Freelance Editors for Prep Critique (CLOSED)

This activity has been completed; other activities for the May 4-5, 2018 conference are still available for registration.

The freelance editors below 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.

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.

As you’re 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

Laura ChasenLaura Chasen

I am a freelance book editor who recently relocated to Los Angeles from New York City. In New York, I spent six years as an editor at St. Martin’s Press, where I worked on a range of wonderful books — from literary fiction to young adult to upmarket women’s fiction, current affairs, memoir, science, and parenting. I’ve edited many acclaimed books in my career, including an Editor’s Buzz Panel pick at Book Expo of America, several New York Times Book Review “Editor’s Choice” books, and numerous “Best Books of the Year,” in outlets like the Miami Herald, Bustle, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, and Redbook among others. I am a proud graduate of Barnard College (BA in English and dance) and Georgetown University (MA in English), and a mentor for WriteGirl LA.
I have experience and interest in multiple genres. In fiction, these include:
•    Literary Fiction
•    Upmarket Women’s Fiction
•    Historical Fiction
•    Realistic Young Adult
•    Select Mysteries & Thrillers (nothing too bloody or speculative)

I am experienced in the following categories of nonfiction:
•    Narrative Nonfiction (special interests in current affairs, food, and human-interest stories)

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.

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

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

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. 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.

I have experience and interest in 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 in 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).

JoSelle VanderhooftJoSelle Vanderhooft

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.

I have experience and interest in 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 in the following categories of nonfiction:
•    Memoir
•    Self-help
•    Religious/Inspirational
•    Feature articles