Carlisa Cramer

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Orem, UT, USA

Freelance editor who's worked with multiple publishers, specializing in young adult, middle grade, fantasy, and historical fiction.

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I studied English literature and editing in college, giving me extensive experience and skills in all levels of editing from developmental editing to copyediting and final proofreading. I have honed my craft at publishers including Flux, Jolly Fish Press, Hollen Publishing, Cedar Fort Publishing, and more. Throughout this time, my passion has always been for young adult, middle grade, fantasy, and historical fiction, I look forward to seeing how I can help!

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Dystopian
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Romance
Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Acquisitions Editor

North Star Editions
July, 2017 – Present (over 1 year)

Reviews submissions and queries. Actively seeks manuscripts for publication. Takes books from query to publication, managing all the details of editing.

Editor

Self-employed
January, 2017 – Present (about 2 years)

Works as a freelance editor for a variety of clients, including individual authors and publishing companies, such as Hollen Publishing, Covenant Communications, Cedar Fort Publishing & Media, and Inkshares.

Editorial Intern

North Star Editions
September, 2016 – July, 2017 (10 months)

Reviewed every query submitted to North Star Editions and their imprints, Flux Books and Jolly Fish Press, who specialize in young adult and middle grade fiction. Gave critical feedback on whether or not to acquire books. Copyedited, proofread, and performed developmental work for books throughout each stage of the publication process.

Editor

Inscape Journal of Creative Writing
January, 2015 – May, 2016 (over 1 year)

Reviewed creative writing submissions. Edited poetry and short stories for publication in the journal, both online and in print.

Portfolio (27 selected works)

Ollie Oxley and the Ghost: The Search for Lost Gold

Lisa Schmid

Twelve-year-old Ollie Oxley is moving-again. His mom is starting another new job, this time at the Bingham Theater in Granite City, California. Moving all the time means Ollie has struggled in the making friends department, but he quickly connects with a boy named Teddy. To Ollie's surprise, though, his first friend in town is a little more . . . unique than those he's made in the past. Teddy ... read more

Twelve-year-old Ollie Oxley is moving-again. His mom is starting another new job, this time at the Bingham Theater in Granite City, California. Moving all the time means Ollie has struggled in the making friends department, but he quickly connects with a boy named Teddy. To Ollie's surprise, though, his first friend in town is a little more . . . unique than those he's made in the past. Teddy ... read more

The Living God

Kaytalin Platt

Legend has it, The Living God will bring about the destruction of the world in order to rebuild it into a paradise. Some worship and welcome His coming, others fear Him and would do anything to stop it. Kaytalin Platt’s The Living God follows the internal struggle of two mages, Saran and Keleir, as they confront their fears and attempt to find meaning in the hand that life has dealt them. Sara... read more

Legend has it, The Living God will bring about the destruction of the world in order to rebuild it into a paradise. Some worship and welcome His coming, others fear Him and would do anything to stop it. Kaytalin Platt’s The Living God follows the internal struggle of two mages, Saran and Keleir, as they confront their fears and attempt to find meaning in the hand that life has dealt them. Sara... read more

The Slave Prince

Jeyna Grace

A retelling absent of the Red Sea For fifteen years, Thom believed he was a prince of Alpenwhist. He had climbed the castle turrets to survey his kingdom, learned to duel with the sharpest blades, and stirred up palace intrigue in disguise. That is, until one day when his identity is suddenly shattered by the revelations of a blind woman: He learns that he isn’t a prince at all, but a wretched... read more

A retelling absent of the Red Sea For fifteen years, Thom believed he was a prince of Alpenwhist. He had climbed the castle turrets to survey his kingdom, learned to duel with the sharpest blades, and stirred up palace intrigue in disguise. That is, until one day when his identity is suddenly shattered by the revelations of a blind woman: He learns that he isn’t a prince at all, but a wretched... read more

