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Carly Bornstein

Carly Bornstein - Editor

Chicago, IL

I am the biggest book nerd; this led to my passion for editing. I'll be your best-book-friend. I also have a soft spot for genre-fiction.

Overview

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 with honors 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 (NZ) English (UK) English (US)
Fiction
Adventure Anthologies Children's Picture Books Classics Comics & Graphic Novels Crime & Mystery Fantasy Historical Fiction Holiday LGBTQ Literature Mashups Romance Science Fiction Short Story Themes & Motifs Thriller Women's Fiction Young Adult & Teen
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Comics (non fiction) Sex & Relationships Travel Weddings

Work experience

Freelance Editor

CB Editing

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

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

I supported the editors of the Avon/William Morrow Imprint

QA Assistant

HarperCollins Publishers

May, 2012 – September, 2012 (4 months)

Corrected and approved back list e-books before publication.

Intern

sterling Lord Literistic

November, 2011 – May, 2012 (6 months)

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

Research/Editing/Writing Assistant

Millennium Thinking

September, 2008 – November, 2009 (about 1 year)

I assisted in research, editing and writing of a self-help book.

Intern

Peter E Randall Publishing

April, 2008 – October, 2009 (over 1 year)

I assisted the company in proofreading, research and marketing

Portfolio (7 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

The Sand Prince (The Demon Door) (Volume 1)

Kim Alexander

"When the storm came, it was made of magic, not rain, and when it had passed, the life and the city Hellne knew were changed forever." In Kim Alexander's debut novel she weaves a witty, epic fantasy brimming with diverse characters and plenty of intrigue. Two worlds On the war-ravaged demon world of Eriis, Hellne, the fierce young queen, fights to keep her people alive. On the green and gentle... read more

"When the storm came, it was made of magic, not rain, and when it had passed, the life and the city Hellne knew were changed forever." In Kim Alexander's debut novel she weaves a witty, epic fantasy brimming with diverse characters and plenty of intrigue. Two worlds On the war-ravaged demon world of Eriis, Hellne, the fierce young queen, fights to keep her people alive. On the green and gentle... 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

Catching Cameron: A Love and Football Novel

Julie Brannagh

Julie Brannagh's sexy, charming Love and Football series continues … Star sports reporter Cameron Ondine has one firm rule: she does not date football players. Ever. She tangled with one years ago, and it did not end well. Been there, done that.But when Cameron comes face-to-face with the very man who shattered her heart—on camera, no less—her world is upended for a second time by recklessly h... read more

Julie Brannagh's sexy, charming Love and Football series continues … Star sports reporter Cameron Ondine has one firm rule: she does not date football players. Ever. She tangled with one years ago, and it did not end well. Been there, done that.But when Cameron comes face-to-face with the very man who shattered her heart—on camera, no less—her world is upended for a second time by recklessly h... 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

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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