Sharon AvRutick

Sharon AvRutick – Editor

Freelance nonfiction editor with 20+ years of experience helping writers (seasoned pros and first timers alike!) tell their stories.

Overview

I never dreamed I’d work with words. I was the sort of student who always opted to take a test rather than write a paper. But then—long story!—I discovered the joys of editing, and I’ve never looked back.

I am a generalist with wide-ranging experience. I started as a magazine editor and then moved to nonfiction book publishing (though I’ve edited a few novels, too, along with newsletters, websites, etc.).

I love the whole sweep of turning an idea or rough manuscript into a finished project. I can handle the 30,000-foot assessment (I write helpful, detailed letters), line editing (I enjoy making every paragraph, line, and word the best it can be), and really annoying copyediting and proofreading nitpicks. I’m a strong communicator with a preference for email over phone, and many writers—first timers and seasoned pros—have appreciated my supportive style.


Selected testimonials:

“Sharon is hugely experienced, precise, and also respectful.” —Karla Olson, publisher, Patagonia Books

"Sharon's unerring eye for clear, fluent prose, understanding of story arc and flow, and ability to connect writer and reader are the best I've encountered." —Joseph Wallace, author of more than a dozen books

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Entertainment Health & Wellbeing Home & Garden Humanities & Social Sciences Nature Sports & Outdoors Travel
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Jan, 1994 — Present

I edit high-quality nonfiction illustrated and straight-text books for adults and young adults on nature, food, science, art, history, sports, and other subjects. Clients include: Abrams, Phaidon, Patagonia, and private individuals.

Harry N. Abrams

Feb, 1990 — Jan, 1994 (almost 4 years)

Project manager of Discoveries series. Acquired and edited other high-quality illustrated books on science, nature, art, history, and sports. Negotiated contracts. Worked with design, picture research, and production staff on every stage from manuscript to bound book. Collaborated with sales and publicity departments to develop best marketing strategy for each book.

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Saving Wildlife: A Century of Conservation

Wildlife Conservation Society

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Edwina Sandys Art

Seebohm, Caroline |AW

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Sharon has 7 reviews

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Bill H.

Bill H.

Jun, 2024

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I didn’t have a clue what I was doing when picking potential editors. I got very very lucky. Sharon AvRutick was worth double what I paid her. She took my strange document seriously. She played no games. Her comments and question were crystal clear and to the point. I recommend her without reservation.
Sharon A.
Thank you so much for the kind words, Bill! I really enjoyed working with you and look forward to hearing about what happens next.
Jonathan E.

Jonathan E.

Mar, 2024

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The day Sharon came into my life was a dark and stormy night. I was awash in words and truly needed an editor for my book. Sharon took my work under her wing and treated it with all the respect I had hoped would be shown. She split the work into manageable portions so that we both had a reasonable amount of work. She dove in with both feet and advocated for the best book possible. Her comments ...
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Sharon A.
Wow, Jonathan, thanks so much for this generous review! It was truly a pleasure to work with you. As you know, I'm very much looking forward to hearing about your next steps.
Nancy H.

Nancy H.

Feb, 2023

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I cannot say enough good things about our collaboration with Sharon! At the outset, it was clear from the 5 sample edits we received that Sharon's was the most thoughtful and thorough submission. And that impression was only reinforced through her multiple reviews of our 56,000 word co-authored environmental memoir. Sharon developed a style sheet based on our publisher's authorized style, submi...
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Sharon A.
What an incredibly kind review. Thank you, Nancy and Bruce. You were dream clients and I can't wait to work with you on your next book!
Derek S.

Derek S.

Apr, 2023

Sharon was a pleasure to work with! She was very professional, detail-oriented, and flexible. I would highly recommend her services!
james M.

james M.

Nov, 2022

A new experience for me and Sharon understood. I think it went well. I will be working with her on stage two.
Sharon A.
Thanks! I'm looking forward to continuing our collaboration as we work on the new, streamlined version of your manuscript.

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