Carolyn Haley

Carolyn Haley - Editor

Rutland, VT, USA

Fiction editor across genres. I work with indie authors and Big 5 publishers, helping prepare novels for submission and production.

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Overview

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I came to editing via two converging pathways: document production for corporate publishers, and personal art/writing/reading. Both channels exposed me to weirdly wide knowledge and experience. When they met in the middle, I found my ideal profession in editing fiction. It has become my passion and life’s work.

In 2006 I hung out my shingle as DocuMania Editorial Services, and since then I have edited novels for major traditional publishers, such as Penguin/Berkley/NAL, HarperCollins, and Little, Brown; and indie authors either seeking traditional publishing or self-publishing their books. I work with seasoned pros and first-timers, and all skill levels in between.

The range and diversity of my two-channel experience—subjects from equines to aircraft, genres from romance to steampunk—lets me help authors in any fictional realm transform their ideas into novels aimed at the readership they desire.

All stories share the need for mechanical “housekeeping” after the developmental work has been done. I specialize in preserving each author’s unique voice and vision while attending to the four C’s: clarity, consistency, choreography, and comprehension. These translate into line and copy editing. Their purpose is to hone writing craft and story craft so to avoid readers going “huh?” and stumbling out of the story.

Through direct experience publishing my own novels, coupled with indirect experience in sharing the publishing journey with clients, I’ve learned the ropes from dream and first draft to prize-winning success. I look forward to joining you on your own publishing journey!
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Romance
Science Fiction

Certifications

  • Copyediting & Proofreading (Fairfield University)
  • BA equivalent in English/Communications, from work experience and independent study (ongoing)

Awards

  • Grand Prize Winner, Chanticleer Book Reviews 2015 Paranormal Fiction Award

Work experience

Proprietor

Self-employed
January, 2006 – Present (almost 14 years)

Full-service editorial company helping authors and publishers in fiction and select nonfiction. Clients range from new indie authors to large publishing houses and university presses; also special-interest and university alumni magazines.

Production editor

Vermont Country Store
January, 2000 – December, 2005 (almost 6 years)

Copyeding and proofreading, copywriting, page production, and scheduling for the Creative Department of a catalog retailer.

Production editor

New England Business Journals
January, 1998 – December, 2000 (almost 3 years)

Copyediting and proofreading, copywriting, and typesetting for a B2B regional newspaper:

Freelance editor

Self-employed
June, 1993 – December, 1997 (over 4 years)

Editing and desktop publishing support for large and small companies and publishers, and independent authors. This was the birth of what would later become my company, DocuMania.

Copyeditor/Desktop Publisher

Consultech Communications
January, 1989 – May, 1993 (over 4 years)

Copyeditor and compositor for a marketing and direct mail start-up firm serving high-tech companies and publishers.

Copyeditor/proofreader/typesetter

General Electric
February, 1987 – January, 1989 (almost 2 years)

Edited, proofread, typeset, and converted all materials in the in the publishing division at GE headquarters.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Outlaws of Time: The Legend of Sam Miracle

N. D. Wilson

This new fantasy-adventure series from N. D. Wilson, bestselling author of 100 Cupboards, pits a misfit twelve-year-old against a maniacal villain with a deadly vendetta. This one-of-a kind story is must read for fans of Brandon Mull and Soman Chainani, and the start of a thrilling tale from a masterful storyteller. Sam Miracle’s life is made up of dreams, dreams where he’s a courageous, legen... read more

This new fantasy-adventure series from N. D. Wilson, bestselling author of 100 Cupboards, pits a misfit twelve-year-old against a maniacal villain with a deadly vendetta. This one-of-a kind story is must read for fans of Brandon Mull and Soman Chainani, and the start of a thrilling tale from a masterful storyteller. Sam Miracle’s life is made up of dreams, dreams where he’s a courageous, legen... read more

Alvin Baylor Lives!: A Sci-Fi Pulp Adventure

Maximilian Gray

Alvin Baylor's life is not turning out as expected.He was tasting glory as a cyber-athlete, until scandal ended his career. Now he spends his days at a dead-end job in a constant hangover haze. And with the North America of 2117 fractured into corporate territories, who can blame him?But Alvin is about to get a life-changing proposition.His corporate overlords have a special need for his cyber... read more

Alvin Baylor's life is not turning out as expected.He was tasting glory as a cyber-athlete, until scandal ended his career. Now he spends his days at a dead-end job in a constant hangover haze. And with the North America of 2117 fractured into corporate territories, who can blame him?But Alvin is about to get a life-changing proposition.His corporate overlords have a special need for his cyber... read more

Long May She Reign

Rhiannon Thomas

The Girl of Fire and Thorns meets The Queen of the Tearling in this thrilling fantasy standalone about one girl’s unexpected rise to power.Freya was never meant to be queen. Twenty-third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of the court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns dea... read more

The Girl of Fire and Thorns meets The Queen of the Tearling in this thrilling fantasy standalone about one girl’s unexpected rise to power.Freya was never meant to be queen. Twenty-third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of the court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns dea... read more

Tempest in a Teapot (A Teapot Collector Mystery Book 1)

