Rose Fox

Rose Fox – Editor

I help authors prepare manuscripts for self-publishing or submission. I primarily work with romance, erotica, science fiction, and fantasy.


I help authors prepare manuscripts for self-publishing or submission to agents and traditional publishers. I primarily work with romance, erotica, science fiction, and fantasy, but I'm happy to consider any project.

My services for authors include manuscript critique and analysis, line editing, copyediting, query letter and synopsis editing, and jacket copy writing and editing. Are you an author getting ready to self-publish or submit to agents? Email me for a free manuscript evaluation and sample edit or critique.

You can learn more about my services for authors on my website, which also lists my rates. Before I start work, you'll know exactly what type of work I'll do and how much it will cost, with deadlines and other details laid out in a contract that's written in plain English. I will deliver top-notch editing on time, for a fair price, with no surprises. I always offer a free manuscript evaluation for fiction, and if I don’t think I’m the best editor for your project, I’ll let you know right away.

I was previously the director of BookLife Reviews and a senior reviews editor for Publishers Weekly. I know books inside and out, and I know the indie publishing process from start to finish. I would love to put my talents and knowledge to work for you.


Here are just a few testimonials from my past clients:

"Rose edited A Key, an Egg, an Unfortunate Remark for me and they caught a number of problems that I hadn’t even conceived of. Super smart. Highly recommended." —Harry Connolly, author of the Twenty Palaces series and the Great Way series

"You were always quick to respond while consistently keeping me involved in the process and encouraged. You showed a great capacity to tackle everything from the broadest elements hindering a story to the tiniest syntactical issues." —H.Z. Ilmi, author of The 33rd Marriage of Donia Nour

"Your criticism triggered my metamorphosis from a keyboard-pounding, self-published author to a professional writer who respects both the craft and dedication it demands.... With your expert guidance, along with a lot of work, I took what was a good story and turned it into a good book." —R.T. Kaelin, author of the Children of the White Lions series

"You’ve pushed me further than any other person who has critiqued this manuscript. So I’m very grateful." —Lisa Wynn, unpublished author

"Thanks for your obviously deep reading of the book… I can already feel the better book this is going to become." —Peter Mackey, unpublished author
Fantasy Romance Science Fiction
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience


Sep, 2019 — Nov, 2020 (about 1 year)

I created and oversaw BookLife Reviews, a service providing professional, unbiased reviews of self-published books. This project gave me valuable experience with helping self-published authors take on the immense challenge of marketing their books in a very competitive ecosystem.

Publishers Weekly

Apr, 2007 — Sep, 2019 (over 12 years)

I edited the SF/Fantasy/Horror and Romance/Erotica sections of Publishers Weekly, covering 24 books a week. Through my years at PW, reading and reviewing over 100 books myself and editing thousands of reviews, I developed a deep familiarity with these genres and the book publishing world.


Apr, 2006 — Present

I’m a freelance editor with over 20 years of experience. I’ve worked on novels, short stories, news articles, book reviews, art books, cookbooks, and more.


Brooke was flying high until abruptly halted by a mysterious crimeAce fighter pilot, Brooke Davis, is speeding through Jupiter’s orbit, dreaming of becoming the first human to fly faster than light. Instead she is drawn into a criminal conspiracy— involving te... read more
Capes is a collection of short fiction where the unreal lives of superheroes become all too real. West crafts a world where the most powerful man on Earth is wracked with self-doubt, a lonely boy learns there is more to his useless powers than he imagined, the... read more
Design research is a hard slog that takes years to learn and time away from the real work of design, right? Wrong. Good research is about asking more and better questions, and thinking critically about the answers. It's something every member of your team can ... read more
Out of the Box

Audra North

In the “Civilized” future, there is no war, no violence, no cruelty…No love.Juris is a Feeler, his emotions too strong to be controlled by the chip in his brain. If he can't keep his flashes of feeling—joy, anger, lust—boxed up, he'll be Terminated.Lidian is a... read more
Two brothers must save the world from a dragon, even as everything they love about it is taken from them...Merchants’ son Litnig Jin yearns to be a hero, weaving the souls of the dead into high magic. His brother Cole wants nothing more than to be free of thei... read more
THE FALSE VIRGINIt's 2048. Data entry technician Donia Nour wants to smuggle herself out of Egypt—to flee from the prayer monitoring booths, the constant public sermons, the fixation on accumulating computer-tracked good deeds, and the ever-present gaze of the... read more
Between 1910 and 1970, scientists and military experts made hundreds of predictions in Popular Mechanics about the future of warfare. Some of those prophecies were downright nuts, while others veered eerily close to reality. This collection of vintage articles... read more
Between 1903 and 1969, scientists and other experts made hundreds of predictions in Popular Mechanics magazine about what the future would hold. Their forecasts ranged from ruefully funny to eerily prescient and optimistically utopian. Here are the very best o... read more
TWO MILLION DOLLARS... It’s the kind of score Karyn Ames has always dreamed of—enough to set her crew up pretty well and, more important, enough to keep her safely stocked on a very rare, very expensive black market drug. Without it, Karyn hallucinates slices ... read more

Catherynne M. Valente

Koschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what giants or wicked witches are to European culture: the villain of countless stories which have been passed on through story and text for generations. Valente's take on the legend brings the action to modern time... read more
In 1514 Hungary, peasants who rose up against the nobility rise again – from the grave. In 1633 Al-Shouf, a mother keeps demons at bay with the combined power of grief and music. In 1775 Paris, as social tensions come to a boil, a courtesan tries to save the w... read more

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