Grace Perri Barnes





Engaging nonfiction, literary fiction, and longform narratives. Grace particularly enjoys working on standout novels of all sorts; short stories and story collections; narrative nonfiction; cultural criticism; literary memoir; political projects, journalism, biography, and history with a literary bent or creative angle; and essays.


Grace is a developmental editor, book doctor, and copyeditor who works with publishers, agents, and other literary firms, in addition to serving individual clients ranging from debut novelists to Pulitzer-winning journalists. Recent projects include an instant #1 New York Times bestseller.

On a regular basis, Grace provides book doctoring and developmental editing services to both individual clients and those referred by a top-tier literary consultancy, develops editorial content for a boutique literary PR firm that contracts with the Big Five and a handful of prestigious indies, and copyedits manuscripts for publishers.

Grace's professional background includes full-time roles in National Geographic’s book division, at Politico (where she was a copyeditor), and at a historic regional book publisher. She has significant experience copyediting in accordance with both CMoS and AP, and holds a certificate in editing awarded by ACES and Poynter. As an independent editor, she's worked across genres and on projects at all stages of the editorial process. Grace has a sophisticated understanding of the contemporary publishing landscape and the qualities that attract agents, in-house editors, and readers.


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