Jocelyn Carbonara

Jocelyn Carbonara - Editor

Hillsborough, NC, USA

20+ years editing and consulting authors, especially business/leadership books or personal stories with an inspirational message.

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I love editing books that make a differencein business and life.

After earning degrees in creative writing and mass communications, I began editing and writing for national magazines and marketing agencies. I also managed the careers of speakers—including editing their books to build their platforms. Word of mouth spread, and I'm now a go-to editor for business/leadership, health/well-being, spirituality/inspiration, memoirs, addiction/trauma recovery—or any book with a positive message.

As a book editor for 20 years, I’ve worked on books for major publishers like McGraw Hill, John Wiley & Sons, and InterVarsity Press. I've ghostwritten books for a TV star, an NFL player, and a heroin addict turned doctor; contributed to more than a dozen leadership books; edited more than 60 books including non-fiction and fiction; and written articles for celebrities in magazines like Real Leaders, Victorious Living, and Recovery Today. As editor-in-chief of an inspirational workplace magazine, I've written articles and interviewed leaders such as Dr. Maya Angelou, NFL coach Tony Dungy, and Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams. I’ve represented books to publishers and helped indie authors print and sell their books. In other words, I know publishing.

Besides books, I edit research papers and dissertations and have written marketing copy for nearly every medium—including websites, print materials, emails, speeches, press releases, proposals, and video or audio interviews. I've also owned a consulting firm for 20+ years serving companies like Walmart, AT&T Global, the federal government, and multiple healthcare systems—so I understand leadership and human behavior from a first-hand perspective. This broad experience helps me in editing a variety of books.


As a proficient and creative developmental editor, I fill in gaps. I read between the lines to hear the message you aim to share. I pay attention not only to what the writing says, but the response it elicits. Is your book clear and complete? Are your concepts or characters well developed? Is the book repetitive or succinct? My edits are specific and easy to follow. I share everything I can to make your book better.

I also love prose. I view word choice, grammar, and punctuation as crucial. I'm fluent in Chicago Style, so your book will be correct. I can format according to publishers' guidelines.

Most of all, I’m committed to keeping your writing "voice" intact—and helping you meet your goals.

I understand that hiring an editor can be scary. I make the process as easy as possible (and maybe even a little fun). I’ve helped authors write difficult, therapeutic stories—or books that build their businesses. My clients consistently refer me to others.


“I'd been warned that the editing of a book was a tough process. I guess those people did not have Jocelyn as their editor. Her insights, edits, and questions enabled my book to become an international bestseller. I highly recommend Jocelyn for anyone wanting to get their books published and polished. I cannot imagine writing without Jocelyn in my corner.”Laura Steward, award-winning #1 international bestselling author, What Would a Wise Woman Do? Questions to Ask Along the Way

“Jocelyn was a dream to work with. She helped move my book along when I really needed guidance to finish it. She's an exceptional writer and editor and gets excited about the topics she's involved with. I'd highly recommend her for any of your own publications.”Jason Weaver, Tech CEO, author of Manager’s Guide to Online Marketing

“Man, did I hit the jackpot. Hiring Jocelyn as my editor for my first solo book couldn't have been a better match. Her expertise as an editor was complemented with promotional knowledge, familiarity with the adjunct skills a new book author would need to advance the book into the market, and her generous spirit of making introductions to other relevant services and authors that helped me. Start with her when you need help with your book, article, chapter, or blog, and you'll wind up comparing all the others to Jocelyn.”Bruce Hazen, author of Answering the Three Career Questions

“If you are looking for a top-notch writer or editor, you need to hire and work with Jocelyn. She is a subject-matter expert who hits the mark consistently. I have worked with Jocelyn for more than 3 years now on a wide variety of high-level publishing assignments, books, and projects, and more—she makes everything I do look even better—every time! I highly recommend Jocelyn for your next important project.”Anne Bruce, author of 22 books in leadership and self help

English (UK)
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Religion & Spirituality


  • Prosci Change Management Professional
  • Bachelor of Arts, Creative Writing and Communications


  • Author Academy Award won by Toria Leigh for Modern Masquerade, which I edited
  • Intervarsity Press Readers' Choice Award won by Richella Parham for Mythical Me, which I developed
  • Nautilus Award won by Laura Steward for What Would a Wise Woman Do? which I edited

Work experience

Book Editor, Ghostwriter, COO

March, 1998 – Present (over 23 years)

Provide client-centered book editing, ghostwriting, copy writing, publishing consulting/management, and executive coaching. Books written or edited include non-fiction and fiction for publishers including McGraw Hill, InterVarsity Press, John Wiley and Sons, ATD, and Pfeiffer. Provide change management and communications consulting for companies including ATT Global, Walmart, SAS, multiple hospital systems, and the federal government.


