Rick Chillot

Rick Chillot - Editor

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Seasoned, supportive editor with 20+ years of diverse experience who 's excited to help you clarify your vision and create your best work.

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I'm a seasoned editor and writer who's worked in just about every format: magazines, books, newspapers, websites, graphic novels, fiction, nonfiction, consumer-facing, specialty, daily deadline, licensed content, original IP, you name it. I know how to coach writers into producing their best work because I've collaborated with a jillion of them--both beginners and established authors--and because I'm a working writer myself. Strong background in service journalism, health and wellness, strange and speculative fiction, graphic novels, and unique book projects with a strong visual or design component.

My approach as an editor is to meet you where you are and help you move forward. I start by understanding your vision, your strengths as a writer, and the story you want to tell (there's always a narrative, even in nonfiction projects). Depending on your needs, we'll tack big picture issues like plot, tone, and voice, and drill down to nitty-gritty line edits that will improve readability. Whenever possible, I'll offer suggestions and alternatives so you can execute revisions based on your own intent and style.

If I'm your editor, I consider your success to be my success.

English (US)
Comics & Graphic Novels
Self-Help & Self-Improvement


  • Eisner (nomination)
  • Edgar
  • Locus

Work experience


Quirk Books
January, 2013 – September, 2019 (over 6 years)

Freelance writer and edtior

various clients
September, 1998 – December, 2013 (about 15 years)

Clients included Men's Health, Prevention, Health, Psychology Today, Mental Floss, Parenting, and White Wolf Publishing.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

We Are Here Forever

Gish, Michelle

Find Momo: A Photography Book

Knapp, Andrew, Knapp, Andrew

Manfried the Man: A Graphic Novel

Major, Caitlin, Bastow, Kelly

Rick has 3 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Mary Dowson
Rick is a skilled editor and communicates clearly. He immerses himself in a project and offers insightful guidance.

Mary Dowson, November 2021

Celine Loup
Rick is an incredible thinker who took my characters and story and really *got* what I was trying to do and where I wanted to go with them. He helped me see my characters in a new light, brought insights to them that I just could never have accessed on my own given my background. I return to his insights over and over again while writing, and I know that as long as he's in my corner I'll find m...
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Celine Loup, June 2021

Mary Dowson
Rick provides valuable objective structure to one's writing process. He is clearly an experienced writer and editor. Along with spot-on practical guidance, he offers support that is not gratuitous.

Mary Dowson, March 2021

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