Amanda Cooper

Tucked away in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York is the charming town of Gracious Grove, where time moves slowly, gossip spreads quickly, and the scones are to die for… When her fashionable Manhattan restaurant goes under, Sophie Taylor retreats to her grandmother’s cozy shop, Auntie Rose’s Victorian Teahouse, where serenity is steeped to perfection in one of her many antique teapots... read more

Tucked away in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York is the charming town of Gracious Grove, where time moves slowly, gossip spreads quickly, and the scones are to die for… When her fashionable Manhattan restaurant goes under, Sophie Taylor retreats to her grandmother’s cozy shop, Auntie Rose’s Victorian Teahouse, where serenity is steeped to perfection in one of her many antique teapots... read more

Chili Con Carnage (A Chili Cook-off Mystery)

Kylie Logan

Get a taste of justice in the first mystery in national bestselling author Kylie Logan’s Chili Cook-Off series! Romance is supposed to be the spice of life. But Maxie Pierce is so done with bad relationships—well, almost. She just has to get rid of the latest loser, Roberto. Besides, she has more important things to worry about. Her daddy, Texas Jack Pierce, king of the chili cook-off circuit,... read more

Get a taste of justice in the first mystery in national bestselling author Kylie Logan’s Chili Cook-Off series! Romance is supposed to be the spice of life. But Maxie Pierce is so done with bad relationships—well, almost. She just has to get rid of the latest loser, Roberto. Besides, she has more important things to worry about. Her daddy, Texas Jack Pierce, king of the chili cook-off circuit,... read more

Facing Death (A Julia Rawson Mystery)

Catyana Skory Falsetti

Julia spends her days with the dead. This makes sense because she is the first female death investigator for the Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office. She has worked hard to become a forensic artist, recreating faces from only bones. Julia faces new challenges navigating the profession, and now a suspicious death hits close to home.Will what she discovers unravel everything she has worked for?

Julia spends her days with the dead. This makes sense because she is the first female death investigator for the Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office. She has worked hard to become a forensic artist, recreating faces from only bones. Julia faces new challenges navigating the profession, and now a suspicious death hits close to home.Will what she discovers unravel everything she has worked for?

The Boy: A Novel

Lara Santoro

"Gorgeous, fiercely intelligent, deeply honest, and incredibly entertaining." ---Anne LamottAnna has always been a risk-taker and a free spirit, but now she is raising a young daughter on her own and she has to play it safe. Her twenty-something neighbor with the slow, easy smile is in no way part of Anna's plans. She resists temptation in every way she can, yet Anna is soon drawn into a reckl... read more

"Gorgeous, fiercely intelligent, deeply honest, and incredibly entertaining." ---Anne LamottAnna has always been a risk-taker and a free spirit, but now she is raising a young daughter on her own and she has to play it safe. Her twenty-something neighbor with the slow, easy smile is in no way part of Anna's plans. She resists temptation in every way she can, yet Anna is soon drawn into a reckl... read more

The Strawberry Field

Barbara Jean Ruther

The Strawberry Field, the story of two sisters: Beth, projecting warmth and caring, a luminous smile; and Alyssa, wickedly mean, rumored to practice sadomasochism. Beth’s husband, Raymond, sees himself as the suave, ultimate, sexually desired specimen. Alyssa craftily lures him into her web of dark, secretive habits. They have no interest in satisfying a partner in their selfish sexual matches... read more

The Strawberry Field, the story of two sisters: Beth, projecting warmth and caring, a luminous smile; and Alyssa, wickedly mean, rumored to practice sadomasochism. Beth’s husband, Raymond, sees himself as the suave, ultimate, sexually desired specimen. Alyssa craftily lures him into her web of dark, secretive habits. They have no interest in satisfying a partner in their selfish sexual matches... read more

The Ball Crossing

J.E. Lindberg

Nearly a decade after his service in the Civil War, Francis Hakey is drawn into a world of darkness he can scarcely imagine unfolding in the peaceful landscape of northwestern Vermont. Still troubled by his memories of the war, he confronts a far greater evil as he investigates the murder of Marie Ball, a young teacher who is stalked and slain in the late winter of 1874. Hakey's antagonist, Jo... read more

Nearly a decade after his service in the Civil War, Francis Hakey is drawn into a world of darkness he can scarcely imagine unfolding in the peaceful landscape of northwestern Vermont. Still troubled by his memories of the war, he confronts a far greater evil as he investigates the murder of Marie Ball, a young teacher who is stalked and slain in the late winter of 1874. Hakey's antagonist, Jo... read more

AMERICAN FRONTIER-17 Short Stories: 1800's, Vol. l

Richard Puz

Vol. l contains seventeen adventure filled short tales about pioneers traveling across the American West in the nineteenth-century to settle the vast continent and the dangers and issues they confronted and overcame. The stories are as varied as the pioneer’s experiences. These women and men were hearty with the confidence and self-reliance to overcome natural and man-made adversities. Availab... read more

Vol. l contains seventeen adventure filled short tales about pioneers traveling across the American West in the nineteenth-century to settle the vast continent and the dangers and issues they confronted and overcame. The stories are as varied as the pioneer’s experiences. These women and men were hearty with the confidence and self-reliance to overcome natural and man-made adversities. Availab... read more

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Nino G
I loved working with Carolyn, she's super professional and fast! It was a real pleasure to collaborate with such an editor.

Nino G, November 2019

Carolyn Haley
It goes both ways. Great client and enjoyable material.

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