Rachel Daven Skinner, Editor
Romantic fiction is my specialty.
Due to a death in my family, all work is on pause for the moment. It may take me a while to return emails. For the next little bit I won't be accepting sample edit requests or scheduling new projects while I sort out the necessary changes to my current schedule. Thank you for your patience and understanding. -- Rachel, 12/18/14
I'm a freelance editor of romance genre fiction and romantic fiction (commercial or genre fiction with a thread of romance or sexual tension as the secondary or background element.) I freelance edit for publishers, self-publishing authors, and writers seeking to refine their manuscripts before submitting to agents or publishers. My niche is helping writers who aren't native to America or Britain ensure their American or British characters and settings sound authentic.
Why hire me as your freelance editor?
I love to read novels. Love to. We're talking reading while cooking, while waiting to checkout in a store, and even under the covers when I should be sleeping (So the reading light doesn't wake up hubby, you understand. Not because books scare me. Usually.) I love all genres, but I love them even more with a dash (or a dollop) of romance in the mix.
I'm also a perfectionist with a penchant for logic and detail.
Put 'em together and what have you got? (you're welcome for the earworm) A fulfilling career as a freelance editor of romantic fiction. Whether I'm addressing an overreliance on suspension of disbelief, assessing character motivation, improving word choice and mechanics, or spotting an inconsistency in style, I love helping authors refine their stories. They paint a masterpiece and I help them frame it. It's a supremely rewarding partnership.
I edit nearly all genres, including YA, NA, and adult, but my current sweet spots are romantic suspense/mystery/thriller, historical romance heavy on the historical aspect, dystopian/light fantasy/light sci-fi, adventure, anything with comedy, and anything with a strong atmospheric setting. I'm not terribly interested in editing paranormal of the vampire or shifter variety, but feel free to run anything past me. I don't edit strictly erotica stories; however, detailed sexy times that support the story and character development are most definitely okay! I prefer to edit m/f couples in the primary hero/heroine roles.
I also love to travel. After growing up on California's Central Coast, I spent a few years in Colorado as a flight attendant, then four years living in England. There, I began a freelance editing partnership with Choc Lit, a British award-winning independent publisher of romantic fiction.
My acquired global idioms are not only entertaining to friends and family (and no doubt to any strangers eavesdropping on me and hubby chatting), but they give me a terrific editing advantage for helping authors tweak Britishisms and Americanisms in their manuscripts. I also regularly edit to both American and British spelling and style guides. (Please note that I don't work in an ESL assistance capacity, only with native English writers or writers who are fully competent with English as their second language.)
My newest adventure began in August 2013 with a move from London to Hawaii.
If you're interested in hiring me as your freelance editor, please read my Types of Editing page and my Services and Rates page before getting in touch. You'll find that many of your questions will be answered between these pages, which will enable us to have more timely and specific communication from the get-go.
You can also visit my Portfolio and Reference Books and Websites pages for more information on my experience, testimonials, and background, with more in-depth info in my interview with Morgen Bailey as her 700th blog guest.
Are you an author or editor who would like to guest blog or be interviewed? Would you like to chat in general about the editing process or the industry? I'd love to hear from you! Email me at Rachel@RomanceRefined, follow me on Twitter and Goodreads, Like me on Facebook, or find out more at LinkedIn.
Want to hire a freelance editor for your romance manuscript? Before contacting me, please read this page to see if I'm the right freelance editor for you, then read my Types of Editing page, followed by my Editing Services and Rates page. You'll find answers to many of your questions between these 3 pages, which will enable us to have more helpful and timely communication from the get-go.
Congrats to Katy Haye on publication of The Last Gatekeeper, a YA Fantasy with portals from Earth to Fane (the planet of faeries) and Talvar (the land of talvarrines, which humans know as angels). I was hooked from the very beginning!
This parody makes my life complete. #editingnerd
"Blurred Lines" becomes "Word Crimes".
Will you tell me my fault, frankly as to yourself, for I had rather wince, than die. Men do not call the surgeon to commend the bone, but to set it, Sir.”
― Emily Dickinson in a letter to her writing mentor