Nikki Busch: talented, trained, and skilled Editor

What sets me apart

I’m an experienced editor and have been working with words for more than 30 years. I have edited close to 250 books for indie authors, traditional authors, and publishers. Not only am I a highly trained editor with a specialized editing certificate, I’m also a published poet and writer with a strong promotional background.

Plenty of people who love to read can call themselves a “freelance editor,” but not all have the proven talent, training, and skill needed to help you build better stories. Book editing takes more than good grades in English and a childhood passion for books (although I can’t deny having both).

I have worked as an editor for independent publishing houses and magazine publishers and as a newspaper reporter. I’ve also worked in book marketing and as a writer/editor at award-winning communications firms in the NYC area.

When you hire me, you get the best of both worlds to help you craft your best work: the skills of a trained, seasoned editor combined with the creativity of an imaginative writer. Add in my promotional experience, and you have a wealth of talent at your fingertips.

What I edit

I edit fiction, book cover blurbs, and book synopses. My clients include indie authors, hybrid authors, authors seeking traditional publication, and small presses. I have substantial experience guiding authors through the self-publishing process and am eager to share my knowledge with authors of all stripes: new, emerging, and established.

Many of the books I’ve edited are best sellers and several are award winners and finalists. I edit fiction in the genres listed below:

  • Fantasy
  • Young Adult (YA)
  • Paranormal
  • Dystopian
  • Horror
  • Romance
  • LGBT
  • Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction
  • Suspense
  • New Adult (NA)
  • Middle Grade (MG)
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
  • Action-Adventure
  • Erotica

I also edit memoirs and self-help, how-to, and leadership books.

Where I’ve trained

My training reflects a continued drive to remain up-to-date on subjects related to publishing:

  • Bachelor of Arts, English, Rutgers University
  • Specialized Certificate in Copyediting, University of California-San Diego: studies included copyediting, line editing, and substantive editing
  • Introduction to Developmental Editing: Book-Length Fiction and Creative Nonfiction, the Author-Editor Clinic
  • Intermediate Developmental Editing of Fiction, Editorial Freelancers Association
  • Advanced Developmental Editing of Fiction, Club Ed
  • Sensitivity Reading, Editorial Freelancers Association
  • Fiction Writing, Level I, Gotham Writers’ Workshop
  • Introduction to Professional Academic Editing, Ideas on Fire
  • Visualize Your Story: an Instagram Workshop for Writers and Editors
  • Webinars and social media events for publishing professionals
  • ACES: The Society for Editing, 2019 national conference attendee
  • Membership in respected online groups for editing professionals

I am a co-founder of the Association of Independent Publishing Professionals (AIPP) and a member of ACES: The Society for Editing and the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA). You can view my CV on LinkedIn here.

Tools I use

  • Microsoft Word Track Changes
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Google Docs
  • Pages
  • PowerPoint
  • Workfront (ProofHQ)
  • Chicago Manual of Style
  • Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate
  • Garner’s Modern American Usage
  • The Copyeditor’s Handbook
  • Oxford English Dictionary (online)
  • Oxford Canadian Dictionary
  • The Associated Press Stylebook
  • AMA Manual of Style
  • A full library of grammar and fiction craft reference books

More about me

I’m an avid rock and roll fan and wrote song lyrics in my teens before switching to poetry. I once sang lead in a punk band and walked away from a decades-old dream of becoming a rock critic because I had to pay the rent. My poetry and short fiction have been traditionally published. I am a tea fanatic, sushi addict, yoga devotee, and avid kayaker. Born and raised in the Bronx, I now live in the country, but I haven’t lost my city girl accent or attitude.

I look forward to helping you Build Better Stories.

My schedule fills quickly. Please book early.