Christina Mandelski

Christina Mandelski - Editor

Houston, TX, USA

I'm a book lover and author with 15 years experience editing and critiquing manuscripts. Children's, YA and adult. Let's work together!

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As the author of four traditionally published young adult novels, I have been fortunate to work with some stellar editors on my own books, and for the last eighteen years I have read, edited and critiqued some fantastic manuscripts, many of which went on to be published. Although most of my work has been in writing for children and teens (from poetry to picture books to novels), I've also worked on adult manuscripts and absolutely adore romance as a genre.

When I edit, I like to focus on the key elements that make a book unforgettable -- namely plotting, pacing, character development and voice. Whether fiction or non-fiction, children's or adult genres, these are the aspects of a manuscript that need to be rock solid, but can be so doggone hard to nail down. If I edit your work, I won't just say something's not working -- I'll tell you why and offer concrete solutions that will help you move the story forward and make it as strong as possible.

I think all writers can agree that writing is not for the faint of heart. Honestly there have been many times in my own writing life where I've definitely wanted to bang my head against the wall! But with the advice and wisdom of trusted editors, I've gotten over the bumps in the road and learned valuable lessons in the process. I believe that my experience can help you take your writing to that next level, too. Let's get to work!

Praise from authors I've worked with:

"Christina Mandelski has been my critique partner and editor for almost a decade. As a published author herself, she understands all the elements of story from plotting to character arcs. Her direction and advice is always constructive and clear which is why I rely on her, and why you can, too. I highly recommend her for any writer, no matter what level of experience."

-Amy Fellner Dominy

"Christina Mandelski is great at spotting character inconsistencies and plot weaknesses, and she praises what I do well while kindly presenting suggestions for improvement. She's my go-to for honest and helpful feedback on all of my projects!"

-Kristin Rae

"Christina Mandelski is a skilled and thoughtful editor, with a true gift for both macro and micro edits. When she reads my drafts, she always asks the tough questions, always pushes me to dig deeper, add layers and nuance. I recommend her highly!"

-Joy Preble

English (US)
Coming of Age
Contemporary Fiction
Humor & Comedy
New Adult
Women's Fiction

Work experience


Egmont USA, Entangled, Self-published
January, 2010 – Present (almost 12 years)

I am a traditionally and self-published, agented author of young adult and adult novels.

Freelance writer

MC Creative Consulting
January, 2007 – January, 2009 (about 2 years)

I worked as a freelance writer creating content for websites, blogs, promotional and marketing material.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Song for a Whale

Kelly, Lynne

Librarian on the Roof! A True Story

King, M. G., Gilpin, Stephen

Announcing Trouble

Fellner Dominy, Amy


Kelly, Lynne

Finding Paris

Preble, Joy

How to Quit Your Crush

Fellner Dominy, Amy

Army Camels: Texas Ships of the Desert

Fisher, Doris, Buckner, Julie

Christina has 2 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Patricia Fimio
This being my first ever developmental edit, I was somewhat apprehensive. Christina’s ability to provide spot-on critique mixed with encouragement was so welcome. It was great to be guided through the revision process by a knowledgeable professional and come away with that ‘I can do this’ feeling. Thanks Christina.

Patricia Fimio, August 2021

Dana Prather
She is amazing!! I am so glad I hired her. I would have bee lost without her. She is very knowledgeable and will help you in any way. I will be hiring her again.

Dana Prather, July 2021

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