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Carly Bornstein

Carly Bornstein - Editor

Boston, MA, United States

I am the biggest book nerd; this led to my passion for editing. I'll be your best-book-friend.

Overview

"I met Carly the same day I saw Mad Max Fury Road, so she'll forever be linked in my mind to Furiosa--someone you absolutely want on your side! With Carly's guidance, I turned my pretty okay novel into something so much more, something alive. I always felt she loved my characters as much as I did--she simply got what I was trying to do, and helped me do it. I have no doubt that my book (and hopefully many to come) are vastly improved by her involvement."

-Kim Alexander, International Bestselling Author of The Demon Door Series

"I've been lucky to work with several editors who've improved my books and made me a better writer. I appreciate Carly's style. The feedback is concise and easy to understand. Her willingness to discuss not just this first book but where I'm going in the series is a great help, the kind of support I need as I try something new."

-Cheryl Harper, USA Today Bestselling Author of Can't Help Falling in Love and Least Likely to Fall in Love

"Carly's incisive mind, solid understanding of storytelling, and experience in the traditional publishing industry set her apart from the freelance editing crowd. When I send her my best work I'm confident that her edits will make it even better."

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I am a freelance editor specializing in developmental editing, line editing, and query letters. I'm a lover of all genre-fiction, including but not limited to romance, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, erotica, and young adult fiction. I have worked in the publishing industry for many years, including at a major publishing house, a literary agency, and a small publishing house that helps self-publishing authors. That has helped me to see the industry from all different angles. I have been editing published works since 2007 and I have also done e-book quality assurance for a large publishing house. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in English, and minors in Classics, Psychology, and Film. While not a writer myself, my love of books has drawn me to editing and brought out my passion for developing stories.


I'm the type of editor that you can rely on to be there whenever you have questions or need help with a tricky sentence. I'll be there for the big ideas all the way down to the choosing of the perfect word. I will be there to help you bring about your vision.

Services
Languages
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Fantasy Historical Fiction LGBTQ Romance Science Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs

Certifications

  • Pitch to Publication Editor (2015 - Present)
  • EFA (2015-Present)
  • B.A. in English (Magna Cum Laude)

Work experience

Developmental Editor

Carly Bornstein is self-employed

May, 2014 – Present (over 2 years)

I offer editing services for those preparing to publish their book. If you are getting ready to submit your book to a literary agent, traditional publishing house, or if you are self-publishing I will be your "second pair of eyes." To ensure you are happy with the finished product I will work closely with you, be available to discuss ideas, and answer any questions you may have.

Assistant

HarperCollins Publishers

October, 2012 – August, 2014 (almost 2 years)

I supported the editors of the Avon/William Morrow Imprint

Intern

Sterling Lord Literistic

November, 2011 – May, 2012 (6 months)

Assisted Agents where needed, i.e. contract checking, slush pile, rejection letters etc.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

The Bride Tournament (Wars of the Roses Brides Book 3)

Ruth Kaufman

Who will win his hand in marriage...and his love? Lady Eleanor de la Tour’s life turns upside down on her wedding day. She's ordered to wed the new earl, to whom the king has given her betrothed's title and lands. Though Richard Courtenay is handsome and intriguing, she wants the man she loves and chose. And Richard pursues alchemy, anathema to her because the obsession to turn base metals int... read more

Who will win his hand in marriage...and his love? Lady Eleanor de la Tour’s life turns upside down on her wedding day. She's ordered to wed the new earl, to whom the king has given her betrothed's title and lands. Though Richard Courtenay is handsome and intriguing, she wants the man she loves and chose. And Richard pursues alchemy, anathema to her because the obsession to turn base metals int... read more

Quick Cash for Teens: Be Your Own Boss and Make Big Bucks

Peter Bielagus

As tales of YouTube and MySpace fortunes float virally throughout the blogosphere and media, kids wonder: "Could I do that?" Financial expert Peter Bielagus emphatically answers "Yes!" Quick Cash for Teens provides smart strategies for earning big bucks, with step-by-step instructions for identifying opportunities, creating a business plan, and implementing it successfully. Bielagus includes i... read more

As tales of YouTube and MySpace fortunes float virally throughout the blogosphere and media, kids wonder: "Could I do that?" Financial expert Peter Bielagus emphatically answers "Yes!" Quick Cash for Teens provides smart strategies for earning big bucks, with step-by-step instructions for identifying opportunities, creating a business plan, and implementing it successfully. Bielagus includes i... read more

The Claiming of the Duke: by Malloy dos Capeheart (The Demon Door)

Kim Alexander

...the huge dark bulk of Gardenhour rose at his back…at once a blessing of family and security, and a curse of loneliness and lies… A dangerous man with a dark and tragic past An innocent girl with dreams of a bright future Can Gwenyth’s love drive away the shadows enveloping Max’s heart, or will she pay with her life for daring to claim him as her own? Readers of The Sand Prince will recogniz... read more

...the huge dark bulk of Gardenhour rose at his back…at once a blessing of family and security, and a curse of loneliness and lies… A dangerous man with a dark and tragic past An innocent girl with dreams of a bright future Can Gwenyth’s love drive away the shadows enveloping Max’s heart, or will she pay with her life for daring to claim him as her own? Readers of The Sand Prince will recogniz... read more

