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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Overview

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 space.

You can expect substantive but supportive edits and a safe, collaborative space for creative discussion. I'm also able to offer 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.

SERVICES ON OFFER:
- developmental editing
- copy editing
- editorial assessments
- beta reads




Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Contemporary Romance
Paranormal Romance
Romantic Comedy
Romantic Suspense
Urban Fantasy

Certifications

  • 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

Harlequin
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

Siren-BookStrand
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 22 reviews

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Nichole Williams
Caroline was an absolute joy to work with. She was very flexible with my timeline and provided excellent feedback that gave me direction to shape my story more clearly. Her feedback was presented constructively and kindly. I felt energized and wanted to dive back into writing when I finished reading her notes. I would recommend her to anyone who is anxious about getting feedback and anyone who...
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Nichole Williams, April 2022


Ashlee Robinson
Caroline was great to work with! She was friendly, professional, and took the time to check any areas I wanted particular feedback on. She provided useful comments and suggestions to really sharpen up the text/story and ensure good continuity. Would definitely recommend.

Ashlee Robinson, April 2022


Kate Lucas-Morrison
Caroline is wonderful to work with and has a wonderful ability to work in her clients brain. She fully immersed herself in the second book of my series (essentially going in blind), and was able to adapt to the world I had built and the vibe of my voice. She elevated my work and I am so pleased with the quality! Highly recommend!

Kate Lucas-Morrison, January 2022


Jessica Montanez
Another stellar and seamless experience working with Caroline!

Jessica Montanez, December 2021


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

Jessica Montanez, October 2021

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