Sarah McGill

Sarah McGill - Editor

New York, NY, United States

I’m a freelance editor of fantasy and science fiction and all their subgenres. I specialize in historical fantasy and re-tellings.

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Overview

I’ve been reading fantasy and science fiction since elementary school. I read Lord of the Rings at far too young age and know more about Irish and Norse folklore than I know what to do with. I’m an avid follower of books by George R.R. Martin, Gregory Maguire, and Catherynne Valente. I will also continue to scratch around for Terry Pratchett’s books until I’ve read every single Discworld novel. Between their books, I dabble in literature by Juliet Marillier, H.P. Lovecraft, and Naomi Novik. My current area of study is Middle Eastern folklore, and I still think steampunk, cyberpunk, and dieselpunk need to get together and remap their plans for world dominance.

My time at Talcott Notch Literary Agency has greatly honed my critiquing skills, as I provided extensive feedback to authors on both sample pages and full manuscripts. I read thousands of queries and learned what makes a snappy query and an engaging opening paragraph.

I received a BA in arts at The Ohio State University in my own self-created major that focused on History, Folklore, and English. I was educated in editing fiction, developing story construction, and recognizing the small details that give a story voice and weight. Having extensively read and studied folklore, I have a broad understanding of magic systems and the long-lasting ideas we still love.

I’m well studied in the genre tropes and expectations of fantasy and science fiction and can come at a story from both a literary and genre perspective. I’ve also had the opportunity to visit Europe many times and study the landscapes and cultures that are prevalent in so many fantasy and science fiction settings.

As a writer myself, I strongly believe that a story is ultimately the author’s. I want to work with your vision of the story and help you have well-rounded characters, an engaging plot, and great ideas.

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
LGBTQ
Literature
Science Fiction
Short Story

Work experience

Intern

Talcott Notch Literary Agency
August, 2015 – November, 2015 (3 months)

At Talcott Notch, I provided extensive feedback to authors on both sample pages and full manuscripts. I read thousands of queries and learned what makes a snappy query and an engaging opening paragraph.

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