Valerie Brooks

Valerie Brooks - Editor

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

My goal is to make your work the absolute best it can be! I have the knowledge and experience (an MA in editing, lit agent assistant).

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I am a highly experienced editor, copyeditor, and proofreader. I have a master's degree in editing. I worked for a literary agent, and I was a Kirkus book reviewer for three years. Let me help you make your manuscript, website, or other document the absolute best it can be. I always go the extra mile. I know Chicago and AP, and did I mention that I'm very easy to work with?
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Health & wellbeing
Self-help & Self-improvement
Contemporary Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction
Young Adult


  • MA Writing and Editing
  • BA English
  • Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA)
  • American Copyedtors Society (ACES)

Work experience

Book Reviewer

September, 2011 – March, 2015 (over 3 years)

I wrote fiction and nonfiction book reviews for Kirkus - the most trusted and widely read book review company in the world.


January, 2011 – Present (about 10 years)

I edit, copyedit, and proofread fiction and nonfiction manuscripts, websites, letters, essays, application materials, and documents of all kinds. My goal is to make your work the absolute best it can be. I am an expert in the Chicago Manual and AP. Clients love working with me!

Literary Agent's Assistant

Jet Literary
April, 2006 – April, 2009 (about 3 years)

I evaluated all incoming manuscripts for possible literary representation.


Various companies
June, 2000 – Present (over 20 years)

I have had articles published in The Writer Magazine, Massage Magazine, Delaware Today, Main Line Today, Westchester Magazine, Animal Fair, and The Santa Fean.

Portfolio (19 selected works)

Ivy League Killers

Cherry, Dave

Twenty-One Trees

Cousine, Linda

Holding Fire

Borgos, Bruce

Mouse to Moose: A Tale of Magical Mistakes

Beauchaine, Caitlin, Malik, Hiba

The Founders' Plot

Victoria, Frank

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