Society of
Children's Book Writers
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Professional Series: The Top Ten Things To Look For Before you Hire a Freelance Editor

Date(s) - 06/14/2016
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Anthroposophical Society
138 West 15th St. - New York, New York

June 14, 2016


You’ve made the decision or are thinking about hiring a freelance editor, but your Google search has left you with more questions than answers. “The Top 10 Things to Look for Before You Hire a Freelance Editor,” a talk by freelance editors Sangeeta Mehta and Maya Rock, demystifies the world of freelance editing by tackling topics such as how to interpret an editor’s credentials, how to accurately assess the needs of your own manuscript, what questions to ask a potential editor, and more.Published and unpublished authors, agents, and publishing houses make extensive use of freelance editors—should you?

Maya Rock is an editor and author. She graduated from Princeton University in 2002 and has worked in publishing ever since. After college, she worked for five years as a literary agent at Writers House. In 2010, she started Rock Editorial Services, which offers editorial assistance to agents, authors, and publishing houses. Projects she has worked on include the RITA-award winning YA paranormal romance Deception So Deadly by Clara Kensie, YA literary The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton and adult romance The Someday Jar by Alison Morgan. She is the author of the YA novel, Scripted. You can find out more about her and Rock Editorial Services at Sangeeta Mehta has worked in the book publishing field since the late 1990s. She has been an acquiring editor at both Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (the children's division of the Hachette Book Group) and Simon Pulse (the teen paperback division of Simon & Schuster). She later returned to Hachette to freelance-edit a New York Times bestseller. She currently consults on book projects for corporate and independent book publishers (with current and recent clients including Macmillan, Lee & Low, and Workman Publishing) and individual authors. Visit her website at

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