Rachel King’s editing business is called Perpetua Editing.
She primarily copyedits, but she also proofreads and does developmental edits.
She currently copyedits:
–West Virginia History journal, fiction, and nonfiction for West Virginia University Press
-fiction and nonfiction for Melville House
-fiction for Catapult and Counterpoint
-nonfiction for Perseus Books Group (imprints: Basic Books, Da Capo Lifelong Books, Nation Books, and PublicAffairs)
In addition to copyediting, Rachel serves as the managing editor for Ruminate.
She has also held two other positions in the publishing industry:
-editorial and production assistant at West Virginia University Press
-project editor at Perseus Books Group
Below are testimonials and some of the books she’s copyedited.
“I have published nineteen full-length books of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, and there’s no question that I would rank Rachel King’s editing of my short story collection The Proper Words for Sin among the very best I have received. . . . She was careful and thorough but also an editor who listened when I made a case for retaining language and syntax.”
“I was fortunate to have Rachel King as the editor of my fourth novel, Centerville. The book received, by far, the best copyediting and line notes of any of my books. Her attention to detail was unsurpassed. In addition, she had a thoughtful and accurate grasp of the larger intentions of the novel, and that grasp informed each of her smaller suggestions and notes, so that the result was a tighter, leaner, more powerful, and more focused manuscript.”
“As the author of several books, I’ve had professional contact with a number of editors. Rachel King is finest among them. My photographer friends say that a particular photographer has an ‘eye,’ meaning that the photographer looks beyond the technical aspects of the art. Rachel King has an editor’s ‘eye.’ She is a superb technician, but her view of the material goes beyond the ordinary technical aspects. I would highly recommend Ms. King for any project, fiction or nonfiction.”
Bible, Michael. Sophia. New York: Melville House, 2015.
Cummings, John Michael. Ugly to Start With. Morgantown, WV: Vandalia Press, 2011.
Fincke, Gary. The Proper Words For Sin. Morgantown, WV.: Vandalia Press, 2013.
Geni, Abby. The Wildlands. Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint, 2018.
Griggs, Sutton E. The Hindered Hand. Edited by John Cullen Gruesser and Hanna Wallinger. Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University Press, 2017.
Maynard, Lee. Magnetic North. Morgantown, WV: Vandalia Press, 2015.
———. The Scummers. Morgantown, WV: Vandalia Press, 2012.
Monks, Sheryl. Monsters in Appalachia. Morgantown, WV: Vandalia Press, 2016.
Osborn, Karen. Centerville. Morgantown, WV: Vandalia Press, 2012.
Pringle, Erin. The Whole World at Once. Morgantown, WV: Vandalia Press, 2017.
Sypolt, Natalie. The Sound of Holding Your Breath. Morgantown, WV: Vandalia Press, 2018.
van Eerden, Jessie. My Radio Radio. Morgantown, WV: Vandalia Press, 2016.
Wilcken, Hugo. The Reflection. New York: Melville House, 2015.
Willis, Meredith Sue. Their Houses. Morgantown, WV: Vandalia Press, 2018.
Bandurski, David. Dragons in Diamond Village. New York: Melville House, 2016.
Bogost, Ian. Play Anything. New York: Basic Books, 2016.
Cooper, Robert. Winning at New Products. 5th edition. New York: Basic Books, 2017.
Dybec, Greg. The Art of Living Other People’s Lives. Philadelphia: Running Press, 2017.
Harcourt, Bernard E. The Counterrevolution. New York: Basic Books, 2018.
Kornelis, Chris. Rocking Fatherhood. Boston: Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2016.
Luyendijk, Joris. Among the Bankers. New York: Melville House, 2016.
Nelson, Candace. The West Virginia Pepperoni Roll. Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University Press, 2017.
Roosevelt, Eleanor. It’s Up to the Women. New York: Nation Books, 2017.
Stephens, Joshua. The Dog Walker. New York: Melville House, 2015.
Thompson, Nato. Culture as Weapon. New York: Melville House, 2017.
Wartzman, Rick. The End of Loyalty. New York: PublicAffairs, 2017.