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Rebecca Weston
Rebecca Weston Literary, LLC

ABOUT REBECCA WESTON LITERARY

Rebecca Weston Literary helps writers develop their stories into the best versions of themselves.

With eight years’ experience as an editor of award-winning middle-grade and young adult novels at Random House Children’s Books, I provide expert edits and industry perspective. I offer a wide range of editorial assistance, from a gentle push in one direction or another to intense work on plotting, characters, and tone, to intricate line edits. Writers are welcome at any stage in their careers, from unagented, unpublished writers just starting out, to published, seasoned veterans seeking a fresh set of eyes. I tailor my edits to each person’s requirements, working to bring every manuscript to its full potential so that writers can feel confident as they begin the agent-query process or hand in that next draft.

First and foremost, your story is your story. Every manuscript is unique and personal and is treated as such. Each round of edits begins and ends with a phone call so that you can get the most out of your editing experience.

ABOUT REBECCA

I am an independent book editor specializing in middle-grade and young adult fiction in all genres. Previously, I worked for eight years as an editor at Random House Children’s Books in New York City, where I edited middle-grade and young adult novels, focusing on literary projects with both broad appeal and a classic feel, as well as layered commercial projects. At Random House, I worked with many award-winning authors, including Jenny Hubbard, author of the Michael L. Printz Honor Book And We Stay and the William C. Morris Debut Award Finalist Paper Covers Rock; Susan Lynn Meyer, author of the Sydney Taylor Honor Award–winning novel Black Radishes and Skating with the Statue of Liberty; Rob Buyea, acclaimed author of the Mr. Terupt series and The Perfect Score; and New York Times bestselling author Megan Shepherd, whose debut middle-grade novel, The Secret Horses of Briar Hill, received glowing praise.

I grew up inside the world of books—Little House on the Prairie, Swallows & Amazons, Treasure Island, Anne of Green Gables, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Maine Woods by Thoreau, and the works of E. B. White, Jane Austen, and P. G. Wodehouse. My favorite memories from childhood are of playing outside, imagining myself as the characters from my favorite stories, and then exploring new worlds as I read myself to sleep each night. According to my mother, when asked what I wanted to do when I grew up, I said that I wanted to read.

At Colby College, I studied philosophy and creative writing. I quickly discovered an affinity for mimicking the writing styles of different authors and was happiest when editing the writing of my peers. While attending the postgraduate Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, I received a job offer from Random House Children’s Books. There, I found my first literary home and made my childhood dream of reading for a living, and my newfound vision of helping writers develop their voices, come true.

I am thrilled to be working now for my own company, Rebecca Weston Literary, where I spend my time doing what I love best: working with writers to help their stories become fully realized. When not reading or editing, I am most likely walking in the woods, sailing on a lake, or baking cookies.

For more information about my services and contact information, visit rebeccawestonliterary.com.


years experience: 9
rates: Please email me the age category, page count, 20 sample pages, and a brief summary of your middle-grade or young adult novel, and I will provide a quote. rebecca@rebeccawestonliterary.com
SKILLS
Developmental editing, Proposal writing/editing, Book Doctor, Line-editing, Copywriting
GENRES & SPECIALTIES
Juvenile fiction, Middle-grade, Young adult
TRADE REFERENCES
“Rebecca Weston guided my manuscript from messy first draft into the book I always hoped it would be. The story came alive under her expertise and guidance. I would consider it an honor to work with her again. She is a brilliant editor with a keen eye.” — MEGAN SHEPHERD, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE SECRET HORSES OF BRIAR HILL

“I had the privilege of working with Rebecca Weston on my novels Saving Mr. Terupt and The Perfect Score. Let me just say, I found everything I wanted in an editor in Rebecca. She was patient with me when I was writing, and she always made time for me and was there if I ever needed to run something by her or ask her opinion. Rebecca was so easy to talk to. And she listened—really listened. Rebecca provided honest feedback and smart, insightful comments. Her guidance helped me cut, add, tweak, and ultimately produce books that I am very proud of. If given the chance, Rebecca Weston is an editor I would team up with in a heartbeat.” — ROB BUYEA, AUTHOR OF THE MR. TERUPT SERIES AND THE PERFECT SCORE

“Rebecca is the editor I dreamed of long before I became published. I want her hands and eyes and brain and heart to touch every book I ever write.” — JENNY HUBBARD, AUTHOR OF THE MICHAEL L. PRINTZ HONOR BOOK AND WE STAY AND THE WILLIAM C. MORRIS DEBUT AWARD FINALIST PAPER COVERS ROCK

