Elise Hitchings

Elise Hitchings - Editor

Minneapolis, MN, USA

Proofreading, developmental, content, and copy editing. I have an MS in Book Publishing, and a passion for fiction, especially romance.

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I am a professional editor and have worked in multiple genres with authors at all levels—from unpublished to established. I have a master's degree in Book Publishing (with a focus in editing) from Portland State University, and BAs in English Literature and Creative Writing from Augsburg University. I worked at Ooligan Press as part of my master's program, where I gained experience in every step of the publishing process from reading query letters and submissions to marketing backlist titles. I offer proofreading, editorial assessments, developmental and copy editing, so no matter what stage your work is at I can help you.

I believe an editor’s role is to collaborate with and support the authors they work with. Authors have full control, and as an editor, it is my job to help you get your book to be the best it can be. Think of me as your personal cheerleader: I want you to be wildly successful and I will put everything I have into helping you get there. With editorial assessments, developmental and copy editing projects I create an editorial note. My notes are a large part of my process, and they are where I break down and detail each aspect of a work. I divide my note into sections, so there is very specific and actionable feedback. I also offer suggestions about how to go about revising, where to start, and what steps to take. I will make smaller notes, comments, and suggested edits in the word file using Track Changes.

English (UK)
English (US)
Chick Lit
Contemporary Fiction
Literary Fiction
New Adult
Young Adult Fantasy


  • Master's Degree in Book Publishing
  • BA in English Literature
  • BA in Creative Writing


  • Summa Cum Laude from Augsburg University

Work experience

Team Member

Ooligan Press
September, 2017 – June, 2019 (over 1 year)

Ooligan Press is a For-Profit Publishing press on the PSU Campus, where Masters students work on publishing tasks while obtaining real-world publishing experience.
● Performed Copy and Developmental Editing over two years for multiple genres.
● Proofread (print, ebooks, audiobooks)
● Created media contact lists and contacted via email.
● Wrote press releases for social media and news outlets.
● Generated social media content that fit within the marketing plan and brand identity.
● Assisted in planning the yearly publishing conference held in Portland, OR.
● Assessed book and project proposals for suitability and marketability.
● Created/edited metadata for varieties of sources.
● Improved SEO for Ooligan website and press releases.
● Updated ebook code in a variety of publishing projects.
● Created/modified templates for a variety of uses.
● Solicited donations for the program.
● Trained in cover art Design and titling concepts.
● Worked with Authors throughout all processes.
● Received training in budgets, production costs, profit and loss estimates, and scheduling.

Freelance Editor

January, 2019 – Present (almost 4 years)

● Provide editorial services for clients, including developmental, content, copy, and proofreading.
● Effective time management and multitasking ability
● Meet deadlines and project milestones in a timely manner
● Work on multiple projects at once
● Cooperative and detailed oriented
● Positive, enthusiastic attitude
● Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, including Word
● Ensure consistency in flow, tone, language, and relevancy
● Acknowledge receipt of manuscripts and confirm the same for edited copies


Motivational Press
June, 2016 – June, 2017 (about 1 year)

● Edited manuscripts in a timely manner, meeting all deadlines as assigned.
● Edited both content and copy
● Reviewed and edited over 20 manuscripts over the 8 months


Augsburg Honors Review
September, 2015 – April, 2016 (7 months)

● Selected for this position by the English Department Head and Honors Program Advisor.
● Head​ ​of​ ​Editorial​ Review ​Board,​ ​members​ ​were​ ​students​ ​in​ ​a​ ​class​ ​taken​ ​for​ ​credit.
● Co-taught​ ​class​ ​with​ ​the​ ​professor, delivering lessons and assignments to students.
● Created​ ​and​ ​adhered​ ​to​ ​schedule for the publishing process
● Solicited​ ​submissions​ ​at​ the ​annual​ ​National​ ​Collegiate​ ​Honors​ ​Council​ ​2015​ ​Conference​ ​as well​ ​as​ ​online submissions.
● Recruited faculty to review submissions for subject accuracy.
● Responsible for​ ​the​ ​final​ ​round​ ​of editing.
● Communicated and worked​ ​with​ ​authors​ ​during​ ​the​ entire ​process.

Kings of Chaos

Ball, Katie

Three Sides Water

Donahue, Peter

The Ocean in My Ears

Macvie, Meagan

Sleeping in My Jeans

Leonard, Connie King

The Gifts We Keep

Grindeland, Katie


Tompkins, Matt

So Long Summer

Herbic, Teresa

Sink or Swim

Reiffenberger, Megan, Marie, Records, Megan


Nash, Joyce

Elise has 59 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Jessica Rooker
I'm working with Elise on my first manuscript. She has been amazing! I was very nervous to put myself out there, but her kindness, professionalism, and insight has made all the difference. I was really pleased with the edits, and she even took the time to answer additional publishing questions. I know this experience will help me grow as writer. I look forward to working with her on future pro...
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Jessica Rooker, December 2022

Carmela Hansen
As a lost writer, Elise provided the perfect roadmap. Her collaboration plan was easy to follow and she provided me thorough revision notes as well as references to help take my book to the next level.

Carmela Hansen, November 2022

Abraham Bearpaw
Elise did an outstanding job and was very considerate throughout the process.

Abraham Bearpaw, October 2022

Gip Roberts
Ms. Hitchings did a thorough job with her feedback on my novella. I liked how she dissected the story according to each of its elements and gave several different options on how to go about revising each of them, including links to resources. She even gave it a "report card", which I found very helpful for gaging where my story stands as currently written. She clearly took her job seriously, an...
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Gip Roberts, October 2022

DiscoverTheSelf hoefer
I appreciate Elise's knowledge of editing as well as her perceptive feedback on the subject itself.

DiscoverTheSelf hoefer, September 2022

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