Caroline Knecht

Caroline Knecht - Editor

Cleveland, OH, USA

Developmental editor specializing in romance, thrillers, and mysteries. My clients have been published by Kensington, Skyhorse, and more.

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My MFA taught me all the rules for writing fiction—now I want to help you break them.

I have a keen eye for how story should work, and I place a lot of emphasis on character. I love working with new and emerging authors, helping them hone their narratives and find their voice on the page. I try as much as possible to answer the difficult question of How? when it comes to writing fiction.

I welcome projects of all genres, but I specialize in romance, mystery & crime, and speculative and paranormal fiction.

I've worked as a developmental and copy editor for over 10 years. I have experience either in-house or in a freelance capacity for Skyhorse Publishing, Kensington, Simon & Schuster, McGraw-Hill, and HarperCollins. I also teach writing in the university setting, and I've worked as a writing coach.

I love to laugh and have fun—humor is super important to me. (So is my cat.) Let's talk about your work!
English (US)
Contemporary Romance
Historical Romance
Humor & Comedy
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Paranormal Romance
Romantic Comedy


  • Master of writing and publishing
  • Master of fine arts (fiction writing)

Work experience

Writing teacher and tutor

Cleveland State University
August, 2017 – Present (over 3 years)

As part-time adjunct faculty, I help students hone their writing skills and develop an academic writing voice.

Freelance editor

September, 2008 – Present (over 12 years)

I currently work full-time as a freelance editor and proofreader. My clients include independent publishers, court reporters, and self-published authors.

Taken (Deep Ops)

Zanetti, Rebecca

Waiting to be Written

Legaspi, J. Peter

Caroline has 7 reviews

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E. Bellas
Caroline was amazing to work with! She seemed truly passionate about my story and helping me develop it to make it the best it could be. All of her comments and edits made total sense and really helped me develop the story when I was struggling in certain areas. I definitely will work with her again in the future!

E. Bellas, April 2021

Gabrielle Ruiter
I feel so grateful to have collaborated with Caroline! She is diligent, insightful, and a great communicator. I am not only impressed by her excellent editing skills, but by the way she provides her feedback, which is in a straightforward and encouraging manner. She has great attention to detail, she’s timely, and I absolutely feel like she added value to my work. She didn’t try to change my vo...
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Gabrielle Ruiter, February 2021

Susan liberty
Caroline is a fabulous professional! She is an asset beyond measure. It was a pleasure to work with her.

Susan liberty, January 2021

Macy Schock
This was my first experience sharing my work with an editor, and Caroline made me feel so comfortable along the journey. Any questions or concerns she was more than willing to answer in an excellent timely manner. Caroline's voice she uses when writing notes made me feel like she was in the room talking directly to me. I love that she was able to make me laugh, yet gave constructive criticism. ...
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Macy Schock, September 2020

Anthea Wald
I had a blast working with Caroline. Through this experience, I very much had a partner working with me and not a vendor. She was clear and concise in her feedback, but also very motivating with her engaging suggestions. No tears here! Honestly, no writer will ever get writer's block if they worked with her. At every turn, her feedback gave me so many ideas on how to overcome what had been a de...
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Anthea Wald, September 2020

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