Courtney Vincento

Courtney Vincento - Editor

Charlotte, NC, USA

Experienced and passionate copyeditor and proofreader specializing in women's fiction, romance, cozy mysteries, and young adult fiction.

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I am a former production editor at Penguin Random House and currently a full-time freelance copyeditor and proofreader. I have copyedited and proofread more than 300 books and have worked for major publishing houses including Penguin Random House, Scholastic, and Hachette, as well as independent authors. I've edited works by many New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors including Nora Roberts, Clare Mackintosh, Liane Moriarty, Christine Feehan, Kate Furnivall, Mark Greaney, and Alyson Richman.

I have experience in nearly all fiction genres, and specialize in women's fiction, contemporary romance, cozy mysteries, thrillers, young adult fiction, and middle-grade novels.

My approach to copyediting is to allow the author to tell his or her story. I won't try to rewrite your work simply because I think it sounds better. This is your story and you should be trusted to tell it! I will edit for grammar, spelling, punctuation, rhythm and flow, character and plot consistency, character voice and development, and factual accuracy. I will also suggest changes when I think a reader may experience confusion or where a meaning is unclear.

I create detailed style guides for each book for the author and future proofreaders.

I'm a firm believer in the importance and integrity of meeting deadlines, and I believe that the copyeditor/author relationship should be a partnership that results in your story being told in the best way possible.
Languages
English (US)
Children's
Middle Grade
Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Romance
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction
Young Adult

Work experience

Freelance Copyeditor and Proofreader

Self-Employed
January, 2015 – Present (almost 5 years)

Work remotely to copyedit and proofread fiction and non-fiction books and articles for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and accuracy, as well as author voice, character development, and plot and character consistency • Create and maintain detailed style guides for authors, proofreaders, and editors • Follow strict deadline schedules, often with turnaround times of less than a week • Proficient in knowledge and utilization of Chicago Manual of Style, 15th, 16th, and 17th editions

I have copyedited and proofread more than 300 books including works by bestselling authors Clare Mackintosh, Nora Roberts, J. D. Robb, Liane Moriarty, Christine Feehan, Maya Banks, Kate Furnivall, Kay Hooper, Alyson Richman, and Mark Greaney.

Clients include:
Penguin Random House (Berkley, Riverhead, G. P. Putnam's Sons, Ace, Jove, Avery, Berkley Sensation, Berkley Prime Crime); Scholastic; Hachette; independent authors

Production Editor

Penguin Random House
July, 2011 – January, 2015 (over 3 years)

Oversaw production of approximately thirty fiction and non-fiction trade, hardcover, and mass-market titles per year from initial text transmittal to final release to printers • Copyedited and proofread all cover materials, front matter, and text materials • Managed the cover process from copyediting cover copy to final publication • Hired and supervised work of freelancers • Created and maintained schedules for editors and freelancers • Acted as main liaison between Production, Art, and Editorial departments • Handled text corrections for eBooks and backlist reprints and repackages

Portfolio (12 selected works)

When We Left Cuba

Chanel Cleeton

In 1960s Florida, a young Cuban exile will risk her life--and heart--to take back her country in this exhilarating historical novel from the author of Next Year in Havana, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick.Beautiful. Daring. Deadly. The Cuban Revolution took everything from sugar heiress Beatriz Perez--her family, her people, her country. Recruited by the CIA to infiltrate Fidel Castro's inne... read more

In 1960s Florida, a young Cuban exile will risk her life--and heart--to take back her country in this exhilarating historical novel from the author of Next Year in Havana, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick.Beautiful. Daring. Deadly. The Cuban Revolution took everything from sugar heiress Beatriz Perez--her family, her people, her country. Recruited by the CIA to infiltrate Fidel Castro's inne... read more

I Let You Go

Clare Mackintosh

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER One of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Crime Novels of 2016! The blockbuster thriller for those who loved The Girl on the Train and The Widow…“[A] finely crafted novel with a killer twist.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Paula HawkinsOn a rainy afternoon, a mother’s life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street… I Let You... read more

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER One of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Crime Novels of 2016! The blockbuster thriller for those who loved The Girl on the Train and The Widow…“[A] finely crafted novel with a killer twist.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Paula HawkinsOn a rainy afternoon, a mother’s life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street… I Let You... read more