Sweet Mercy

Donald S. Smurthwaite

What do you remember, what is important, what do you simply let go, sand piling on sand, until only the important events and memories are left? Much to the delight and good fortune of Arthur and Mary Bell, they were the proud parents of four strapping sons. Such a stroke of luck was vital to their survival on the Idaho plain, where every able-bodied young man was desperately needed to work the... read more

What do you remember, what is important, what do you simply let go, sand piling on sand, until only the important events and memories are left? Much to the delight and good fortune of Arthur and Mary Bell, they were the proud parents of four strapping sons. Such a stroke of luck was vital to their survival on the Idaho plain, where every able-bodied young man was desperately needed to work the... read more

Children Of The Blessing (The Lemurian Chronicles Book 1)

Perry Morris

When the gods bless you with great power, evil men will seek your life. But, there are worse things than men.The children of the blessing have never met. Renn wanted to be a farmer and Avaris a warrior, but their birth and blessing set an ancient prophecy in motion that promises to shift the balance of power on the continent of Lemuria. The two boy’s dreams and innocence are shattered by those... read more

When the gods bless you with great power, evil men will seek your life. But, there are worse things than men.The children of the blessing have never met. Renn wanted to be a farmer and Avaris a warrior, but their birth and blessing set an ancient prophecy in motion that promises to shift the balance of power on the continent of Lemuria. The two boy’s dreams and innocence are shattered by those... read more

A Town Called Vengeance (Brokeheart Series Book 2)

Kevin Wolf

Faded words on yellowed newsprint tell stories of an Apache war party led by a she-wolf. Forthe frontier newspaperman, Kepler, the accounts beckon him to finish the battles he fought in theColorado mountains.Kepler’s quest brings stagecoach attacks, waterless days in the Arizona desert, and an unholy alliance with a creature of darkness. In a barroom in a town called Vengeance, Kepler faces do... read more

Faded words on yellowed newsprint tell stories of an Apache war party led by a she-wolf. Forthe frontier newspaperman, Kepler, the accounts beckon him to finish the battles he fought in theColorado mountains.Kepler’s quest brings stagecoach attacks, waterless days in the Arizona desert, and an unholy alliance with a creature of darkness. In a barroom in a town called Vengeance, Kepler faces do... read more

Beneath the Bellemont Sky

Ranee S. Clark

As WWII draws to a close, war widow Vera Larsen Trumbell knows all too well the sacrifices of those left on the home front. Working on her family’s farm has sustained Vera and her young children, but she now yearns for a sense of normalcy. The end of the war has been bittersweet for the Larsen clan, as they and the members of their small Wyoming town continue to pick up the pieces of their for... read more

As WWII draws to a close, war widow Vera Larsen Trumbell knows all too well the sacrifices of those left on the home front. Working on her family’s farm has sustained Vera and her young children, but she now yearns for a sense of normalcy. The end of the war has been bittersweet for the Larsen clan, as they and the members of their small Wyoming town continue to pick up the pieces of their for... read more

One Last Try (Bright Lights Book 1)

Michelle Alstead

They had only one thing in common . . . Jane Caulfield has a best friend who worries too much, a boss who thinks she's broken, and a secret she's hoping to outrun when she heads to her grandmother's Iowa farm.Jag Winchester is a handsome actor with a successful but unremarkable career. Tired of Hollywood flings, he'd give anything to find real love. As he prepares for his next movie role, Jag ... read more

They had only one thing in common . . . Jane Caulfield has a best friend who worries too much, a boss who thinks she's broken, and a secret she's hoping to outrun when she heads to her grandmother's Iowa farm.Jag Winchester is a handsome actor with a successful but unremarkable career. Tired of Hollywood flings, he'd give anything to find real love. As he prepares for his next movie role, Jag ... read more