Attitude Digest Magazine
February, 2008 – October, 2010 (over 2 years)

Served as editor-in-chief of Attitude Digest, a niche quarterly motivational workplace magazine—featuring celebrity interviews, inspirational articles, columns, humor, contests, and management tips.
• Launched print magazine and edited it in full every month.
• Interviewed experts and celebrities including Dr. Maya Angelou, Coach Tony Dungy, Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert), Bill Rancic (winner of NBC’s The Apprentice), Mac Anderson (founder of Successories). Wrote, edited, and published inspirational articles on workplace engagement, relationships, communication, and more.

CEO & Editor

Everything Attitude, Inc./Sam Glenn Presentations
January, 2007 – November, 2010 (almost 4 years)

Nov 2009 – Nov 2010
Employment Duration 1 yr 1 mo
Edited books and training manuals with national publishers for motivational resource company created by inspirational speaker, Sam Glenn, author of A Kick in the Attitude, offering products and resources to motivate staff for personal and professional success. Ghostwrote excerpts about client in books authored by others. Oversaw all operations and created additional products and revenue streams for speaker.

Copy Editor & Advertising Director

Research News and Opportunities in Science and Theology
January, 2000 – October, 2006 (over 6 years)

Copy edited all editorial content each month for start-up international newspaper, Research News and Opportunities in Science and Theology, funded by The Templeton Foundation--an international philanthropic organization funding worldwide initiatives in character development, science and religion, and more. Wrote numerous interviews/articles. Directed all advertising sales. Worked with editor-in-chief, a physician at Duke University, to promote newspaper--gaining press coverage in Christianity Today, NPR's People's Pharmacy, Newsweek, and more.

Writer, Director of Advertising

Kingsley Lewis & Associates
September, 1996 – March, 1998 (over 1 year)

Wrote or edited creative copy for a variety of TV, radio, and print campaigns for a full-service advertising agency servicing national and local clients including publishers and authors. Managed publishing account with Fellowship of Christian Athletes Sharing the Victory Magazine.

Unabashed: Self-Advocacy and the Quest to Foster Empathy

Tamaskar, Niyati, Carbonara, Jocelyn

What Would a Wise Woman Do?: Questions to Ask Along the Way

Atchison, Laura Steward, Levinson, Jay Conrad

Change: If I Can, You Can: Changing for the Better in You

Angry, Travis, Davis-Grauer, Wendie, Davis-Grauer, Wendie

Pure Heart Leadership

Dr. Shana Garrett

Jocelyn has 34 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Ralph van Roosmalen
I enjoyed working with Jocelyn. I really appreciated her comments and contribution to the book. I would hire her again if needed.

Ralph van Roosmalen, August 2021

Brad Bujnowski
As a first-time author, I didn't know what to expect from an editor--but I didn't expect the comprehensive value that Jocelyn brings to the table! She's a coach, cheerleader, technician, and overall motivator to write better. Her feedback and reasoning is reinforced with details and examples. A real professional and a friendly communicator. I'd hire her again in a heartbeat!

Brad Bujnowski, July 2021

Luciana Houteit
This is the second project I have worked on with Jocelyn, and as with last time, she has helped me develop my manuscript to its fullest potential. Jocelyn has got a great eye for all types of book editing, but I found that her developmental editing most useful for what I needed. Jocelyn helped me ensure that my stories flowed and made sense to the reader. Her comments have given me her own prof...
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Luciana Houteit, May 2021

Violet Batejan
Jocelyn Carbonara began our collaboration with a detailed questionnaire that proved thorough and a good indicator of my needs. She did not do a sample edit which, I now know, was not necessary. At her request, I submitted a writing sample on Reedsy’s quick and easy communication system. As a superlative and timely communicator, Jocelyn always answered questions, clarified, and guided without ha...
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Violet Batejan, April 2021

Bruce Williamson
Jocelyn is outstanding. I've already recommended her to 2 colleagues. Thorough with keen insights; a critical thinker with good bedside manner. She is an experienced editor - full stop, but you also get a coach with just the right balance of tough love and encouragement.

Bruce Williamson, April 2021

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