JoSelle Vanderhooft

JoSelle Vanderhooft - Editor

Veteran editor specializing in romance and LGBTQ+ fiction. Guiding new authors is my passion!

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Overview

Welcome to my home on Reedsy! I've been editing romance, science fiction/fantasy, and other genres since 2004. In fifteen years I've edited New York Times and Amazon bestselling authors and worked for a number of publishers. While I love working with authors of all experience levels, I have a special passion for working with independent authors and those new to their craft.

My editing philosophy is simple and straightforward: I strive to be gentle, friendly, and respectful in my edits and supportive of your goals as a writer, whatever they may be. I will never recommend a service I do not think your book requires.

Although I specialize in line and copy edits, I have substantial experience in several areas of editing, including:

Developmental editing
Substantive/content editing
Proofreading
Manuscript evaluation
Writing coaching
Writing classes on demand

I pride myself on teasing out the most complicated grammar problems and making clunky, confusing sentences streamlined works of art--all without changing your unique voice. After all, your book is your baby--I'm just the lucky midwife.
Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (NZ)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Inspirational
LGBTQ (non fiction)
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Fantasy
LGBTQ (Fiction)
Paranormal Romance
Romance

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
January, 2004 – Present (almost 17 years)

Portfolio (27 selected works)

His Secret Baby (Bad Boy Empire Book 2)

Vanessa Waltz

She ran away. I never knew about the baby.Christine is beautiful, got a mouth full of sass, and she owes me a favor. So I've been cashing in to make her mine. Every week I think I'm done with her, but she pulls me back in for another night of hot, wet action. When she finally pays off her debt, she'll be giving me more than just her body.My playboy lifestyle has a time limit. I want more. Marr... read more

She ran away. I never knew about the baby.Christine is beautiful, got a mouth full of sass, and she owes me a favor. So I've been cashing in to make her mine. Every week I think I'm done with her, but she pulls me back in for another night of hot, wet action. When she finally pays off her debt, she'll be giving me more than just her body.My playboy lifestyle has a time limit. I want more. Marr... read more

Player's Princess (A Sports Romance)

Abigail Graham

Football player. Sassy princess. Game on.I only care about one thing.Football.Love? Ha, right. Relationships? Don’t need the distraction.Stuck up princesses? Hell no.Then fate dumped the biggest distraction of all right in my lap. Ana is like no one I've ever met. Innocent, pure, and beautiful. One look at her and I'm ready to go long. One smile and she makes me feel like a king.Everyone on ca... read more

Football player. Sassy princess. Game on.I only care about one thing.Football.Love? Ha, right. Relationships? Don’t need the distraction.Stuck up princesses? Hell no.Then fate dumped the biggest distraction of all right in my lap. Ana is like no one I've ever met. Innocent, pure, and beautiful. One look at her and I'm ready to go long. One smile and she makes me feel like a king.Everyone on ca... read more

Touches of Eden: Eden Falls Series - Book 5

Tina Newcomb

Love Finds Us as We Are…Scars and All.Jillian Saunders has been attracted to firefighter and paramedic Brandt Smith since he moved to Eden Falls. She hasn’t opened her heart to love since she was date raped in college. However, Jillian can’t help but notice a gentleness and caring about Brandt that might make her change her mind.Since his fiancée cheated on him because of burn scars left by a ... read more

Love Finds Us as We Are…Scars and All.Jillian Saunders has been attracted to firefighter and paramedic Brandt Smith since he moved to Eden Falls. She hasn’t opened her heart to love since she was date raped in college. However, Jillian can’t help but notice a gentleness and caring about Brandt that might make her change her mind.Since his fiancée cheated on him because of burn scars left by a ... read more

The Tender Heart (The Carter Saga Book 1)

Noelle Myers

Escaping an abusive guardian, Megan flees West to meet her long lost brothers and finds friendship, adventure, and love along the way.

Escaping an abusive guardian, Megan flees West to meet her long lost brothers and finds friendship, adventure, and love along the way.

