Christina Roth

Christina Roth – Editor

15+ years' experience copyediting/proofreading fiction and editing nonfiction. Love thrillers and health and wellness. 300+ published books.


I love working one-on-one with authors to transform their manuscripts, help them fulfill their visions, and get their books into readers' hands. No matter what level of editing you need, I aim for a perfect, polished piece every time.

I've spent much of my fifteen-plus-year career working with traditionally published and self-published authors. I’ve been fortunate to collaborate with Big Four editors, designers, agents, publicists, and marketers, as well as with many New York Times bestselling authors who've been featured on the TODAY show and in the New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, ELLE, and Publishers Weekly, to name a few.

As a professional editor, I’ll work closely with you to identify issues, resolve problem areas, clarify intended meanings, improve style, maintain your unique voice, and ensure your message or story gets across clearly to your target audience. I know when to follow all the rules—and when it's appropriate to bend them. I also enjoy teaching authors how to write better by explaining edits and answering questions, setting them up for success in all their writing endeavors.

With my work background, my proficiency in Chicago and other styles, and my attention to detail, you can be sure your book will meet professional industry standards—and, just as important, your readers' high standards.

I love editing books of many genres, but I have a special interest in nonfiction, particularly health and wellness. I grew up in a family with many health-care professionals and enjoy living an active, healthy lifestyle. As a full-time medical editor, I am also interested in the sciences and keep up with the latest research.

Although my job is to help guide you through the editing process, I intentionally collaborate with authors whose books will teach me something new, reveal an interesting perspective, and make a positive impact on readers.

I spend much of my free time cooking, baking bread, running, watching a good movie or TV show with my husband, traveling, enjoying the outdoors, drinking coffee and tea, and, of course, reading—usually thrillers, Southern literature, and British literature (my favorite fiction genres/subgenres to edit).

Due to a very high volume of requests, I will do my best to respond within 24–48 hours.

Please note that I do not perform developmental editing for fiction. I also do not edit yogi or mystic memoirs; your manuscript would be better suited for an editor who specializes in those areas.

Biographies & Memoirs Health & Wellbeing Religion & Spirituality Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Christian Fiction Historical Fiction Mystery & Crime Thriller & Suspense
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)
  • National Seminars Training: The Copywriter's Workshop
  • Writing in the Sciences, Stanford University

Work experience

Pediatric Neurosciences, Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin

Nov, 2021 — Present

Edit and prepare documents, including biomedical journal articles, book chapters, presentations, and biosketches

Coordinate with marketing for post-publication publicity

Write and edit official documents communicating the program's mission and objectives to key audiences

Create promotional content for events, including symposiums and conferences, and help coordinate publicity

Write, curate content for, design, and distribute program's internal and external newsletters

Generate content for the program's website and social media platforms

Facilitate and edit content for Doximity clinician-contributed articles

Obtain permission to republish material as needed

Validate and format manuscript references before manuscript submission

Perform administrative and editorial tasks, edit proofs, and create social media marketing content as Managing Editor, Annals of the Child Neurology Society


Jan, 2006 — Present

Perform substantive/developmental editing (nonfiction), line editing, copy editing, proofreading, research, and fact-checking for book manuscripts

Guide authors through the editing and production process

Edit online sales copy and back cover copy

Edit research papers, government reports, nonprofit organization literature, web copy and blogs, general marketing and ad copy, and professional lecture and conference materials

SmartBox Dental Marketing

Feb, 2015 — Nov, 2021 (over 6 years)

Edit onsite content, books, e-books, email marketing messages, ads, and press releases for clients

Edit books, monthly magazine, press releases, podcasts, emails, white papers, and other company marketing and promotional materials

Research market competition and materials for clients and optimize content for SEO

Write and edit original, unique onsite content and blogs

Turner Publishing Company

May, 2009 — May, 2011 (about 2 years)

Edited manuscripts for content

Copyedited using Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, fact-checked, and proofread manuscripts to ensure accuracy on a per-title basis and across each series

Created style sheets to reference when editing standalone books or subsequent books by the same author or in the same series

Turner Publishing Company

Apr, 2009 — Dec, 2014 (over 5 years)

Oversaw production of entire print and digital frontlist of approximately 36 fiction and nonfiction titles per year for Turner, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Howell Book House, and Fieldstone Alliance imprints

Developed and edited manuscripts, including fact-checking and researching, to ensure clarity and accuracy while meeting tight deadlines

Worked closely with agents and authors, including New York Times bestselling authors, to ensure high-quality, error-free books appealing to target markets

Strategically developed seasonal lists in conjunction with marketing department

Wrote engaging and relevant jacket copy

Copyedited marketing materials and digital and print ads

Managed work, schedules, and budgets for a team of 20+ freelancers, including designers, typesetters, illustrators, copyeditors, proofreaders, and indexers

Reviewed copyedits per The Chicago Manual of Style, house style, and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary

Assisted in creating book titles

Provided art direction for covers and interiors

Prepared materials for and promoted titles at annual BookExpo America conference in New York

HarperCollins Christian Publishing

May, 2007 — Jun, 2008 (about 1 year)

Proofread manuscripts, including New York Times bestselling author Frank Peretti's Monster, using The Chicago Manual of Style and house style, ensuring timely delivery for editor


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Christina has 61 reviews





Elizabeth M.

Elizabeth M.

May, 2024

Christina was a wonderful proofreader!! I am so grateful for her help in preparing my book for publication. She went above and beyond to help me make this product the best it could be. She was very attentive to small details, incredibly knowledgeable about the rules of editing, and kind in her feedback. I was especially impressed by the thorough job she did proofreading the Notes section in the...
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Geof S.

Geof S.

Oct, 2023

I couldn't be happier with the results from the work Christina did on my manuscript.
Håvard S.

Håvard S.

Aug, 2023

Christina was very friendly and professional! She did a light copy-edit and proofread/formatted the manuscript. She has an incredible eye for detail and I couldn't have found anyone that would do a better job! 10/10
Jason & Kim K.

Jason & Kim K.

May, 2023

Christina was very thorough, detail-oriented, and professional, and communicated her progress as we went along. I have peace of mind knowing that my manuscript is way better than it was before I sent it to her.
Kevin H.

Kevin H.

Feb, 2023

Christina was great to work with. Very professional, very clear and concise in her markings and corrections and communicated all the way through when there were any clarifications required. I'd have no hesitation in recommending Christina. I'm very grateful she accepted this project as I know she's extremely busy and in demand.

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