About Rainy Day Editing
Rainy Day Editing is Rachel Solomon, a professional editor, award-winning author, and Seattle native who does not own an umbrella.
Rachel, who holds a degree in journalism, has worked as a copy editor for numerous newspapers, a freelance copy editor and developmental editor for independently published books, and as a book coach with Author Accelerator. Furthermore, she has experience reading slush pile submissions and writing reader reports for a small publisher.
For the past five years, Rachel has volunteered as a Pitch Wars mentor, reading hundreds of submissions and mentoring writers, many of whom have gone on to secure literary agents and book deals. She currently serves on the Pitch Wars leadership committee.
Rachel's young adult novels have been published by Simon & Schuster. She spent a lot of time in the query trenches and understands how crucial it is to have a polished manuscript to snag an agent's attention. Working one-on-one with writers is one of her favorite ways to spend her time. She especially loves determining how to highlight a story's unique qualities, and she strives to bring out the best in her mentees' and clients' work.
"I had the absolute best experience working with Rachel. Her edit letters are comprehensive and detailed, her comments the perfect blend of critical and supportive. She’s the type of editor whose comments make you excited to dive in and tackle revisions. She truly got the heart of my story and knew what I was trying to do. Less than a month after Pitch Wars ended, I signed with my dream agent. I am a better writer for working with Rachel, and I cannot recommend her enough!" - Marisa Kanter, Rachel's 2017 Pitch Wars mentee and the author of What I Like About You
"I've been lucky enough to receive feedback from Rachel on several projects at different stages. She has a fabulous eye for structural edits, character development, and heightening stakes. She is very communicative and a pleasure to work with." - Gloria Chao, author of American Panda
"Rachel is a dedicated and thoughtful developmental editor who brings a vast array of wisdom about the landscape of the publishing industry to her work. Through her feedback on multiple manuscripts, Rachel has again and again brought a keen editorial eye and a knack for digging deep into the big picture to her work." - Kit Frick, author of See All the Stars
“I LOVED working with Rachel. There were issues with the beginning of my novel others had been able to sense but not put their finger on. Rachel knew right away what needed to be fixed, and was able to clearly articulate it. She is so good at blending constructive criticism with encouragement. After receiving her notes, I wanted to dive in right away because she makes you feel inspired to create better. Looking forward to working with her again!" - Jaimie Ridgewood