Rose Fox

Rose Fox - Editor

Brooklyn, NY

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

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Overview

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.

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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
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Fantasy
Romance
Science Fiction

Work experience

Director of BookLife Reviews

BookLife
September, 2019 – November, 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.

Senior Reviews Editor

Publishers Weekly
April, 2007 – September, 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.

Sole proprietor

Self-employed
April, 2006 – Present (over 15 years)

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.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History

Sofia Samatar, Thoraiya Dyer, Tananarive Due, S Lynn, Sunny Moraine, Rion Amilcar Scott, Meg Jayanth, Claire Humphrey, L.S. Johnson, Robert William Iveniuk, Jamey Hatley, Michael Janairo, Benjamin Parzybok, Kima Jones, Christina Lynch, Troy L Wiggins, Nghi Vo, Sabrina Vourvoulias, Lisa Bolekaja

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 woman she loves. In 1838 Georgia, a pregnant woman's desperate escape from slavery comes with a terrible price. In 1900 Ilocos Norte, a f... 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 woman she loves. In 1838 Georgia, a pregnant woman's desperate escape from slavery comes with a terrible price. In 1900 Ilocos Norte, a f... read more

Deathless

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 times, spanning many of the great developments of Russian history in the twentieth century.Deathless, however, is no dry, historical tome: i... read more

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 times, spanning many of the great developments of Russian history in the twentieth century.Deathless, however, is no dry, historical tome: i... read more

Premonitions (An Arcane Underworld Novel)

Jamie Schultz

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 of the future until they totally overwhelm her, leaving her unable to distinguish the present from the mess of certainties and possibili... 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 of the future until they totally overwhelm her, leaving her unable to distinguish the present from the mess of certainties and possibili... read more

The Wonderful Future That Never Was: Flying Cars, Mail Delivery by Parachute, and Other Predictions from the Past (Popular Mechanics)

Popular Mechanics, Gregory Benford

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 of them, culled from hundreds of articles, complete with the original, visually stunning retro art. They will capture the imagination of ... 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 of them, culled from hundreds of articles, complete with the original, visually stunning retro art. They will capture the imagination of ... read more

Popular Mechanics The Amazing Weapons That Never Were: Robots, Flying Tanks & Other Machines of War

Gregory Benford

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, with their stunning original art, will spark the imagination of every military buff, retrophile, and futurist. And the jacket unfolds ... 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, with their stunning original art, will spark the imagination of every military buff, retrophile, and futurist. And the jacket unfolds ... read more

The Thirty-Third Marriage of Donia Nour

H.Z. ILMI

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 theocratic Nezam. Her only source of funds: one-night "marriages" that require her to undergo hazardous, illegal virginity restoration ... 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 theocratic Nezam. Her only source of funds: one-night "marriages" that require her to undergo hazardous, illegal virginity restoration ... read more

Soulwoven (Soulwoven #1)

Jeff Seymour

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 their violent father. After the dragon-god of destruction sinks its claws into their nightmares, both brothers get their wish.A dream of mov... 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 their violent father. After the dragon-god of destruction sinks its claws into their nightmares, both brothers get their wish.A dream of mov... 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 spy from uninhibited Benori. Her mission: to rescue the Feelers and destroy Civilization. Her first target: Juris, the only pilot who c... read more

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 spy from uninhibited Benori. Her mission: to rescue the Feelers and destroy Civilization. Her first target: Juris, the only pilot who c... read more

Just Enough Research

Erika Hall

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 and should do, and which everyone can learn, quickly. And done well, it will save you time and money by reducing unknowns and creating a... 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 and should do, and which everyone can learn, quickly. And done well, it will save you time and money by reducing unknowns and creating a... read more

Capes: Six Uncanny Tales

Chad West

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 possible corruption of a city’s heroes has a young costume on the run, and secret identities and vigilante justice have vicious consequ... 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 possible corruption of a city’s heroes has a young costume on the run, and secret identities and vigilante justice have vicious consequ... read more

Beyond Cloud Nine (Beyond Saga Book 1)

Greg Spry

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 terrorists, aliens, and the highest level of government, including her boss at the U.N. — that threatens not only her shot at history, but... read 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 terrorists, aliens, and the highest level of government, including her boss at the U.N. — that threatens not only her shot at history, but... read more

Life in the Barracks

Hopp, Laszlo

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