Iola O

G.M. Monks

Iola Boggs escapes a small-minded village and is proud to become a non-combat pilot during World War II. Iola meets Jim Lewis, who never served in the war but contributed in his own way to the war effort. They marry in post-war Philadelphia and raise a family against the backdrop of the paranoid era of McCarthyism. Their differences and a need for fulfillment propels them away from each other.... read more

Iola Boggs escapes a small-minded village and is proud to become a non-combat pilot during World War II. Iola meets Jim Lewis, who never served in the war but contributed in his own way to the war effort. They marry in post-war Philadelphia and raise a family against the backdrop of the paranoid era of McCarthyism. Their differences and a need for fulfillment propels them away from each other.... read more

The Amber Necklace (The Betrayal Trilogy)

Alex Pyott

The once acclaimed British photojournalist Jade Platt is struggling with daily routine. She can’t escape nightmares that replay a marketplace bombing in Aleppo. Her life begins to dissolve until she meets the beautiful and eccentric Freya Rykkel, an elusive member of the Norwegian royal family. As the connection between the Jade and Freya deepens, events that were set in motion a millennium ag... read more

The once acclaimed British photojournalist Jade Platt is struggling with daily routine. She can’t escape nightmares that replay a marketplace bombing in Aleppo. Her life begins to dissolve until she meets the beautiful and eccentric Freya Rykkel, an elusive member of the Norwegian royal family. As the connection between the Jade and Freya deepens, events that were set in motion a millennium ag... read more

The China Twist

Wen-Szu Lin

The China Twist is the firsthand story of two Wharton MBAs who brought a beloved U.S. food franchise to China and encountered outrageous obstacles that will make anyone in business laugh, cringe, and think twice about doing business in Asia.Reviews:1) http://www.philstar.com/business/2012-12-17/886850/china-twist (one of the top business columnist in the Philippines)2) http://agendabeijing.com... read more

The China Twist is the firsthand story of two Wharton MBAs who brought a beloved U.S. food franchise to China and encountered outrageous obstacles that will make anyone in business laugh, cringe, and think twice about doing business in Asia.Reviews:1) http://www.philstar.com/business/2012-12-17/886850/china-twist (one of the top business columnist in the Philippines)2) http://agendabeijing.com... read more

Sleeping Beauty, Indeed & Other Lesbian Fairytales

JoSelle Vanderhooft

Fairy tales have long intrigued readers. They’re the first stories we remember, and they resonate within us as adults. In Sleeping Beauty, Indeed, editor JoSelle Vanderhooft offers us a new take on an ancient theme: fairy tales from a lesbian perspective. From Cinderella to Sleeping Beauty, from original myths by talented authors to classics retold with a deft hand, these tales are by turn ero... read more

Fairy tales have long intrigued readers. They’re the first stories we remember, and they resonate within us as adults. In Sleeping Beauty, Indeed, editor JoSelle Vanderhooft offers us a new take on an ancient theme: fairy tales from a lesbian perspective. From Cinderella to Sleeping Beauty, from original myths by talented authors to classics retold with a deft hand, these tales are by turn ero... read more

The Keeper [Demon Warriors 10] (Siren Publishing The Lynn Hagen ManLove Collection)

Lynn Hagen

[Siren Publishing: The Lynn Hagen ManLove Collection: Alternative Paranormal Romantic Suspense Romance, MM, shape-shifter, HEA] What would you do to save the man you love? For the Keeper, he would sacrifice the universe. Bitten by Morog, his first creation, the Keeper is dying. He isn't sure how he ended up in the vet clinic, but when Trey walks into the exam room, he knows he's found his mate... read more

[Siren Publishing: The Lynn Hagen ManLove Collection: Alternative Paranormal Romantic Suspense Romance, MM, shape-shifter, HEA] What would you do to save the man you love? For the Keeper, he would sacrifice the universe. Bitten by Morog, his first creation, the Keeper is dying. He isn't sure how he ended up in the vet clinic, but when Trey walks into the exam room, he knows he's found his mate... read more

Hard to Resist [Mercury Rising 9] (Siren Publishing The Lynn Hagen ManLove Collection)

Lynn Hagen

[Siren Publishing: The Lynn Hagen ManLove Collection: Alternative Paranormal Romantic Suspense Romance, MM, shape-shifter, werewolves, HEA] Rio was a charming, sexy man whom Jamie found hard to resist. He showed up one night and saved Jamie from a vampire who wanted to taste him. Now Rio kept popping up in Jamie's life. He spoke softly into Jamie's ear, barged in on him when Jamie was having a... read more

[Siren Publishing: The Lynn Hagen ManLove Collection: Alternative Paranormal Romantic Suspense Romance, MM, shape-shifter, werewolves, HEA] Rio was a charming, sexy man whom Jamie found hard to resist. He showed up one night and saved Jamie from a vampire who wanted to taste him. Now Rio kept popping up in Jamie's life. He spoke softly into Jamie's ear, barged in on him when Jamie was having a... read more

Midnight Heat [Mercury Rising 1] (Siren Publishing The Lynn Hagen ManLove Collection)

