Sarah Lyn Rogers

Sarah Lyn Rogers – Editor

Developmental editor with 10 years of experience at publishers + lit mags. Here for your stories, essays, novels, memoirs, and hybrid work!

Overview

Are you struggling with a complete or in-progress manuscript? Need a set of fresh eyes on your work?


As a writer myself, I know firsthand how vulnerable and delicate it is to entrust unfinished work to another person, and I will handle yours with deep consideration and care. I can meet your writing on its terms, determine what it means to say from what it currently says, and help make its form and function legible to agents and acquiring editors.


I've worked in editorial at an indie publishing house since 2019 and have a decade of experience editing short fiction and essays for literary magazines. Short works I've edited have been anthologized, featured as picks of the week on websites and podcasts, and won the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. Books I've acquired and edited have been glowingly covered in the New York Times, NPR, TODAY, Los Angeles Review of Books, Lambda Literary, Esquire, and the Wall Street Journal, and have won the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Memoir and the American Book Award.


At The Rumpus, where I edited fiction for four years, I was known for championing debut voices. In my years at Soft Skull Press, I have acquired and edited an eclectic list spanning literary fiction, memoir, and poetry. My authors tell me they have felt seen, understood, and cared for throughout the entire publishing process.


If you need help structuring your memoir, line-editing and reordering your poetry collection, or deciding how to end your novel, let's talk!



Testimonials:


"Sarah is one of the most attentive, insightful, and gifted editors I have had the privilege of working with in my career. With any writing project, she has the rare ability to see both the big picture and the smallest details. At Soft Skull, she shepherded my second poetry collection What to Miss When from concept to complete manuscript to launch. I trust Sarah's judgment and taste completely and can't wait for my next opportunity to work with her!" —Leigh Stein, author of the poetry collection What to Miss When and the novel Self Care


"To work with Sarah is to have the extraordinary experience of working with someone who sees your work and illuminates it for you, showing you strands, details, themes, and connections you didn’t notice yourself. She deeply understood my manuscript and what I was trying to do—often better than I did. Her gentle, insightful comments and suggestions led me not only to a better understanding of my manuscript but to discover how I could make it work better on the page. Over the years, I’d drafted so many endings for my memoir that I lost count, and none felt right. Sarah helped me find my way to an ending of which I’m really proud. She also helped me to move through passages I desperately needed to write but had been afraid to start, with her wise, empathetic guidance." —Emma Bolden, author of The Tiger and the Cage

Services
Non-Fiction
Art Biographies & Memoirs LGBTQ Non-Fiction New Age
Fiction
LGBTQ Fiction Literary Fiction Short Story Urban Fantasy
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Oct, 2022 — Present

I work with private clients on developmental edits for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry projects, editing full and partial book-length manuscripts, as well as individual stories, essays, etc.

Penguin Random House

Jun, 2019 — Present

I periodically copyedit, proofread, and cold read books for Penguin Random House. Some recent titles include: BEFORE NIGHT FALLS by Reinaldo Arenas (tr. Dolores M. Koch), THE CUBANS by Anthony Depalma, TOKYO UENO STATION by Yu Miri (tr. Morgan Giles), and I LOVE RUSSIA by Elena Kostyuchenko (tr. Bela Shayevich and Ilona Yazhbin Chavasse).

Soft Skull Press

Mar, 2022 — Nov, 2023 (over 1 year)

For select projects, I worked directly with authors on developmental and line edits.

Soft Skull Press

Mar, 2021 — Feb, 2022 (12 months)

I acquired and edited THE TIGER AND THE CAGE by Emma Bolden, TOUCHING THE ART by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, and I DONE CLICKED MY HEELS THREE TIMES by Taylor Byas. Additionally, I served as in-house editor for Hiromi Kawakami's PEOPLE FROM MY NEIGHBORHOOD, Chloe Caldwell's THE RED ZONE, and Elvia Wilk's DEATH BY LANDSCAPE after EIC Yuka Igarashi's departure. During another editor's leave, I provided editorial support for Niina Pollari's PATH OF TOTALITY and Elisa Gabbert's NORMAL DISTANCE.

