D. Ann Williams

D. Ann Williams – Editor

Editor/sensitivity reader with 10+ yrs of experience. Worked with all big 5 publishers. Specialize in genre: romance, historicals, mystery.


Hey everyone, I’m D Ann (they/them) a literary agent*, editor, and sensitivity reader with over 10 years of experience. I read and edit across genres but have a soft spot for romance, speculative fiction (Afrofuturism and magical realism), and mysteries. I have worked with Macmillan, HarperCollins, Hachette, Penguin Random House, Amazon, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Simon and Schuster, Sourcebooks, Quarto Publishing, and many self-published authors. I have also presented workshops to author organizations (editing process) and Macmillan Publishing Group (working with authenticity readers) and was a writing coach for We Need Diverse Books, 2021 Black Creatives Revision Workshop.

Prior to working in publishing, I earned two bachelor’s degrees in History and African American Studies from UCLA where I was the editor-in-chief of two academic journals. After graduation, I started freelance editing for academic and business writers before transitioning into full-time freelance editing/authenticity reading in the publishing industry. I fell in love with helping authors bring their books to life but realized a big hurdle for many people is getting an agent. From there, I became a literary agent* at Emerald City Literary Agency* to help. As a Black American, queer individual, I am committed to working with BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and other underrepresented authors in the publishing industry.

Editing services I offer:

• developmental editing

• copyediting editing

• sensitivity/authenticity reading for LGBTQ (ace-spectrum, bi, wlw/sapphic), polyam, Black American, mental health (ideation, anxiety, depression),

• proofreading

Send me a message and see if we'd be a good fit!

*Please note: I cannot offer literary representation to anyone I have worked with in an editorial capacity for ethical reasons.

African American Fiction Contemporary Romance Cozy Mysteries Middle Grade Paranormal Romance Psychological Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult
English (US)
  • Voodoonauts 2021 Fellow
  • 2021 Eleanor Taylor Bland Award Recipient
  • BA in History, UCLA
  • BA in African-American Studies, UCLA

Work experience

Emerald City Literary Agency

Aug, 2021 — Present


Jan, 2021 — Mar, 2021 (about 2 months)

Tessera Editorial

Jul, 2020 — Aug, 2022 (about 2 years)


Jun, 2011 — Present

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Faye A.

Faye A.

Oct, 2023

D. Ann is such a talented editor and not only are they great at finding the places that need work, they are detailed in their explanation and amazing at collaborating with you to achieve exactly what you are going for. The work was completed in a timely manner and she was so helpful at answering any and all of my questions. They are worth every single penny and I am so grateful for the amazin...
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