Kelly Lydick

Kelly Lydick – Editor

I am passionate about the written word! I have nearly 20 years in editing in all genres, with special attention to business and travel.


I have worked for seventeen years to edit nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. During that time, I have worked as an Editor for Avalon Travel, specifically for the Rick Steves series. I've also worked at Northern Arizona University's Thin Air literary magazine, and at Western Art Collector magazine. I've also copy edited Business textbooks for Cengage.

As an editor I am efficient with time, communicate directly, and work with a critical eye in order to hone the best versions of my clients' work. My feedback is to the point, but comprehensive where necessary.

I love developmental editing work and have an almost uncanny knack for seeing the big picture of a book project. As a consultant for self-publishing authors, I use my tenured industry expertise to quickly and easily hone content and provide direction on content that will work well in a very crowded book marketplace.

As a writer, I understand how important it is to find the right editor for your book—and how scary it can be to anticipate comments from editors. This experience informs my style of feedback for authors. My own fiction, poetry, book reviews, and interviews have appeared in Guernica, Drunken Boat, Switched-on Gutenberg, Mission at Tenth, Thema, Tarpaulin Sky, and many others.

I'm excited to work with clients who are passionate about their book projects and the message they wish to share with the world.
Business & Management Travel
Mystery & Crime Poetry Romance
English (US)
  • GRL - Top 5 Fiction Reviews of 2012
  • Life Coach

Work experience


Oct, 2018 — Present

My team and I offer everything from developmental editing to book jacket design, interior design, query letter review, book proposals, website design, and more!

Immanence Journal

May, 2014 — Present

Immanence launched its first edition in October 2016. It is the preeminent journal of applied mythology.

International Artist Publishing

Jan, 2012 — Jan, 2013 (about 1 year)

For International Artist Publishing, I was the Assistant Editor of Western Art Collector magazine and responsible for composition of 8-10 articles for each monthly issue. I also worked with the production team to ensure editorial standards and occasionally wrote articles for American Art Collector magazine as well.

Gently Read Literature (GRL)

Jan, 2010 — Jan, 2014 (about 4 years)

At Gently Read Literature, my work was selected by the Editor as one of the top five review writers for the year 2012.

Perseus Books Group

Aug, 2005 — Jan, 2012 (over 6 years)

At Perseus Books Group, I was the Editor for the Rick Steves travel series. I managed copyeditors and proofreaders and edited books in all phases of the production process to ensure timely delivery of more than 40 titles each year.


Infuse thoughtfully furnished rooms with your own personal style, for every part of your home. Drawing on inspiration from his personal style, world travels, and client experience, Grant K. Gibson takes you on a journey to curate your perfect home. This highly... read more
Buon giorno! From ordering calamari in Venice to making new friends in Tuscan hill towns, it helps to speak some of the native tongue. Rick Steves, bestselling author of travel guides to Europe, offers well-tested phrases and key words to cover every situation... read more
This book is written for B2B marketers who are interested in learning how to create a competitive marketing strategy for their organizations. The practical content within the book is meant to serve as a user’s manual or guide on how to achieve that.The structu... read more
Hike vast glaciers, marvel at steaming volcanic lakes, and explore the land of the midnight sun: with Rick Steves on your side, Iceland can be yours!Inside Rick Steves Iceland you'll find:Comprehensive coverage for exploring Iceland, whether you've got a long ... read more
Quirky beach towns, deliciously fresh seafood, and scenic hikes and drives: discover what the locals love with Moon Monterey & Carmel. Inside you'll find:Flexible, strategic itineraries including long weekends in Monterey, Carmel, and Santa Cruz, and a three-d... read more
Mastering Product Management: A Step-by-Step Guide offers practical, real-world advice on the most important things a Product Manager will be involved with, and will deliver, in the quest for creating and capturing value. It covers the full new product cycle, ... read more
The Galapagos archipelago is one of the most beautiful, wild, and untouched places on earth. Travel back in time with Moon Galápagos Islands. Inside you'll find:Strategic tour information with advice on visiting sustainably, which boats to take, how long to st... read more
Hit England's can't-miss art, sights, and bites in two weeks or less with Rick Steves Best of England!Expert advice from Rick Steves on what's worth your time and moneyTwo-day itineraries covering London, Bath, the Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon, Liverpool, th... read more
Experience the Life of the City with Moon Travel Guides!Moon Boston takes you on a tour of the city's great pastimes: catch a game at Fenway, watch the rowboats on the Charles River, snag a seat at the bar at the tiny Neptune Oyster, and more.What's inside Moo... read more
You are meant to stand on that awesome stage and change lives with your message. You love seeing thought leaders share their stories and expertise from the stage. You know the impact that captivating speaking can have because your own life has been changed by ... read more
Talk and plan less; do more and do it well.Executing business strategies requires efficiency. It’s All about the How provides practical advice, stories, ideas and proven tools that empower business professionals to successfully implement strategies and deliver... read more
You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Italy.From the beaches to the Alps, from fine art to fine pasta, Italy has it all. With this book, you'll trace Italian culture from Rome's Colosseum to Michelangelo's Davi... read more
Rick Steves' Pocket guidebooks truly are a “tour guide in your pocket.” Each colorful, compact book includes Rick's advice for prioritizing your time, whether you're spending one or seven days in a city. Everything a busy traveler needs is easy to access: a ne... read more
Rick Steves Pocket guidebooks truly are a “tour guide in your pocket.” This colorful, compact 220-page book includes Rick's advice for prioritizing your time, whether you're spending 1 or 7 days in a city. Everything a busy traveler needs is easy to access: a ... read more
This leading strategy text presents the complexities of strategic management through up-to-date scholarship and hands-on applications. Highly respected authors Charles Hill, Gareth Jones, and Melissa Schilling integrate cutting-edge research on topics includin... read more
Jessica Slater would seem to have it all. She's young, personable, good looking and is making strides in her career as an educator. Her personal life, however, is in disarray. Recently divorced, she's also coping with the loss of her mother to cancer. What bet... read more
You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Eastern Europe—including the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, and Croatia.Explore Eastern Europe's top cities, from the romantic spires of Prague and th... read more
Rick Steves' Pocket guidebooks truly are a “tour guide in your pocket.” Each colorful, compact book includes Rick's advice for prioritizing your time, whether you're spending 1 or 7 days in a city. Everything a busy traveler needs is easy to access: a neighbor... read more

Kelly has 37 reviews





Bill W.

Bill W.

Mar, 2023

As always, Kelly is amazing to work with. Her attention to detail and her understanding of what a author needs from time to time are prescient. I cannot say enough good things about how she does here job, simply the best,


May, 2022

Super awesome is all I can say! Kelly is professional, thorough, and a joy to work with. She responds on time too, and that's vital in the publishing industry.
Kelly L.
Thank you! I really enjoyed reading your book and was glad to collaborate with you again! Your positive feedback is appreciated! :)
Finlay M.

Finlay M.

Apr, 2022

Kelly delivered a very professional appraisal of my manuscript.
Diego P.

Diego P.

Jan, 2022

Kelly delivered the edited manuscript on time and with clear comments and recommendations. She was very professional and answered my questions. A good experience working with Kelly overall. Thanks!
Kelly L.
Thanks! Great working with you and reading your book! Best of luck on the launch!


Sep, 2021

Kelly was awesome!!! She was great and easy to work with, she understood everything that I told her, and she was quick and proficient. Prompt delivery.
Kelly L.
It was great working with you! Glad I could help with your project!