Storm of Fury: Winds of Legend

Andrew Wood

For as long as Kaven can remember, Lantrelia has been at war. Yet its foe is not flesh and blood, but the eternal rage of the god Na'lek. Incarnate in a mighty storm called the Fury, Na'lek's rage has butchered mankind by sending forth armies of supernatural monsters. Soon, the Fury's attacks will sweep humanity away.Determined to become a war hero like his father, Kaven sets out on a treacher... read more

For as long as Kaven can remember, Lantrelia has been at war. Yet its foe is not flesh and blood, but the eternal rage of the god Na'lek. Incarnate in a mighty storm called the Fury, Na'lek's rage has butchered mankind by sending forth armies of supernatural monsters. Soon, the Fury's attacks will sweep humanity away.Determined to become a war hero like his father, Kaven sets out on a treacher... read more

The Gnome Exchange Program: North Pole Rescue

Matt Caliri

All Geronimo wanted was to live out his quiet gnome life drawing unicorns while imagining himself on epic adventures. It's not until his twelfth birthday that his parents offer him a real adventure. The gnome exchange program sends Geronimo to the north pole where he's sent on a perilous journey to save Christmas from Santa's evil half-brother. Encountering polar bears, centaurs, wizards, and ... read more

All Geronimo wanted was to live out his quiet gnome life drawing unicorns while imagining himself on epic adventures. It's not until his twelfth birthday that his parents offer him a real adventure. The gnome exchange program sends Geronimo to the north pole where he's sent on a perilous journey to save Christmas from Santa's evil half-brother. Encountering polar bears, centaurs, wizards, and ... read more

Beyond the Code

Kelsey Rae Barthel

To the common world, Aurora Falon is merely the pampered daughter of a rich and influential family. But to the secret world of The Order, she is Luna, the powerful and formidable warrior knight, under the rule of her master, Cole Iver. Together, they strive to bring down Damon Lexus, a wicked master who uses her knights in cowardly and dishonourable ways for her own selfish desires. But when t... read more

To the common world, Aurora Falon is merely the pampered daughter of a rich and influential family. But to the secret world of The Order, she is Luna, the powerful and formidable warrior knight, under the rule of her master, Cole Iver. Together, they strive to bring down Damon Lexus, a wicked master who uses her knights in cowardly and dishonourable ways for her own selfish desires. But when t... read more

Mind Games

Stephanie Black

Psychologist Natalie Marsh’s dream is now reality: her mental health services clinic has opened and is housed in an elegant, newly renovated nineteenth-century building. Unfortunately, not everyone is happy with the clinic’s presence, including Heather Osbourne, a troubled young woman who wholly objects to the occupation of the building. Heather has spent years wandering the halls of the aband... read more

Psychologist Natalie Marsh’s dream is now reality: her mental health services clinic has opened and is housed in an elegant, newly renovated nineteenth-century building. Unfortunately, not everyone is happy with the clinic’s presence, including Heather Osbourne, a troubled young woman who wholly objects to the occupation of the building. Heather has spent years wandering the halls of the aband... read more

Finding Love with the Billionaire (A Clean Billionaire Romance Book 3)

Anne-Marie Meyer

Opposites attract in the Alaskan wilderness. Journalist, Madeline Abernathy, is desperate to finally be taken seriously by her boss. When he calls her in on a Saturday night, she’s hopelessly optimistic that this is her big break. That is, until she finds herself face to face with Liam, the billionaire party boy, who’s been dominating the newsstands all month. Now she finds herself committed t... read more

Opposites attract in the Alaskan wilderness. Journalist, Madeline Abernathy, is desperate to finally be taken seriously by her boss. When he calls her in on a Saturday night, she’s hopelessly optimistic that this is her big break. That is, until she finds herself face to face with Liam, the billionaire party boy, who’s been dominating the newsstands all month. Now she finds herself committed t... read more

U-Turn at Next Synapse

Cory Wyszynski

The year is 2010. John Howard can barely stand upright as he stumbles through the streets, his crushing headache a brutal reminder that he’s the only person who knows the fate of humanity: he can see what will happen in the next one thousand years.The year is 3027. The Zerseck 6,000 Tri-Universal, the grand race of the cosmic universes, has just begun—and the last human straps in as The Makers... read more

