Jacquelin Cangro

Jacquelin Cangro – Editor

I'm a seasoned developmental book editor with 20 years of experience at Penguin Random House committed to helping you make your story sing!


Hi! I'm a seasoned, award-winning developmental editor of fiction and nonfiction with 20 years of experience at Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster. I've worked with New York Times bestselling authors such as John Green, Ruta Sepetys, and Jacqueline Woodson. My favorite genres are YA, romance (all sub-genres), and historical fiction. I have also been a book coach and writing instructor for more than two decades.

My goal is to help you strengthen your work while remaining true to your vision. I do this by providing clear suggestions with actionable feedback so you know the next steps to make your story the best it can be. After all this time working with authors (and being one myself), I know one thing for sure: you have a unique story to tell. I can help you share that story with the world.

Some kind words from recent clients:

--Jackie is more than just an editor; she is an inspiration and a push to see a story through to the end. Her comments on the draft of my first novel were detailed and informative, and I now have a clear map of how to forge ahead. I would recommend her to a writer at any stage in the process. ~Adrienne Oliver, author of Lorraine (historical fiction)

-- I got lucky when Jackie agreed to be my editor. She was extremely positive with her suggestions and always available for my questions. I would highly recommend her to any writer who wants their work to be the best possible. ~Carol Fricke, author of Hope Transported (women's fiction)

-- Jackie’s not just a writer or editor. She’s a reader. And the sort of reader who reminds a writer that his duty is to the reader first and to his own hangups and sacred moo-cows second. She knows that stories have starts and ends and the good ones have peaks and valleys and buckets of conflict. She also gives it to you straight–without making you feel like a complete idiot…Every writer should be lucky enough to have someone like her around. ~Ken Wheaton, author of The First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival (upmarket fiction)

Biographies & Memoirs
Contemporary Fiction Contemporary Romance Historical Fiction Historical Romance Romantic Comedy Women's Fiction Young Adult
English (UK) English (US)
  • Saturday Evening Post's Great American Stories, Finalist
  • MFA in Creative Writing, Georgia State University
  • Certificate in Developmental Editing, Editorial Freelancers Association
  • Certificate in Copy Editing, Editorial Freelancers Association

Work experience


Jan, 2008 — Present

*Provide comprehensive content review of manuscripts, specializing in historical fiction, romance, women's fiction, and YA.
*Offer insight into the story elements that are working and what areas of the story need attention.
*Suggest options for revision with a strategy for tackling the most pressing story issues.


Sep, 2012 — Present

Develop course concepts and syllabi for multi-weeks courses, seminars, and workshops, such as:

*Intro to Fiction

*Unlocking Your Story's Inciting Incident

*Writing About Place: Creating an Immersive Setting

*Be Your Own Editor: Getting Your Novel Ready for Publication

Penguin Random House

Feb, 2000 — Dec, 2019 (almost 20 years)

*Worked with New York Times bestselling authors such as John Green, Ruta Sepetys, and Jacqueline Woodson.
*Read and evaluated query letters and manuscripts.


Crash Into Me

St. John, Darci

Welcome to Grand Prairie, Louisiana—land of confounding accents, hard-drinking senior citizens, and charming sinners—brought to hilarious life in a bracing, heartfelt debut novel simmering with Cajun spice. . .Father Steve Sibille has come home to the bayou to... read more
The Mosquito Hours

Melissa DeLorenzo

“In prose as undulating as the ocean by which the story is set, THE MOSQUITO HOURS chronicles the Crawford family, a multi-generational family of widowed and unwed women, momentarily at the ebb tide of their lives. Melissa Corliss DeLorenzo takes us into the w... read more
Addressed to Greta

Sussman, Fiona

Some seven million people board the New York City subway every day, each one with a story to tell. The Subway Chronicles collects twenty-seven of the tales, dramas and comedies that unfold during the daily commute. From the “mole people” living in the subway t... read more
The Shadow in Her Pocket

Koppel Torres, Lorena

Talking Underwater

Melissa DeLorenzo

“Sister” is a sacred word. Cattail Beach is joy. Until one day at its shore, both are lost in a single moment.Family is life, and Amy enjoys a gentle, happy one. Devoted parents, a loving marriage, two little girls, a fulfilling career and a cherished relation... read more
In the halls of Congress, on the streets, in the media, the war on fast food is on. Tofu may be topical, but bacon is eternal. Bacon and Egg Man, Ken Wheaton’s second novel, is a sly send-up of a politically correct food establishment, where the Northeast has ... read more
A freak accident forces a New Yorker to return to Louisiana and confront her Cajun pastThere is nothing more dangerous than a spooked rhinoceros. It is just before lunchtime when Huey, the prized black rhino of Broussard, Louisiana, erupts from his enclosure, ... read more
New York City is one of the most famous places in the world, but it's also home to more than eight million residents. People who are living everyday lives filled with the wonders and fears we all share. "You, Me and the Rest of Us: #NewYorkStories" is a collec... read more
In the 1950s Appalachia coal fields of Solitude, VA... Smiley Hanlon is placed in the "Mentally Retarded" Class... Because he is different...Being different in America has never been easy; being born different and in the wrong body in Solitude, Virginia in the... read more

Jacquelin has 138 reviews





Molly H.

Molly H.

Feb, 2024

Jackie was fantastic to work with. She provided excellent, concise, and clear notes that all made sense. When I was considering quotes from editors, she was happy to answer any questions I had and was always prompt with her responses - despite the five-hour time difference! I really enjoyed talking to her on Zoom after where she allowed me to ask any question about her notes - no question was ...
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Herbert E.

Herbert E.

Feb, 2024

Jacquelin did an amazing job of editing my manuscript. She was able to see the big ideas that I was trying to get across and gave some excellent suggestions on how I could convey them more effectively. While maintaining a positive tone throughout our correspondence, she was also able to point out several technical changes for me to make that will make my novel flow much more smoothly. I am conf...
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Juliana W.

Juliana W.

Jan, 2024

Jackie made me feel like I have something to say, my work is valuable, and my story is worth telling. She brought up excellent points, always with workable solutions ready. I've learned so much about the craft! And my characters have a better chance of landing on a shelf near you, because Jackie helped me bring them to life. I'm so grateful!
Scott J.

Scott J.

Dec, 2023

Pick Jackie! She is an excellent editor and knows the publishing business well. Her comments were very thoughtful and she provided me exactly what I needed in a development edit of my first draft. She provided me with so much to digest, including many questions I need to answer about my story and my characters. Thank you, Jackie! If one day I am lucky enough to get published, I know she wi...
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Jill K.

Jill K.

Nov, 2023

Jackie was a pleasure to work with. She provided a developmental edit of my historical fiction novel in a timely and efficient way. Her feedback was just what I needed to address character and plot issues I had been struggling with. Her notes were specific and perceptive. Our Zoom meeting was a great chance to delve more deeply into my questions. She is warm, friendly and very encouraging. I w...
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