Carolyn Haley

Carolyn Haley - Editor

Rutland, VT, USA

Fiction editor across genres, working with indie and traditional authors and publishers. Special interest in aviation and equestrian novels.

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Overview

Fiction is my passion—as editor, writer, reader, reviewer, contest judge—and helping authors with their novels, novellas, and short 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 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 categories shown elsewhere in my listing, I am seeking novels involving:

* Aviation

* Autosports

* Horses

* Westerns (historical and modern)


Currently booking projects for 1Q 2023.

Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Coming of Age
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Romance
Science Fiction
Thriller & Suspense

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
  • 2nd Place, West Houston RWA 2019 Emily Award
  • 3rd Place, Feathered Quill Book Awards, 2022 Animal-Adult Category

Work experience

Proprietor

Self-employed
January, 2006 – Present (almost 17 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 (22 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

The Other Magic (Passage to Dawn Book 1)

Derrick Smythe

Darkness stirs in a world that is ill-equipped to confront it. A prophesied king is born, but not all will benefit from his foretold conquests. In a realm where only clerics are permitted to practice magic, Kibure, a mere slave, draws the attention of much more than just his master after wielding an unknown force in a moment of desperation. In a twist of fate, Sindri, the priestess hired to st... read more

Darkness stirs in a world that is ill-equipped to confront it. A prophesied king is born, but not all will benefit from his foretold conquests. In a realm where only clerics are permitted to practice magic, Kibure, a mere slave, draws the attention of much more than just his master after wielding an unknown force in a moment of desperation. In a twist of fate, Sindri, the priestess hired to st... read more

Willing: A Contemporary Romance

Noyes, Leslie Morris

The Mission

Eustis, Maureen

In Regalia: a novel

McCormack, Erin L.

Enchanted Orbit

Simpson, S. A., Simpson, Steven

The Linkage

Stebbins, V. W.

Three Immortals

Boehmer, Bert-Oliver

Carolyn has 21 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Greg Berkebile
Her experience really came through in her advice for both the story flow (narrative, points of view, etc.,) and with basics, like punctuation help. She is a pro and also has a good sense of humor..!

Greg Berkebile, November 2022


William Liimatainen
Carolyn was a pleasure to work with. She was professional, delivered ahead of schedule, and made some excellent recommendations to my manuscript. She helped walk me through some unfamiliar parts of the publishing process. I highly recommend her!

William Liimatainen, September 2022


Eugene Salvatore
Working with Carolyn has been a Master Class on how a professional editor guides and inspires a writer. She has an eye for detail and had taken the time to explain each step of the editorial process. I highly recommend the Editorial Assessment. Her "Docu Mania support for writers and designers" product delivers an easy-to-understand file, highlighting original text and her insightful recommend...
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Eugene Salvatore, September 2022


Mitchell Roe
Before I hired her, Carolyn provided a sample edit of a chapter that impressed me. She was professional throughout the editing process, keeping me apprised or her progress and asking questions when necessary. The finished edit corrected grammar and style errors, as well as including some insightful comments that resulted in some minor rewrites. I would definitely hire her again.

Mitchell Roe, August 2022


Reynold Starnes
Carolyn is an expert at her craft, of course, but she has more to offer. She is insightful and quick to understand what the author wants, as well as knowing what the author needs. This is rare. Carolyn is also a pleasant correspondent and thoroughly professional. I learned a great deal and will engage her services again. Reynold

Reynold Starnes, August 2022

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