The year is 2010. John Howard can barely stand upright as he stumbles through the streets, his crushing headache a brutal reminder that he’s the only person who knows the fate of humanity: he can see what will happen in the next one thousand years.The year is 3027. The Zerseck 6,000 Tri-Universal, the grand race of the cosmic universes, has just begun—and the last human straps in as The Makers... read more

The Gentleman's Deception

Karen Tuft

Renowned actress Ruby Chadwick, The Darling of Drury Lane, has long planned and prepared for her final performance. With exceptional beauty comes the unwanted attention of men, and after years of fending off odious suitors, Ruby is ready to leave it all behind in favor of a quiet life. The first step is to reclaim a piece of her past: her true identity as Lavinia Fernley. But leaving town unno... read more

Renowned actress Ruby Chadwick, The Darling of Drury Lane, has long planned and prepared for her final performance. With exceptional beauty comes the unwanted attention of men, and after years of fending off odious suitors, Ruby is ready to leave it all behind in favor of a quiet life. The first step is to reclaim a piece of her past: her true identity as Lavinia Fernley. But leaving town unno... read more

Fall of the Dragon Prince (The Forgotten Heirs Trilogy)

Dan Allen

The union of the five realms stands on the brink of destruction. All hope lies with the secret heirs of Toran, but no one knows who they are, not even the heirs themselves. Reann, a 17-year-old keeper of the library in Toran's former castle, must find the next heir or leave the castle when she turns 18. With the help of Verick, a handsome young nobleman, Reann seeks to solve the mystery of the... read more

The union of the five realms stands on the brink of destruction. All hope lies with the secret heirs of Toran, but no one knows who they are, not even the heirs themselves. Reann, a 17-year-old keeper of the library in Toran's former castle, must find the next heir or leave the castle when she turns 18. With the help of Verick, a handsome young nobleman, Reann seeks to solve the mystery of the... read more

Keeper

Kim Chance

When a 200-year-old witch attacks her, sixteen-year-old bookworm Lainey Styles is determined to find a logical explanation. Even with the impossible staring her in the face, Lainey refuses to believe it—until she finds a photograph linking the witch to her dead mother.After consulting a psychic, Lainey discovers that she, like her mother, is a Keeper: a witch with the exclusive ability to unlo... read more

When a 200-year-old witch attacks her, sixteen-year-old bookworm Lainey Styles is determined to find a logical explanation. Even with the impossible staring her in the face, Lainey refuses to believe it—until she finds a photograph linking the witch to her dead mother.After consulting a psychic, Lainey discovers that she, like her mother, is a Keeper: a witch with the exclusive ability to unlo... read more

City of Shards (Spellgiver Book 1)

Steve Rodgers

In the gang-ridden Wormpile District, 16-year-old Larin shouts nonsense words into the decaying alleyways, a magical tourette’s syndrome that has brought him grief from every neighborhood thug. Protected from the worst beatings by his drug-addicted warrior-uncle, Larin’s life is one of loneliness, trapped in his uncle’s four block safe zone where no gang member dares tread. But when he learns ... read more

In the gang-ridden Wormpile District, 16-year-old Larin shouts nonsense words into the decaying alleyways, a magical tourette’s syndrome that has brought him grief from every neighborhood thug. Protected from the worst beatings by his drug-addicted warrior-uncle, Larin’s life is one of loneliness, trapped in his uncle’s four block safe zone where no gang member dares tread. But when he learns ... read more

In the Claws of the Indigen (Spellgiver Book 2)

Steve Rodgers

The Old Gods have seized control of the capital in an orgy of executions and murder. Now, Larin and the others flee for their lives, as the High Wizard’s creatures fall upon them like a steel rain. Thus begins Book 2 of Spellgiver, a tale of heroism, hatred, wonder and betrayal. A tale in which Larin will meet his Master, Akul will reconcile with one horrible mistake from the past, and nothing... read more

