Wesley Salazar

Wesley Salazar – Editor

Editor with an eye for market viability and a positive attitude. I'd be thrilled to read, edit, or help you develop your adult/kids' book!

Overview

My unique background in publishing makes me an ideal sounding board and collaborator for your book. I believe it's a true honor to read and edit others' words, and I'd love to help you create the best possible content for your reader.

I began my career at Penguin USA, where I worked on campaigns for both fiction and nonfiction authors, including Ross Ritchell, David Mark, Daniel Pyne, Annabelle Gurwitch, and the late Michael Hastings and Stuart Scott.

In 2015, I joined Brightly, a Webby-nominated website in partnership with Penguin Random House, as an editor. I solicited and edited a variety of kids' book-inspired content such as author interviews and essays, thematic book lists, and reviews for the site.

I recently transitioned to freelance editing and writing full-time, and I'm actively looking for exciting new projects to work on. I'm particularly interested in reading, editing, and reviewing children's and middle grade books, YA, adult fiction, and gift books (inspirational books, journals, calendars, etc.).

Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about my background and/or think I might be a good fit for your next project!
Services
Fiction
Children's
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction DIY & Crafts Inspirational
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

Feb, 2019 — Present

Freelance editor, writer, and content distribution expert with extensive experience in both short-form and book-length material.

Penguin Random House

Jul, 2015 — Jan, 2019 (over 3 years)

- Produced a wide variety of compelling book-inspired content as the editor of Brightly.
- Worked with contacts at internal (Penguin Random House) and external (Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, Scholastic, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, etc.) publishers to obtain exclusive author content, interviews, and other book coverage.
- Managed Brightly’s daily production calendar and planned long-term editorial and promotional strategies, and seasonal tentpole initiatives.
- Line edited all of Brightly’s content and marketing campaigns—including articles, editorial packages, social media posts, emails, and ads—with an eye for consistent style, grammar, and tone.

Penguin Random House

Jan, 2014 — Jul, 2015 (over 1 year)

- Worked on publicity and marketing campaigns for authors such as Ross Ritchell (THE KNIFE), David Mark (SORROW BOUND and TAKING PITY), Daniel Pyne (FIFTY MICE), and Annabelle Gurwitch (I SEE YOU MADE AN EFFORT), as well as books by the late Michael Hastings (THE LAST MAGAZINE) and Stuart Scott (EVERY DAY I FIGHT).
- Wrote publicity materials for nonfiction and fiction titles, and pitched coverage to print, broadcast, and online media.
- Managed the publisher’s social media accounts, collaborated with authors to amplify their platforms, and coordinated author tours and events.
- Maximized marketing best practices and tested new promotional initiatives.
- Edited original author content for media.
- Read and evaluated new fiction and nonfiction manuscript submissions for the publisher's editorial team to help determine their market viability.

Bushwick Daily

Oct, 2011 — Jul, 2015 (over 3 years)

- Reviewed editorial content, workshopped articles with contributors to develop contributors’ individual writing voices, pitched content ideas, and wrote articles, including book reviews, for the news and culture website.
- Edited a weekly newsletter and two editions of Bushwick Daily’s print magazine, Bushwick Notebook.

Portfolio

Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Inspired by You is the perfect gift for mom and new moms for under $10. This creative journal for mothers includes guided journaling for meditation and reflection, dot grid notebook pages, mot... read more
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing
Developmental Editing

Wesley has 2 reviews

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Gillian S.

Gillian S.

Dec, 2019

Wesley is so much more than an editor, she is an amazing writing coach. Through her thoughtful and thorough assessment of my manuscript, I was able to get outside of my head and refocus on why I was writing. Like a great teacher that critiques without stifling creativity, Wesley gently reminded me that no matter how much as a writer I am moved by my own stories, the reader still needs my carefu...
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Brian J.

Brian J.

Oct, 2019

Working with Wesley was an excellent experience. I learned a lot and I dare say I had some fun. It's not everyday you come across someone so helpful they leave you wondering why you wasted so much time worrying you'd hit a wall you'd never get over. I appreciate all the work and thought Wesley put into my editorial assessment, and she put a lot into it, much above and beyond what I expected wa...
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