Constance Renfrow - Editor
Constance Renfrow is the former lead editor of the fiercely independent Three Rooms Press in New York.
Here, she edited such titles as Meagan Brothers’s groundbreaking LGBT YA novel Weird Girl and What’s His Name, hailed by Foreword Reviews as “[having] all the makings to become a classic of this generation”; Johanna Drucker’s tremendous debut eco-fiction Downdrift; and Eamon Loingsigh’s eloquent examination of the nineteenth-century Brooklyn Irish, Exile on Bridge Street (Langum Prize Shortlist). She is also a former columnist at DIY MFA, where she offered insight into the book publishing industry.
Her first book, Songs of My Selfie: An Anthology of Millennial Stories was a 2016 IndieFAB Finalist, and her short fiction has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes and the Best of the Net, and most recently won the Porter House Review Prize in 2019. She received her MFA in fiction from Pacific University.
WHY WE LOVE CONSTANCE
Constance brings a wealth of knowledge across a mix of different genres – perfect for any writer who’d like a US industry opinion on something that doesn’t quite fit into a specific category.
WHAT CONSTANCE SAYS ABOUT EDITING
As a writer myself, I know how frustrating it can be when you’ve brought your story as far as you can, and are now just stuck, and as an editor, I love helping authors overcome these moments and discover a new enthusiasm for their project. The best thing a client can say after a manuscript assessment/line edit is, “I have SO many ideas!”
I am known for “going above and beyond” my clients’ expectations, and for my thorough, exacting approach. My goal in every edit (from manuscript assessments to proofreads) is first to provide the author with the tools they need to improve their next draft and their next story and their next, but also to narrow the gap between the story in the author’s mind and the story on the page itself. My goal is help the manuscript draft become the narrative it truly wants to be.
I gravitate toward historical fiction, literary fiction, and YA, but appreciate anything with a compelling, bold idea and an authoritative voice.
What Constance works on
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Genres Constance specialises in
Constance's published books
Songs of My Selfie
An Anthology of Millennial Short Stories
IndieFAB Finalist: Anthologies 2016