Rachel Daven Skinner, Editor
Romantic fiction is my specialty.
I'm a freelance editor of romance genre fiction and romantic fiction (the latter being commercial or mainstream fiction where romance or sexual tension is the secondary focus). 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.
I primarily offer substantive editing, line editing, and copyediting services.
I edit nearly all genres, including YA, NA, and adult fiction, but my current sweet spots are romantic suspense/mystery/thriller, historical romance heavy on the historical aspect, dystopian/light fantasy/light sci-fi, and adventure. I have an affinity for comedy, strong atmospheric settings, spies, heists, and all things French and British. 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. Check out my Favorite and Read bookshelves at Goodreads to learn more about my reading tastes.
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 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 newest adventure began in August 2013 with a move from London to Hawaii.
My acquired global idioms are not only entertaining to friends and family, 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.)
I conduct my business in a friendly and fairly causal manner while maintaining professional integrity at all times by upholding the standards of the associations where I am a professional member: Society for Editors and Proofreaders Code of Practice, the Editorial Freelancers Association Code of Fair Practice, and the Romance Writers of America Code of Ethics for Industry Professionals.
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.
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 Helen Rolfe on her June 29 publication of Handle Me with Care, a contemporary love story set in Australia about two people with personal demons to overcome.
This parody makes my life complete. #editingnerd
"Blurred Lines" becomes "Word Crimes".
One rule of the road not directly stated elsewhere in this book [On Writing]: "The editor is always right." The corollary is that no writer will take all of his or her editor's advice; for all have sinned and fallen short of editorial perfection. Put another way, to write is human, to edit is divine."
― Stephen King