Ellen Leach

Ellen Leach – Editor

I'm a publishing professional with more than 20 years of experience in NYC providing services to HarperCollins, Hyperion, and many others.


I have a working knowledge of the copyediting, production editing, and proofreading stages of the publishing process for print and onscreen media, with a proven track record of on-time delivery of projects to publishers and authors. My work spans fiction and nonfiction for adults, young adults, and children as well as academic journals, dissertations, and publicity materials. I work in Chicago, APA, AP, and MLA styles.

With a vast trove of romances, paranormal romances, and science fiction to my credit, I also specialize in the areas of travel, cookbooks, and humor, as evidenced by an extensive portfolio of published works. I've worked on everything from a novel by Michael Tucker to a biography of Kurt Cobain, a business guide for financial advisors, and a dissertation for a divinity student. I pride myself on providing (or following) a detailed style sheet on every project, while above all employing sensitivity and finesse to preserve the author's voice. I go above and beyond what is asked, providing many helpful suggestions regarding word usage, sentence structure, overall tone, plot, characterization, and continuity. HarperCollins regularly requests my affordable copyediting services for a number of their seasoned authors, and publishers love my style sheets.

In addition to Avon/HarperCollins and HarperCollins Children's Books, my client list includes Rodale, Hyperion; Miramax; North-South; Overlook; Emons; Welcome; Stewart, Tabori and Chang; Duke University; Yeshiva University; New York and Cardozo Law Schools; Pubworks (for Glencoe, Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, SRA, Scholastic), and numerous individuals and businesses.

Previous work includes textbooks and skills correlations for an el-hi packager, compiling and editing specifications and contracts for the architectural field, and design proofreading highly detailed graphical material.

"As an Executive Managing Editor at Avon Books, I've worked closely with Ellen L. for almost two decades. She has proven to be an excellent copyeditor, whose skills I’ve relied upon to enhance a wide variety of books, including mysteries, romances, science fiction, and women’s fiction. I implicitly trust Ellen’s invaluable ability to enrich an author’s writing without intruding on style, and she’s been specifically requested by many authors to be the sole copyeditor on their books. Ellen is one of the best copyeditors working for Avon Books and I unreservedly recommend her services."
—Karen Davy, Executive Managing Editor, Avon Books

"Ellen is exemplary in her diligence, attention to detail, and willingness to go beyond adherence to the usual limits of her responsibility in pursuit of quality and integrity in her work. She often goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the quality of her work, and will spend whatever time is necessary to maintain this integrity."
—Martha Chapman, teacher and choreographer

Biographies & Memoirs Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Literary Fiction Mystery & Crime Paranormal Romance Romance Science Fiction
English (US)

Work experience


Sep, 1995 — Present

Copyediting and formatting mysteries, romances, fantasy/sci-fi, military, crime, humor, YA books, and graphic novels. Manuscript evaluation. On-time delivery of rush projects.


Sep, 1995 — Present

Copyediting, proofreading, and fact-checking adult fiction and nonfiction, YA fiction, academic papers and articles, and business projects. Working knowledge of the copyediting, production editing, and proofreading stages of the publishing process for print and onscreen media. Proven track record of on-time delivery of projects. Travel guidebooks, cookbooks, romances, and science fiction are specialties. Textbooks and skills correlations for an el-hi packager. Previous experience compiling and editing specifications and contracts and design proofreading highly detailed graphical material for the architectural field.


May, 2018 — Present

Copyediting and proofreading the Journal of Middle East Women's Studies and English Language Notes.


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The 'o-FISH!-al' follow-up to the phenomenal bestselling Fish! and Fish! Tales, Fish! Sticks is a stand-alone business parable that shows you how to come up with a vision for your business and how to keep it alive, vital, and renewed through tough times, such ... read more
With its irresistible recipes, gorgeous photographs, charming illustrations and narration by award-winning author Judith Choate, An American Family Cooks sets the table to which we all want to be invited. Join award-winning cookbook author Judith Choate in the... read more
Compiled by Jon Gilman and Christopher Idone, in celebration of more than 30 years of service, comes God's Love We Deliver Cookbook: Nourishing Stories and Recipes from Notable Friends, packed with family recipes and personal anecdotes from 75 supporters of th... read more
Excellent Book
It has been twenty years since Kurt Cobain died by his own hand in April 1994; it was an act of will that typified his short, angry, inspired life. Veteran music journalist Charles R. Cross fuses his intimate knowledge of the Seattle music scene with his deep ... read more
New York Times bestselling military science fiction author Ian Douglas brings us the eighth—and penultimate—Star Carrier novel, Bright Light, combining the best action, adventure, and hard science into this universe-spanning seriesThere’s no more time . . .The... read more
An enemy might just have to become an ally . . . in order to save humankind The United States of North America is now engaged in a civil war with the Earth Confederation, which wants to yield to the demands of the alien Sh'daar, limit human technology, and bec... read more

