Courtney Luk Editing Services


Publishing Experience

Freelance Editor, Courtney Luk Editing Services (July 2013 – present)
- Genres: children’s and young adult literature, fiction, nonfiction, and essays
- Provide clients with high- and low-order revisions: developmental and line editing and fact checking
- Write editorial critiques to explain main weaknesses and strengths
- Guide clients toward publication if requested
- Maintain long-standing relationships with clients
- Manage website and social media platforms for advertising and engagement with potential clients

Editorial Intern, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing (New York, NY), February 2018 – March 2018
- Worked in support of Justin Chanda and Liz Kossnar with S+S Books for Young Readers imprint
- Attended weekly staff meetings, jacket meetings, acquisition meetings, and Lunch & Learns at which members of different departments discuss their roles
- Evaluated children’s and YA manuscripts and wrote editorial notes
- Constructed cover and front/back matter copy, comp title grids, tipsheets, P&Ls, blurb requests, CRFs, and CIP forms and data applications for the Library of Congress
- Combined proofs from copyediting, design, and editors
- Navigated Inventory Management System and Editorial databases
- Administrative tasks, including mailing and organizing metadata

Intern, Writers House, LLC (New York, NY), February 2017 – June 2017
- Worked in support of junior agents, Andrea Morrison and Victoria Doherty-Munro, and senior agents, Rebecca Sherman, Dan Lazar, and Geri Thoma
- Evaluated and forwarded/rejected manuscripts and queries
- Wrote reader’s reports, editorial letters, and pitch letters for picture books, middle grade, and young adult manuscripts
- Attended weekly tutorials regarding literary agent responsibilities under the guidance of Michael Mejias as well as seminars about the publishing process
- Organized and reviewed royalty statements, contracts, and author correspondences using BAITS
- Administrative work, including fielding phone calls and distributing mail and packages

Intern, One Story and One Teen Story (Brooklyn, NY), September 2016 – December 2016
- Read and evaluated monthly submissions for publication
-  Managed administrative tasks, including mailings, and attend weekly editorial meetings
- Organized events and writing workshops


Additional Professional Experience

Writing Tutor Specialist
The New School (August 2016 - May 2018)
University of Pittsburgh (January 2016 - July 2016)
Monmouth University (November 2010 - May 2013) 
- Assist students with writing assignments at any point in the writing process, from brainstorming to final revisions, as well as teach them various writing techniques; also working with ESL students and students with disabilities
- Facilitate in-class workshops on essay and writing skills

Teaching Assistant, University of Pittsburgh (August 2014 - December 2015)
- Taught Seminar in Composition and generated my own syllabus
- Planned and conducted lesson plans, engaging students in discussion
- Evaluated student progress throughout the semester, working with students individually


- Administrative duties (organizing files and emails, paperwork, answering phone calls, mailings)
- Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
- Social media and blogging (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Medium, WordPress, Squarespace)
- Professional Diplomas in Digital Marketing and Blogging & Content Marketing (Shaw Academy, 2018)
- Databases, including Inventory Management System and BAITS

The New School
- Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults (May 2018)

Monmouth University
- Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Creative Writing (May 2013)