Lynn Hagen

[Erotic Alternative Paranormal Romance, ManLove, shape-shifter, vampires, HEA] Jason has no idea that the sleepy town of Mercury holds so many dark secrets. But those secrets are revealed as Jason is plunged into a world he never knew existed. The men he works for are bear shifters. The guy he's lusted after for months is a wolf. And now Jason finds himself running from a demon hell-bent on us... read more

[Erotic Alternative Paranormal Romance, ManLove, shape-shifter, vampires, HEA] Jason has no idea that the sleepy town of Mercury holds so many dark secrets. But those secrets are revealed as Jason is plunged into a world he never knew existed. The men he works for are bear shifters. The guy he's lusted after for months is a wolf. And now Jason finds himself running from a demon hell-bent on us... read more

Breaking the Rules [Mercury Rising 8] (Siren Publishing The Lynn Hagen ManLove Collection)

Lynn Hagen

[Siren Publishing: The Lynn Hagen ManLove Collection: Alternative Paranormal Romantic Suspense Romance, MM, shape-shifter, werewolves, HEA] When Sheriff Ezra Braxton is shot, Hennessey finds himself in unfamiliar territory. He refuses to leave the sheriff's side, even caring for him when Braxton is sent home from the hospital. They start out as almost-strangers, but over the course of Braxton ... read more

[Siren Publishing: The Lynn Hagen ManLove Collection: Alternative Paranormal Romantic Suspense Romance, MM, shape-shifter, werewolves, HEA] When Sheriff Ezra Braxton is shot, Hennessey finds himself in unfamiliar territory. He refuses to leave the sheriff's side, even caring for him when Braxton is sent home from the hospital. They start out as almost-strangers, but over the course of Braxton ... read more

The Rest of Forever [Mercury Rising 4] (Siren Publishing The Lynn Hagen ManLove Collection)

Lynn Hagen

[Alternative Paranormal Romantic Suspense Romance, ManLove, shape-shifters, HEA] Shane wanted nothing to do with Levi. He and his dry spell were doing just fine without Levi's crude behavior. That was until Shane walked into work to find the guy standing in line. Levi was there to make amends, but Shane didn't trust Levi's intentions. Unfortunately Levi wouldn't take no for an answer, so Shane... read more

[Alternative Paranormal Romantic Suspense Romance, ManLove, shape-shifters, HEA] Shane wanted nothing to do with Levi. He and his dry spell were doing just fine without Levi's crude behavior. That was until Shane walked into work to find the guy standing in line. Levi was there to make amends, but Shane didn't trust Levi's intentions. Unfortunately Levi wouldn't take no for an answer, so Shane... read more

Shades of Steele [Mercury Rising 2] (Siren Publishing The Lynn Hagen ManLove Collection)

Lynn Hagen

[Alternative Paranormal Romance, M/M, shape-shifter, werewolves, HEA] All Stuart wants is Nick, the brooding bounty hunter at the agency Stuart works at. Unfortunately, any time Stuart is around Nick, he becomes sarcastic and sticks his foot in his mouth. He also knows Nick is the last person he needs. Stuart's life is already complicated enough. He was attacked two years ago, leaving his body... read more

[Alternative Paranormal Romance, M/M, shape-shifter, werewolves, HEA] All Stuart wants is Nick, the brooding bounty hunter at the agency Stuart works at. Unfortunately, any time Stuart is around Nick, he becomes sarcastic and sticks his foot in his mouth. He also knows Nick is the last person he needs. Stuart's life is already complicated enough. He was attacked two years ago, leaving his body... read more

Irregular Heartbeat

Chris Zett

After nearly a decade as a professional drummer, Diana Petrell leaves her rock-star life behind to continue her residency in emergency medicine. She’s determined not to let anything stop her—not even falling in love with her aloof mentor, Dr. Emily Barnes.Emily has only ever focused on her career as a senior attending in the emergency department, and she isn’t happy about having to babysit a r... read more

After nearly a decade as a professional drummer, Diana Petrell leaves her rock-star life behind to continue her residency in emergency medicine. She’s determined not to let anything stop her—not even falling in love with her aloof mentor, Dr. Emily Barnes.Emily has only ever focused on her career as a senior attending in the emergency department, and she isn’t happy about having to babysit a r... read more

The Music and the Mirror

Lola Keeley

Anna is the newest member of an elite ballet company. Her first class with her mysterious idol, Victoria, almost ruins her career before it starts. When she shows she might be a potential star, Victoria chooses Anna to launch a new season around.Now Anna must face down jealousy, sabotage and injury, not to mention navigate the circus of friends and lovers within the company. The pressure build... read more