“I couldn’t have had a better editor than Rebecca Weston for my first two novels. Rebecca has the ideal combination of editorial gifts. She is gentle and encouraging, yet she is uncompromising in her high standards. She resolutely pushed me to settle for nothing less than what she was certain I could accomplish, and her belief in me strengthened my belief in myself. Rebecca astutely figured out what wasn’t working in my manuscripts, and I came away from our phone conversations feeling reenergized. It was a tremendous pleasure to work with an editor with such a belief in literature, in the power and lasting importance of words and stories.” — SUSAN LYNN MEYER, AUTHOR OF THE SYDNEY TAYLOR HONOR AWARD-WINNING NOVEL BLACK RADISHES AND SKATING WITH THE STATUE OF LIBERTY, ­­­­­­­­­A BOSTON AUTHORS’ CLUB JULIA WARD HOWE AWARD FINALIST

“Rebecca Weston is a top-notch editor in every sense — from her keen insight into plot, story, and character, to her amazing ability to line-edit for clarity, precision, and rhythm, all while preserving the author’s unique voice. She’s a pleasure to work with, and she gets the job done!” — ERIN HARRIS, LITERARY AGENT, FOLIO LITERARY MANAGEMENT

“I’ve had the great pleasure of working with Rebecca. She is thorough, insightful, and patient, not to mention at all times passionately dedicated. I highly recommend her services!” — JONATHAN LYONS, LITERARY AGENT, CURTIS BROWN

“Rebecca Weston is a thorough and professional editor whose warmth and collaborative spirit shine through. Every step of the process is a pleasure when Rebecca is on board, and the results are stunning.” — ERIN MURPHY, LITERARY AGENT, ERIN MURPHY LITERARY AGENCY

“I had the opportunity to work with Rebecca on a manuscript very near and dear to my heart. She is a wizard with her notes, unafraid to dig deep to unearth the truly amazing. Her editorial vision is on another level, and I was blown away by her attention to detail, depth of understanding, and respect for the story. If you have a chance to work with her, don’t let it pass you by. You won’t regret it.” — BETH PHELAN, LITERARY AGENT, THE BENT AGENCY

“Rebecca Weston is one of those rare editors who combines creative editorial insights, strong communication and support, and tireless attention to detail in her work. My authors are truly fortunate to have had the chance to work with her.” — DANIELLE CHIOTTI, LITERARY AGENT, UPSTART CROW LITERARY

“Rebecca Weston is an author’s dream editor. As her colleague for many years, it was clear from the success of her titles that she gives insightful notes, with a keen eye for developing characters and tightening pacing. She understands what a good book needs to become great. Rebecca has a deep love and understanding of classic literature that sets her apart from other editors and gives her editorial skills a wonderful literary sensibility. And on top of all of that, she’s also a wonderful person and a joy to be around. Authors would be lucky to have her at their side during their publishing journey.” — CHELSEA EBERLY, SENIOR EDITOR, RANDOM HOUSE BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS

“Rebecca is a joy to work with. She is bright, intuitive, and one of the best collaborative partners I’ve met in the editorial field. Her skills go above and beyond the manuscript pages; her keen eye would be an asset to any burgeoning writer.” — KRISTA VITOLA, SENIOR EDITOR, SIMON & SCHUSTER BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS

“Rebecca is thoughtful, smart, and passionate about what she does. She’s that special editor who is encouraging, supportive, and kind, yet also necessarily frank about the work that needs to be done.” — EMILY SEIFE, EDITOR, SCHOLASTIC PRESS

“Rebecca has a keen eye for finding literary fiction, and a talent for scrupulously shaping manuscripts. On top of her professional prowess, Rebecca’s warm, open-minded demeanor makes her the perfect editor to entrust with projects close to your heart.” — JESSICA SHOFFEL, DIRECTOR OF PUBLICITY, LITTLE, BROWN BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS

“Rebecca’s editorial experience, professionalism, and warmth made her a shining star at our WPA SCBWI Fall Conference. How impressive to possess the ability and sensitivity to guide both new and experienced writers. Her thoughtful comments, questions, and suggestions proved how truly talented she is as an editor. Rebecca is smart and insightful, of course, but she’s also a patient listener. What a gift for any writer to have the chance to work with her!” — KATE DOPIRAK, ARA WPA SCBWI

SPECIALIZED TRAINING, WORK EXPERIENCE, HONORS
REBECCA WESTON LITERARY, LLC
2017-present: I am owner and independent book editor at Rebecca Weston Literary, where I specialize in editing middle-grade and young adult fiction in all genres.

RANDOM HOUSE CHILDREN'S BOOKS
2008-2016: I worked for eight years as an editor of award-winning middle-grade and young adult novels at Random House Children’s Books.