Ginny Yttrup

Ginny Yttrup - Editor

Lincoln, California, USA

I am a developmental editor who is passionate about working with writers to develop their manuscript to its full potential.

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I am a developmental editor who is passionate about working with writers to develop their manuscript to its full potential. I provide developmental edits for both fiction and memoir projects, ensuring the structure, plot, pacing, and all necessary elements, work together to create an engaging and satisfying book for the reader.

As an award-winning, bestselling novelist, I will apply my knowledge and experience to your manuscript, working closely with you, the author, to ensure your work conveys exactly what you intend.

I've worked with best-selling, multi published authors to develop their manuscripts, along with first time authors who are still learning the craft. Also, as a writing coach, I will gently coach you through the editing process, teaching as we work through the manuscript together.

What a few clients have said:

"Ginny Yttrup is a writing pro who takes a manuscript from good to, oh my goodness, it’s great. With a deft eye for detail and a deep understanding of story, she improved my novel by 100 percent, and then doubled that. More than all, she guided me, as the writer, to craft places I didn’t know I could go. You’ll gain more than you can imagine by working with such an insightful, empowering, talented coach."

Patricia Raybon, Award Winning, Bestselling Author – My First White Friend, I Told the Mountain to Move,

and All That is Secret – An Annalee Spain Mystery

"Over the last decade, I’ve worked with many writing coaches. Ginny takes coaching to a whole new level, above and beyond what I’ve experienced before. She immerses herself in her client’s writing and gets to know the person behind the pen."

Cheri Gregory, Author –Overwhelmed, Exhale, and Sensitive and Strong

"Working with Ginny was a wonderful experience. She is warm and compassionate which made discussing the sensitive nature of my story so much easier. She was professional and attentive, and I could tell she cared about my story and how it was presented. I had read one of her books and knew she was a talented writer. She is equally gifted as an editor. When I got my developmental edit back I was amazed at her thoroughness and all of her suggestions and critique. I took my time and applied her critique/advice step by step, and I was thrilled with the finished product. My manuscript was elevated to a whole new level. I learned so much from Ginny through the process. I am now a better writer, and I can take those skills into my next project. Worth every penny. I trust Ginny and will be using her again for sure!"

Amy Nordhues

English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Christian Fiction
Coming of Age
Contemporary Fiction
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction


  • Christy Award, Best First Novel

Work experience

Developmental Editor

January, 2014 – Present (about 9 years)

I have freelanced as a writing coach and developmental editor for the last seven years. I offer developmental edits for both fiction and memoir manuscripts and have worked with new authors and multi-published authors to ensure their story ideas are fully developed. I offer complete developmental edits, looking at plot, structure, pacing, character and story arcs, character development, and more. Each developmental edit is done using track changes in Microsoft Word, and is accompanied by a comprehensive edit summary.


January, 2011 – Present (about 12 years)

I am an award-winning, bestselling novelist, both traditionally and independently published.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Ginny has 1 review

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Patrick Pelkey
It was great working with Ginny! She’s a very experienced design editor and her thorough and honest review and summary report are exactly what I hoped to receive. I intend to use her comments, instructions, and examples to help me revise and improve my writing craft and my story.

Patrick Pelkey, July 2022

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