Catapult Books

Mar, 2021 — Sep, 2023 (over 2 years)

In a collaboration between PEN America and Catapult Books, Catapult annually publishes an anthology featuring the twelve winners of the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. As co-editor, I copyedit and arrange stories, write back-cover copy, and collaboratively write each anthology's intro.

Soft Skull Press

Jul, 2019 — Mar, 2021 (over 1 year)

I assisted EIC Yuka Igarashi, read manuscript submissions, and provided logistical support through all phases of production. Additionally, I acquired and edited WHAT TO MISS WHEN by Leigh Stein, HIGH-RISK HOMOSEXUAL by Edgar Gomez, and MONARCH: A NOVEL by Candice Wuehle.

Catapult (magazine)

Jul, 2018 — Feb, 2023 (over 4 years)

I solicited and edited short fiction, essays, and interviews for the Catapult magazine website, including work by Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Aruni Kashyap, Stephen Duong, Joe Wadlington, Sarah Blake, and Namrata Poddar.

Publishers Weekly

Mar, 2016 — Feb, 2017 (11 months)

Over eleven months, I reviewed ten New Age/Metaphysical titles.

The Rumpus

Sep, 2015 — Nov, 2017 (about 2 years)

I assigned submitted stories to first-round readers, selected stories for publication on the website, coordinated publication schedule with other website staff, and worked with writers on copyedits.

The Rumpus

Sep, 2013 — Aug, 2015 (almost 2 years)

I read story submissions in Submittable, discussed promising stories with the Fiction Editor, and copyedited some stories to be published on The Weekly Rumpus app and website.

Portfolio

Developmental Editing Copy Editing
Proofreading
Touching the Art

Sycamore, Mattilda Bernstein

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Copy Editing
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Normal Distance

Gabbert, Elisa

Copy Editing
Copy Editing
Proofreading
Proofreading
Proofreading
Developmental Editing Copy Editing

Sarah Lyn has 7 reviews

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Barbara J.

Barbara J.

Apr, 2024

Sarah has taken my book to a new level! I am so grateful for her ability to capture the deep, and sometimes hidden, emotional journey.
Jane F.

Jane F.

Apr, 2024

Sarah Lynn was wonderful to work with. She read my manuscript carefully and made insightful comments and recommendations. She responded quickly and enthusiastically. I would definitely use her again.
Kimberly H.

Kimberly H.

Apr, 2024

I always write what I feel, knowing what I mean. It’s a real eye-opener to have someone read my work and ask questions. Sarah had great questions that inspired me to enhance my stories with clarity and greater understanding for the reader’s benefit. Sarah put all my random stories, poems and vignettes into a cohesive order that makes sense to me, and will make sense to the reader as well....
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Blaine R.

Blaine R.

Feb, 2024

I wasn't sure if I would be able to find what I needed out of an editor being this early in my first book. Finding Sarah Lyn was so perfect! I couldn't have asked for a more thorough, thoughtful, and attentive person to give my poems to. Sarah Lyn gave me the insights, push, and critiques I needed to launch my project. I finally feel confident I'll have my first book published thanks to her.
Sarah Lyn R.
Thanks so much, Blaine! It was an absolute pleasure to help shape a poetry collection (and suggest at least one more) with you out of your large body of work.
Ojan K.

Ojan K.

Feb, 2024

Working with Sarah was such a pleasant experience. She is very thorough and has a gentle yet extremely helpful approach to editing. She noted everything that was confusing to her but careful as to not impact my vision. Our wrap-up call was also a great experience as it allowed us to discuss in more detail areas that needed clarification and explore ideas to improve the work. Highly recommended!
Sarah Lyn R.
Thank you for these kind words, Ojan! I really enjoyed getting to speak in depth about your vision (and revision options that would support it) during our wrap-up call.

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