Anna is the newest member of an elite ballet company. Her first class with her mysterious idol, Victoria, almost ruins her career before it starts. When she shows she might be a potential star, Victoria chooses Anna to launch a new season around.Now Anna must face down jealousy, sabotage and injury, not to mention navigate the circus of friends and lovers within the company. The pressure build... read more

Gold Digger

Aleksandr Voinov

Not all that glitters is gold.Nikolai Krasnorada leads the life of a corporate nomad. Working for a gold explorations company, he’s never put down roots, and he likes it that way. Roots can be dangerous, as everyone from his “man-hating” sister to his manipulative mother to his war-traumatized father has proven.But when his CEO sends him to Toronto to strike a deal with LeBeau Mining, Nikolai ... read more

Not all that glitters is gold.Nikolai Krasnorada leads the life of a corporate nomad. Working for a gold explorations company, he’s never put down roots, and he likes it that way. Roots can be dangerous, as everyone from his “man-hating” sister to his manipulative mother to his war-traumatized father has proven.But when his CEO sends him to Toronto to strike a deal with LeBeau Mining, Nikolai ... read more

Golddigger

Hilary McCollum

Everything that mattered to Frances Moriarty was left behind in famine-ravaged Ireland, including the love of her life. Beset with grief and guilt, she is scraping out a shadowy existence as a New York shoeshine boy when word spreads like wildfire: gold nuggets line the riverbeds of California. Eager to stake a claim, Frances boldly sets out on the overland trek to California's gold fields, pr... read more

Everything that mattered to Frances Moriarty was left behind in famine-ravaged Ireland, including the love of her life. Beset with grief and guilt, she is scraping out a shadowy existence as a New York shoeshine boy when word spreads like wildfire: gold nuggets line the riverbeds of California. Eager to stake a claim, Frances boldly sets out on the overland trek to California's gold fields, pr... read more

Too Much Heart To Run

SL Harris

When tragedy brings Delilah Smith home for the first time in years, she finds that some things—and people—never change. Faced with the familiar but unwelcome task of mediating between her mother and brother, Del’s only respite comes from her friendship with Felicia Jennings, the attractive widow next door. When friendship becomes more, Del’s torn between protecting the family peace and pursuin... read more

When tragedy brings Delilah Smith home for the first time in years, she finds that some things—and people—never change. Faced with the familiar but unwelcome task of mediating between her mother and brother, Del’s only respite comes from her friendship with Felicia Jennings, the attractive widow next door. When friendship becomes more, Del’s torn between protecting the family peace and pursuin... read more

Milgrane: Embracing the Sapphire

Y.L. Wigman

A fortune in diamonds stolen in Brussels. Across the globe, a copper-haired copper hunts a robber. And a charismatic jeweler has ambitions of her own—victim or thief? Investigating officer Constable Taite O’Dath of the Australian Federal Police has Interpol impatient for an arrest in the Brussels heist. Is the co-owner of the missing diamonds, magnetic Sabine Zaffiro, mixed up in an internatio... read more

A fortune in diamonds stolen in Brussels. Across the globe, a copper-haired copper hunts a robber. And a charismatic jeweler has ambitions of her own—victim or thief? Investigating officer Constable Taite O’Dath of the Australian Federal Police has Interpol impatient for an arrest in the Brussels heist. Is the co-owner of the missing diamonds, magnetic Sabine Zaffiro, mixed up in an internatio... read more

Simple Steps to Change: Your Business, Your Life

Jay Livingston

“If you've ever wondered why you really work long hours or why it's so hard to change even though you want to, this is the book to read!”Syble Solomon, Executive Coach, Founder of Money HabitudesThere’s often a moment when you realize that your business or your life would be markedly enhanced if you changed. Whether the push comes from somebody else or you’re trying to kick-start yourself, you... read more

“If you've ever wondered why you really work long hours or why it's so hard to change even though you want to, this is the book to read!”Syble Solomon, Executive Coach, Founder of Money HabitudesThere’s often a moment when you realize that your business or your life would be markedly enhanced if you changed. Whether the push comes from somebody else or you’re trying to kick-start yourself, you... read more

Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories

Mike Allen, N.K. Jemisin, Matthew Kressel, Shira Lipkin, Rachel Manija Brown, Sara M. Harvey, Meredith Holmes, Georgina Bruce, Beth Wodzinski

