Meet the Editors

Rochelle Burnside

Rochelle Burnside

Rochelle is an editor who enjoys stories in any medium, from novels to video games to fine art. She’s worked on the editorial teams of several magazines, compiling sci-fi/fantasy short stories with Leading Edge and nonfiction travel articles with Stowaway.

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Prefers
Fantasy  Science Fiction  Young Adult  Nonfiction 
Avoids
 
April Jones

April Jones

April Jones has read, written, or edited her way through dozens of fictional worlds. When she’s not working as a teacher or freelance editor, she spends her time pretending to practice Korean by binge watching Korean dramas. She received her bachelors in English and her M.F.A. in creative writing.

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Prefers
Everything!
Avoids
Erotica 
Mandy Ballard

Mandy Ballard

Mandy reads, writes, leads writers’ education groups, and does yoga in the cracks between all that drives life on a tiny

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Prefers
Young Adult  Fantasy  Dystopian  Contemporary Romance 
Avoids
Horror  Erotica 
Carrie Jacks

Carrie Jacks

Carrie loves the entire process of publishing a novel—from developing that brand new, exciting idea to formatting the words to look perfect on the page.She is sometimes intimidated by editing her own words, but she loves to read other writers’ works in progress to help make them the best they can be. Read More

Prefers
Young Adult  Fantasy  Dystopian 
Avoids
Dark Horror  Heavy Sci-Fi  Erotica 
Veronica Vega

Veronica Vega

Veronica Vega is a writer and freelance line and developmental editor who has worked with experienced authors and publishing houses in various genres; though romance and YA are particularly close to her heart. She’s also a sensitivity reader dedicated to reducing harmful content in both fiction and non-fiction.

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Prefers
Anything!
Avoids
None!
Sachiko Burton

Sachiko Burton

Sachiko is a Japanese-American with an insatiable appetite for good story. She understands character motivation on a deep level and can help you dig deeper into your character than you thought possible. Best of all, she’ll do it with her trademark enthusiasm

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Prefers
Fantasy  Sci-Fi   
Avoids
None!
Katie DeGilio

Katie DeGilio

Katherine DeGilio’s greatest dream is to have one of her quotes said at the beginning of a Criminal Minds episode. So far, her writing has reached the readers of Maudlin House & Scribble Literary, among others. DeGilio has worked as a creative writing teacher for Young Authors Workshop LLC, a writing intern for Psych2Go Magazine, and a literary agent intern for Creative Media Agency Inc. Read More

Prefers
Young Adult  Thriller  Mystery  Literary 
Avoids
 
Julia Allen

Julia Allen

Julia has nearly 20 years of editing experience, with strengths in character arcs and story structure. She’s also talented at

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Prefers
Historical  Regency  Contemporary  Women's Fiction  Sweet Romance  YA Contemporary 
Avoids
Horror  Erotica 
Amy Bowen

Amy Bowen

Amy loves to dive into characters and find out what makes them tick. She catches developmental flaws and inconsistencies

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Prefers
Anything!
Avoids
Horror  Erotica 
Akelah Adams

Akelah Adams

Akelah has an English degree and she would love to put it to use helping you write your story!

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Prefers
Young adult fiction/fantasy  contemporary romance  middle grade  humor  fantasy  children’s books   
Avoids
None!
Trisha Tobias

Trisha Tobias

Trisha Tobias is an associate developmental editor at book packager Dovetail Fiction. She was also an associate fiction editor for FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology, a 2018 Walter Dean Myers Grant recipient, and a 2019-2020 Highlights Foundation Diversity Fellow.

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Prefers
YA  Middle Grade  Fantasy  Contemporary  Light Sci-Fi  Thriller/Suspense   
Avoids
Horror  Historical   
Kim VanderHorst

Kim VanderHorst

Kim is an experienced and kind developmental editor—maybe because she’s a mom, or maybe because she’s Canadian. But she has a knack

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Prefers
Fantasy  Contemporary  Romance  Science Fiction  Mystery  Dystopian  Horror  Humor  Dark  Quirky  Middle Grade  Picture Books  Young Adult  Adult 
Avoids
 
Lydia Suen

Lydia Suen

Lydia studied novel writing at Stanford University. She is the daughter of a first-generation immigrant from Hong Kong. When she’s not writing or editing, Lydia enjoys hiking, recurve archery and making dumplings from scratch. She is easily excitable when listing her favorite things about a manuscript and rolls up her sleeves to dive deep into problem areas and plot inconsistencies. Read More

Prefers
Young adult  Adult 
Avoids
Erotica 
Cameron Van Sant

Cameron Van Sant

Cameron Van Sant is an editor who wants to see every writer succeed. He has experience editing creative works, professional reports, and academic writing.

