Claire Ashgrove

Claire Ashgrove - Editor

Kansas City, MO, USA

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

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I have been editing genre fiction for over fifteen years and worked on over 150 successful novels, primarily in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Romance (both category and stand alone, and across all romance subgenres.)

In Science Fiction and Fantasy, I have worked freelance and with Kevin J. Anderson's Wordfire Press, and pulp publisher Pro Se Productions. I am proud to have worked on titles by Frank Herbert, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Peter J. Wacks, J.R. Boyett, DJ Butler, D.K. Holmberg, Kate Corcino, CS Humble, and many others. My strengths are in world-building, conflict development, and three-dimensional character development. I am also a sucker for anything dragon related.

My Romance 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; Award-winning authors M.L. Guida, Kat Bastion, Rosalie Lario; and National Bestselling authors Saranna DeWylde and Tenaya Jayne, along with many successful others.

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

I specialize in world-building, developing strong conflict, and three-dimensional character building. My services include developmental editing, copy editing, and proofreading. Send me your magical worlds, your dystopian survivals, and your brooding heroes! I love meeting and working with authors but do tend to book quickly!

"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)

English (US)
Contemporary Romance
Epic Fantasy
Historical Romance
Paranormal Romance
Romantic Suspense
Science Fiction
Urban Fantasy


  • Best Paranormal Single Title
  • Best Contemporary Romance
  • USA Today Bestsellers
  • NYT Bestsellers

Work experience


Wordfire Press
March, 2015 – May, 2016 (about 1 year)

Proofreading services and digital formatting for over 20 titles.


Entangled Publishing
January, 2014 – March, 2016 (about 2 years)

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

Freelance Editor / Author

October, 2011 – Present (almost 11 years)

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.

Aquisitions Editor

The Wild Rose Press
September, 2009 – January, 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.

Portfolio (49 selected works)

The Dark Ability

Holmberg, D.K.


Vargas, Phillip


Barr, Dyann Love

Tooth and Nail

Lunsford, Sara

Blood Brotherhood

Guida, M.L.

Shooting Stars

Rushby, Allison

Seducing Avery

Han, Barb

Say Something

Morrison, Cathy

Love on the Menu

Barr, Dyann


Rushby, Allison

Sleeping with the Lights On

Whiteside, Brenda

Highland Legends

Bastion, Kat

Vows of Revenge

Ridgley, J. F.

The Dandy Boys Mysteries

Wacks, Peter J., Boyett, J. R.

Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes: Rose Gardner Mystery, Book 1

Denise Grover Swank, Shannon McManus, DGS

Origins & Endings Volume 2

Negelein, Christopher Robin, Krog, Michael, Humble, CS, Garcia, Tony

UnMarked (Extinction)

Mathews, Ashlyn

Claire has 15 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Daniel Myers
I enjoy working with Claire. Her comments are always helpful and she pushes me to improve my character development and focus on the story.

Daniel Myers, July 2022

Claire Ashgrove
Thanks Dan! I definitely enjoy working with you too!

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Brad Pawlowski
Claire is a superb editor and a great person. I hired her to proofread my book and she did a wonderful job. Even afterwards, she was patient with my questions and pointed out a few issues that other editors had missed.

Brad Pawlowski, July 2022

Claire Ashgrove
Thank you Brad. You are talented and your writing is a treat to read! I hope to do more together in the future.

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Jens Buedinger
Claire was very helpful and communicative throughout the editing process. Thank you very much!

Jens Buedinger, July 2022

Claire Ashgrove
Beautiful story, Jens -- it was a pleasure working with you!

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KJ Swensen
Claire was great! I couldn’t have asked for better. She completed the job within a short turn around time and provided very detailed and helpful feedback.

KJ Swensen, July 2022

Claire Ashgrove
Thank you KJ! Loved your story, and I hope to work together in the future!

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Judy Kinter
I haven't been able to review yet. My computer needs to be reset and I lost word.

Judy Kinter, July 2022

Claire Ashgrove
Thank you for allowing me to work on your project, Judy. Hope you get the computer fixed!

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