Alannah, Lorcan and The Wolf

James Fallon

Only the strength of their friendship and the gifts they possess can save them.Alannah’s world is torn apart after her mother dies in a tragic car accident. Since then, she has struggled to fit in with her classmates at school. Just days before her twelfth birthday, Alannah’s dad brings home a lamb called Lorcan, whose mother was killed by an escaped wolf. Alannah and Lorcan quickly become ins... read more

Only the strength of their friendship and the gifts they possess can save them.Alannah’s world is torn apart after her mother dies in a tragic car accident. Since then, she has struggled to fit in with her classmates at school. Just days before her twelfth birthday, Alannah’s dad brings home a lamb called Lorcan, whose mother was killed by an escaped wolf. Alannah and Lorcan quickly become ins... read more

Shift (The Pandorma Adventures Book 1)

Mikaela Nicole

A foreign planet is being destroyed by a powerful shape-shifter and his army of creatures. Desperate, Darklily--a panther--leaves to find the one person she knows can help. Lissa is skeptical of the cat but, heartbroken by her father's disappearance, she agrees. Upon reaching the planet Lissa is quick to realize she's in over her head. Her only chance of surviving is to hone her newfound abili... read more

A foreign planet is being destroyed by a powerful shape-shifter and his army of creatures. Desperate, Darklily--a panther--leaves to find the one person she knows can help. Lissa is skeptical of the cat but, heartbroken by her father's disappearance, she agrees. Upon reaching the planet Lissa is quick to realize she's in over her head. Her only chance of surviving is to hone her newfound abili... read more

Least Likely to Fall in Love

Cheryl Harper

Running the place. Like a boss. Lindy Mason is happy to be back at Lincoln High School. As principal, she’s faced with the tough decision on how to handle a bullying case involving Maddie Myers, daughter of the boy who made her high school days a misery. Getting better all the time. Ryan Myers is panicked when he rushes into the principal’s office to rescue his daughter and shocked to see Lind... read more

Running the place. Like a boss. Lindy Mason is happy to be back at Lincoln High School. As principal, she’s faced with the tough decision on how to handle a bullying case involving Maddie Myers, daughter of the boy who made her high school days a misery. Getting better all the time. Ryan Myers is panicked when he rushes into the principal’s office to rescue his daughter and shocked to see Lind... read more

The Heron Prince (The Demon Door Book 2)

Kim Alexander

The Demon Door can be opened...but the price is deadly. Rhuun, the half-human heir to the demon throne of Eriis, has found acceptance among the humans on Mistra. He even found love with the tempting and infuriating human, Lelet va’Everly. With Lelet at his side, his ability to create fire has finally awakened, proving that he is not the cursed cripple all of Eriis believed him to be. There are... read more

The Demon Door can be opened...but the price is deadly. Rhuun, the half-human heir to the demon throne of Eriis, has found acceptance among the humans on Mistra. He even found love with the tempting and infuriating human, Lelet va’Everly. With Lelet at his side, his ability to create fire has finally awakened, proving that he is not the cursed cripple all of Eriis believed him to be. There are... read more

The Sand Prince: An Epic Fantasy Novel (The Demon Door Book 1)

Kim Alexander

International bestselling author, Kim Alexander presents book one of the epic fantasy saga that brings action and adventure to a new level.Two worlds, bound by magic, divided by a door.On the war-ravaged demon world of Eriis, Hellne, the fierce young queen, fights to keep her people alive...On the green and gentle human world of Mistra, the demons have faded into myth. Only a handful of old me... read more

International bestselling author, Kim Alexander presents book one of the epic fantasy saga that brings action and adventure to a new level.Two worlds, bound by magic, divided by a door.On the war-ravaged demon world of Eriis, Hellne, the fierce young queen, fights to keep her people alive...On the green and gentle human world of Mistra, the demons have faded into myth. Only a handful of old me... read more

Least Likely to Marry a Millionaire (Likely Characters)

Cheryl Harper

Whether it's the equipment contract for the biggest college football program in the state of Texas or the championship coach who got away, Nina Montrose refuses to be defeated. Being a winner comes with perks, but Coach Jack Ford wants something more than a fat paycheck, fancy parties, and big house. He's moved to small-town Lincoln to do what he loves: teach kids. He's seen firsthand how spor... read more

Whether it's the equipment contract for the biggest college football program in the state of Texas or the championship coach who got away, Nina Montrose refuses to be defeated. Being a winner comes with perks, but Coach Jack Ford wants something more than a fat paycheck, fancy parties, and big house. He's moved to small-town Lincoln to do what he loves: teach kids. He's seen firsthand how spor... read more

The Detective's Brother

Rebecca Lovell

The Tragedy... When tragedy befalls the only female detective in the Blackthorn Agency, it falls to Simon Creed to fulfill her dying wish of finding her half-brother, Quinn Donohue. Upon learning his whereabouts in the mountains of Colorado,Creed invites him to Texas to claim his sister's estate. The meeting... Quinn Donohue isn't a man at all, much to Simon's chagrin. But she is able to convi... read more

The Tragedy... When tragedy befalls the only female detective in the Blackthorn Agency, it falls to Simon Creed to fulfill her dying wish of finding her half-brother, Quinn Donohue. Upon learning his whereabouts in the mountains of Colorado,Creed invites him to Texas to claim his sister's estate. The meeting... Quinn Donohue isn't a man at all, much to Simon's chagrin. But she is able to convi... read more

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