Michael Mammay

A Library Journal Best Books of 2018 pick!--“PLANETSIDE is a smart and fast-paced blend of mystery and boots-in-the-dirt military SF that reads like a high-speed collision between Courage Under Fire and Heart of Darkness.” – Marko Kloos, bestselling author of ... read more
A Mass Market Original--Also Available in a Hardcover Library EditionUSA Today bestselling author Lenora Bell returns with her third book in the sexy School for Dukes series.Ready.Raised in the countryside by her overprotective uncle, Miss Mina Penny's dream o... read more
In the first novel of Maya Rodale’s enthralling new series, an English duke vows to make an American seamstress his duchess...In Gilded Age Manhattan, anything can happen...Seeking a wealthy American bride who can save his family’s estate, Brandon Fiennes, the... read more
The Sea King

C. L. Wilson

A 2017 RT Reviewer's Choice Nominee for Best Fantasy Romance!From the New York Times bestselling author of The Winter King comes a breathtaking new tale of love and adventure set in the mystical land of MystralHe wasn’t supposed to choose her…Seafaring prince ... read more
In the explosive finale to New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Prince series, Vlad is in danger of losing his bride to an enemy whose powers might prove greater than the Prince of Vampires’ . . .In the wrong hands, love can be a deadly wea... read more
In this thrilling new Night Rebel series set in New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress world, sexy and ruthless vampire Ian finally meets his match!The Rule Breaker...Master vampire Ian is unrepentant, shameless…and every shade of wi... read more
Screwed: A Novel

Eoin Colfer

In Screwed, Colfer adds and entirely new chapter to the adventures and misadventures of Daniel McEvoy, the down-on-his-luck Irish bouncer at a seedy New Jersey bar who, with the help of a motley crew of unlikely characters, solved a bizarre string of murders--... read more
After Annie: A Novel

Michael Tucker

He and Annie have been famous, nobodies, and mingled with the rich and crazy. Through it all, they've been passionate lovers and fast friends. But when Annie dies of cancer, Herbie is lost. If you think this is going to be a tragic tale about grief, think agai... read more
We Is Got Him

Carrie Hagen

This “relentlessly suspenseful” story of America’s first known kidnapping in nineteenth century Philadelphia is “elegantly told, superbly accomplished” (The Philadelphia Enquirer). In 1874, a little boy named Charley Ross was snatched from his family’s front y... read more
The Cherry Pages

Gary Ruffin

A small-town Florida cop finds big trouble when he becomes a seductive movie star’s bodyguard in this clever mystery from the author of Hot Shot. Det. Samuel Cooper, known as “Coop” to his friends, is the chief of police in Gulf Front, Florida, a sleepy little... read more
From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Silent Girls comes another unforgettable thriller set in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, featuring Detective Sonja TestEven in a quiet Vermont town, unspeakable acts of the past can destroy the peace... read more

Ellen has 4 reviews





Margaret I.

Margaret I.

Feb, 2023

Ellen provided everything asked for, plus more. Her insight helped me clean and clarify my manuscript. She fit me into her schedule so I would be ready for a pitching event. Very professional and very kind.
Ellen L.
Thanks very much, Margaret!
Melody T.

Melody T.

Mar, 2022

Ellen's work was very professional and spot on! I was delighted with her edits since they made my book much more readable. I will use her services again.
Melody T.

Melody T.

Feb, 2022

I was extremely pleased with Ellen's editing. She was professional and thorough and offered suggestions where needed.
Ellen L.
Thanks, Melody. It was a pleasure to work for you!
Sherrie S.

Sherrie S.

May, 2020

Ellen was a pleasure to work with. I appreciated her sense of humor and patience. This was my first attempt at writing a novel and she made me sound like a real author and not some illiterate imposter. Her critical eye to detail was outstanding. Ellen went above and beyond in helping me, especially since she worked during the Covid-19 Pandemic. It was a terrible time for all, and I appreciat...
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Ellen L.
Sherrie is a well above average, developed writer who sent me a well-organized manuscript with a story that flowed very easily, thanks to her work in film. Nevertheless, her book had many different...
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