The Old Gods have seized control of the capital in an orgy of executions and murder. Now, Larin and the others flee for their lives, as the High Wizard’s creatures fall upon them like a steel rain. Thus begins Book 2 of Spellgiver, a tale of heroism, hatred, wonder and betrayal. A tale in which Larin will meet his Master, Akul will reconcile with one horrible mistake from the past, and nothing... read more

The Dog Walker's Diary

Kathryn Donahue

When jaded and overworked Los Angeles literary agent Daniel Ashe hires Annie Doherty, an Irish dog walker, he’s simply looking for someone to care for his dogs so he can focus on landing a dream client and save his career. He certainly doesn’t expect to come home each night to find Annie has left him a new and fantastical story about the secret lives of his dogs—or that she’s cast him, a man w... read more

When jaded and overworked Los Angeles literary agent Daniel Ashe hires Annie Doherty, an Irish dog walker, he’s simply looking for someone to care for his dogs so he can focus on landing a dream client and save his career. He certainly doesn’t expect to come home each night to find Annie has left him a new and fantastical story about the secret lives of his dogs—or that she’s cast him, a man w... read more

Consider (The Holo Series Book 1)

Kristy Acevedo

As if 17-year-old Alexandra Lucas' anxiety disorder isn't enough, mysterious holograms suddenly appear, heralding the end of the world. They bring an ultimatum: heed the warning and step through a portal-like vertex to safety, or stay and be destroyed by a comet that is on a collision course with Earth. The holograms,claiming to be humans from the future, bring the promise of safety. But witho... read more

As if 17-year-old Alexandra Lucas' anxiety disorder isn't enough, mysterious holograms suddenly appear, heralding the end of the world. They bring an ultimatum: heed the warning and step through a portal-like vertex to safety, or stay and be destroyed by a comet that is on a collision course with Earth. The holograms,claiming to be humans from the future, bring the promise of safety. But witho... read more

Contribute (The Holo Series Book 2)

Kristy Acevedo

The holograms lied to everyone on Earth and only Alexandra Lucas knows the truth. Now she's trapped in the year 2359 without family or friends—worse, without her anxiety medication. Alex attempts to reconcile the marvelous scenery, technological advances, and luxurious living with the knowledge that the holograms weren't being completely honest—what else are they lying about? With a secret tha... read more

The holograms lied to everyone on Earth and only Alexandra Lucas knows the truth. Now she's trapped in the year 2359 without family or friends—worse, without her anxiety medication. Alex attempts to reconcile the marvelous scenery, technological advances, and luxurious living with the knowledge that the holograms weren't being completely honest—what else are they lying about? With a secret tha... read more

Brave Enough

Kati Gardner

Teenager Cason Martin is the youngest ballerina in the Atlanta Ballet Conservatory. She never really had a choice of whether she learned to dance or not. Her mother, the conservatory's artistic director, has made all the decisions in Cason's life. But that's about to change. Cason has been hiding an injury, and it's much worse than anyone imagines.

Teenager Cason Martin is the youngest ballerina in the Atlanta Ballet Conservatory. She never really had a choice of whether she learned to dance or not. Her mother, the conservatory's artistic director, has made all the decisions in Cason's life. But that's about to change. Cason has been hiding an injury, and it's much worse than anyone imagines.

