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About our editors

Elite Publishing House Experience Guaranteed

Because Kirkus’ reputation was built on our unparalleled ability to assess literary merit, we select only the strongest editors to join our team. Our triple qualification process guarantees that your manuscript will go to an experienced editor with a track record of success.

  • Portfolio

    Kirkus only selects editors who have worked on books published by the top publishers in the United States. We define the “top publishers” as the major five (Penguin Random House, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and HarperCollins), award-winning independent presses, such as Graywolf, Kensington, and Abrams, or otherwise notable genre publishers, such as Harlequin.

  • Testing

    If an editor’s portfolio meets our discriminating standards, he or she is invited to complete our testing round, which is used to evaluate skill level.To pass the testing round, an editor must prove his or her ability to provide thoughtful, productive feedback, show exceptional attention to detail, and exhibit expert knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style, the style guide used by all major U.S. publishing houses.

  • Performance

    Kirkus’ editors are held to the industry’s highest performance standards, which means our stable of freelancers have proven track records of meeting deadlines and maintaining consistent quality. We ensure that our standards are met on each project by assigning an experienced production editor to review all work before it is returned to the author.

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