Ryan Boyd

Ryan Boyd - Editor

Los Angeles, California

I'm a full-service editor specializing in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and romance.

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Overview

I’m a Los Angeles-based editor with over a decade of experience in genre fiction ⁠⁠— everything from domestic vampire fluff to sprawling, post-apocalyptic retellings of When Harry Met Sally. I worked as a content manager for four years while editing manuscripts as a side-hustle before realizing that all I wanted to do was work with authors, and I’ve been freelancing ever since, doing everything from proofreads to line edits and full structural overhauls.

Give me space truckers and haunted houses. Give me gothic romances and werewolf heists and slapstick splatterpunk. I love dialogue that my brain won’t stop chewing on hours after I should have already fallen asleep. I love enormous emotions and characters that are extremely bad at talking about them. I’m a sucker for found family, technology doing things that technology has no business doing, monsters doing their best, and enemies-to-lovers romances.

I want to help your story find the piece it’s missing and shape it into the thing that got you excited about writing it in the first place. Whether you need someone to get down in the trenches with you and figure out the brass tacks of your story beats, or just need proofreading before you send it out, I would love to collaborate and make something beautiful together. Let’s go to work!

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Here's what some of my clients have said!

"Ryan Boyd's editorial feedback is consistently kind, thoughtful, and creatively nourishing. They're also one of the fastest editors I've ever met. I've worked with them for several years, and have always been amazed at the level of improvement I see in my work after implementing their feedback. Boyd is not only brilliantly insightful; they are quite simply a pleasure to work with." - Sarah Gailey, author of Magic for Liars, The Echo Wife

"Ryan offered insightful suggestions about both big-picture structural edits and fine-grained prose edits, all of which improved my final draft. They are also funny and kind and great to work with, which are essential qualities in an editor." -Felicia Davin, author of the Gardener's Hand trilogy

"Ryan has been a strong editor since the day we first met. They most recently edited a short story of mine ("Gender Reveal Box, 16.95") in the Spring issue of Fireside Magazine, 2021), and their turnaround of edits was quick and they got right to the heart of the story. It's a weird story, but Ryan got the whole scope and got a better ending out of me. Definitely recommended." -John Wiswell, author of "Open House On Haunted Hill"

"On any topic and at any length, Ryan has consistently brought out the best in my work, with a compassionate hand and an eye so sharp the sentences bisect themselves. It's an absolute joy to work with them and I can't wait for our next project." -Julian Stuart, "Papa's Gonna Buy You a Mockingbird," "Hex Code"

"Ryan provided a stellar sensitivity read, with insightful and incisive comments about a central nonbinary character. Working with them was easy and an absolute pleasure." -Nino Cipri, author of Defekt, Finna
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Horror
LGBTQ Fiction
Romance
Science Fiction
Non-Fiction
Travel

Certifications

  • EFA Member

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
January, 2019 – Present (almost 3 years)

I've edited, critiqued, and developed over four dozen manuscripts as a freelance editor since 2019 across a wide variety of genres, primarily science fiction, fantasy, and horror. I've done line and copy edits, full developmental fixes from start to finish, and sensitivity reads.

Content Manager

Internet Brands
May, 2015 – January, 2019 (over 3 years)

As a content manager, I edited, wrote, and produced daily content for websites under the Internet Brands umbrella, including Fodor's Travel, FlyerTalk, and WebMD. I also managed freelance writers who wrote for Internet Brands and maintained quick turnaround times for publication.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Hollow Bones

B Narr

Scrubby, hidden weeds snatched at their clothes like hands. No further, they whispered, go back. Ornithologists Danielle Wright and Luca Navarro are trying to save the Caddo Lake wetlands from an oil pipeline. Local boat tour guide Harper Benoit is trying to save her family business from collapse. None of them know that there's something much deadlier on the horizon. Not yet.When the swamp sta... read more

Scrubby, hidden weeds snatched at their clothes like hands. No further, they whispered, go back. Ornithologists Danielle Wright and Luca Navarro are trying to save the Caddo Lake wetlands from an oil pipeline. Local boat tour guide Harper Benoit is trying to save her family business from collapse. None of them know that there's something much deadlier on the horizon. Not yet.When the swamp sta... read more

