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Holly

Holly

Springfield, United States

Experienced fiction editor, formerly with Samhain Publishing. I specialize in romance and other genre fiction.


Work experience:

  • Samhain Publishing, Ltd
  • Self-employed
  • Mundania Press
  • Lyrical Press

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment

Genres: Women's Fiction, Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Contemporary Fiction

Jenn

Jenn

Leawood, KS, United States

I am an award-winning author and experienced editor of books for children and young adults. I specialize in humor, fantasy, and scifi.


Work experience:

  • Self-employed

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading Query Letter Review

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Humor & Comedy, Picture Books, Children's, Action & Adventure, Mashups, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Children’s Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction

Mary-Theresa

Mary-Theresa

New York, United States

Award winning editor with 25+ years in traditional publishing. Specializing in genre fiction. Looking to help make good stories well told.


Work experience:

  • Harlequin

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Query Letter Review

Genres: Romance, Fiction, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Historical Fiction, Mystery & Crime, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller & Suspense, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Morristown, United States

Former Senior Editor at Ballantine Books; specializes in content editing of non-fiction (self-help, parenting, wellbeing) & fiction.


Work experience:

  • Self-employed
  • John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • The Ballantine Publishing Group/Division of Random House, Inc.

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Editorial Assessment Query Letter Review

Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Non-Fiction, Health & Wellbeing, Parenting & Families, Self-Help & Self-Improvement, Sex & Relationships, Religion & Spirituality, Romance, Fiction, Women's Fiction

Joel

Joel

Oakland, CA, United States

Ace dev editor; seasoned copy/line/proofer. 45+ titles for Amazon Pub and I'm genre friendly. Show me your book so we can talk about it


Work experience:

  • Amazon Publishing

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Mystery & Crime, Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller & Suspense, Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction, Sports & Outdoors, Non-Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs

Gene

Gene

Houston, United States

Creative, experienced editor of novels, children's books, and poetry. Let's prepare your manuscript for publication together.


Work experience:

  • Freelance
  • Uptown Stories
  • Simon & Schuster
  • Scholastic
  • HarperEntertainment
  • Daniel Weiss Associates/17th Street Productions
  • Denver Quarterly
  • San Jacinto College South

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Proofreading

Genres: Action & Adventure, Fiction, LGBTQ Fiction, Middle Grade, Children's, Comics & Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Poetry, Literary Fiction

Lindsey

Lindsey

New York, United States

Experienced editor from a Big Five publisher specializing in mystery, suspense, and thrillers.


Work experience:

  • Grand Central Publishing
  • Crooked Lane Books

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing Editorial Assessment Query Letter Review

Genres: Literary Fiction, Fiction, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Women's Fiction, Mystery & Crime, Thriller & Suspense

Karli

Karli

Clarksville, TN, United States

Editor who specializes in developing manuscripts and is passionate about helping authors of fiction and nonfiction craft their best content!


Work experience:

  • HarperCollins Christian Publishing

Services: Editing Developmental Editing Copy Editing

Genres: Romance, Fiction, Inspirational, Non-Fiction, Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction, Young Adult

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Finally finished a draft of your manuscript, but still have some kinks to work out? That’s where a developmental editor comes in — someone who will perform a “big picture” edit on your story and tell you what needs fixing in your next draft, along with suggestions for how to fix it. They’ll cover everything from plot holes to character issues to prose style, ensuring your story is consistent and compelling from start to finish.


Developmental editing is especially important for first-time authors, who may not even realize they’ve left something out. You certainly don’t want to go all the way to press with a book that has serious developmental issues. Fortunately, daunting as that might sound, it’s actually pretty easy to work with a developmental editor — once you’ve found the right person to do the job.


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