Jessica McKelden

Jessica McKelden – Editor

A detail-oriented developmental + copy editor who will guide you toward feeling more confident about your novel! Loves fantasy + romance.


I've worked with my fair share of authors, and one thing that keeps coming up is this: a lack of confidence. Fraudy feelings. Imposter syndrome. Even multi-published authors sometimes feel as though their work isn’t good enough, that readers won’t connect with their characters, that the copies just won’t sell.

But what if you could finally feel confident about your work? What if you had someone on your side to call out issues with plot, characters, formatting, sentence structure, and more? What if you knew you were putting out the best damn book you could write? That’s where I come in.

I help fiction authors feel more confident and less overwhelmed using encouragement, collaboration, and some excellent editing skills--because I believe there's a story to tell in all of us.


During my years of editing, I've worked with first-time authors, New York Times Bestselling Authors, and everything in between. Take a look at what my clients have said about me:

"As a passionate author, I think we all know how nerve-wracking it can be to hand your work over, but I never felt that way with Jessica. Truly, she took my debut novel to the next level. 10/10!" - Jaclyn Kot, author of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH

"Working with Jessica was nothing short of amazing! I found it very simple to work through her suggestions." - Melissa Cassera, author of CONTROL

"She has a gift: edit and correct while enhancing my self esteem. I feel like I took a short course in creative writing." - Gordon S.

"I especially appreciated the bluntness when something was out of whack and her words of encouragement when the writing clicked. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!" - John Zaiss, author of LOVE, LIZZIE

"She understands my style of writing and edits accordingly but isn't afraid to give feedback or call out mistakes. I always learn something new working with her." - Bree Bennett, author of the Sparrow Hill series


Not quite sure? Reach out and we can discuss your project to see if we're a good fit!

Contemporary Fiction Fantasy New Adult Romance Women's Fiction Young Adult Fantasy
English (AUS) English (CAN) English (NZ) English (UK) English (US)

Work experience


Mar, 2010 — Present

I offer both freelance Developmental Editing, Copy Editing, and Proofreading services for fiction novels. I've worked with publishing houses (including romance publisher Tule) and one-to-one with authors. Open to working with new and seasoned authors alike.


The King's Queen

Hubbard, Haydn

Gingered: A Memoir

Murphy, Ryan G.

Love, Lizzie

Zaiss, John

Dr. Reade

Prescott, M.K.

The Irony of Fate

Adaire, Scarlett

The Things Friends Hide

Cushman, Jessica

Steal My Heart

O'Brian, Aimee

Jessica has 98 reviews





Patti N.

Patti N.

Jul, 2024

I don't feel she was invested in my project. Some of her comments showed the lack of thought that went into them, such as saying certain phrases weren't relevant to today's readers. One phrase she mentioned is used quite consistently in the area depicted in the book. She indicated she felt some things were completely inaccurate for the area such as temperatures at that time of year. Evidently s...
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Jessica M.
Hi Patti. Thank you for leaving a review, and there is no reason to feel bad about being critical in your critique--that is, after all, what editing is about! It sounds like maybe I wasn't the best...
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May, 2024

At first I wasn't sure that I wanted to spend the additional money on a proofreader since my copy editor was so fantastic, but Jessica was AMAZING and I'm so glad that I chose her to proofread the manuscript for my YA Contemporary Fantasy. Although there were some items that were more stylistic issues than true errors (a fact Jessica pointed out in her letter to me), there were things that Jes...
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Angela J. F.

Angela J. F.

May, 2024

Really enjoyed working with Jessica and appreciate the thoughtfulness of the editorial letter as well as the detailed style guide.
Kendall L.

Kendall L.

May, 2024

It was great working with Jessica! As a first-time author I was very nervous about the editing process, but Jessica was able to walk me through what to do next and able to provide excellent feedback based on what I was looking for. There were a couple discrepancies in my novel that she was able to point out for me to correct. Her editorial letter and style sheet were VERY helpful overall with w...
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Pat O.

Pat O.

Apr, 2024

Jessica's work was thoughtful, supportive, timely and accurate. She is an invaluable partner on my journey to more effective writing. Thanks again!

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