Crystal Shelley

Rabbit with a Red Pen, LLC







I’m an editor and authenticity reader who works with self-publishing authors and traditional publishers. I specialize in fiction, with a particular love of science fiction, fantasy, and romance.

I believe that language should be used with intention and that words have the ability to liberate or to oppress. Before becoming an editor, I was a licensed clinical social worker. I started my editorial business to unite my love of language and my passion for social justice, and I’m proud to push for writing and representation that is more equitable, intentional, and just. I serve on the board of ACES: The Society for Editing, and I’m also an instructor for the Editorial Freelancers Association.

As an authenticity reader, I read for the following topics:

-Chinese/Taiwanese culture
-The experiences of being Asian American and the child of immigrants
-Women’s issues and feminism
-Online gaming (MMORPG) culture
-Ageism against older adults*
-Alzheimer’s and related dementias*
-Hospice/end-of-life care*

*These topics are based on professional experience, not lived experience. Therefore, I can’t speak to what it’s like to have Alzheimer’s disease or to be on hospice, but I have ten years of experience working closely with individuals and their loved ones.


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