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 14 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

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

Kelly Josephine Chappell
Caroline was great! I am definitely using expertise again.

Kelly Josephine Chappell, July 2021

Heather Russell
I've just finished incorporating the copyedits for my second manuscript with Caroline. I value her feedback and attention to detail so much. She makes changing things easy, letting go of what doesn't serve is less of a battle.

Heather Russell, June 2021

Sarah Davis
I absolutely loved working with Caroline! Her enthusiasm and encouragement were immensely helpful. She did an incredible job with my project and I am ever so grateful. I would highly recommend her services!

Sarah Davis, June 2021

Kris Lou
Working with Caroline has been better than I imagined. She is thorough, professional, and her recommendations/suggestions are spot on. I highly recommend working with her, and I would be more than happy to work with her again in the future.

Kris Lou, June 2021

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