Claire Ashgrove

Claire Ashgrove – Editor

Passionate editor w/15+ years experience - USA Today / NYT / National Bestselling and Award-Winning authors of sci-fi, fantasy, and romance.


I've been editing genre fiction for over sixteen years and worked on over 150 successful novels, primarily in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Romance (both category and stand alone, and across all romance sub-genres.)


In Science Fiction and Fantasy, I've worked freelance and with Kevin J. Anderson's Wordfire Press, and pulp publisher Pro Se Productions. I'm proud to have worked on titles by Frank Herbert, Hugo-Nominated Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Peter J. Wacks, J.R. Boyett, DJ Butler, D.K. Holmberg, Kate Corcino, CS Humble, and many others. I'm a sucker for anything dragon related and fully realized magical systems.

My Romance background is vast with extensive experience in historical, contemporary, paranormal, and suspense. My credits include editing for Entangled Publishing, The Wild Rose Press, and authors such as: NYT and USA Today Bestselling authors Nana Malone, Barb Han, and Denise Grover Swank; Golden Heart Nominee Evie Anderson; National Bestselling author Saranna DeWylde, along with many other award-winning and bestselling authors.

I'm also a multi-Award Winning and National Bestselling author with titles published by TOR, Blackstone, Berkley, and Entangled. I've contributed to several science fiction / fantasy anthologies, including the highly successful Joe Ledger franchise. I also held the office of President for our local RWA chapter for many years until the organization became no longer viable for my career path.


Our mutual goal: a book you are proud to confidently promote.

I specialize in world-building, developing strong conflict, and three-dimensional characters. I believe in constructive feedback that is straightforward and includes potential solutions. Your story is special; it deserves to be treated as such. I also understand putting work out there isn't easy for everyone. For new authors, this is often a scary endeavor. While I'm honest, I deliver that honesty with grace and respect. My feedback is always designed to empower your writing and pave your career path. Feel free to ask me anything during the process, and I'll cheer lead when you need it, too! Developmentally, I believe in a collaborative, coaching approach that honors your vision and creativity. At a copy editing level, I'm detail-oriented and follow the thorough process New York publishers employ.

*I am also happy to fact check anything equine related. In fact, *please* let me review your horses for realistic presentation! If this is a service you want, please select developmental editing for the service desired. If you're able, an approximate percentage of the total word count that involves equine activities is helpful.

"Claire's insights into my novel helped me identify areas needing improvement--what was working, and what wasn't--allowing me to polish my novel and take it to the next level. Knowledgeable and easy to work with. I would recommend her to anyone." -- National bestselling author and Hugo-nominated editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt (Davi Rhii, John Simon, Fox's Predator)

Contemporary Romance Epic Fantasy Historical Romance Paranormal Romance Romantic Suspense Science Fiction Urban Fantasy
English (US)
  • Best Paranormal Single Title
  • Best Contemporary Romance
  • USA Today Bestsellers
  • NYT Bestsellers

Work experience

Wordfire Press

Mar, 2015 — May, 2016 (about 1 year)

Proofreading services and digital formatting for over 20 titles.

Entangled Publishing

Jan, 2014 — Mar, 2016 (about 2 years)

Developmental editor for contemporary and paranormal romance and a handful of cozies.


Oct, 2011 — Present

Numerous editing credits with NYT / USA Today / Bestselling and award-winning authors such as Nana Malone, Frank Herbert, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Barb Han, Saranna DeWylde, D.K. Holmberg, Peter J. Wacks, and many many more. I have edited for Entangled, Wordfire Press, Pro Se Publications, and worked with both indie and traditional authors in romance (all sub genres), fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, young adult, and more.

Award-winning, National Bestselling author of over 30 novels in romance, fantasy, and science fiction with more to come. Published by Tor, Entangled, and Berkley and well versed in indie publishing.

The Wild Rose Press

Sep, 2009 — Jan, 2012 (over 2 years)

Acquired for contemporary romance, developmental and line-editing. Some proofreading. Some digital formatting. Maintained a strong stable of no less than 15 authors annually.



Cooper, Caitee


Leigh, Rob


Hall, Kaylyn

War of the Sea

Claire, Dana

Summer's Slumber

Wooley, E. M.

UnMarked (Extinction)

Mathews, Ashlyn

Origins & Endings Volume 2

Negelein, Christopher Robin

Vows of Revenge

Ridgley, J. F.

Highland Legends

Bastion, Kat


Rushby, Allison

Love on the Menu

Barr, Dyann

Say Something

Morrison, Cathy

Shooting Stars

Rushby, Allison

Tooth and Nail

Lunsford, Sara


Barr, Dyann Love


Vargas, Phillip

The Dark Ability

Holmberg, D.K.

Claire has 77 reviews





Denise B.

Denise B.

May, 2024

I asked Claire to help me get my manuscript agent-ready. She did just that. She submitted a very thorough editorial letter with excellent suggestions of how I could improve my overall story, character building, themes, and even did some copy editing. Then she went through my manuscript making several notations. She is well-versed with what the industry is looking for, and as a new author, I...
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Patrick L.

Patrick L.

Apr, 2024

Claire is a professional of the highest order. She knows her craft and provides excellent feedback. I am looking forward to continued support and collaboration from her.
Lauren M.

Lauren M.

Apr, 2024

Pretty amazing and super professional, I'll very likely end up using Claire for more editing going forward.
Claire A.
I thoroughly enjoyed the uniqueness of your manuscript; it was an absolute treat! I'm so glad I had the opportunity to work on this with you and very much hope that we can collaborate on the secon...
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David C.

David C.

Apr, 2024

Clair was accommodating and specific to her notes on the developmental edit and open to future questions. She explained the market and answered my questions as to why the edits I need to make to my manuscript would be necessary.
Claire A.
David, you have a really good story, and I am so very glad you tackled the project this way. I enjoyed the read, and I look forward to updates as you step into the world of publishing!
Nathan A.

Nathan A.

Apr, 2024

Claire has been a joy to work with! Besides being a great editor she also helped answer some of my questions and guide me through different concerns on my debut novel. She was prompt and professional. Her speed also allowed me to move my release time table up significantly which is a huge bonus!
Claire A.
Loved loved loved the story and working with you, Nathan! I can't wait to share your release, and I look forward to the next in series!

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