Four Eyes Edit is a partnership of two professional editors who have worked together since 2008. Adela Brito and Margarita Kurtz have served as developmental editors and copy editors to bestselling authors and first-time writers.
Their editorial careers blossomed at the New Yorker, AdWeek, Scholastic, and McGraw-Hill. They learned about the publishing process and the stages of editorial development.
Adela Brito holds a BA in English from Florida International University and an MFA in Fiction from the University of Memphis. Her entrepreneurial skills came into play early on by tutoring children when she was a teenager and then starting a term paper typing and editing service. She began her professional career as a teacher, and then become a Managing Educational Director for Sylvan Learning Center in South Florida.
When she moved to New York City in 2000, she began her career as an editor. She did not, however, give up her passion for helping students. She continued tutoring, gaining an expertise in SAT preparation and the college application process.
During graduate school, she was a fiction editor for The Pinch literary journal and a Writing Consultant and Graduate Assistant Director at the Center for Writing and Communication.
Presently, she teaches English Composition and Writing Support at Nashville State Community College, and Creative Writing 101 and Fiction for Gotham Writers.
Her short fiction has appeared in The Acentos Review, Hieroglyph, and Moko Magazine. Her short nonfiction, arts reviews, and poetry have appeared in All About Jazz, Counterculture UK, EdgeMedia, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Storyboard Memphis, and Underwood.
DEVELOPMENTAL SENIOR EDITOR
Margarita Kurtz, holds a BA in Literature from Purchase College, State University of New York, .
Margarita began her professional career in publishing at Crown Publishing as an archivist. Later, she became a readability editor for Scholastic, helping to building an award-winning literacy ELA program from the ground up.
She also discovered her love for teaching ESL as conversational partner volunteer for the International Center. This experience led to her first ESL position teaching Business English for Berlitz. She then taught ESOL for Queens Community House before becoming a full-time ELL Editor for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill.
During graduate school at the University of Memphis, she worked as graduate assistant at Intensive English for Internationals where she used her Spanish skills to translate the policies of the intensive English program to potential students. She also earned her TEFL certificate in Plzen, Czech Republic, at University of West Bohemia in the summer of 2018.
Currently, Margarita balances her dual career passions: being a College Instructor of Academic Writing to international students and writing ELA fiction passages and assessments for the Council for Aid to Education and other editorial publishers.