Zeynep Sen

Zeynep Sen - Editor

Experienced literary and freelance editor focusing on literary fiction, memoirs & biography and young adult novels and nonfiction.

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Overview

I graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a B.A. in Literature and Creative Writing. Following graduation, I started working at the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency, where I honed my skills as an agent. A few years later, I moved to WordLink Literary Agency, as their new senior and foreign rights agent. At WordLink I represent my own authors and am in charge of handling the foreign rights deals of all the authors of the agency. I edit the books of the authors I represent, pitch their work to editors and negotiate their book deals.


I’m a very collaborative editor. When I read an author’s work – assuming said work is around 300 pages – it usually takes me less than a month to get back to them with editorial notes. Once I’ve read the work, I prepare an editorial letter for the author, addressing the more overarching changes that need to be done. These letters usually address matters like narrative flow, voice, character development and plot or include scene-specific edits. Where line edits are concerned, I usually use the “Track Changes” and “Insert Comment” features of Word Doc. Once the author has read the editorial letter and the notes I’ve given, we discuss them together. I treat the edits I give as “suggestions” that I encourage authors to take or at least consider and discuss with me, if they don’t agree with them. In the event that the author wants me to implement the editorial changes myself, I oblige but always prepare two versions of the work: one where editorial changes are clearly visible in red, thank to “Track Changes” and one where editorial changes are not visible. After the first edits are completed, I re-read the work and discuss it with the author, to see if any further edits are necessary.


As a literary agent, I know the publishing market intimately and can offer editorial feedback that will help position the book well in that market. I also know the exact format that query letters need to follow, what needs to be included in a query letter to make it stand out and how it should be polished. As such, I’m able to provide help in this regard as well.


TESTIMONIALS

"Working with Zeynep as my editor was a true pleasure. Her keen editorial eye helped to propel my work forward and keep me motivated, all the while ensuring I felt supported throughout the process." - Alexander Kaufman

"I recommended Zeynep Sen to a friend of mine who wanted to publish a book. To this day my friend keeps thanking me for referring her. She not only edited his book that took 5 years to write, she even got it published too! She is takes full responsibility fromStart to Finish." - Neslihan Elbaz


Languages
English to Spanish
Spanish to English
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Children’s Non-Fiction
Fiction
Literary Fiction
Young Adult

Work experience

Literary Agent

Word Link Inc
January, 2016 – Present (almost 7 years)

At WordLink I represent my own roster of authors, edit their work, pitch them to editors in the US and abroad and negotiate their book deals. In cases where I pitch works to publishing houses in countries where Spanish or Turkish is the main language, I translate the works myself. My most recent book deals have been with Bloomsbury which acquired the memoir entitled "Un-American: A Soldier's Reckoning of our Longest War" by Erik Edstrom, Macmillan - Roaring Book Press which acquired the YA memoir entitled "Hurdles in the Dark" by Elvira Gonzales, Arte Publico Press which acquired Airy Sindik's illustrated children's book "My Grandmother and Covid-19" and Yeni İnsan Publishing House in Turkey, which acquired the Turkish rights for Daniel Messino's YA novel "Buenos Dias Avril: Estas en Kyoto".

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Zeynep has 8 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Devan Letemendia
I will always recommend Zeynep to any author looking for a communicative, talented and constructive editor! Zeynep is an absolute dream to work with! She not only finished editing my novel much quicker than I had anticipated, but provided real guidance and help along the way. The edits given, along with an in depth letter, were more than substantial for me to begin fine tuning my completed nove...
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Devan Letemendia, November 2022


Shawna Lewis
Zeynep was great. She was very knowledgeable and had important feedback on the Editorial Edits. I am excited to start working on my manuscript draft.

Shawna Lewis, September 2022


Darrell Davis
Prior to working with Ms. Sen, I did not have a product. After working with her, I was comfortable with the end result, confident with my proposal, and excited to begin the next phase in my journey to become published. Ms. Sen is professional, hard-working, and I am honored to have had this collaboration.

Darrell Davis, June 2022


Mat Costanzo
Great

Mat Costanzo, May 2022


Tolulope Kode
Zeynep was so dedicated to the extent of having a personal commitment to the project. She put her wealth of experience to use. Yet, Zeynep was open to suggestions- this may well speak of her finesse. You could tell she has been quite successful at previous projects. It would be hard to think of anyone besides Zeynep - that might have been well suited to the job. Zeynep is punctual; has a great...
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Tolulope Kode, May 2022

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