Hi! I’m Rachel Skelton, AKA the Editing Skeleton, a freelance editor with about four years’ worth of professional editing experience. Although that time might seem short, I’ve done a little of everything—fiction, nonfiction, developmental editing, proofreading, middle grade, YA—and have edited hundreds of manuscripts. I’ve worked with self-publishing authors, small presses, and large publishers.
I am a lifelong lover of words, language, and storytelling. As soon as I learned to write, I began creating “books.” Armed with manila drawing paper and a ridiculous assortment of art supplies, I wrote stories and drew pictures to go with them, and my mom helped me staple the pages together. When I held the first one in my hands, I knew I’d found my calling.
As I got older, I realized that what I loved about “making books” was bringing stories to life, whether that meant my stories or someone else’s. In fact, I found that assisting others in realizing their artistic visions was, in some ways, even more rewarding to me than realizing my own. I decided to become an editor to fulfill my passion for helping writers turn great stories into epic page-turners.
In addition to a degree in English with a concentration in writing, I’ve taken numerous editing courses through my memberships with the Editorial Freelancers Association and ACES: The Society for Editing. I know my stuff, but I also acknowledge that there’s always more to learn, so I’m committed to seeking out new tools and resources to ensure I’m the best editor I can be.
When I’m not working, you can find me reading (usually fantasy or romance), watching movies (usually horror), cuddling with my cats (Calypso, Hera, and Persephone), or researching and writing about queer, disability, and women-focused issues.
You can also find me sharing my favorite books on Instagram @TheReading Skeleton and occasionally offering writing tips and encouragement on Twitter @EditingSkeleton.