Ruth Tang

Ruth Tang - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Editor with extensive experience at an independent small press, editing literary and genre fiction, short story collections, and poetry.

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I'm an editor with four years' experience at a small press, publishing literary and genre fiction, short story collections, and poetry collections and anthologies.

I'm especially excited about - and have additional expertise in editing - experimental prose and poetry, genre-transgressive work, and genre fiction (particularly urban fantasy and science fiction). Nothing's too weird for me; I grew up on the 90s internet and experimental poetry of questionable merit.

In the past, I've worked on Victor Ocampo's The Infinite Library (sci-fi short stories, International Rubery Book Award shortlist), Madeleine Thien's Simple Recipes (short story, author shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker for a different title), and Wesley Leon Aroozoo's I Want To Go Home (biography/memoir). I also edited and wrote the foreword for Alvin Pang's What Happened (collected poems, and Alvin's poetry is in the Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry in English, 2nd Ed!). I'm certainly not claiming that all these books and authors are acclaimed because of my editing, but I'd like to think I helped a little.

My approach to editing begins with acknowledging that everyone needs a fresh eye on their writing, however accomplished and great the work. Eliot's Waste Land would be forgettable without Ezra Pound's aggressive red pen. I am committed to an editing process that is as gentle or as frank as the work requires at its current stage of development. I don't condescend to authors, I don't sugarcoat, but I don't believe in cruelty or harshness or canceling entire pages out with red pen.

I offer copyediting, proofreading, and developmental editing services. Where the work falls within the realm of my specific interests, I can also offer more involved industry- or genre-specific edits. I also have extensive experience with, and workflows for, working remotely and feedback-tracking that will provide a solid structure for working on your manuscript. I'm always willing to discuss, negotiate and explain quoted rates, and will try my best to work within your budget!
English (UK)
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Literary Fiction
Short Story

Work experience

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Playwriting

The New School for Drama
August, 2017 – May, 2020 (over 2 years)

Editor & Project Manager

Math Paper Press, BooksActually
January, 2016 – January, 2020 (about 4 years)

Edited, copy edited and proofread fiction, non-fiction and poetry manuscripts for publication.
Coordinated timelines for editorial and publishing processes for new titles.

Ruth has 6 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Dylan Cree
This was my first time using Reedsy to create, and I had a wonderful experience with Ruth. This was also my first time working with an editor that I was able to choose myself and Ruth was the best choice. She helped me with the general editing of my upcoming poetry collection, and I have to say she did a fantastic job. She was professional, prompt, and took my feedback while giving constructive...
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Dylan Cree, December 2020

Ruth Tang
Thank you so much, Dylan! I'm glad our collaboration helped you with your book, and looking forward to working together again in future.

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Ricardo Montoya
Ruth Tang is very thorough in correcting with suggestions, has a way with words, and a good eye for grammatical errors. I plan to use her assistance for my next project.

Ricardo Montoya, October 2020

Ruth Tang
Thank you, Ricardo - so glad you found our work together on your story valuable, and I look forward to working together again in future!

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Laura Eigenmann
Very quick in responding and offering constructive feedback. After double checking the text with an automated proof reading software, I found a couple of more mistakes. So, I might suggest that there's a chance for improvement in regards to quality of the offered service.

Laura Eigenmann, October 2020

Ruth Tang
I'm sorry to hear you found mistakes with an automated proofreading software! I've sent you a message offering to go through the manuscript again. I'm definitely not perfect, and want to rectify an...
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Will Keever
Ruth provided clear and concise feedback on my novel in progress. Her process of editing was very straight forward and I felt like I was not only supported but challenged to bring out the quality in my piece. I learned a lot about myself and my writing style through her edits and highly recommend her to anyone looking for a keen eye to review on their work in progress.

Will Keever, September 2020

Ruth Tang
Thank you so much, Will! Very glad to have worked with you on your novel, and looking forward to seeing it in print someday.

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Raja Reza Sultan
Working with Ruth was a privilege. She was quick to respond to queries and concerns along with being thorough and organized in her approach to the work itself. She has a discerning eye and is meticulous in her attention to detail. Ruth was also very forthcoming in providing advice and intelligent suggestions beyond the purview of simply editing. I always found her helpful, patient and very acco...
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Raja Reza Sultan, August 2020

Ruth Tang
Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed our work together - the very best of luck on embarking on the next steps for your book!

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