Eliot West

Meticulous and friendly editorial services for romance, fantasy, interactive fiction, tabletop games, and more. Queer-inclusive imaginations, LGBTQIA+ creators, and happily-ever-afters are my jam!

I offer developmental editing for romance fiction (novels, novellas, stories, and interactive fiction) as well as line editing, copyediting, and proofreading for many types of texts. To learn more about how I can help with your project—from deep, individualized, big-picture feedback on your romance novel draft to a quick language tuneup on a short document—check out the services page at my website. And then I hope you'll be in touch: I'd love to hear about your project.

Why me?: An English literature PhD, romance fan, and incorrigible nerd as well as a professional editor, I’ve spent decades studying how genres, stories, and sentences work. Knowledgeable and passionate about inclusive language, I have particular interests in gender diversity, human sexuality, consent, and trauma and healing—a knowledge base that informs my edits and queries. (A note for creators of interactive fiction: I have extensive experience working with IF; I’m most familiar with ChoiceScript and typically edit in Sublime Text.) I'm also reliable, prompt, and pleasant to work with!

Editing Services
Copyediting, Developmental editing, Line editing, Proofreading, Substantive
Fiction Genres
Fantasy, Romance
Nonfiction Genres
Age Levels
End Products
novels, novellas, short stories, interactive fiction, tabletop games, knitting patterns
Style Manuals
Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS)
Adobe Acrobat Reader, Google Docs, Microsoft Word
Other Memberships
ACES: The Society for Editing