Thornfruit (The Gardener's Hand Book 1)

Felicia Davin

There were two secrets in Varenx House, and Alizhan was one of them.Alizhan can’t see faces, but she can read minds. Her mysterious ability leaves her unable to touch or be touched without excruciating pain. Rescued from abandonment and raised by the wealthy and beautiful Iriyat ha-Varensi, Alizhan has grown up in isolation, using her gift to steal secrets from Iriyat’s rivals, the ruling clas... read more

There were two secrets in Varenx House, and Alizhan was one of them.Alizhan can’t see faces, but she can read minds. Her mysterious ability leaves her unable to touch or be touched without excruciating pain. Rescued from abandonment and raised by the wealthy and beautiful Iriyat ha-Varensi, Alizhan has grown up in isolation, using her gift to steal secrets from Iriyat’s rivals, the ruling clas... read more

Upright Women Wanted

Sarah Gailey

In Upright Women Wanted, award-winning author Sarah Gailey reinvents the pulp Western with an explicitly antifascist, near-future story of queer identity.“That girl’s got more wrong notions than a barn owl’s got mean looks.”Esther is a stowaway. She’s hidden herself away in the Librarian’s book wagon in an attempt to escape the marriage her father has arranged for her—a marriage to the man who... read more

In Upright Women Wanted, award-winning author Sarah Gailey reinvents the pulp Western with an explicitly antifascist, near-future story of queer identity.“That girl’s got more wrong notions than a barn owl’s got mean looks.”Esther is a stowaway. She’s hidden herself away in the Librarian’s book wagon in an attempt to escape the marriage her father has arranged for her—a marriage to the man who... read more

Out of Nowhere (The Nowhere Book 2)

Felicia Davin

Aidan Blackwood barely survived an unethical experiment by Quint Services. Researchers there robbed him of his ability to access the Nowhere, a void between worlds that allows him to teleport. Aidan plans to destroy the company and the man behind it, trillionaire Oswin Lewis Quint.The problem? Aidan’s childhood best friend Caleb is the one who rescued him. Aidan’s spent years distancing himsel... read more

Aidan Blackwood barely survived an unethical experiment by Quint Services. Researchers there robbed him of his ability to access the Nowhere, a void between worlds that allows him to teleport. Aidan plans to destroy the company and the man behind it, trillionaire Oswin Lewis Quint.The problem? Aidan’s childhood best friend Caleb is the one who rescued him. Aidan’s spent years distancing himsel... read more

Random Walk (Fractured Galaxy)

Rachel Lulich

Book One in the Fractured Galaxy trilogy, Random Walk is the story of three U.S. Air Force Space Command astronauts: Colonel Derek Williams, a mild-mannered, experienced space traveler; Captain Jacob Mendez, the ship's playful navigator; and civilian Vicky Abrams, an introverted accelerator physicist and the newest member of the crew. Together, the diverse crew sets out on the Air Force's firs... read more

Book One in the Fractured Galaxy trilogy, Random Walk is the story of three U.S. Air Force Space Command astronauts: Colonel Derek Williams, a mild-mannered, experienced space traveler; Captain Jacob Mendez, the ship's playful navigator; and civilian Vicky Abrams, an introverted accelerator physicist and the newest member of the crew. Together, the diverse crew sets out on the Air Force's firs... read more

Fodor's Chicago (Full-color Travel Guide)

Fodor's Travel Guides

Written by locals, Fodor’s Chicago is the perfect guidebook for those looking for insider tips to make the most out their visit. Complete with detailed maps and concise descriptions, this Chicago travel guide will help you plan your trip with ease.Fodor's Chicago is the perfect companion for a trip to this quintessential American city. With colorful features and the most updated information, F... read more

Written by locals, Fodor’s Chicago is the perfect guidebook for those looking for insider tips to make the most out their visit. Complete with detailed maps and concise descriptions, this Chicago travel guide will help you plan your trip with ease.Fodor's Chicago is the perfect companion for a trip to this quintessential American city. With colorful features and the most updated information, F... read more

