Caroline Clouse

Caroline Clouse - Editor

Winston-Salem, NC, USA

Eagle-eyed editor available for prose perfection

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Hi! I'm a Chicago Manual of Style–certified editor with 10+ years' experience editing, copyediting, and proofreading manuscripts and corporate material. I'm the copy chief for an award-winning content agency in New York City (clients include Fortune 500 businesses across energy, music, finance, pharma, etc.), and I freelance for Penguin Random House, Hachette Book Group, and independent authors, among other clients.

I love learning about my authors, what drove them to write the story, and what they want to achieve in the final product. I'm most inclined toward fiction (though I've also enjoyed editing memoirs), and I excel at ensuring consistency, believability, strength of characters, and compelling dialogue. To preserve author voice, my default is to use a light hand, though I will amend copy for grammar and punctuation as I go. If something "doesn't work," I gently explain why. I lean toward clarity over complexity, but as long as your reader won't stumble, I'm hands off.

To me, the relationship between author and editor is magical! Writing a book is certainly a heftier task than critiquing and improving one, yet the respect we have for each other's strengths is a big part of why I enjoy being an editor. Paraphrasing Thomas McCormack from his book The Fiction Editor, the Novel, and the Novelist, my job is to help you write your best story.
English (US)
Action & Adventure
Humor & Comedy
Thriller & Suspense
Young Adult
Biographies & Memoirs


  • NYU Certificate in Professional Copyediting, Fact-Checking, and Proofreading
  • Chicago Manual of Style Editing

Work experience

Copy Chief

January, 2016 – Present (over 6 years)

As copy chief for Group SJR, an international digital content agency, I oversee the quality of the copy we publish on behalf of our clients. I perform multiple levels of editing, alternating between AP and Chicago and accounting for client particulars. Part of my role includes awareness of strategy and helping ensure that what we produce matches our clients’ desired tone.

Manager of Technical Publications

North American Electric Reliability Corporation
March, 2011 – January, 2016 (almost 5 years)

At NERC I managed the production of our highest-priority publications and provided content and structure improvements. My work included editing reports on the availability of electric power and reserves across North America, the annual report, confidential cybersecurity documents, etc.

Freelance Editor

January, 2009 – January, 2021 (about 12 years)

In my freelance work, I provide editing as needed on clients’ manuscripts and writing projects. Clients include Penguin Random House, Hachette Book Group, Brandfolder, Burns & McDonnell, and various independent authors and corporate accounts.

Editorial Manager

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
January, 2006 – March, 2009 (about 3 years)

At Turner I was head editor and resource manager across the TBS, Inc., networks and public relations groups. I wrote and edited corporate messages, relaunched the press site, and ensured quality on all networks’ Television Critics Association Press Tour materials.

Associate Editor/Feature Writer

Triple D Publishing – OnSat Magazine
August, 2003 – August, 2005 (about 2 years)

I served as associate editor and feature writer for a national weekly satellite TV guide. As a member of the Television Critics Association, I researched programs; interviewed producers, directors, actors, doctors, and scientists; and wrote and edited features for each issue.

Portfolio (16 selected works)

The Book of Gothel

McMyne, Mary

Hollow Fires

Ahmed, Samira

Elemental Journey

Allen, Caroline, Clouse, Caroline, Simanson, Greg

Scorpion: A Novel

Cantrell, Christian

Signs & Skymates: The Ultimate Guide to Astrological Compatibility

Dossé-Via Trenou, Neka King, Running Press Adult

Sugar Plum Ballerinas in Two Acts: Plum Fantastic and Toeshoe Trouble

Goldberg, Whoopi, Underwood, Deborah, Roos, Maryn

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