above and beyond to make sure that my story was taken care of and that it didn't lose its voice. She helped me make it the best it could be! I love her style and...
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