Scott Pearson

Scott Pearson – Editor

Editor and writer with decades of experience, now specializing in copyediting science fiction and fantasy as well as mystery and horror.

Overview

I look forward to using my decades of experience as both an editor and a writer to guide you to your best manuscript while maintaining your voice throughout your work.


First published in 1987 with the literary-fiction short story “The Mailbox,” in the decades since I've published humor, mystery, horror, poetry, urban fantasy, and science fiction (including Star Trek), appearing in more than two dozen anthologies. I was an in-house editor at a publishing company where I specialized in military and aerospace history, but as a full-time freelancer I focus on fiction in my favorite genres to read: science fiction, fantasy, and similar subgenres, including some mystery and horror. I have edited, copyedited, or proofread over three hundred books in my career so far.


As the primary copyeditor of Star Trek novels for Simon & Schuster since 2014, I’ve worked with such New York Times bestselling authors as David Mack and Kirsten Beyer. Kirsten has said that “[Scott] brings a deep knowledge of the universe, a keen eye for best possible word choices, and mastery of grammar and usage to my stories. I am always relieved when I see his name on one of my works because I know that I’m about to enter into a dialogue with a trusted partner as I review his notes. I cannot recommend him highly enough to anyone in need of an editor.”

Services
Fiction
Anthologies Fantasy Military Science Fiction Post-Apocalyptic Space Opera Steampunk Time Travel
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Quarto USA

Sep, 2003 — Apr, 2013 (over 9 years)

Hired as in-house copyeditor, promoted to associate editor on new military history imprint, then eventually to acquisitions editor. Worked on such books such as Michael Keith Olson’s Tales from a Tin Can: The USS Dale from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, and The Space Shuttle: Celebrating Thirty Years of NASA’s First Space Plane by noted science journalist Piers Bizony. Edited or copyedited around one hundred titles, primarily of military and aeronautics history.

Self-employed

Jan, 2001 — Present

Various levels of editing, proofreading, research, and writing for hire in a wide variety of subjects, both fiction and nonfiction: aeronautics, true crime, regional history, science, documentary screenplays, science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, and horror. I work with indie authors and traditional publishers such as Simon and Schuster, where I’ve been copyediting their Star Trek fiction since 2014, and Baen Books. Including my work for Quarto, I have edited, copyedited, or proofread over three hundred books (and counting), around two hundred of them fiction, both novels and short story collections or anthologies.

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Standish 3: The Daughter (The Earth Saga Universe)

McFarlane, Donald B

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The Ancient Chronicles of Empyrea

Preston, B.H.

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Weird World War: China (3)

Hazlett, Sean Patrick

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A publishing event: Bestselling author Ken Liu selects his award-winning science fiction and fantasy tales for a groundbreaking collection—including a brand-new piece exclusive to this volume.... read more
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Dan S.

Dan S.

Aug, 2023

Scott Pearson's expertise goes beyond just proofreading. He has been an indispensable partner throughout my writing process, contributing so much more than expected. With a meticulous eye for detail, he identified errors and inconsistencies that I had overlooked, and his invaluable insights helped to elevate the quality of my manuscript significantly. Not only did he correct grammatical and pun...
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Jacob P.

Jacob P.

May, 2023

Scott's work is professional, very well done, and everything I was looking for. He noted the portions of my writing that needed more attention and even worked within my own voice and style to make key and helpful suggestions. Highly recommend!
David J.

David J.

Dec, 2022

As usual, it was a delight working with Scott. He did the same excellent job of copy-editing Book #3 of my hard sci-fi series as he did with Book #2. He dealt with some tricky issues inherrent in hard sci-fi writing that always trip me up, like the use of numbers in dialogue, capitalization, and hypenation, and he had some great suggestions for alternate wording. He spotted some sequence incons...
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Scott P.
You're welcome, and thanks for all the kind words. It was a pleasure working on the manuscript . . . and finding out what happened after Book #2!
Bryant P.

Bryant P.

Oct, 2022

Scott is an exceptional editor. He has great attention to detail and a eagle eye for proofreading errors. I highly recommend for copyedit work for your novel. He was able to help guide me in grammatical errors and even those of inconsistencies. I believe my first novel will look that much better from his work. I will definitely hire him again for future work!
Scott P.
Thanks! A pleasure working with you.
Jacob P.

Jacob P.

Sep, 2022

I was searching for a copy editor for my first manuscript and finding Scott on this site was a blessing. His work is excellent, and he was both professional and patient with someone new to editing. He took the time to answer my language and grammar questions. The edit was a positive learning experience, and I would highly recommend him.

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