Yilin Tan

Yilin Tan - Editor


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I wish to help people create thought-provoking, well-written books.
I am experienced in assessing manuscripts and providing constructive criticism.
I am passionate about diverse authors and diverse books, and hope help increase their availability on shelves in the years to come.

English (UK)
English (US)
Children's - Middle Grade
Historical Fiction
Short Story


  • ALAP Advanced Copy-editing and Proofreading

Work experience

Editorial Assistant

Epigram Books
January, 2017 – September, 2017 (8 months)

1. Submissions editor - managing, assessing and acquiring unsolicited manuscripts
-Oversaw the database of unsolicited manuscripts.
-Assigned manuscripts to editors for assessment
-Assessed all manuscripts in database, reading across all genres (fiction and non-fiction), logged feedback in online system
-Organised and facilitated regular discussions on unsolicited manuscripts with editorial team
-Contacted authors about the outcomes of their manuscript submissions (informed them of rejection and provided constructive criticism, or helped with starting acquisition process)

2. Editorial work - proofreading, sensitivity reading, editorial research, fact checking, copy editing
-Second pair of eyes for editors
-Proofread and fact-checked manuscripts for fiction list before going to print
-Provided constructive criticism on historical accuracy and cultural sensitivity of manuscripts where necessary
-Wrote and edited copy for marketing, proposals, etc.

3. Epigram Books Fiction Prize, coordination
-Point of contact for authors, enquiries, judges
-Managed all manuscript submissions and entry forms
-Managed team of manuscript assessors, compiled their feedback
-Assessed and gave detailed feedback on all 54 submissions

4. Epigram Books UK, production coordinator
-Point of contact between UK staff and Singapore staff
-Proofread all books before going to print in UK
-Ensured all manuscripts adhered to production schedule
-Processed purchasing orders, wrote grant applications, other administrative work

5. Administrative support
-Preparing for international trips and book fairs
-Planned schedule, booked flights and hotels, registered for book fairs
-Other duties as required


Lieutenant Kurosawa's Errand Boy

The author had set his work during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore, and wished to use Japanese in his writing. However, he had a basic command of the language, and the manuscript was riddled with cultural and historical errors and linguistic gaffes. I combed through the manuscript and compiled all the contentious points and gave suggestions as to how they might be improved. I also consulted period films and genre films and personally corrected the Japanese as best I could based on the material available to me.

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