Editing

Zoë Ruiz is the best editor one could hope for: smart, diligent, informed, passionate, and responsive. I entrusted her with a challenging book—Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War—and trusted that she could help me mold it into a work that could be ready by many. She succeeded. All writers would benefit from working with her, but I will single out academic writers who wish to speak to more than just academics.

-Viet Thanh Nguyen, author Nothing Ever Dies, The Sympathizer, and The Refugees

I’m a freelance editor and edit book-length literary manuscripts, academic manuscripts,  short stories, and articles. I focus on line-editing and development edits and have been editing for over a decade.

Currently I’m editing Viet Thanh Nguyen’s forthcoming nonfiction book to be published by Atlantic Grove. I edited Nugyen’s Nothing Ever Dies, which was a finalist for The National Book Award in nonfiction and The National Book Critics Circle Award in general nonfiction.

I’ve edited writing for The Rumpus, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Hawkins Project, 826LA, and 826 Valencia, among other places. As The Rumpus managing editor and Saturday editor, I edited interviews, essays, and columns by a variety of writers who include Jerry Stahl, Peter Orner, Rick Moody, Thomas Page McBee, Katie Crouch, J. Ryan Stradal, and more.

For inquiries, please contact: ruiz.zoe@gmail.com

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Zoë Ruiz early in my career, in my work for The Rumpus, and I found her to be wonderfully detail-oriented, analytical, insightful, and, most importantly, full of ideas that greatly improved and clarified my work. She set a standard by which my future nonfiction editors were judged, and I would work with her again with extreme enthusiasm.
-J Ryan Stradal, author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest