Samantha Zaboski

Samantha Zaboski – Editor

Publishing industry and lit agency experience. 10-year editor of YA and adult contemporary, sci-fi and fantasy adept at strengthening voice.

Overview

*~June 2024 Update: Currently Booking for mid-August~*


I'm a developmental editor and line editor with a decade of editing and publishing industry experience, and four years of literary agency experience.


I received my master's in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College and my bachelor's in Professional Writing from King's College, with a second major in Psychology. My master's degree program included coursework in manuscript editing, copyediting, book publishing, marketing, and publicity, taught by professionals active in the industry.


My editing style focuses on strengthening while maintaining voice. My comments and suggestions are framed not just to suggest what can change, but to explain why I'm suggesting a change. In this way, I aim to equip my authors with a deeper understanding of tactics for mastering voice, plot structure, pacing, and character development. Ultimately, my goal is to help you find the best resolutions that fit your vision, voice, and story.


FREE SAMPLE EDIT

I provide a free sample edit of first pages to determine if we'd be a good fit, so please don't hesitate to reach out with a sample so that we can start discussing your project.



SERVICES

Editorial Assessment: Broad strokes overview of what's working, what isn't, and why.


Developmental Edit: No-stone-unturned assessment of the manuscript aimed at guiding a revision that will make your manuscript stronger in every way.


Copyedit: Correction of true errors including grammar, usage, internal consistency, capitalization, spelling, etc.


Line Edit: A full copyedit plus edits that improve overall storytelling, including strengthening voice, flow, pacing, and dialogue.



GENRE SPECIALIZATIONS

-Adult Speculative Fiction including Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Magical Realism

-Adult Literary and Contemporary Fiction

-Young Adult Speculative Fiction including Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Magical Realism

-Young Adult Literary and Contemporary Fiction, including coming-of-age themes


I am very excited to work on projects featuring and celebrating LGBTQIA+ characters and manuscripts written by BIPOC authors.


I'm not the best fit for religion- and philosophy-heavy fiction, political satire, or animal allegory.


BACKGROUND

I worked for literary agent Lana Popovic, previously of Chalberg & Sussman, for four years. I read dozens of manuscripts with an eye toward improving each manuscript's saleability to publishers. For each manuscript, I wrote an editorial letter critiquing the story, outlining issues with plot, characters, themes, and overall narrative arc. I also fielded all of Lana’s queries, which required knowledge of the current market. Once manuscripts were ready to sell, I created submission lists of publishing imprints appropriate for each project, as well pitches to acquiring editors at major publishing houses.


As publicist and rights manager for the University Press of Florida, I worked directly with authors to promote their books, pitch them to media outlets, and negotiate and manage rights deals, including motion picture options.


I'm a reviewer for Shelf Awareness, where I review books prior to publication, staying abreast of the current book market.


I'm happy to answer any questions you may have prior to working together. I look forward to hearing from you!

Services
Fiction
Coming of Age Contemporary Fiction Fantasy LGBTQ Fiction Literary Fiction Science Fiction Women's Fiction Young Adult
Languages
English (US)
Certifications
  • Master's in Publishing and Writing (Emerson College)
  • Bachelor's in Professional Writing (King's College)

Work experience

Self-employed

May, 2014 — Present

I specialize in fiction editing for both young adult and adult audiences, particularly in contemporary and science fiction/fantasy genres.

Shelf Awareness

Nov, 2017 — Present

I review adult, YA, and children's fiction and nonfiction books.

Lana Popovic (Chalberg & Sussman)

Sep, 2014 — Feb, 2018 (over 3 years)

Crafted editorial letters critiquing story, outlining issues with plot, characters, themes, and overall narrative arc, explaining what worked and what didn't, and always offering suggestions on how to resolve the manuscript's issues. Additionally, I read queries daily and created submission lists of editors at publishers for client manuscripts.
Together with Lana, I helped edit the following published books, all with fantasy elements:
-The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry (Penguin Random House)
-A Million Junes by Emily Henry (Penguin Random House)
-The Hidden Memory of Objects by Danielle Mages Amato (Harper Collins)
-The Dark Beneath the Ice by Amelinda Berube (Sourcebooks Fire)
-Here There Are Monsters by Amelinda Berube (Sourcebooks Fire)

University Press of Florida

Jul, 2014 — May, 2020 (almost 6 years)

I worked at the University Press of Florida in various capacities. I began work as a publicist, marketing and promoting authors' books and events, pitching books for review and awards, and pitching authors for appearances, readings, and book exhibits. As subsidiary rights manager, I pitched, negotiated, managed, and tracked all translation, film/tv, audiobook and other rights deals. I also managed all permissions requests. My work involved continual communication with authors, media outlets, and bookstores, as well as with international subagents and publishers.

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Connor Q.

Connor Q.

Jun, 2024

I knew from the first moment I reached out to Samantha that I would be getting the feedback that I needed. It was a bit nerve racking to have someone critique and review my work but I felt very comfortable and confident that she would do an amazing job and my instincts were right. Admittedly I was worried with getting an editor that they would try to manipulate the story and take away from what...
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S C.

S C.

May, 2024

Samantha was amazing! I have felt stuck with this book for so long. I knew something wasn't working, but I couldn't figure it out. Samantha was able to identify the exact issue. If I hadn't worked with her, I don't know if I ever would have gotten to the point where I would have published this book. Now I feel confident I'll be able to fix what wasn't quite working and make this the novel I wan...
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Kathryn M.

Kathryn M.

Mar, 2024

Samantha is amazing at what she does. She returned a thorough, helpful developmental edit, with comments that demonstrated how well she understood my characters and story. Her advice and feedback will help me smooth out the (many) rough sections of my novel and make it much stronger. Highly recommend, and will most certainly work with her again.
Michael G.

Michael G.

Feb, 2024

This is my fourth time working with Samantha. From the very beginning, she understood my style and overall tone of my books. Lately, it seems she knows my main character better than me. I look forward to her feedback, because I know it's going to make the story better. Highly professional, easy to work with, and delivers within the set timeline.
Bri S.

Bri S.

Feb, 2024

Working with Samantha was an amazing experience. She was my editor for my debut novel, and I am absolutely sure that she will continue to be my editor for my next novels as well! Professional, quick to respond, and gave such insight not only in practical ways to improve my book but also my writing style! I now have a novel that I am proud to put out into the world and it's thanks to Samantha's...
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