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.

"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 69 reviews





Johnathon B.

Johnathon B.

Feb, 2024

She completed the edit on time and did great work.
Mike K.

Mike K.

Feb, 2024

Clair is very knowledgeable, and I'm so happy I hired her. Pretty much everything I wrote is going in the archives of back story, and I'm starting the story over from scratch with about 200 pages of character development.
Claire A.
Thank you, Mike! I really enjoyed the story, and your proposed changes are very exciting. Can't wait to see the revisions!
Patrick C.

Patrick C.

Jan, 2024

Claire, you did a great job copy editing a massive and complicated science fiction novel for me, and you did it under an insane deadline with grace and aplomb. As always when I work with an editor, I learned much from you that will improve my future writing. Thanks, Claire, I won't hesitate to use you again or recommend your services or talents.
Claire A.
Thank you so much Patrick! You have a really amazing world you've built. It was a joy to be part of your process! Looking forward to doing so again!
Kaity S.

Kaity S.

Jan, 2024

Claire was super helpful, and gave very straightforward feedback that was easy to understand! She's got a great eye for detail, and caught a lot of little errors that I missed. It was a great experience to work with her, and I highly recommend her if you're looking for an excellent editor!
Claire A.
Kaity! It was great working with you, and I enjoyed your book a lot! Hope to work with you again in the future!
Hannah W.

Hannah W.

Jan, 2024

Claire was such an amazing person to work with! She did a developmental edit on my first book and exceeded my expectations. Communication was clear and efficient, she answered any and all questions I had, and her edits were concise and professional. She pointed out the biggest problems with my draft and provided next steps to get me closer to publishing. I highly recommend her services.
Claire A.
It has been a joy working with you, Hannah! Looking forward to what comes next, very much!

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