Thea Voutiritsas

Thea Voutiritsas – Editor

Copyeditor and proofreader specializing in YA, cookbooks, poetry, and graphic novels.


Getting your project from manuscript to print isn't easy, and I'd love to help you cross the finish line!

I'm a full-time production editor based in Chicago with over four years of experience in professional copyediting, proofreading, and production. I've worked in several subject areas, but my most recent projects have been in young adult fiction (thriller, mystery, romance), cookbooks, poetry, astrology, and graphic novels.

Whether you need high-level copyediting or a nuts-and-bolts proofread, I can provide the second set of eyes you need to get your manuscript in tip-top shape. Capitalizing on my experience in production editorial publishing, I can help you spot inconsistencies in plot lines, character descriptions, and word usage; clean up spotty syntax; and root out those easy-to-miss spelling and punctuation errors.

Not sure what your next steps are? Let's chat about your project and find out where you are in the publishing process. I shepherd about 50 titles a year from development and design through print and distribution. I can help you find the best path forward.

Comics & Graphic Novels Contemporary Fiction Young Adult
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Writing & Publishing
English (US)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Language and Rhetoric
  • Minor in Manuscript, Print Culture, and Editing
  • Columbia Publishing Certificate

Work experience

Sourcebooks, Fire

Apr, 2022 — Present

Work alongside editorial, production, and design to evaluate content and monitor quality. Develop thorough style sheets and maintain updated style sheets per title. Obtain and manage freelance copyediting, proofreading, scanning, and indexing services, communicating queries to authors and editors for resolution. Train new freelancers on styles and style sheets, PDF mark-up, ensuring all Sourcebooks conventions are followed. Confirm final manuscript styling (ScML) and clean-up, including reviewing changes/comments by author/acquiring editor. Edit back cover copy, advance reader copy, and catalog copy provided by acquiring editor and marketer.

Andrews McMeel Universal

Aug, 2021 — Apr, 2022 (8 months)

Shepherd books and calendars through scheduling, routing, quality control, costs, and delivery. Maintain and track schedules for titles in conjunction with the editor, art director, and production manager. Ensure compliance with The Chicago Manual of Style or appropriate style sheet. Oversee creation of corrected files for text reprints. Review print-on-demand pdfs and samples for quality and accuracy. Review ebooks for quality and accuracy.

American Public Works Association

Feb, 2019 — Aug, 2021 (over 2 years)

Responsible for the editing and production of technical and managerial publications
written by association volunteers and third-party authors. Plan and coordinate projects
with staff, authors, and stakeholders. Produce internal communications and provide
editing services to our internal departments to ensure quality marketing materials.

New Letters Magazine

Aug, 2016 — Dec, 2016 (4 months)

Reviewed unsolicited poetry and short story manuscripts, as well as novel-length works
for BkMk Press, a sister company. Proofread accepted manuscripts according to AP
Style and checked proof pages for formatting errors. Wrote press releases for upcoming
events and new editions of the magazine.

American Educational History Journal

Jan, 2016 — May, 2016 (4 months)

Copy edited and proofread academic articles for the American Educational History
Journal according to the Chicago Manual of Style. Cross-checked the reference
materials against in-text citations and primary sources. Negotiated edits and suggested
changes with authors via email.

UMKC Women’s Center

Sep, 2015 — May, 2017 (over 1 year)

Assisted in events and projects to promote gender equity and violence prevention.
Managed the Women’s Center blog by writing, editing, and publishing blog posts
through WordPress. Worked with the Director and Assistant Director to plan events,
make budget allocations, and staff the center.

UMKC Writing Studio

Aug, 2015 — May, 2017 (over 1 year)

Helped students plan, write, edit, and submit assignments across a variety of subjects
including essays, dissertations, resumes, cover letters, and creative work. Conducted
writing workshops for classes ranging from 10 to 100 students.

Thea has 6 reviews





Noah K.

Noah K.

Feb, 2024

Thea was incredible to work with. Not only did she do a thorough and amazing job on the editing, she also was super patient with me and was super kind. I definitely recommend Thea for your editing services! I would love to work with her again! 10/10!
Tom P.

Tom P.

Nov, 2023

Thea provided high quality edits, with excellent feedback, in a timely manner. Thea was very professional and responsive to my questions and comments. It was a pleasure to work with Thea. Highly recommend.
Kathy D.

Kathy D.

Jul, 2023

Thea was great to work with. She was responsive, professional, and had a quick turn around.
Thea V.
Kathy was incredibly responsive and a pleasure to work with!
Sharmin A.

Sharmin A.

Jul, 2023

Thea was a pleasure to work with! Along with her copyediting comments, she made note of inconsistencies with plot/character and added encouraging notes along the way. After our initial round of edits, I was able to ask her questions, which she promptly answered. She even helped me tweak my blurb, offering great suggestions to make it better. Thank you, Thea, for all your hard work!
Suri C.

Suri C.

May, 2023

Thea is a wonderful editor. She is thoughtful, detailed and highly professional. She has a great eye and is skilled at pointing out inconsistencies and redundant lines. She is also great with deadlines! I would definitely recommend Thea if you're looking for someone to polish up your manuscript.
Thea V.
This manuscript was a delight to work on. Thank you, Suri, for trusting me with your work!

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