Freelance Editors for Prep Critique

The freelance editors below–including two new additions 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 is August 8.

The freelancer’s mission is to help you submit your best work for the review by the conference agents and acquisition editors, 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, 42% of all award recipients–for Best Manuscript Sample and Best Pitch–participated in the Prep Critique.

As reading 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
http://www.embeditorial.com/

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 May 2018 Atlanta Writers Conference, one of the participants I assisted won a Best Manuscript Sample 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

 

Rebecca HeymanRebecca Heyman (spots full; waitlist available)
http://rebeccafaitheditorial.com/

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. Rebecca is the founder and Director of The Work Conference, an annual writers’ event in New York City. She can often be found tweeting at @RFaithEditorial, about writing, books, bread-baking, and cats.

For the May 2018 Atlanta Writers Conference, six 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 genres. In fiction, these include:
•    Young Adult, where I focus on contemporary fiction, urban and high fantasy, LGBTQIA+, and light 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

I am experienced editing the following categories of nonfiction:
•    Select narrative nonfiction, particularly where unique or underrepresented identities are concerned
•    Memoir chronicling a unique time in the author’s life, or an experience most people will never have personally, is of special interest (examples include SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES or A BEAUTIFUL, TERRIBLE THING).

 

Kyra NelsonKyra Nelson
https://kyramnelson.com/

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.

I’m a new addition to the Prep Critique activity for the November 2018 conference.

I have experience and interest editing multiple genres. In fiction, these include:
  • All Middle Grade
  • All Young Adult
  • Adult contemporary fiction
  • 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
  • Picture and chapter books
  • Self help

 


JoSelle VanderhooftJoSelle Vanderhooft

http://joedits.com/

I’m an editor and writer with twelve years of experience in several areas of publishing–most notably journalism, inspiration/self-help, and fiction. I love meeting and working with publishers as well as authors of all experience levels–though I have a special passion for working with independent authors and those new to the craft, as well as those writing science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance, suspense, or any combination thereof. I also have extensive experience in article and blog writing, and have published more than a thousand bylined articles and book reviews since 2004.

For the May 2018 Atlanta Writers Conference, one of the participants I assisted won a Best Manuscript Sample award and another won a Best Query Letter Pitch award.

I have experience and interest editing multiple genres. In fiction, these include:
•    Romance (contemporary, BDSM, erotica/erotic romance, paranormal, suspense, steampunk, SF/futuristic, fantasy, M/M, F/F, menage/polyamorous, and LGBTQ romance in general) – I do not typically edit Regencies but am willing to consider them and historical romances set in other time periods. I am very interested in editing those set in the Victorian period. Romantic suspense is my favorite subgenre.
•    Inspiration/Christian titles
•    Science fiction
•    Fantasy (all types, though I am particularly interested in dark fantasy, high fantasy, urban fantasy, and retold fairy tales, folktales, and myths)
•    Horror
•    Thrillers
•    Mysteries
•    Young Adult and Middle Grade
•    New Adult
•    Poetry
•    Novels in verse/experimental fiction

I am experienced editing the following categories of nonfiction:
•    Memoir
•    Self-help
•    Religious/Inspirational
•    Feature articles

 

Grace WynterGrace Wynter
http://thewritersstation.com/

I am an editor, a writer, and a huge fan of shenanigans. My blogs (and a few of my shenanigans) have been featured on CNN.com, the Huffington Post, and More.com. 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, GGWynter.com.

I’m a new addition to the Prep Critique activity for the November 2018 conference.

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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