Fodor's Los Angeles: with Disneyland and Orange County (Full-color Travel Guide)

Fodor's Travel Guides

Ready to experience Los Angeles? The experts at Fodor’s are here to help. Fodor’s Los Angeles travel guide is packed with customizable itineraries with top recommendations, detailed maps of Los Angeles, and exclusive tips from locals. Whether you want to lounge on a beautiful beach, take a selfie with celebrity, or hang out with locals on the East Side, this user-friendly guidebook will help y... read more

Ready to experience Los Angeles? The experts at Fodor’s are here to help. Fodor’s Los Angeles travel guide is packed with customizable itineraries with top recommendations, detailed maps of Los Angeles, and exclusive tips from locals. Whether you want to lounge on a beautiful beach, take a selfie with celebrity, or hang out with locals on the East Side, this user-friendly guidebook will help y... read more

Fodor's San Diego: with North County (Full-color Travel Guide)

Fodor's Travel Guides

Ready to experience San Diego? The experts at Fodor’s are here to help. Fodor’s San Diego travel guide is packed with customizable itineraries with top recommendations, detailed maps of San Diego, and exclusive tips from locals. Whether you want to find the perfect beachfront hotel, visit the San Diego Zoo, or spend the day in Coronado, this up-to-date guidebook will help you plan it all out. ... read more

Ready to experience San Diego? The experts at Fodor’s are here to help. Fodor’s San Diego travel guide is packed with customizable itineraries with top recommendations, detailed maps of San Diego, and exclusive tips from locals. Whether you want to find the perfect beachfront hotel, visit the San Diego Zoo, or spend the day in Coronado, this up-to-date guidebook will help you plan it all out. ... read more

Fodor's New Orleans (Full-color Travel Guide)

Fodor's Travel Guides

Written by local experts, Fodor's travel guides have been offering advice and professionally vetted recommendations for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.New Orleans is a vibrant, bursting-at-the-seams melting pot of a city that famously inspires indulgence. This is the place to eat, drink, listen to jazz or R&B, take part in a parade, and immerse yourself in the atmosphere. Whether you come... read more

Written by local experts, Fodor's travel guides have been offering advice and professionally vetted recommendations for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.New Orleans is a vibrant, bursting-at-the-seams melting pot of a city that famously inspires indulgence. This is the place to eat, drink, listen to jazz or R&B, take part in a parade, and immerse yourself in the atmosphere. Whether you come... read more

Fodor's Colorado (Travel Guide Book 13)

Fodor's Travel Guides

Written by locals, Fodor’s Colorado is the perfect guidebook for those looking for insider tips to make the most out their visit to Denver, Boulder, Vail, Aspen and beyond. Complete with detailed maps and concise descriptions, this Colorado travel guide will help you plan your trip with ease. Join Fodor’s in exploring one of the most exciting states in the United States.A playground for nature... read more

Written by locals, Fodor’s Colorado is the perfect guidebook for those looking for insider tips to make the most out their visit to Denver, Boulder, Vail, Aspen and beyond. Complete with detailed maps and concise descriptions, this Colorado travel guide will help you plan your trip with ease. Join Fodor’s in exploring one of the most exciting states in the United States.A playground for nature... read more

Ryan has 9 reviews

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April Savage
Ryan did a fabulous job in this painstaking effort and worked very hard on my developmental edit. The feedback I received is monumental to my writing craft! I am looking forward to utilizing his services again for the rest of my book series in the future.

April Savage, November 2021


Ilya Kaplan
Professional editor, reliable, good communication, and excellent results. Highly recommended.

Ilya Kaplan, July 2021


Jennifer Savage
Ryan did an amazing job of editing my story! Definitely worth what I paid and more.

Jennifer Savage, June 2021


samantha weber
Ryan was excellent! He was very professional, pointing out gaps in my work that I had overlooked and made suggestions as to how to correct them. I would recommend Ryan! Thank you Ryan!

samantha weber, June 2021


Andrew Sletten
Ryan provided extensive edits well ahead of schedule and communicated in a timely fashion.

Andrew Sletten, June 2021

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