Welcome Home

Eric Smith

Welcome Home collects a number of adoption-themed fictional short stories, and brings them together in one anthology from a diverse range of celebrated Young Adult authors. The all-star roster includes Edgar-award winner Mindy McGinnis, New York Times best-selling authors C.J. Redwine (The Shadow Queen) and William Ritter (Jackaby), and acclaimed YA authors across all genres. The full list of ... read more

Welcome Home collects a number of adoption-themed fictional short stories, and brings them together in one anthology from a diverse range of celebrated Young Adult authors. The all-star roster includes Edgar-award winner Mindy McGinnis, New York Times best-selling authors C.J. Redwine (The Shadow Queen) and William Ritter (Jackaby), and acclaimed YA authors across all genres. The full list of ... read more

Seeking Mansfield

Kate Watson

Sixteen-year-old Finley Price has perfected two things: how to direct a world-class production, and how to fly way, way under the radar. The only person who ever seems to notice Finley is her best friend and godparents' son, Oliver Bertram. Since Finley moved in with her godparents after the death of her father, she and Oliver have grown close. If Finley could just take Oliver's constant encou... read more

Sixteen-year-old Finley Price has perfected two things: how to direct a world-class production, and how to fly way, way under the radar. The only person who ever seems to notice Finley is her best friend and godparents' son, Oliver Bertram. Since Finley moved in with her godparents after the death of her father, she and Oliver have grown close. If Finley could just take Oliver's constant encou... read more

Nothing But Sky

Amy Trueblood

Grace Lafferty only feels alive when she's dangling 500 feet above ground. As a post-World War I wing walker, Grace is determined to get to the World Aviation Expo, proving her team’s worth against flashier competitors and earning a coveted Hollywood contract.No one’s ever questioned Grace’s ambition until Henry Patton, a mechanic with plenty of scars from the battlefield, joins her barnstormi... read more

Grace Lafferty only feels alive when she's dangling 500 feet above ground. As a post-World War I wing walker, Grace is determined to get to the World Aviation Expo, proving her team’s worth against flashier competitors and earning a coveted Hollywood contract.No one’s ever questioned Grace’s ambition until Henry Patton, a mechanic with plenty of scars from the battlefield, joins her barnstormi... read more

Shoot the Moon

Kate Watson

Despite what his brother and his sponsor think, Tate isn’t an addict. He has the 30-day chip to prove it. But when his father learns Tate’s been running an illegal card room out of a friend’s dorm to pay off old gambling debts, Tate is cut off. With his family no longer talking to him, his aunt Nora offers him a chance to intern for her political campaign. Juggling school with the intense inte... read more

Despite what his brother and his sponsor think, Tate isn’t an addict. He has the 30-day chip to prove it. But when his father learns Tate’s been running an illegal card room out of a friend’s dorm to pay off old gambling debts, Tate is cut off. With his family no longer talking to him, his aunt Nora offers him a chance to intern for her political campaign. Juggling school with the intense inte... read more

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Dele Daniel

Carlisa is easy to work with and very professional. She delivers on time and will let you know way ahead of time if she needs more time to complete your work.

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Dele Daniel, December 2018


Sydney Hawthorn

Carlisa was an absolute pleasure to work with! She was thorough, helpful, honest, and kind throughout all my questions about the process, and endless comments. She was more than willing to answer my personal questions as well, and she was very easy to reach out to during the process itself! I would highly recommend her to another writer and I definitely plan to work with her again in the future...

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Sydney Hawthorn, December 2018


Allison Aldridge

Carlisa is amazing! She always communicates every step of the process and her end work is fabulous! I would defiantly recommend her work to every author looking for an edit on their current project!

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Allison Aldridge, November 2018


Eli Jonas

Carlisa Cramer is godsend. This book has been eating at me for months, and getting her eyes on it has pointed out all the issues that I'd gone blind to. I'm suddenly excited to dive back in and start editing again, something I've been dreading, and just in time for nanowrimo too! I fully plan on sending some of my rewrites back to her. She gives very balanced criticism, not going easy on me bu...

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Eli Jonas, November 2018


Karl Loverid

My work Carlisa was great. She was helpful and her thoughts were very insightful. We had an odd experience together as I left on vacation in the middle of the project for a couple of weeks. But otherwise, I was happy with the results. Go Carlisa!

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Karl Loverid, October 2018

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