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Rochelle Deans

Rochelle Deans - Editor

Portland, OR

I’m your go-to editor for manuscripts that need a finishing touch. Academic and YA fiction specialties. Content editor and proofreader.

Overview

I graduated magna cum laude from George Fox University with a degree in writing and literature. Immediately after graduating, I began my career as an editor: for technical resources for an environmental agency. After a year or two on the job, I knew I should have been more specific when I said my dream job was to edit. Since then, I have edited academic dissertations, non-fiction books, and novels, all of which I find more engaging. There is nothing like working when you love your work.


With an uncanny eye for detail, I’m your go-to editor for manuscripts that need a finishing touch. I love finding small details that don’t quite make sense and brainstorming solutions, fixing timeline inconsistencies, and making sure you hook the reader with every sentence you write. I read for sentence flow and have an ear for rhythm and sentence variation. As an author myself, I understand what it takes to craft a manuscript with care, and specialize in what it takes to edit one into perfection.

I charge by the word because I find it’s a win/win situation for both the authors I work with and me. Authors know up front what they’ll be paying, and I get to focus on the words in your manuscript rather than the time on my clock. I’m a collaborative editor who loves emails with authors discussing plot points and ways to make the manuscript shine.

Services
Languages
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Christian (Non-Fiction) Education & Reference Engineering Home & Garden LGBTQ (non fiction) Music Parenting & Families Philosophy Religion & Spirituality Self-help & Self-improvement Sex & Relationships Weddings
Fiction
Children's Picture Books Christian Fantasy Historical Fiction Humor & Comedy Inspirational Literature Science Fiction Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Freelance Novel Editor

Self
August, 2013 – Present (over 4 years)

Completed content editing, copy editing, and line editing for novels in the following genres: MG adventure, MG portal fantasy, MG Christian/religious, YA paranormal, upper YA contemporary, adult satire/humor/contemporary, and adult literary fiction.

Freelance Dissertation Editor

George Fox Evangelical Seminary
August, 2011 – Present (over 6 years)

Format and edit doctoral dissertations to Turabian style guide. Copy edit and line edit content. Approximately 1/3 of George Fox Evangelical Seminary students use me as their dissertation editor. One hundred percent of clients have passed their dissertations.

Technical Editor

Apex Companies, LLC
January, 2010 – March, 2015 (about 5 years)

Edit and proofread numerous engineering and geology reports (more than 10 per week), create PDFs. In charge of production and mailing. Expert in formatting in Word and formatting for visual clarity in Excel.

Portfolio (9 selected works)

The Declutter Code: 10 Simple Steps to Clarity

Yvette Bowlin

Is your household busting at the seams with stuff everywhere? Has confusion and chaos at home and office become the norm? Are you facing anxiety and overwhelm with all the projects on your plate? Do your relationships suffer from all the demands you put on yourself and other people? That's all clutter--in mind, body, heart and home. No matter what you do to clear the clutter from your life, do... read more

Is your household busting at the seams with stuff everywhere? Has confusion and chaos at home and office become the norm? Are you facing anxiety and overwhelm with all the projects on your plate? Do your relationships suffer from all the demands you put on yourself and other people? That's all clutter--in mind, body, heart and home. No matter what you do to clear the clutter from your life, do... read more

Flirting with Fame (Love in Disguise Book 1)

Samantha Joyce

Elise Jameson is the secret author behind the bestselling, cult hit Viking Moon series. But when a stranger poses as Elise, the painfully shy, deaf nineteen-year-old starts to see how much she’s missing. Can she really hide in the shadows forever? This clever, coming-of-age debut is for anyone who has ever felt unsure in her own skin.After a freak childhood accident leaves her deaf and physica... read more

Elise Jameson is the secret author behind the bestselling, cult hit Viking Moon series. But when a stranger poses as Elise, the painfully shy, deaf nineteen-year-old starts to see how much she’s missing. Can she really hide in the shadows forever? This clever, coming-of-age debut is for anyone who has ever felt unsure in her own skin.After a freak childhood accident leaves her deaf and physica... read more

Red Jade: Book 2: The Shattered Shards (Volume 2)

Stephen J. Wolf

The shattered shards in a shattered land… With the fall of the Prisoner’s Tower, Dariak and his companions head west toward his home kingdom of Hathreneir. The group struggles against feral creatures while striving to avoid the king’s soldiers. With each piece of the Red Jade, Dariak’s powers grow, but—as in Pindington—he can’t always control them. As the group journeys through the opposing ki... read more

The shattered shards in a shattered land… With the fall of the Prisoner’s Tower, Dariak and his companions head west toward his home kingdom of Hathreneir. The group struggles against feral creatures while striving to avoid the king’s soldiers. With each piece of the Red Jade, Dariak’s powers grow, but—as in Pindington—he can’t always control them. As the group journeys through the opposing ki... read more

Has Anyone Seen My Brain?