The fifteen tantalizing, thrilling, and ingenious tales in Steam-Powered put a new spin on steampunk by putting women where they belong -- in the captain's chair, the laboratory, and one another's arms. Here you'll meet inventors, diamond thieves, lonely pawn brokers, clockwork empresses, brilliant asylum inmates, and privateers in the service of San Francisco's eccentric empire. Though they h... read more

The fifteen tantalizing, thrilling, and ingenious tales in Steam-Powered put a new spin on steampunk by putting women where they belong -- in the captain's chair, the laboratory, and one another's arms. Here you'll meet inventors, diamond thieves, lonely pawn brokers, clockwork empresses, brilliant asylum inmates, and privateers in the service of San Francisco's eccentric empire. Though they h... read more

Steam-Powered 2

Sean Holland

The fifteen thrilling and ingenious tales take the familiar genre of steampunk in exciting new directions, following women from across the globe and through pasts that never were (but could have been) on their search for money, adventure, prestige, freedom, and the love of another woman. Here you'll meet a Moroccan airship engineer and an English diplomat who receive a cryptic message and an e... read more

The fifteen thrilling and ingenious tales take the familiar genre of steampunk in exciting new directions, following women from across the globe and through pasts that never were (but could have been) on their search for money, adventure, prestige, freedom, and the love of another woman. Here you'll meet a Moroccan airship engineer and an English diplomat who receive a cryptic message and an e... read more

Heiresses of Russ 2011: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction

JoSelle Vanderhooft, Steve Berman, Georgina Bruce, Jewelle Gomez, Michelle Labbé, Rachel Swirsky, Ellen Kushner, Catherine Lundoff, Zen Cho, Csilla Kleinheincz

Named one of the 2013 Over the Rainbow Project book list, sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association!Welcome to a new annual anthology created in honor of the late Joanna Russ, American writer, academic, and feminist whose work shone brightly in the male-dominated field of speculative fiction of the latter part of the twentieth cent... read more

Named one of the 2013 Over the Rainbow Project book list, sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association!Welcome to a new annual anthology created in honor of the late Joanna Russ, American writer, academic, and feminist whose work shone brightly in the male-dominated field of speculative fiction of the latter part of the twentieth cent... read more

Hellebore & Rue: Tales of Queer Women and Magic

JoSelle Vanderhooft, Catherine Lundoff, Connie Wilkins, Jean Marie Ward, Steve Berman, Juliet Kemp, Lisa Morton, Ruth Sorrell, C.B. Calsing, Rachel Green

The essence of fantasy is magic and the folklore of women has often dwelt on the innumerable powers they possess. Magic that heals, magic that destroys, magic that saves their community. All these elements and more can be found in the queer women of Hellebore & Rue. These lesbians shape their worlds, their wants and needs, and, most important, their destinies. Here are stories of a greenmage r... read more

The essence of fantasy is magic and the folklore of women has often dwelt on the innumerable powers they possess. Magic that heals, magic that destroys, magic that saves their community. All these elements and more can be found in the queer women of Hellebore & Rue. These lesbians shape their worlds, their wants and needs, and, most important, their destinies. Here are stories of a greenmage r... read more

The WisCon Chronicles, Vol. 7: Shattering Ableist Narratives

In science fiction and fantasy, and in the world we inhabit, disability is often misunderstood, maligned, and disregarded, even by fans (and people in general) who are committed to social justice, anti-oppression, and equal representation for all in SF/F and fandom. In the spirit of WisCon’s continuing mission to boldly go where no con has gone before in breaking down barriers, this version of... read more

In science fiction and fantasy, and in the world we inhabit, disability is often misunderstood, maligned, and disregarded, even by fans (and people in general) who are committed to social justice, anti-oppression, and equal representation for all in SF/F and fandom. In the spirit of WisCon’s continuing mission to boldly go where no con has gone before in breaking down barriers, this version of... read more

Rocking the House: MMF Menage Romance

Kat Logan

Two hot, bad-boy rock stars and the curvy journalist who desperately wants their story...No matter how hard she tries, Gemma Jones can't seem to sell an article to Rocking the House, an industry-leading music magazine. But when she learns that The Dead Rocks are coming to a rock festival in Los Angeles, she knows she has a chance at a big story. The band is neck-deep in controversy, lawsuits, ... read more

Two hot, bad-boy rock stars and the curvy journalist who desperately wants their story...No matter how hard she tries, Gemma Jones can't seem to sell an article to Rocking the House, an industry-leading music magazine. But when she learns that The Dead Rocks are coming to a rock festival in Los Angeles, she knows she has a chance at a big story. The band is neck-deep in controversy, lawsuits, ... read more

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