Editing

Zoë Ruiz is the best copyeditor 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’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

I’m a freelance editor and edit book-length literary manuscripts, academic manuscripts,  short stories, and articles. Most recently I edited 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 focus on line-editing and development edits. My clients have included Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen, Sylvia Chan-Malik, and Ryan Pittington, among others. 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.

I started editing as a student at UC Santa Cruz through participating in several fiction writing workshops, as well as running a student-run literary magazine as the fiction editor and then editor-in-chief. Once out of college, I worked at 826 Valencia and 826LA, I focused on editing student writing and publications, such as Exactly, chapbooks (Give the Fish Skin to the Wind), and newspapers (826LA Good Times and Bay-farer). In the fall, I will be pursuing my MFA in fiction at Oregon State University and will be strengthening my editorial skills by taking craft courses and writing workshops.

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