Freelance Editors for Prep Critique


The freelance editors below–including a new addition for this conference–have provided background information about their expertise and the fiction genres and/or nonfiction topics in which they specialize. The individual you choose will edit the first 19 pages of your manuscript, a one-page query letter, and one-page synopsis so that you will have about a month to make corrections before these are due for the conference Manuscript Critique activity.  If you register for this activity, the submission deadline will be February 3, 2019. Note that this is not a face-to-face conference activity; you’ll submit your work to the Conference Director, George Weinstein, who will forward it to the freelance editor and then send you that individual’s critique of your work within about 3 weeks of your submission date.

The freelancer’s mission is to help you submit your best work–whether for the review by the conference agents and acquisitions editors or anytime you send your query, synopsis and/or the beginning chapters of your manuscript–and also to indicate potential issues in your writing and/or the start of your book that you will want to address in the rest of the manuscript, to make it more saleable. At our most recent conference, 50% of all award recipients–for Best Manuscript Sample and Best Pitch–participated in the Prep Critique.

As you read the descriptions below, please consider as many individuals as possible rather than setting your sights on just one. During the registration process, you will see who has spots remaining and can choose accordingly. If the individual(s) you want are full, you can add yourself to one of the waitlists. There is no charge for waitlist spots; if a spot opens for you due to another participant’s cancellation, you will be informed by e-mail and will pay for the activity at that time (note that this activity is free if you choose the Conference All-Activities Package with Prep Critique option at the start of your registration).


Freelance Editors for Conference Prep Critique


Emily Murdock BakerEmily Murdock Baker

I founded EMB Editorial in 2016. After graduating Cum Laude from Boston University’s School of Communication with a degree in film, I began my career in Hollywood, working primarily in development. After three years in Los Angeles, I returned to my first loves: books and the East Coast. I spent seven years at Penguin Books, editing fiction and nonfiction, producing enhanced e-books and author videos, and coordinating media tie-ins. While at Penguin, I published Paul French’s New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning Midnight in Peking; Alex Marwood’s Edgar Award and Macavity Award-winning psychological thrillers The Wicked Girls, The Killer Next Door, and The Darkest Secret; Catherine Bailey’s Black Diamonds and the New York Times bestselling The Secret Rooms; Patricia Bracewell’s Emma of Normandy trilogy; Sophie Hannah’s bestselling Zailer and Waterhouse series; and Andi Teran’s Ana of California, among many other titles. I also produced enhanced e-books for Antony Beevor’s D-Day and Manning Marable’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Malcolm X.

For the November 2018 Atlanta Writers Conference, five of the participants I assisted won a Best Manuscript Sample and/or Best Query Letter Pitch award.

I have experience and interest editing multiple genres. In fiction, these include:
•    Mysteries
•    Thrillers
•    Historical fiction
•    Women’s fiction
•    Romance

I am experienced editing the following categories of nonfiction:
• Narrative nonfiction, including narrative histories and current events (no memoirs or prescriptive nonfiction)
• True crime


William BoggessWilliam Boggess

After getting my start in publishing at Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, I worked in publishing in New York City for 8 years on both the editorial and agency side of the business. In editorial at Little, Brown and Company I was lucky to work on high quality fiction and nonfiction such as Red Sky in Morning by Paul Lynch, The Violinist’s Thumb by Sam Kean, and the reprints of Daniel Woodrell’s incredible backlist. As a literary agent at Barer Literary (now part of The Book Group), I managed my own client list along with providing editorial support for nearly all of the agency’s clients, working on books like Garrard Conley’s memoir Boy Erased, Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You, Paula McLain’s The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun, Emma Rathbone’s Losing It, Megan Mayhew Bergman’s Birds of a Lesser Paradise, and Lily King’s Euphoria.

I went freelance in 2015, and have since enjoyed the flexibility to work on many different kinds of books, balancing my time between budding novelists and nonfiction work for Little, Brown and Penguin Random House. I left New York and have settled in my native North Carolina, where I’m happy to back among the lively Southern literary scene.

I’m a new addition to the Prep Critique activity for the Atlanta Writers Conference.

In adult fiction, I love editing:

  • Literary fiction
  • Suspense
  • Mystery
  • Thrillers
  • Historical fiction
  • Near-future science fiction
  • Dystopian/speculative fiction
  • High fantasy (e.g., George RR Martin, JRR Tolkien)

In nonfiction, I love editing:

  • Memoir
  • Popular Science
  • History
  • Sports

I do not work on:

  • YA and children’s fiction
  • Romance
  • Inspirational fiction


Rebecca HeymanRebecca Heyman

I began my editing career in 2007, after completing a BA and MA in English & American Literature at New York University. My no-nonsense, compassionate, creative critique and astute book coaching quickly drew the attention of authors and literary agents, and I founded Rebecca Faith Editorial in 2009. Since then, I have helped authors develop novels for indie and traditional publication; my clients have secured representation with New Leaf Literary & Media, the Jennifer Lyons Agency, Miller & Browne Agency, Donadio & Olson, Literary Artists Representatives, Wolf Literary Services, The Bent Agency, and more, and have been published by HarperCollins, PRH, Harlequin, Simon & Schuster, and a variety of independent presses. I believe that humor, honesty and keen discernment are the foundations of artistic growth, and am honored to journey alongside my clients as they discover new depths of authenticity, clarity and creativity in their work. Testimonials and more information can be found at my website, and a portfolio of selected projects can be found on my Reedsy profile. I am is the founder and Director of The Work Conference, an annual writers’ event in New York City. You can often find me tweeting at @RFaithEditorial, about writing, books, bread-baking, and cats.

For the November 2018 Atlanta Writers Conference, nine of the participants I assisted won a Best Manuscript Sample award and/or Best Query Letter Pitch award.

I have experience and interest editing multiple fiction genres. These include:
•    Young Adult, where I focus on contemporary fiction, urban and high fantasy, LGBTQIA+, and dystopian science fiction
•    Historical fiction from the medieval era through the early 20th century
•    Urban and high fantasy
•    Contemporary romance
•    LGBTQIA+ romance
•    Literary fiction with a strong plot pulse
•    Book club fiction
•    Women’s fiction

Please do NOT select me for space opera/intergalactic science fiction. Also, no sexually sadistic content. If there is graphic violence of any kind in your submission, please note as much in your query.


Kyra NelsonKyra Nelson

I am a Young Adult author and freelance editor. I earned my BA in English language and Editing from Brigham Young University before completing my MA there in linguistics. I’m now pursuing a degree in applied linguistics from Northern Arizona University with a research emphasis on fiction. Before becoming a freelance editor, I spent several years interning at a literary agency and working in-house for various publications. I have also taught university courses in composition, grammar, and editing. In addition, I’m a recurring character on the WordNerds vlog.

For the November 2018 Atlanta Writers Conference, one of the participants I assisted won a Best Query Letter Pitch award.

I have experience and interest editing multiple genres. In fiction, these include:
  • Picture Books
  • All Middle Grade
  • All Young Adult
  • Adult contemporary fiction in the vein of JoJo Moyes, Maria Semple, and Fredrick Backman
  • Adult historical fiction
  • Women’s fiction

I am experienced editing the following categories of nonfiction:

  • Biography
  • History
  • Science
Genres I do NOT edit: 
  • Horror
  • Erotica
  • Self-help


Grace WynterGrace Wynter

I am an editor, a writer, and a huge fan of shenanigans. My blogs (and a few of my shenanigans) have been featured on, the Huffington Post, and I am a regular contributor to Writer Unboxed where I share wisdom about the craft and commerce of telling stories. I have an MBA in marketing from Georgia State University and an editing certificate from the University of Chicago. My debut novel, Free Falling, was a 2016 Georgia Romance Writers’ Maggie Award finalist. You can connect with me at The Writer’s Station and on my author website,

For the November 2018 Atlanta Writers Conference, one of the participants I assisted won a Best Manuscript Sample award. My previous clients include Georgia Romance Writer Maggie Award finalists and winners, and many of my clients have successfully self-published or received full manuscript requests from agents and editors.

I have experience and interest editing multiple genres. In fiction, these include:

  • General fiction
  • Women’s fiction
  • Contemporary romance
  • Chick-lit
  • Science fiction
  • Mystery
  • Crime
  • Suspense

I am experienced editing the following category of nonfiction:

  • Memoir


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