Ryan Pinkard

Ryan Pinkard – Editor

Independent music journalist. Editor for Bloomsbury. Author of the 33 1/3 book on The National's 'Boxer'.


Hi there! I'm Ryan. I'm an experienced journalistic editor specializing in music, art, and culture.

I'm a hands-on editor with a collaborative approach and an eye for detail. I love helping writers whip their words into shape and reach their highest potential. Breaking roadblocks and adding new ideas is my superpower. Whether you're looking for a quick proofread, developmental feedback, or the full service treatment, no project is too small or too big.

Everybody needs an editor, and it's a damn shame that many talented writers never get to work with a professional because of financial constraints. When it comes to pricing, I believe in agreeing on a reasonable fee based on the scope and needs of the specific job, with special considerations for clients who truly can't pay more.

I’m a lifelong music nerd with a deep knowledge of genres and history, and a record collection to back it up. As a music journalist, I have written about every style of music—from indie, rock, pop, and hip-hop to jazz, classical, metal, and Latin—and interviewed the likes of Wayne Coyne, Mark Ronson, Daniel Lanois, Kamasi Washington, Action Bronson, and The National.

From 2014 to 2017 I was managing editor at TIDAL, where I also helped launch some of the most important albums of the day—Beyoncé’s Lemonade, Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo, Jay-Z’s 4:44—in addition to special projects for the likes of Prince, The Beatles, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Neil Young, Daft Punk, Jack White, and Arcade Fire.

Between 2017 and 2020 I founded and ran Mini Music Critic, a popular Instagram-page-turned-website where music writers, vinyl collectors, YouTubers, and record store clerks wrote about albums they loved.

In 2019, I wrote and produced the podcast 'Place in Sound: Chicago'. Hosted by Anthony Valadez (KCRW, KROQ, FUSE TV) the four-part series breaks down the past, present, and future of music in the Windy City through the eyes of artists, journalists, poets, historians, politicians, and activists.

In 2022, I released my first book: an oral history history of The National's watershed album Boxer for the acclaimed 33 ⅓ series published by Bloomsbury. Of the book, author and Pitchfork writer Stephen M. Deusner wrote: “Accessible, perceptive, sometimes hilarious, but more often harrowing, Pinkard’s book gets a running start on its subject, tracing The National’s trajectory from their first notes together to the creation of Boxer.”

I addition to joining the 33⅓ Advisory Board and editing manuscripts for 33 ⅓'s new Genre series—including entries on Death Metal, Dance-Punk, and South African Popular Music—I am current at work on my next book for the series: a journey into the ethereal world of Shoegaze.

"Ryan was the first professional editor I worked with, which quickly turned out to be a joyful experience. He's thorough and enthusiastic, and his multitude of notes helped shape and streamline the project. I deeply appreciated his close attention to every part of the book, and his willingness to deeply research a new, unfamiliar topic." —T. Coles, author of Death Metal
Art Biographies & Memoirs Entertainment History Music Travel
English (US)

Work experience

Bloomsbury Publishing

Jan, 2021 — Present

PopCult Worldwide

Oct, 2020 — Present

'Place in Sound' Podcast

Jan, 2019 — Nov, 2019 (10 months)


Mar, 2018 — Jul, 2021 (over 3 years)

Mini Music Critic

Oct, 2017 — Oct, 2020 (about 3 years)


Aug, 2014 — Sep, 2016 (about 2 years)

Ryan has 8 reviews





Steffanie M.

Steffanie M.

Sep, 2023

Absolutely loved working with Ryan. His passion, skills, and expertise were exactly what I was looking for. I'm so grateful I found him and he helped me get my book proposal polished and ready to send out. Thank you so much Ryan!
Robert M.

Robert M.

Aug, 2023

I appreciate Ryan's quick and helpful edit. I'd definitely use him again.
Kenneth L.

Kenneth L.

Apr, 2023

Ryan's work is absolutely brilliant, and he exceeded my every expectation.I give him my highest recommendation.
Richard C.

Richard C.

Feb, 2023

Ryan's work in editing my book was nothing short of stupendous. He was kind, encouraging and so insightful in the way he helped me improve my manuscript. He had the added task of helping me correctly format over 600 footnotes and he did this with much aplomb. I was heartened at the way that when I struggled or came up against something I saw as an obstacle, he readily and serenely reassured ...
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Kevin M.

Kevin M.

Oct, 2022

Excellent copy editing from Ryan. Good communication throughout the project. A+

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