Adam Rosen

AMR Editorial

I’m a freelance line editor, developmental editor, and copyeditor who specializes in nonfiction.

Over the course of my career I’ve worked on a wide variety of publishing projects, including trade books, academic references, online courses, and self-published books. Currently, I spend most of my time editing nonfiction books. I’ve edited memoirs, essays collections, guidebooks, humor titles, criticism, narrative nonfiction, and prescriptive nonfiction. The subjects have spanned a wide range, including history, sports, literature, race relations, business, film, law, and much more. I’m currently under contract to edit and contribute to an essay collection about the cult film The Room, to be published by Indiana University Press in 2021.

I began my career at the late, great Collins nonfiction imprint of HarperCollins, where I worked directly under the publisher on mass-market titles. In 2009, I moved into scholarly publishing at Oxford University Press. As an associate editor, I commissioned and edited contributions to the press’s flagship online references, including the Oxford African American Studies Center, a collaboration with Harvard University’s W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute. From 2012 to 2016 I worked for Soomo Learning, an online academic publisher based in Asheville, North Carolina. At Soomo I edited digital anthologies in early and modern world literature.

As a freelancer I split my time between working with authors who are self-publishing their books and traditional publishing houses. I’ve worked with Columbia University Press, Rowman & Littlefield, Apollo Publishers, Simply Charly Books, Ambler House Publishing, AdventureKEEN, and others.

I’m proficient in Chicago and MLA styles, and I’m conversant in AP style. I’m pretty handy with Microsoft Word, and I recently typeset a book using it. I have a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a certificate from the Columbia Publishing Course, a six-week publishing program overseen by the Columbia University School of Journalism.

My mission is to make your work the best it can be. I’m gentle but completely thorough, and I don’t pull any punches if I feel something isn’t working. Because I’m a writer myself, I feel particularly attuned to writers’ blind spots. (I’ve contributed articles and essays to, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Wilson Quarterly, Literary Hub, the Baltimore Sun, the Onion, Tablet Magazine, and many other print and online publications.) Simply put, I have the training to diagnose and fix what ails your writing.

To find out more about me, please visit my website:

Asheville, NC

Cell phone: 828-772-8840


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Years in the field: 12
Years freelancing: 5


Adam Rosen