The Copymancer

Are you looking for an editor who can polish your writing until it gleams? If so, you’re in the right place. My name is Asher Rose Fox and I’m a freelance editor with over 20 years of experience. I’ve worked on novels, short stories, news articles, book reviews, art books, and so much more. I would be glad to put my talents to work for you.


For authors

  • Coaching and career support
  • Manuscript critique and analysis
  • Line editing
  • Copyediting
  • Query letter and synopsis editing
  • Jacket copy

Are you an author getting ready to self-publish or submit to agents? Email me for a free manuscript evaluation and sample edit or critique.

Learn more about my services for authors.

I’m not open to new clients at this time. I recommend finding an editor through the Editorial Freelancers Association—posting jobs and searching the member directory are quick, easy, and free!

I never received any kind of training for creative writing, but I’ve always wanted to improve my craft. Asher works with me as a writing coach and meets me where I am. They ask fantastic questions and give valuable input, so after even only a few sessions I already feel more confident, and I have no doubt that this will continue as we proceed. On the business side, communication is open, fast, and fair.

Jana Gibhardt Engle, author

For publishers

  • Project editing
  • Copyediting
  • Proofreading
  • Fact-checking

Learn more about my services for publishers.

Asher is thorough, reliable, clever, and has a deep knowledge of text and the things it can and should do. And Asher has a good eye for spotting things that text should NOT be doing, and for finding ways to fix those things. Asher is good.

Marc Abrahams, editor in chief, Annals of Improbable Research

About me

In addition to freelance editing for numerous companies and individuals, I’m currently the education coordinator for the Editorial Freelancers Association, and I’ve held staff editorial positions at Publishers Weekly, PCMag, and I also founded the writing advice column Story Hospital. I volunteer with Readercon, one of the world’s foremost literary conferences, and the Hunter College Campus Schools. I’m proud to be a member of the EFA (see my EFA profile). I believe strongly in giving back to my communities and especially enjoy teaching writing to children and teens. I live in Brooklyn with my family, two cats, and several thousand books. My pronouns are they/them.

Photo credit: Erika Kapin Photography.