Elizabeth DeWolf

I collaborate with writers to develop essays, articles, books, and other publications that are clear, effective, and stylistically authentic to the writer’s voice. I specialize in sociology, visual arts, philosophy, politics, political economy, psychology, and cultural criticism.

I edit book reviews, essays, and author interviews at the Los Angeles Review of Books, where I work closely with writers to shape and polish timely commentary on the books and issues that move them.

I also work with authors and publishers of nonfiction books related to social and political science, philosophy, visual and literary arts, and cultural criticism. Recent publishing clients include the MIT Press.

Finally, I often collaborate with advocacy and social justice organizations, policy nonprofits, and academics to write and edit reports, blog posts, articles, and op-eds. Some of the organizations I’ve worked with include the UCLA Law COVID Behind Bars Data Project, CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance, Grounded Solutions Network, and Van Alen Institute. You can find examples of work I’ve edited here.

I work with authors writing both academic and trade nonfiction books at various stages of the editorial process. I also work with individuals and organizations on essays, articles, and reports. If you’re interested in one of the services below, contact me at lizdewolf [at] gmail [dot] com for a consultation.


Book proposal consultation

Send me your draft book proposal (10-15 pages plus a sample chapter or two), and we’ll spend an hour discussing my assessment and recommendations for how to strengthen it. 

Book proposal development

We work together to develop your book proposal, step by step. We’ll brainstorm, you’ll write, and I’ll do 2-3 rounds of evaluation and/or line editing on each section.

Manuscript assessment

I’ll read your full manuscript all the way through with the big picture in mind. You’ll receive an editorial letter outlining strengths and areas for improvement, as well as a proposed revision plan.

Developmental editing

I’ll read through your full manuscript, leaving margin comments throughout related to overall structure and flow. You’ll also receive an editorial letter outlining strengths and areas for improvement, as well as a proposed revision plan.

Line editing

I’ll go through your manuscript sentence by sentence, tightening it up to get it ready for publication. A line edit typically comes after the manuscript has gone through a developmental edit, either by me or another editor.

Select Editing Projects:

Book manuscript development (shared with permission):

  • Food Waste, Food Insecurity, and the Globalization of Food Banks in the World’s Cities by Daniel Warshawksy // to be published by the University of Iowa Press in 2023

Book manuscript copyediting (shared with permission):

Substantive editing of essays, book reviews, and interviews for the Los Angeles Review of Books (shared with permission):

Substantive editing of reports and blog posts for nonprofit organizations (shared with permission):


“Liz DeWolf is a patient, collaborative, and highly skilled writer and editor. She provided invaluable feedback on my book manuscript’s organization, central themes, and case studies in a matter of weeks. Her editorial advice was constructive, detailed, and communicated in a clear and thoughtful manner. Most importantly, she provided me with a clear roadmap to complete my book project and envision the finished manuscript. I would highly recommend Liz to anyone who is looking for brilliant editorial skills and an extremely supportive approach towards writing.” — Daniel N Warshawsky, PhD, Associate Professor of Geography, Wright State University

“Over the past two years it has been my sincerest pleasure to work with Liz DeWolf, who has shown herself to be not only a keen-eyed, surgically precise line editor but also a thoughtful developmental editor. Like all great editors, DeWolf always approaches a text on its own terms. She sees it as her mission to help writers fully realize their visions, not to force them to conform to hers. Surely that explains her ability to forge such respectful, even affectionate relationships with the authors she edits. I haven’t heard a single complaint from any of LARB’s authors about DeWolf’s edits; indeed, what I have heard is a chorus of praise.” — Boris Dralyuk, Editor-in-Chief of the Los Angeles Review of Books

“Working with Liz as an editor was a dream. She provided careful, thoughtful feedback on every line of my writing. She has a sharp eye not only for language and style, but also for drawing out the nuance and flavor of an argument. My work was far more succinct and readable with her help!” — Sarah Stoller, writer and historian

“Liz worked closely with my organization to produce a 75-page technical report for a client. Liz has been an incredible thought partner and editor throughout the process, offering both line edits and substantive feedback on tone and framing. She’s provided incredibly smart and helpful notes that made the final product something to be proud of. I plan to work with her again for future editing needs and wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone working on similar projects.” — Jennifer Ferone, Associate Research Director, City University of New York Institute for State & Local Governance

I grew up in rural Massachusetts, have lived in Istanbul, London, and New York, and currently live in Los Angeles. I received my undergraduate degree in sociology with a minor in painting from Trinity College in Connecticut, and I got an MSc in city design and social science from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

When I’m not editing, I’m reading, writing fiction, painting, drawing, or traveling.

Los Angeles, CA

Email: lizdewolf@gmail.com


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Years in the field: 7
Years freelancing: 3


Elizabeth DeWolf