Sara Fray

Sara Fray - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Experienced Freelance Editor of NYT Bestselling Biography, History and Middle Grade Nonfiction. Meticulous. Dedicated. Professional. 14+yrs

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Traditionally published author and expert freelance editor specializing in Biography, History and Middle Grade nonfiction with over 14 years of experience going through the start to finish process of traditional publishing, both in the adult and children’s world.

I've worked on a New York Time's Bestseller, a New York Time's Editors' Choice, Amazon Bestsellers, Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selections and a Barnes and Noble Bestseller.

I'm a graduate of Columbia University and a member of The Author’s Guild, SCBWI, and PEN America. I'm friendly, meticulous and will hit any deadline. Let's make your manuscript standout and ready for publication by bringing it to that next level!

My latest Middle Grade nonfiction was a 2021 Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection, received a starred review in Booklist and was a #1 Amazon Bestseller in its category.

Client Feedback:

“Sara brought her impressive editorial skills to bear on the manuscript.”

Laurence Bergreen, Columbus


Middle Grade Review:


“The research for this book must have been as formidable as the voyages, with the authors covering everything from Chinese daily life in the 1400s to shipbuilding and regional politics. It’s never overwhelming, though, since as well as being fascinating on their own, these facts contextualize the swashbuckling drama.”




Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Children’s Non-Fiction

Certifications

  • BA Columbia University

Awards

  • Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

Work experience

Author, Historical Researcher, Editor

Self-employed
January, 2015 – January, 2021 (about 6 years)

While editing Magellan, Fray continued her research on the history of China’s treasure fleet. Her latest Middle Grade Nonfiction, Seven Voyages: How China’s Treasure Fleet Conquered the Sea (Macmillan), was a 2021 Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection and a #1 Amazon Bestseller.

Author, Historical Researcher, Editor

Self-employed
January, 2013 – January, 2017 (about 4 years)

In 2013, Fray began her Middle Grade adaptation of Magellan: Over The Edge Of The World. The book was published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Macmillan, in 2017 and was chosen as a selection of the Junior Library Guild that same year.

Contributing Editor, Historical Researcher

Self-employed
January, 2008 – January, 2010 (about 2 years)

Fray returned to the stacks of Columbia University's Butler library to research and edit Bergreen’s Columbus: The Four Voyages. The book was published by Viking in 2011 and became a New York Times Editors' Choice.

Author, Historical Researcher, Editor

Self-employed
January, 2015 – January, 2021 (about 6 years)

While editing Magellan, Fray continued her research on the history of China’s treasure fleet. Her latest Middle Grade Nonfiction, Seven Voyages: How China’s Treasure Fleet Conquered the Sea (Macmillan), was a 2021 Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection and a #1 Amazon Bestseller.

Author, Historical Researcher, Editor

Self-employed
January, 2013 – January, 2017 (about 4 years)

In 2013, Fray began her Middle Grade adaptation of Magellan: Over The Edge Of The World. The book was published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Macmillan, in 2017 and was chosen as a selection of the Junior Library Guild that same year.

Historical Researcher, Freelance Editor

Self-employed
January, 2012 – January, 2015 (about 3 years)

Fray researched and edited Casanova: The World of a Seductive Genius, published by Simon & Schuster in 2016.

Historical Researcher, Freelance Editor

Self-employed
January, 2012 – January, 2015 (about 3 years)

Fray researched and edited Casanova: The World of a Seductive Genius, published by Simon & Schuster in 2016.

Contributing Editor, Historical Researcher

Self-employed
January, 2008 – March, 2009 (about 1 year)

Historical researcher and contributing freelance editor of Laurence Bergreen's Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe (Mariner's Books)

Contributing Editor, Historical Researcher

Self-employed
January, 2008 – January, 2010 (about 2 years)

Fray returned to the stacks of Columbia University's Butler library to research and edit Bergreen’s Columbus: The Four Voyages. The book was published by Viking in 2011 and became a New York Times Editors' Choice.

Contributing Editor, Historical Researcher

Self-employed
January, 2008 – March, 2009 (about 1 year)

Historical researcher and contributing freelance editor of Laurence Bergreen's Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe (Mariner's Books)

Portfolio (5 selected works)

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