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 Wal-Mart, 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

Work experience

Book Editor, Ghostwriter, COO

March, 1998 – Present (almost 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, Wal-Mart, 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.

Portfolio (28 selected works)

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

Jocelyn has 18 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Kevin Vought
Jocelyn was wonderful to work with. She not only took my starting point - a pretty good manuscript - and turned it into a great one, but she also provided a lot of extra feedback along the way which helped the manuscript rise up to become an even better work. I highly recommend Jocelyn as an editor for your project.

Kevin Vought, January 2021

Morgan Bricca
Working with Jocelyn was a breeze. She was able to complete the final round of copyedits on a short timeline. All her work was done super efficiently- no delay in start or finish. Communication was always easy (and delightful.) She is VERY GOOD at what she does. I was cavalier about needing a copyeditor, and I can't believe her eye for tidying things up is impressive. I am super impressed wit...
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Morgan Bricca, December 2020

Sean Laughlin
Jocelyn has been incredible with the editing of my non-fiction book. She has offered valuable advice, amazing edits and great answers to my many questions. I am very happy with my decision in choosing Jocelyn to work with! Everything she has helped me with has been much appreciated. If I am to write any more books in the future, I will not hesitate to work with Jocelyn again!

Sean Laughlin, November 2020

Jordan Salzano
Mrs. Carbonara was an absolute pleasure to work with. She really spent her time evaluating and engaging in my book. I am super happy I chose to work with her. She is such a hard worker and she provided so much insight that helped my book become even better. Honestly, if it wasn't for her, my book wouldn't be as updated and professional. She really knows what she is doing, and for anyone that is...
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Jordan Salzano, November 2020

Jocelyn Carbonara
Thank you for your kind words, Jordan! I was so honored to work with you. I am excited to see your book come out--and to see you one day on stage, speaking your inspirational wisdom! I'd love to he...
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Stephen Downey
Jocelyn was AMAZING to work with, timely, great communication, right-on-point contributions to the work. She caught so much in the development edit that it made the rest of the process smooth. She was a great pleasure to work with, and I would absolutely use her to do other works of mine, and recommend her to anyone. Are there ten stars available?

Stephen Downey, November 2020

Jocelyn Carbonara
You were amazing, too, Stephen! Thanks so much for your kind words. And thank you for working so hard on your book, which I know will help many!

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