Caroline Acebo

Caroline Acebo - Editor

New York, NY, USA

10+ years at big New York publishers, indie houses, and an agency. Substantive editorial guidance and collaborative developmental coaching.

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I started my career as an editor at an indie house specializing in romance, erotic romance, and erotica, and I haven't left the content-for-women sphere since. I also worked for two of the Big Five in New York: HarperCollins (Harlequin) and Hachette (Grand Central Publishing). I've worked as a copy editor, a developmental editor, an acquisitions editor, and a foreign rights agent, but at the heart of all my work lies a decade's worth of dedication to women's voices, particularly in the indie publishing world.

You can expect substantive but supportive edits and a safe, collaborative space for creative discussion. I'm also able to offer expert advice on the publishing process and insights into the publishing industry at large. I've worked on both the agency side and on the editorial side of the business, I've presented upcoming titles to sales teams, and I've sold rights at multiple international book fairs. I will help you hone your craft and navigate the publishing industry, from initial concept to final manuscript.

English (US)
Contemporary Romance
New Adult
Paranormal Romance
Romantic Comedy
Romantic Suspense
Urban Fantasy


  • MS in Publishing - Pace University

Work experience

Acquisitions Editor

EverAfter Romance
September, 2016 – August, 2017 (11 months)

- Acquired hybrid romance and women's fiction authors looking for distribution in the traditional brick-and-mortar marketplace

Assistant Editor

Grand Central Publishing
January, 2015 – September, 2016 (over 1 year)

- My authors included Piper J. Drake, Kathy Lyons, Amy Jarecki, Jenny Holiday, Parker Swift, and Jacquelyn Benson

Assistant Editor

May, 2013 – November, 2014 (over 1 year)

- Acquired and edited for the following imprints: Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Harlequin Kimani
- Provided editorial assistance: Harlequin Nonfiction

Chief Editor & Freelance Editor

June, 2009 – May, 2013 (almost 4 years)

- Lead editor for Siren-BookStrand’s premier imprints
- Hired, trained, and managed freelancers and in-house editorial and creative staff
- Oversaw the editorial process for all manuscripts

The Smoke Hunter

Benson, Jacquelyn

Caroline has 18 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Jessica Montanez
This was my second collaboration with Caroline and already have the 3rd and 4th scheduled. She's amazing!

Jessica Montanez, October 2021

Nikki Wright
This is the second time I have worked with Caroline, and her feedback and observations just keep getting better! I received an editorial letter from her that is more informative, more detailed, more on point, and more attuned to my thinking and writing process than any full-on edit I have ever received. Be prepared to feel like you're back in English class, as she zeroes in on your themes an...
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Nikki Wright, September 2021

Jessica Montanez
It has been such an amazing experience working with Caroline Acebo, so much so that our next collaboration is already scheduled! Her patience with me as a novice is greatly appreciated, and her professionalism is exemplary. I look forward to future collaborations with Caroline and highly recommend her.

Jessica Montanez, September 2021

Melinda VanLone
Caroline is amazing to work with. She's helped me take my books to the next level with thoughtful feedback and an excellent eye for detail. Thanks Caroline!

Melinda VanLone, August 2021

Rebecca Acree
I'm so glad I found Caroline! She really understood my vision and goals for my manuscript, and her thoughtful, detailed feedback made for an incredibly valuable editorial assessment. Her insights pushed me to address issues in my characterization and plot, both ones that I hadn't considered and ones that I was aware of but unsure how to tackle. With her help, I now know exactly what to do to ma...
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Rebecca Acree, July 2021

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