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
In addition to copyediting, Rachel King serves as the managing editor for Ruminate Magazine.
She has 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 a few recent books she has copyedited.
If you would like a complete list of the books she has edited, please contact her at king.rachelsuzanne [at] gmail [dot] com.
“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.”
Geni, Abby. The Wildlands. Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint, 2018.
Herzog, Rudolph. Ghosts of Berlin: Stories. Translated by Emma Rault. New York: Melville House, 2019.
Mitchell, Pat. Becoming a Dangerous Woman. New York: Seal Press, 2019.
Willis, Meredith Sue. Their Houses. Morgantown, WV: Vandalia Press, 2018.