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Prefers
Anything!
Avoids
None!
Larissa Pienkowski

Larissa Pienkowski

Larissa Melo Pienkowski is a freelance editor and sensitivity reader, as well as the assistant publisher of Dottir Press. She holds a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Simmons University and a Master’s in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College. As the queer daughter of Brazilian and Polish immigrants,

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Prefers
Young adult  literary fiction  memoir  narrative nonfiction  romance/erotica  anything LGBTQ+  middle-grade  coming-of-age stories  horror in the vein of Carmen Maria Machado  magical realism  social justice essay collections  books on beauty and aesthetics 
Avoids
Military  Slasher horror  Fantasy  Sci-Fi 
Helen Gould

Helen Gould

Helen Gould is from the UK and specializes in reading manuscripts for POC, gender, sexuality, mental health, and other topics. She has worked as a freelancer writer, blogger, consultant, and writer. She speaks regularly about the socio-political impact of media (especially navigating race in films and games). Read More

Prefers
Sci-fi  Fantasy  Horror 
Avoids
None!
Heba Elsherief

Heba Elsherief

Heba Elsherief holds an MA in English Literature and a PhD in Language and Literacies from the University of Toronto. A former Islamic high school English teacher, she now teaches university classes in cultural studies and language education.

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Prefers
Anything!
Avoids
None!
Rebecca Blevins

Rebecca Blevins

Rebecca Blevins is the author of four published books. She has been freelance editing for several years and enjoys helping

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Prefers
Children's  Middle Grade  Contemporary Romance  Science Fiction  Nonfiction  Contemporary Fantasy 
Avoids
Erotica  Slasher Horror   
Fatin Marini

Fatin Marini

Fatin Marini is a developmental and sensitivity editor. Her attention to detail and the overall narrative allow her to help authors

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Prefers
Young Adult  Contemporary  Historical Romance  Romance  Fantasy  Middle Grade  Memoir 
Avoids
Erotica  Sci-Fi 
Candice Roma

Candice Roma

Candice has dedicated her life to words. Initially she had dreams of going to medical school, but when she was faced with the choice of Inorganic Chemistry or taking a Creative Writing class, she ran screaming from the science lab and into the amazing world of creative fiction.

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Prefers
Anything!
Avoids
Erotica  Christian 
Sara Olds

Sara Olds

Writer, mother—grandmother now too!, teacher, traveler and equestrian—Sara believes in making the most of the great loves in her life.

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Prefers
Romance  Action Adventure  Murder Mysteries  Fantasy  Historical  Science Fiction  Military  Young Adult  Childrens 
Avoids
Horror  Dark  Erotica 
Nicole Hawken

Nicole Hawken

Nicole is a passionate storyteller and consumer of stories. She particularly loves building complex worlds and developing compelling characters.

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Prefers
Anything!
Avoids
None!
Erin Olds

Erin Olds

Erin’s officially been writing for over half of her life, and has the stacks of scribbled-in notebooks to prove it! She can help you with anything from story structure to emotional payoffs.

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Prefers
Fantasy  Historical  Middle Grade  YA 
Avoids
Slasher Horror 
Margaret Kingsbury

Margaret Kingsbury

Margaret Kingsbury is a freelance writer, editor, and book coach with a passion for helping people. She gushes about books monthly at Book Riot, Think Inclusive, Baby Librarians, BuzzFeed Books and more, but she still can’t stop talking about books. You’ve been warned.

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Prefers
Anything!
Avoids
None!
Tova Seltzer

Tova Seltzer

Tova Seltzer is a fiction writer, poet, and editor with a B.A. in creative writing from American University in Washington, D.C. The great love of her life is working with stories in development and figuring out what they want and need to be the greatest they can be. You can be confident she’ll take your fictional character children as seriously as you do!

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Prefers
Anything!
Avoids
Horror  Detailed medical stories 
Al Ross

Al Ross

Al Ross is a writer and story editor from beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia who jumped into story-telling early as a teenage Dungeon Master and never looked back. When not editing, writing, pitching or producing you can find Al at home weaving, listening to podcasts or watching reality TV with their fluffy grey cat Duchess and hamster Frisbee.

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Prefers
Anything!
Avoids
Any kind of romance/erotica with dubious or lack of consent