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 (about 4 years)

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

Freelance editor

September, 2008 – Present (about 13 years)

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

Portfolio (12 selected works)


Bellas, Emily R

Taken (Deep Ops)

Zanetti, Rebecca

Waiting to be Written

Legaspi, J. Peter

Caroline has 16 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Ben Orlando
Caroline gave me a boatload of helpful feedback for my book. I have a lot to work on, but I am excited to start editing because I agree with most of Caroline's suggestions and think these edits will make my book much stronger. Caroline also provided some helpful examples to explain some of her points, so overall I will definitely seek out Caroline in the future!

Ben Orlando, September 2021

CK Macknezie
Thank you! Caroline is an amazing editor, she's thorough and thoughtful in her edits as well as communicative. 100% recommend and will definitely work with her again!

CK Macknezie, September 2021

Leah Rice
Caroline was a pleasure to work with. Very efficient, professional, and patient. I would absolutely love to work with her again.

Leah Rice, September 2021

Sheri Landry
Caroline was an absolute pleasure to work with. Her enthusiasm for her work shines through and I am beyond happy with her work. I will definitely hire again. Thank you for your patience and attention to detail.

Sheri Landry, July 2021

Courtney Juhl
Caroline is fantastic! She has been hugely helpful in developing a stronger, better book and I would highly recommend her. She has exceeded my expectations.

Courtney Juhl, July 2021

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