Robyn Russell is the Founder of Working Title Editorial, a boutique studio that offers both established and aspiring authors a range of services, from developmental editing, ghostwriting, and content marketing to collaborating, coaching, proofreading, blogging, and publishing consulting. A former associate at The Amy Rennert Agency, Inc., Robyn has worked with a number of New York Times bestselling authors, including Pulitzer Prize winner Herman Wouk, Jimmy Buffett, Jacqueline Winspear, Dr. Rick Hanson, two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone, and NBC Chief Medical Editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman, among others. As a ghostwriter and author, her work has appeared in a number of print and online publications, including The Rumpus, Seventeen, Routes: A Fiction Anthology, Literary Mama, Scary Mommy, Maria Shriver’s The Shriver Report, Tiny Buddha, Brevity, Blog Her, Purpose Fairy, and alongside Kelly Corrigan and Gabrielle Bernstein in Nothing But the Truth So Help Me God: 73 Women on Life’s Transitions. She holds an MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco.
Editors are vital to a book’s success. As the Founder of Working Title Editorial, I work closely with authors to help them create the best project possible. While I edit across categories, I specialize in fiction, memoir, and narrative nonfiction. As a developmental editor, I provide writers with comprehensive, critical feedback in the form of extensive editorial letters and follow-up emails and teleconferences. I address style and voice, language, characterization, point of view, plot and structure, setting, theme, and dramatic tension. I ask questions throughout the editing and revision process with the hope of sparking lively discussions about the book’s possibilities, and offer writers ideas on how to constructively and creatively approach problems. My clients’ ambitions and aesthetics always guide my process and my feedback. I also offer line-edits, proofreading, doctoring, ghostwriting, query letter development, and assistance with nonfiction book proposals.
As an associate at The Amy Rennert Agency, Inc.—a boutique literary agency located in the San Francisco Bay Area that represents a select group of fiction and nonfiction writers—I facilitated personalized, hands-on attention to authors and their books, evaluated manuscripts with an eye towards representation, provided critical feedback to authors prior to submission to publishers, wrote pitch letters, jacket copy, and marketing materials, managed submissions to publishers, secured media coverage for authors and their titles, assisted with contract negotiations, handled basic clerical work, and presented and participated at national writers’ conferences.
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