Em Rowene Editing


You’ve written a book! Figuring out the next steps can be difficult, but whether you’re looking for a full developmental edit, some query letter feedback, or coaching through the traditional publishing process, I’m here to help.

While I specialize in adult speculative fiction (an umbrella term that includes fantasy, science fiction, horror, magical realism, and more), I welcome submissions from all genres! I’ve held internships with both romance and mystery publishing houses, and I have a good deal of experience editing fiction of all genres.

While I can promise to give my all to each and every submission I receive, I can’t guarantee agent interest or publication. Whether or not you go on to successfully publish is up to you; I’m just here to point out where you can improve, help you gain confidence and clarity in your writing, and guide you on your path to success.

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A brief overview of who I am and why you should trust me with your manuscript:

  • I graduated with a Writing Intensive English degree from Marquette University, where I worked at the writing center, was president of the school’s writing society, and was admitted to Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society.

  • I’ve held internships at both Cozy Cat Press and Entangled Publishing.

  • I have four years of experience with freelance editing, working specifically with speculative fiction.

Now, a bit more in depth:

I’m an editor, writer, and attorney based in Madison, Wisconsin. While law is my career, writing is my passion. I’ve been writing fantasy since elementary school (in fact, I still have an awful, awful Narnia rip-off I wrote in fifth grade), and I’ve been reading it for even longer. I’ve been published in a few small places, like Marquette University’s literary magazine and Hone and Lime Literary Magazine, and I’m currently working on my debut novel, FRACTURED MAGIC. Since undergrad, I’ve devoted most of my time to studying speculative fiction and learning the ins and outs of publishing.

Helping and supporting other authors has long been a passion of mine. I’ve been a critique partner to over ten writers in the last five years, and beta reader to even more. I love hearing authors get passionate about their stories and characters, and I’d love to hear about yours!

When I’m not writing, reading, or editing, I’m either playing piano or spending time with my girlfriend and our five cats.

favorite books

  • The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss

  • Ombria in Shadow, Patricia McKillip

  • Uprooted, Naomi Novik

  • Hexwood, Diana Wynne Jones