Editing

I am an experienced and conscientious editor of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and memoir. I mostly work with full length manuscripts, but also work with shorter pieces. My services include full critiques, developmental editing, line editing, and proofreading. I bring a fresh eye to your work and am completely honest with you about its quality. Thirty-six books I edited from 2012-16 have been published or are forthcoming, including seven books which won major prizes.

In poetry, I mainly work with chapbook and full length manuscripts, but will also work on smaller groups of poems. I will be honest with you about your poems, will advise you which should be dropped, which should be kept, and which ones need revision. I will line edit your poems, showing you exactly which parts need revision and why. I will help you order your poems and organize your book into a coherent whole, and will help you make it as good as it can be. I also offer advice on how and where to look for publishers.

For fiction writers, I offer advice on plot, character, language, pacing, and anything else that needs to be addressed, like a need for compression or expansion. I keep up with dozens of literary magazines and publishers, and offer advice on where to send your work.

For writers of non-fiction and memoir, I edit for factual and emotional accuracy. I can help as little or as much as you need, from grammar to structure to overall coherence. I'm a very careful reader who takes a creative approach to editing at any level.

My students and clients have had their poems, stories, and essays published in The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, The New England Review, AGNI, Verse, Denver Quarterly, The New Republic, and dozens of other magazines. My clients' books and chapbooks have been published by presses such as the University of Massachusetts Press, Ohio State University Press, Slope Editions, Akron University Press, Salmon Press, Dzanc Books, University of Georgia Press, Black Ocean Press, and others. I served as editor-in-chief of Quarterly West for two years, where I edited and published poets including Larry Levis, Stephen Dunn, and Elizabeth Spires. I have spoken frequently about publishing at literary conferences and festivals. I serve on the Board of Directors of Slope Editions, which published a book I edited, Bow, by Penelope Austin.

I charge $50--$70 an hour on a sliding scale, offer free consultation, and have a quick turnaround time. For more information, or for references, email me at wyncooper@​gmail.com.

See the What My Clients Say page for testimonials about my editing.

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"Wyn Cooper explores an overlooked territory that lies between the crafty irony of Frank O'Hara and the more unalloyed sentiments of contemporary popular culture." --T.R. Hummer
“Wyn Cooper’s superb postcard poems, deft and exemplary, say just enough, and never too much.”
--Jane Hirshfield
“Wyn Cooper’s poems are tight and pithy and fun.”
--James Tate
Wyn Cooper’s first book, which includes the poem that was made into Sheryl Crow’s song, “All I Wanna Do.”