Bryn Donovan

Bryn Donovan – Editor

Former executive editor in publishing, specializing in romance and mystery. I give detailed but encouraging edits, and I help with querying!


Hey, brilliant author. Let's work together!

I have a long track record of doing developmental and copy editing for romance and mystery novels, including USA Today bestsellers and books that became movies. I've worked with New York Times bestselling authors who have published dozens of books, and I've worked with complete beginners.

I'm the former executive editor of Hallmark Publishing, although I also enjoy working on R-rated stories. I'm a #1 Publishers Weekly bestselling author (Sunrise Cabin, writing as Stacey Donovan), I developed the storyline for the first movie in the Christmas in Evergreen franchise, and I have two spicy time travel/romantic comedy novels forthcoming from Berkley Publishing/Penguin Random House. I am LGBTQ-friendly.

As an editor, I reviewed thousands of query letters and synopses, and I love helping writers with those, too. Since I became a full-time freelance author in fall 2022, several of my clients have gotten their first book deals. I have a lot of experience with self-publishing and I love working with indie authors, too!

I'm a detailed editor—one client referred to my "freakish laser focus." However, I also make a lot of encouraging notes. I want you to recognize your strengths as a writer so you can make the most of them! I'm particularly good at working with authors on plotting and structure. I've taught creative writing at the University of Arizona and at conferences, and my teaching experience helps me explain edits clearly so you can apply the explanation to future projects.

I'd love to help you level up as a writer and reach your author goals!

Contemporary Romance Cozy Mysteries Paranormal Romance Romantic Comedy Time Travel Romance
English (US)
  • MFA, Creative Writing, University of Arizona

Work experience

Hallmark Publishing at the Hallmark Channel

Feb, 2017 — Sep, 2022 (over 5 years)

I headed up a fiction publishing imprint of the Hallmark Channel, specializing in romance and cozy mystery books published in ebook, trade paperback, mass market paperback, and audiobook and sold on Amazon and in Barnes and Noble, Target, and Walmart. I acquired and edited books, art directed book covers, and oversaw book marketing, publicity, and all other aspects of the publishing business.


Sep, 2022 — Present

I provide professional developmental editing, copy editing, and query and synopsis collaboration and feedback for authors.


Sunrise Cabin

Donovan, Stacey

Christmas at the Amish Market

Gray, Shelley Shepard

Bryn has 33 reviews





Tamsen T.

Tamsen T.

Jun, 2024

Bryn is professional and extremely knowledgeable in the field of publishing. She made some important suggestions to tighten up my query letter, which I will definitely use. Recommended editor!
Effie K.

Effie K.

Jun, 2024

I highly recommend Bryn D. as an editor. It's my second experience working with her. She's professional and thorough. The edits, and suggestions were spot on, pointing out developmental issues with characters and plot lines that needed adjusting. I look forward to working with this editor in the future.
Marjory D.

Marjory D.

Jun, 2024

Bryn was upbeat, personable and I felt she gave the VP manuscript a careful reading. This was my first time using a copy editor and she caught SO many mistakes. Well worth it.
Rachael C.

Rachael C.

Jun, 2024

Bryn is the fairy godmother of editing. Along every step of the way, Bryn provided clear feedback on where I could dial up the strengths of my manuscript and where I needed to rectify the weaknesses. My biggest praise is her patience. My grammar and technical skills were a mess, and she thoroughly edited out each one until I'm sure she was cross-eyed. Thank you for the editing Bryn, but more im...
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Chelsea B.

Chelsea B.

May, 2024

I contacted Bryn to complete a developmental edit for me. Her correspondence is professional and friendly. Her prices are also extremely reasonable. Her edit is both detailed and encouraging and gave me a lot to think about. I absolutely recommend that anyone considering an edit, especially in the romance genre, contact her!

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