I See You

Clare Mackintosh

“[A] well-told suspense story...refreshingly realistic.”—The New York Times Book Review “Danger feels real in the brilliant I See You…Mackintosh seems destined to do important work for many years to come.”—The Washington Post “Mackintosh allots her characters the perfect amount of back story, allowing them to carry their own weight throughout the investigation. She also casts enough extras to ... read more

“[A] well-told suspense story...refreshingly realistic.”—The New York Times Book Review “Danger feels real in the brilliant I See You…Mackintosh seems destined to do important work for many years to come.”—The Washington Post “Mackintosh allots her characters the perfect amount of back story, allowing them to carry their own weight throughout the investigation. She also casts enough extras to ... read more

Next Year in Havana

Chanel Cleeton

THE JULY PICK FOR REESE WITHERSPOON'S HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB"A beautiful novel that's full of forbidden passions, family secrets and a lot of courage and sacrifice."--Reese WitherspoonAfter the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban-American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity--and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution...Havana, 1958. The ... read more

THE JULY PICK FOR REESE WITHERSPOON'S HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB"A beautiful novel that's full of forbidden passions, family secrets and a lot of courage and sacrifice."--Reese WitherspoonAfter the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban-American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity--and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution...Havana, 1958. The ... read more

Wedding Cake Crumble (Cupcake Bakery Mystery)

Jenn McKinlay

For the Fairy Tale Cupcake crew, wedding bells turn to death knells in this latest mystery in the New York Times bestselling series.With Angie and Tate's wedding just around the corner, it's a happy time for Melanie Cooper and the bakery crew. Not only are they finessing the last minute details of the big day, but their bakery, Fairy Tale Cupcakes, has just been hired to bake cupcakes for the ... read more

For the Fairy Tale Cupcake crew, wedding bells turn to death knells in this latest mystery in the New York Times bestselling series.With Angie and Tate's wedding just around the corner, it's a happy time for Melanie Cooper and the bakery crew. Not only are they finessing the last minute details of the big day, but their bakery, Fairy Tale Cupcakes, has just been hired to bake cupcakes for the ... read more

Back Blast (A Gray Man Novel Book 5)

Mark Greaney

From Mark Greaney, the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan novels, comes the fifth explosive thriller featuring the lethal assassin known as the Gray Man… Five years ago, Court Gentry was the CIA’s best covert asset. Then, without warning, his masters at the Agency put him at the top of their kill list. Court fled his country and became an enigmatic killer for hire... read more

From Mark Greaney, the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan novels, comes the fifth explosive thriller featuring the lethal assassin known as the Gray Man… Five years ago, Court Gentry was the CIA’s best covert asset. Then, without warning, his masters at the Agency put him at the top of their kill list. Court fled his country and became an enigmatic killer for hire... read more

Setting Free the Kites

Alex George

From the author of the “lyrical and compelling” (USA Today) novel A Good American comes a powerful story of two friends and the unintended consequences of friendship, loss, and hope. For Robert Carter, life in his coastal Maine hometown is comfortably predictable. But in 1976, on his first day of eighth grade, he meets Nathan Tilly, who changes everything. Nathan is confident, fearless, impetu... read more

From the author of the “lyrical and compelling” (USA Today) novel A Good American comes a powerful story of two friends and the unintended consequences of friendship, loss, and hope. For Robert Carter, life in his coastal Maine hometown is comfortably predictable. But in 1976, on his first day of eighth grade, he meets Nathan Tilly, who changes everything. Nathan is confident, fearless, impetu... read more

Island of Glass (The Guardians Trilogy Book 3)

Nora Roberts

The final Guardians Trilogy novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Bay of Sighs and Stars of Fortune.As the hunt for the Star of Ice leads the six guardians to Ireland, Doyle, the immortal, must face his tragic past. Three centuries ago, he closed off his heart, yet his warrior spirit is still drawn to the wild. And there’s no one more familiar with the wild than Riley—and the ... read more

The final Guardians Trilogy novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Bay of Sighs and Stars of Fortune.As the hunt for the Star of Ice leads the six guardians to Ireland, Doyle, the immortal, must face his tragic past. Three centuries ago, he closed off his heart, yet his warrior spirit is still drawn to the wild. And there’s no one more familiar with the wild than Riley—and the ... read more

