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Christa
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Angelios
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New York
State
New York
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U.S.

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Hello and welcome! I'm a freelance editor specializing in horror, thriller, speculative, and fantasy novels, both upmarket and commercial. As a first-generation American and lifelong folklore enthusiast, I'm especially suited to multicultural novels and working with authors whose mother tongue isn't English. My teaching experience honed my proofreading skills, my poetry background gave me a keen copy editing eye, and my creative writing classes taught me the craft of developing narrative arcs. I believe in the power of stories to change the world, and believe that power must be wielded responsibly: from thorough research and authenticity reads to inclusive language and complex characters. Nothing perhaps sums up my philosophy better than the core belief that it is the duty of art to "comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable." **Please be aware that my work hours are Eastern Standard Time (EST), and I am a part-time freelancer with a limited schedule best reached evenings and weekends.** My Professional Background: I currently work in copyrights at Penguin Random House, where I've learned about the commerce of intellectual property and how to assess and negotiate permissions for use of previously published material. I also have over seven years of experience tutoring in English Language Arts (ELA) and English for Students of Other Languages (ESOL). My love of language learning, cultural exchange, and literary activism brought me to serve on the Associate Board of Literacy Partners and volunteer with PEN America. In my former internship at Tor Books, I put what I learned in my Irish Lit course to use working with Alex Bledsoe's Tufa novels, and as an intern at what is now the Dystel, Goderich & Bourret literary agency, I requested and vetted manuscripts for agents. I'm an alumna of the Columbia Publishing Course as well as a proofreading and copy editing course from NYU, and earned my B.A. in creative writing and business administration from Iowa's Coe College. There, I served as a fiction and communications editor for the literary magazine, The Coe Review, and practiced literary fiction, poetry, and folklore under a slate of professors who all studied at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. I've also served as flash fiction editor of Silver Pen’s Liquid Imagination, and poetry editor of the Christian horror magazine, The Midnight Diner. In a former professional life, I co-taught 6th-grade English, and have worked with over 50 students from 7 countries in my career. Among my favorite units to teach were The Hero's Journey with Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief; historical fiction with Margi Preus's The Heart of a Samurai; comparative, multimedia folklore with various versions of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen" and the Japanese "Yuki-onna" tale; and Gothic literature with William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" and William Carlos Williams's "The Use of Force." My Process: I start every project with a thorough conversation to clarify your needs--I like to communicate with all parties (author, agent, editor, etc.) to sharpen the vision of the project. I read most projects twice--once with my reader hat on, noting first impressions, and once with commentary/edits. No matter the project, I close with a debrief to answer any additional questions or comments. Looking forward to working with you! Current Pleasure Reading: - Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019, edited by Carmen Maria Machado and John Joseph Adams - China Dream by Ma Jian, translated from the original Chinese by Flora Drew - Horror: A Literary History edited by Xavier Aldana Reyes Currently Recommending: - In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado (speculative memoir, best use of authorial craft) - The Way of the Writer: Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling by Charles Johnson (best chapter on revisions, best intensive writing practices) My Intersectional Identities (at a glance): Liminality is my one consistent identity. I exist in a myriad of complicated intersections of privilege and non-privilege. If I had to choose a punctuation mark that most aligns with my identity, it'd be the hyphen. #WeNeedDiverseBooks #OwnVoices #ComplicateTheNarrative - Pass-for-white, first-generation Egyptian-American born/raised in Albuquerque, NM and currently living/working in traditional trade publishing in New York, NY. I have neither lived in nor visited Egypt, and my Egyptian half of the family is Coptic Christian--regarding identity, I am best-suited for projects that speak to the pass-for-white, first-gen, and/or bi-/multiracial American experience. I would love to read and work with projects that speak to the Middle Eastern, North African, and Muslim experiences (along with many other cultures), but cannot comment on those from first-hand experience. - Economic climber. Raised middle-class, private high school education, private liberal arts college, but financially independent since 18 years old. Experienced homelessness both as a college student and as a young professional fighting for her publishing career in New York City, briefly living in the NYC shelters. I currently identify as lower-middle class. - Raised in a mixed-religion household--Protestant and Coptic Christian--but personally identifies as spiritual agnostic, not religious. I have an interest in the occult and integrate a mix of pagan and Buddhist mindfulness practices into my life. I have a deep interest in folklore and mythology, and thus approach religion from that angle. To this end, the niche genre I have experience in is Christian horror. - Cisgender, pansexual woman. Love is love is love is love. Keen interest in work exploring gender dynamics, sexual abuse/assault (as well as its aftermath and tools for recovery such as EMDR and somatic therapy), bodily autonomy, and positive masculinity. If I had not gone into publishing, I probably would have become an SVU detective. - I am the daughter of a foster child and an immigrant. - Neurodiversity runs in my family. My grandmother was diagnosed schizophrenic in her 20s during the 1950s, and spent the majority of her life in mental health facilities. She died of internal bleeding after her roommate at the hospital attacked her. Her husband, my grandfather, died of Alzheimer's. For this reason, neuroscience is an interest of mine.
Areas of Expertise
Anthropology, Business, Entrepreneurship, Diversity, Feminism, Education, Folklore/Mythology, Inclusive Language, Language/Linguistics, LGBTQ+, Literature/Books, Marginalized Communities, Memoir, Personal Development (Self-Help), Philosophy, Religion/Spirituality, Social Sciences, Society/Culture, Sociology, Writing
Other Areas
Occult, Horror, True Crime, Neuroscience
Nonfiction Genres
Commentary/Criticism, Creative Nonfiction (Literary), Memoir, Poetry, Satire
Fiction Genres
Action/Adventure, Children’s & Young Adult Books, Crime/Mystery, Fantasy, General, Horror, Mythology, New Adult, Satire, Science Fiction, Suspense/Thriller
Editorial and Adjacent Services
Beta Reading, Branding/Marketing, Copyediting, Developmental Editing, Line Editing, Manuscript Evaluation, Permissions, Proofreading, Sensitivity Reading, Transcribing
Other Services
Editorial Assessment
Types of Media
Anthologies, Articles/Blogs, Biographies/Memoirs, Books, Citations, Essays, Newsletters, Novels, Poetry, Proposals, Trade Publications, Short Stories
Other Media
Website
Christa Angelios @ Reedsy
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