Barbie Halaby

Monocle Editing


Baltimore, MD



fiction (especially historical, women’s, Christian, literary, fantasy), memoir, academic and trade nonfiction (especially history, religion, literature, philosophy, gender studies, Italian culture)


I have worked as an editor professionally since 2002, first in-house, then independently, offering a wide variety of clients manuscript evaluation, stylistic editing, copy editing, and proofreading. I can edit confidently in American English, British English, and Canadian English, and I stay well-versed in current language trends. I am an active member of ACES and the EFA (Editorial Freelancers Association). I help authors improve their writing so their unique ideas have a chance to reach an audience saturated with books. Transmit your voice straight to readers without your great ideas, plots, characters, and dialogue being overshadowed by errors or confusing language. I give you the support and encouragement you need to trust yourself and to know which instincts to follow and which are actually rooted in bad information. Editorial work is a bottom-up support system that elevates an author’s work to be more than what it was, and this is exactly where I do my best work. Connect with me on Twitter (@MonocleEd), Instagram (monocle_editing), or LinkedIn (


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