Big Little Lies

Liane Moriarty

The #1 New York Times bestseller that Entertainment Weekly called “a surefire hit.”NOW A GOLDEN GLOBE AND EMMY-WINNING HBO LIMITED SERIES STARRING REESE WITHERSPOON, NICOLE KIDMAN, SHAILENE WOODLEY, ALEXANDER SKARSGÅRD, LAURA DERN, ADAM SCOTT, AND ZOË KRAVITZ FROM THE DIRECTOR OF WILD AND DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, JEAN-MARC VALLÉE, AND WRITER DAVID E. KELLEY Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn ... read more

The #1 New York Times bestseller that Entertainment Weekly called “a surefire hit.”NOW A GOLDEN GLOBE AND EMMY-WINNING HBO LIMITED SERIES STARRING REESE WITHERSPOON, NICOLE KIDMAN, SHAILENE WOODLEY, ALEXANDER SKARSGÅRD, LAURA DERN, ADAM SCOTT, AND ZOË KRAVITZ FROM THE DIRECTOR OF WILD AND DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, JEAN-MARC VALLÉE, AND WRITER DAVID E. KELLEY Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn ... read more

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali

Sabina Khan

Unable to come out to her conservative Muslim parents, Rukhsana Ali keeps that part of her identity hidden. And that means keeping her girlfriend, Ariana, a secret from them too. Luckily, only a few more months stand between her carefully monitored life at home and a fresh start at Caltech in the fall. But when Rukhsana's mom catches her and Ariana together, her future begins to collapse aroun... read more

Unable to come out to her conservative Muslim parents, Rukhsana Ali keeps that part of her identity hidden. And that means keeping her girlfriend, Ariana, a secret from them too. Luckily, only a few more months stand between her carefully monitored life at home and a fresh start at Caltech in the fall. But when Rukhsana's mom catches her and Ariana together, her future begins to collapse aroun... read more

Abby in Wonderland (Whatever After Special Edition #1)

Sarah Mlynowski

Down the rabbit hole . . .I'm spending the day with my best friends, Frankie and Robin, and -- UGH -- snobby Penny. I'm not expecting anything magical to happen, until Frankie falls into a mysterious hole behind Penny's house . . . and we all wind up in the story of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland!I've visited fairy tales before. But in Wonderland, everything is topsy-turvy. There are potions... read more

Down the rabbit hole . . .I'm spending the day with my best friends, Frankie and Robin, and -- UGH -- snobby Penny. I'm not expecting anything magical to happen, until Frankie falls into a mysterious hole behind Penny's house . . . and we all wind up in the story of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland!I've visited fairy tales before. But in Wonderland, everything is topsy-turvy. There are potions... read more

Leopard's Blood (A Leopard Novel)

Christine Feehan

#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan cuts straight to the heart of a man who stalks the shadows in an intoxicating Leopard novel. Though he was born into a leopard’s lair in the bayou, Joshua Tregre’s fighting skills were honed in the rain forests of Borneo. Sleek and deadly, he’s the perfect man to take over a crime syndicate back home in Louisiana’s lush swamplands. His razo... read more

#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan cuts straight to the heart of a man who stalks the shadows in an intoxicating Leopard novel. Though he was born into a leopard’s lair in the bayou, Joshua Tregre’s fighting skills were honed in the rain forests of Borneo. Sleek and deadly, he’s the perfect man to take over a crime syndicate back home in Louisiana’s lush swamplands. His razo... read more

Courtney has 3 reviews

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alisa schindler
Courtney was diligent, enthusiastic and paid great attention to detail. She gave my manuscript a comprehensive and professional copy edit leaving it much cleaner and clearer. When there was an issue where we didn't completely communicate, Courtney went out of her way to take a second look. She was a pleasure to work with. I totally recommend.

alisa schindler, June 2019


Elizabeth Landry
I really like the professionalism and honesty of Courtney. She seems to know a lot and be sure when she take a decision to change something. She asked me good questions before we start in order for her to know which direction to take. I am glad I worked with her and I am sure my novel is now ready to pitch to agents. Thanks!

Elizabeth Landry, January 2019


Lucy Silvano
I'm very pleased with Courtney's editing and how thorough she was with my manuscript. She found errors on grammar and punctuation that I missed along with my early readers and provided suggestions for improvement. As a result, my manuscript looks more polished and it was exactly what I was looking for in the final edit. Courtney is professional, kind, easy to work with and finished the editing ...
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Lucy Silvano, December 2018

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