Manuscript Editing

Rachel has provided copy editing and proofreading services for about a dozen university and institution presses as well as select projects for nonprofits and individual authors. She contracts with the following presses on a regular basis:

Brookings Institution Press

Georgetown University Press

Humanities First

The Ohio State University

University of Nebraska Press

University of New Mexico Press

Virginia Commonwealth University


Writing samples

Van Hart, Rachel F. “The Editorial Double Vision of Maxwell Perkins: How the Editor of Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Wolfe Plied His Craft.” Master's thesis, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2015. (

Van Hart, Rachel F. “A Case for the Autistic Perspective in Young Adult Literature.” English Journal 102 no. 2 (2012): 27–36.


Staff Positions

Humanities First | 2016–present
Associate editor for Humanities First, a nonprofit that provides scholars with affordable editorial support.

The Medical Literary Messenger | 2013–present
Co-founder, managing editor, and current copy editor and designer for Virginia Commonwealth University's school of medicine affiliate literary magazine | 2015–2016
Associate copy editor for the online encyclopedia of American politics, a project of the Lucy Burns Institute

The Savannah Morning News | 2008–2010
Copy editor, layout designer, and weekend wire editor for the mid-size daily in Savannah, Georgia

The Beaufort Gazette and The Island Packet | 2007–2008
Copy editor and layout designer for sister newspapers in Beaufort and Hilton Head, South Carolina, respectively

The Daily Tar Heel | 2004–2007
Staff member on the design and copy desks and design editor for the University of North Carolina's student-run newspaper