I've been a freelance book copyeditor since 1987, when I started copyediting for Zebra and Pinnacle Books, and I've specialized in science fiction and fantasy since 1989, when I started copyediting for Del Rey. For fifteen of those years I worked in Editorial at The New Yorker
, the last six of them as a Page O.K.'er (senior copyeditor/closing editor). I've been a full-time freelancer since April, 2000.
Houses I've freelanced for include DAW, Bantam, Del Rey, Tor/Forge, St. Martin's Press, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Baen, Byron Preiss Visual Publications, Phobos, Meisha Merlin, Pyr, and Putnam.
Genre authors whose work I've copyedited include Alan Dean Foster, Andre Norton, Angus Wells, Ann Tonsor Zeddies, Anne McCaffrey, Ben Bova, Brandon Sanderson, Bruce Sterling, C. J. Cherryh, Charles de Lint, Charles L. Grant, Charles Sheffield, Christopher Pike, Christopher Rowley, Dave Duncan, David and Leigh Eddings, David Drake, David Farland, David Weber, Dean Wesley Smith, Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald, Diane Carey, Elizabeth Arnason, Elizabeth Haydon, Elizabeth Willey, Esther Friesner, Frederik Pohl, Gene Wolfe, Hal Duncan, Harry Harrison, Harry Turtledove, J. V. Jones, Jack Chalker, Jack McKinney, James Luceno, James P. Hogan, James White, Jane Lindskold, Jerry Oltion, John Barnes, John Ringo, Julian May, Juliet Marillier, Kate Elliott, Katherine Kurtz, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Kay Kenyon, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, L. E. Modesitt, Jr., Larry Niven, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Mark L. Van Name, Melissa Scott, Mike Resnick, Norman Spinrad, Orson Scott Card, Paul Chafe, Peter V. Brett, Poul Anderson, R. A. Salvatore, Robert Jordan, Robert Sawyer, Robin Hobb, S. P. Somtow, Sarah Zettel, Sean McMullen, Shariann Lewitt, Stephen King, Steven Barnes, Steven Brust, Steven Gould, Terry Brooks, Terry Goodkind, Tim Powers, Timothy Zahn, and Vernor Vinge.
I've also copyedited a large number of mainstream and literary titles, mysteries, suspense/thrillers, Westerns, romances, media tie-ins, and nonfiction works.
My articles about copyediting have appeared in the SFWA Bulletin
and the Del Rey Books newsletter. A Writer's Guide to Understanding the Copyeditor
is available to read online at the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Website.
To inquire about availability and rates, please email Terry_McGarry AT sff DOT net.