Bailey Harrington

GreenPen Editing

My name is Bailey Harrington. I’m a copy editor, line editor, and proofreader specialising in academic, fiction, and table top game editing. I’m also a recovering academic, a bookbinder, and a board game connoisseur. I bring a wide range of experience to my work, including:

  • a PhD in genetics and a background in forensic science and psychology
  • an internship at a body farm
  • a decade living in Europe
  • an intense obsession with anything related to books, and
  • an inconveniently expensive board gaming habit.

My clients include academics, independent authors, publishers, and board game designers. I accept freelance work through my business, GreenPen Editing, and I am a Staff Editor for Washington State University’s Professional Editing Service Center.

As an academic editor, I help authors get their journal articles, dissertations, grant applications, or tenure-track dossiers ready for submission. I primarily work on manuscripts in genetics, biology, medicine, and other STEM topics, although I have also edited a number of humanities and social science manuscripts. You can see a list of published academic articles I edited on my website. I work with projects in Word, PDFs, and LaTeX.

As a fiction editor, I’m not just looking for the usual grammar errors or spelling mistakes. My goal is to find anything that pulls the reader out of the story—be it a mis- or overused word, a factual error, or an inconsistency in the timeline—and to work with the author to resolve it in a way that is true to their voice and the story.

As a table top game editor, I do more than just copyedit or proofread game rules. I use my many years’ experience playing and play testing games—combined with my expertise as an editor—to ensure games are production ready and offer a smooth playing experience. I do this by highlighting rules that are unclear; identifying points of confusion or edge cases players may encounter; closing loopholes that could be exploited; finding places the game’s theme or back story could be more salient in the rules; spotting errors in the text; or providing advice on formatting to increase clarity.

I am able to work on documents in any of: Microsoft Word, macOS Pages, Google Sheets, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe InDesign, LaTeX. For anything else, please enquire.


Dr. Harrington was exactly the editor I was looking for this fall. I had a large scientific grant to submit, and I needed an editor with scientific expertise. Dr. Harrington was helpful, very communicative and turned my grant around in a very reasonable timeframe. Thanks so much!

—Samuel Swift, Assistant Professor, College of Population Health, UNM

I felt like I was a good writer and had a good story. Several friends in different artistic/creative fields had advised me to consider some professional help prior to considering shopping my book around for publication. I interviewed over 20 editors and chose to work with Bailey after she shared some of her edits.

What I found refreshing about her style is that she really worked hard to let me keep my voice in the edits. She pointed out inconsistencies in my story-line, areas of confusion, and things that did not quite make sense. She offered suggestions along the way but respected my desire to execute the changes in my own style. She was timely and a pleasure to work with. I would recommend her without reservation.

—Ramesh Unni, independent author

When I needed a meticulously detailed critique, I called on Bailey Harrington and her expertise. I hired Bailey in October of 2022 to beta read my senior thesis, which consisted of 80 pages of fairytale retellings in poetry and prose formats. Proficient in beta reading, line editing, and proofreading, she provided me with more insight into the collection’s cohesion and individual pieces than I asked for. Without her feedback, my collection would not be in the shape that it is today and ready for publication. If you’re looking for a beta reader, proofreader, and/or line editor, I cannot recommend Bailey enough!

—Rachel Alarcio, degree candidate, English, Kalamazoo College

Professional Memberships

ACES: The Society for Editing

Professional Editors Network

Publishing Professionals Network

Scientific Editors Network (ScENe)

Contact Information


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Years in the field: 9
Years freelancing: 9


Bailey Harrington