Editor, collaborative writer, and copy writer specializing in developmental editing, line editing, and copy editing for fiction and nonfiction.
Whitney Bak is a detail-oriented and encouraging editor with an affinity for fact-checking who has worked on over two hundred titles, including multiple New York Times bestsellers. She brings a fresh perspective to every project and a passion for helping authors share their unique and diverse stories—whether she’s working as a collaborative writer, substantive editor, line editor, copyeditor, proofreader, or cover copywriter.
She leverages both her in-house and freelance experience with Big Five publishers, as well as her background in content marketing, to better coach writers. She graduated magna cum laude from Bethel University with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Writing and has continued investing in her education and skill development through coursework at UCLA and Jane Friedman classes.
One of the things Whitney appreciates most about her career is the ability to work on a wide range of projects, which is reflective in both the types of work she offers and the genres she enjoys. Her favorite and most-frequent projects span works of both fiction and nonfiction, including YA and children’s, fantasy, women’s fiction, romance, contemporary fiction, self-help, and celebrity memoirs.
Notable projects she has been a part of include: I’ll Be There (But I’ll Be Wearing Sweatpants) by Amy Weatherly and Jess Johnston (copy editor, jacket writer, and credited writing collaborator on a children’s version of the book), Two Old Broads by Whoopi Goldberg and M. E. Hecht (line editor), April 1945: The Hinge of History by Craig Shirley (substantive editor and fact checker), Heartless Heirs (Twin Daggers #2) by MarcyKate Connolly (copyeditor), The Enneagram for Black Liberation by Chichi Agorom (copyeditor), What Will I Do with My Love Today? by Kristin Chenoweth (proofreader).
In her spare time, she enjoys blogging and scrapbooking about her experiences living in Europe and Asia, which she believes have helped her bring a more global perspective to her work as an editor. She also enjoys writing novels and is an avid audiobook listener.