Geoff Smith

Freelance Editor & Ghostwriter

Location:Brooklyn, New York, United States
2 Skills
I edited hundreds of fiction and nonfiction titles during my six years as a Supervising Editor for Scholastic Inc. As a freelance editor, I have worked on novels, memoirs, marketing and advertising materials, textbooks, research papers, websites, and whatever else has come my way. I specialize in developmental editing and line editing.

Here’s a partial list of books that I’ve edited:

Action-Military: Lines in the Sand: An American Soldier’s Personal Journey in Iraq, Hannibal: Rome's Worst Nightmare, Genghis Khan: 13th-Century Mongolian Tyrant
Adventure: Sir Francis Drake: Slave Trader and Pirate, You Wouldn't Want to be Marco Polo, You Wouldn't Want to be in the Forbidden City! A Sheltered Life You'd Rather Avoid
Children's Fiction: Silver Bunny and the Secret of Fort Chop, Silent Samurai and the Magnificent Rescue, Black Tortoise and the Dynasty Dragon
Education: On the Record Teacher's Guide, On the Record Teacher's Guide, XBooks Teacher's Guide
*******: Knightly Desire, Stilettos in Vegas, Classified Information
Gay | Lesbian: ********* Are Not the Ones, A Tomboy in Disguise, The Death of Doma
Historical Fiction: The Hundred Beam Bridge, A Thirst for Freedom
History: Tomas De Torquemada: Architect of Torture, Napoleon I: Emperor and Conqueror, Otto von Bismarck: Iron Chancellor of Germany
Humor: And Comedy Arrow, Stryka, Six Feet Under
Memoir: A Mom's Code, Lines in the Sand: An American Soldier’s Personal Journey in Iraq
Politics | Government: Is It Hot Enough For You? Global Warming Heats Up, Population 1.3 Billion: China Becomes a Super Power, The War in Iraq: From the Front Lines to the Home Front
Romance | Women’s Fiction: Knightly Desire, Stilettos in Vegas, Classified Information
Science Fiction: | Fantasy | Horror Ben Cooper's Cosmic Adventure, Arrow, Stryka
Science | Medicine | Nutrition: Bulletproof!, The Cold War Pigeon Patrols, Cities of the Dead
Screenplays | Scripts: Arrow, Stryka, The Licking County Giants
Self-Help | How-To: The Skin You're In, I Did It Without Thinking, Out of Control
Sports: Scholastic's Ultimate Guide to Football, Scholastic's Ultimate Guide to Baseball, Schooled
Textbooks: Closed Feedwater Heaters for Power Generation: A Working Guide, On the Record Teacher's Guide, On the Record Teacher's Guide
YA Novels: A Hipster's Blog, Six Feet Under, The Rainbow Tribe

Geoff Smith

“Geoff has an amazing ability to boil it down to the best moments in the least amount of words! I really like all the sophistication he brings to the writing. Casual tone but with varying sentence structures that keep it interesting.” —Eileen Wacker, author of The Mom’s Code and OnceKids’ Fujimini Adventure Series

“Geoff brings an uncommon sensitivity and thoughtfulness to his edits.” —Wilson Muir, author of Citizen Lansky

“I’ve had the privilege of working with Geoff, and he is a consummate professional. A talented editor with a keen eye for detail, Geoff always offers fresh and creative ideas to help strengthen my prose without compromising my voice. If you are looking for a caring, prompt, thorough editor, he is definitely the person to contact.” —Lisa Fox, author of Knightly Desire

“I loved Geoff’s work and I’m so happy we chose to work with each other. He did what a good editor should do—take a writer who is in shorts and a T-shirt and put him in a fine suit. It's still the writer, but he looks freakin' awesome!” —Scott Service, Lines in the Sand: An American Soldier’s Personal Journey in Iraq

“Geoff did a fantastic job. He was on time, did more than he had to, had excellent ideas in developmental editing, and provided very detailed copyediting. I chose him over cheaper bids and am happy to say he's worth every penny if you want a quality product.” —Don McGann, author of Stilettos in Vegas

“Geoff did a developmental and copy edit of my children's book. This was my first experience with a freelance editor. I thought my manuscript was nearly ready to be submitted for publication—I was wrong. Geoff sent me 184 suggested changes, and he gave me sound advice on how to restructure my story. You can be sure that I will not send another book to a publisher without first having Geoff edit the manuscript.” —William Turner, author of The Adventures of Billy Goat Bob

“As a children’s book author I was looking for an editor who would look at how the words interacted with the pictures on the page. Geoff handled this task with mastery: He made each sentence as efficient as possible while keeping a consistent style throughout. Always prompt in returning his edits, Geoff made his comments and annotations directly on my PDF, making it a joy to implement his feedback.” —Alan Quinonez, author of Benito, You Can Do it!

“I didn’t like Geoff’s edits—I LOVED THEM!!! He’s a genius! He really made my characters pop!” —Yveta Germano, A Hipster’s Blog
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