Our Book

“The only practical guide to the craft of writing that is both inspiring and essential.”

Gary Fisketjon, Vice President and Senior Editor, Alfred A. Knopf

Our Story

Founded in 1980 by Renni Browne, a former senior editor at William Morrow and coauthor of the bestselling Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, The Editorial Department provides expert support in planning, revising, and editing all genres of fiction and nonfiction. Our editors help authors hone writing skills and prepare manuscripts for traditional or independent publication by providing:

  • Constructive editorial critiques to identify what works, what needs work, and to inform your revision process

  • In-depth guidance on revisions and rewrites, based on clearly-defined objectives and the unique needs of your manuscript

  • Line editing, copy editing, and proofreading from editors you choose and work with directly

  • Personalized lessons, education, and guidance on story craft and writing technique based on your own work-in-progress

  • Assistance from experienced industry insiders in pitching your work to literary agents and publishers

  • Guidance, education, and editing for self publishing authors

  • Professional collaboration, ghostwriting, and screenplay adaptation support for fiction and narrative nonfiction

  • A wide range of development, editing, and writing support for screenplays and screenplay adaptations

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Our Services

For Novels, Narrative Nonfiction, Short Stories, Screenplays, Academic & Scholarly Works

Manuscript Critique

Manuscript Critique

Candid, constructive editorial critiques for complete manuscripts, book proposals, and unfinished works-in-progress

Developmental Editing

Developmental Editing

Substantive, in-depth guidance on revision to bring out a manuscript’s full potential and prepare for final copy editing

Line & Copy Editing

Line & Copy Editing

Editing to strengthen voice, polish prose, correct errors, and ready your work for traditional or independent publication

Author Coaching

Author Coaching

Craft-focused primers and personalized coaching on writing technique, based on your own manuscript or work-in-progress

Ghostwriting & Book Collaboration

Ghostwriting & Book Collaboration

Professional collaboration, ghostwriting, and book planning by experienced authors published in a wide range of genres

Traditional Publishing Support Services

Traditional Publishing Support Services

Expert guidance on query letters, synopses, book proposals, and submissions outreach to literary agents and publishers

Self-Publishing Support Services

Self-Publishing Support Services

Education, planning, and editorial support for self-publishing authors using any printer or publishing services provider

Screenplays & Screenplay Adaptations

Screenplays & Screenplay Adaptations

Critique, editing, and ghostwriting services for screenplay adaptations, original screenplays, treatments, and more

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Our Staff

Our staff includes a diverse mix of editors, literary agents, writing coaches, screenwriters, ghostwriters, and publishing consultants who work with our authors directly to provide as much or as little support as is needed to bring your project to fruition. Many of us are successfully published writers or have experience acquiring and editing books for major New York publishers. Others are experienced writing teachers with a passion for nurturing creativity and helping writers realize your own creative vision at the highest level possible.

Areas of fiction specialization

  • Mystery, suspense, and crime fiction

  • Thrillers

  • Romance and women’s fiction

  • Speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, etc.)

  • Literary, mainstream, and upmarket fiction

  • Christian, spiritual, and New Age fiction

  • Young adult (YA) and middle grade fiction

  • Short stories and short story compilations

  • Southern fiction

  • Historical fiction

Areas of nonfiction specialization

  • Memoir

  • Biography and autobiography

  • Self-help

  • Science, nature, ecology, and the environment

  • Philosophy

  • History, politics, and world events

  • Sports

  • Food, wine, and lifestyle

  • Travel

  • Religion, theology, and spirituality

Find Your Editor

Our clients range from bestselling authors with loyal readerships to new writers who are just starting out on their writing journeys. Our highly personalized approach to nurturing writers and helping them succeed has earned us feature coverage from The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Writers Digest, and “recommended” status by various Internet watchdog groups.

Our editors specialize in providing concrete guidance and clear direction, first in making your manuscript as good as it can be, then in getting it published, and finally in giving it the best chance of success in the marketplace. Whether you’re working on your first book or your fifteenth, whether your goal is traditional or independent publication, whether you’ve got a rough draft teeming with potential or a polished final draft that’s ready to find its readership, The Editorial Department is uniquely qualified to help you succeed.

Our Promises

Getting Started

If you’re considering working with a professional editor and feel we may be a good fit for you, the first step is to contact Ross Browne in the Tucson office. You can do this by phone at (520) 546-9992, by email at admin@editorialdepartment.com, or by visiting our online welcome center, where you can upload your manuscript and answer a few questions that will help us assess what you have and which editor(s) and service(s) may be most appropriate for your needs.

Once Ross receives all the information he needs to make a recommendation, he will contact you to discuss your options for moving forward, introduce the recommended editor(s), and provide a written quote for any pertinent service(s). At this point in the process, there’s never any cost or obligation, and Ross will be happy to answer any questions and customize the proposed editorial course, based on your project’s unique needs.

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