Carolyn Haley

Carolyn Haley – Editor

Fiction editor across genres, helping authors at all experience levels prepare their stories for publishing (indie or traditional).


Fiction is my passion—as editor, writer, reader, reviewer, contest judge—and helping authors with their stories is the best job in the world.

I came to it unconventionally, via two converging pathways: document production for corporate publishers, and personal art/writing/reading. Both channels exposed me to weirdly wide knowledge and experience. They met in the middle in 2006, when I hung out my freelance shingle. Since then I have edited stand-alone and series novels for major traditional publishers, such as Penguin/Berkley/NAL, HarperCollins, and Little, Brown; and indie authors seeking either 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—let me help authors in any fictional realm transform their ideas into stories 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 content and copy editing. Their purpose is to hone writing craft and story craft to avoid readers going “huh?” and stumbling out of the story.

Through direct experience publishing my own novels, coupled with indirect experience 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!

In addition to the genres listed, I have a special interest in aviation, equestrian, Western, and motorsport novels, and am seeking manuscripts in those areas.

Currently booking projects for September 2024 and onward.

Action & Adventure Coming of Age Fantasy Historical Fiction Mystery & Crime Romantic Suspense Science Fiction Thriller & Suspense
English (US)
  • Grand Prize Winner, Chanticleer Book Reviews 2015 Paranormal Fiction Award
  • 2nd Place, West Houston RWA 2019 Emily Award
  • 3rd Place, Feathered Quill Book Awards, 2022 Animal-Adult Category
  • Copyediting & Proofreading (Fairfield University)
  • BA equivalent in English/Communications, from work experience and independent study (ongoing)

Work experience


Jan, 2006 — Present

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.

Vermont Country Store

Jan, 2000 — Dec, 2005 (almost 6 years)

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

New England Business Journals

Jan, 1998 — Dec, 2000 (almost 3 years)

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


Jun, 1993 — Dec, 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.

Consultech Communications

Jan, 1989 — May, 1993 (over 4 years)

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

General Electric

Feb, 1987 — Jan, 1989 (almost 2 years)

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


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Carolyn has 33 reviews





Vhd L.

Vhd L.

Mar, 2024

I engaged Carolyn to copy edit a 85K word historical (animal) fantasy novel, and she has been an absolute delight to work with. She made a serious effort to understand, not just the book I was having her copy edit, but my where this effort fit in to my strategy as an author. Besides doing a thorough and respectful job fixing all my little goofs, she was fountain of enthusiasm, support, and gre...
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Steve W.

Steve W.

Jan, 2023

As a first-time amateur novelist, I did not know what to expect of the editing process. I wanted and needed the editing assistance, however, I was concerned that my intent and "style" could be lost in the process. Carolyn walked that line expertly and provided me with a vastly improved manuscript while maintaining the original story in a state that I can still consider my own. Her knowledge of...
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Virginia A.

Virginia A.

Feb, 2022

I worked with three different editors at major publishing houses when I was actively pursuing traditional publishing, and I want to say that only one of these three came close to providing the kind of specific, insightful, and useful help Carolyn provided. Her method worked well with my preferences: she commented throughout the manuscript at specific points, then followed with a global discussi...
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Ron M.

Ron M.

Jun, 2024

Carolyn's review and edits were spot on. I knew I had some issues with my manuscript but couldn't quite put my finger on what they were. She was able to quantify and articulate the exact items I needed to fix and expand. It was a pleasure working with her, and I will do it again with my next manuscript.
Jennifer V.

Jennifer V.

May, 2024

Carolyn was great at setting expectations, keeping in touch, and addressing my concerns with my story. She was extremely professional in her critic, letting me what was working in my story and suggesting improvements. I found her process extremely helpful.

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