Dan Nimak

Invisibly traveling through time, a trio of twelve-year-olds and a dog named Blue enjoy the best summer ever – until the trip in which one of the friends truly disappears. A fourteen-year-old girl from the Salem witch trials helps with the search, and they soon discover that finding their lost friend will lead to a life-or-death decision.

Invisibly traveling through time, a trio of twelve-year-olds and a dog named Blue enjoy the best summer ever – until the trip in which one of the friends truly disappears. A fourteen-year-old girl from the Salem witch trials helps with the search, and they soon discover that finding their lost friend will lead to a life-or-death decision.

Me and Mister Bo

Dan Nimak

If you could go to heaven now, would you?~~~When thirteen-year-old Taya’s beloved grandfather dies, she sets out on a mission to find his old friend. Her journey to Mister Bo holds many surprises, and she discovers that once they meet – the adventure has only begun. Partnering with Mister Bo, Taya has a unique opportunity to grasp the hope she desperately seeks, but the answer to the life-chan... read more

If you could go to heaven now, would you?~~~When thirteen-year-old Taya’s beloved grandfather dies, she sets out on a mission to find his old friend. Her journey to Mister Bo holds many surprises, and she discovers that once they meet – the adventure has only begun. Partnering with Mister Bo, Taya has a unique opportunity to grasp the hope she desperately seeks, but the answer to the life-chan... read more

Above the Rain

Dan Nimak

A story of friendship, of hope, of seeking a better place.~~~Zach is dreaming when he meets Lourdes, but she isn’t. The first visit to this special place for twelve-year-olds is always through a dream. Return visits are real, but so are the tests and challenges from a world that can read minds. As Zach desperately tries to find his way back, Lourdes’ frightening secret may cause him to lose th... read more

A story of friendship, of hope, of seeking a better place.~~~Zach is dreaming when he meets Lourdes, but she isn’t. The first visit to this special place for twelve-year-olds is always through a dream. Return visits are real, but so are the tests and challenges from a world that can read minds. As Zach desperately tries to find his way back, Lourdes’ frightening secret may cause him to lose th... read more

Red Jade: Book 3: The Assembly

Stephen J. Wolf

The ebb and flow of power... With one jade left to reclaim, the team fractures, further jeopardizing Dariak's quest for peace. Heading deeper into Hathreneir, he seeks the final shard. The war between the two kingdoms escalates as troops are stationed at the borders and skirmishes erupt. Time is running out for Dariak to unify the shards and make his power known to the kings. Pushing through t... read more

The ebb and flow of power... With one jade left to reclaim, the team fractures, further jeopardizing Dariak's quest for peace. Heading deeper into Hathreneir, he seeks the final shard. The war between the two kingdoms escalates as troops are stationed at the borders and skirmishes erupt. Time is running out for Dariak to unify the shards and make his power known to the kings. Pushing through t... read more

Red Jade: Book 4: The Forgotten Tribe

Stephen J. Wolf

A castle destroyed... The jades drained...With the companions and the jades united, Dariak’s quest should have already ended, but more work remains.As with Delminor, who assembled the jades two decades earlier, bringing the shards together led only to further devastation.To complete his quest, Dariak must solve the final complication and unite the Red Jade permanently, without destroying any m... read more

A castle destroyed... The jades drained...With the companions and the jades united, Dariak’s quest should have already ended, but more work remains.As with Delminor, who assembled the jades two decades earlier, bringing the shards together led only to further devastation.To complete his quest, Dariak must solve the final complication and unite the Red Jade permanently, without destroying any m... read more

Dealing in Deception (Love in Disguise Book 2)

Samantha Joyce

In this companion to Samantha Joyce’s Flirting with Fame, Veronica Wilde finds that playing make-believe isn’t all it’s cracked up to be—especially when it’s keeping her from pursuing the one man who makes her heart go wild.As an actress-for-hire, Veronica Wilde has made a living out of pretending to be other people. It’s the one thing at which she’s always excelled: taking on someone else’s p... read more

In this companion to Samantha Joyce’s Flirting with Fame, Veronica Wilde finds that playing make-believe isn’t all it’s cracked up to be—especially when it’s keeping her from pursuing the one man who makes her heart go wild.As an actress-for-hire, Veronica Wilde has made a living out of pretending to be other people. It’s the one thing at which she’s always excelled: taking on someone else’s p... read more

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