Hi! I’m Rachel Skelton, AKA the Editing Skeleton, a freelance editor with about three 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 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), binge-watching a TV show or two (usually science fiction), cuddling with my cats (Calypso and Hera), or researching and writing about women in history and/or literature.
You can also find me offering writing tips and encouragement, as well as spending too much time chatting, on Twitter @EditingSkeleton.