Kelly Messier

Kelly Messier - Editor

Norwood, MA, USA

Meticulous, hardworking, passionate editor. Love YA literature, the arts, cooking. Clients include Random House and Simon & Schuster.

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I am a seasoned copy editor and proofreader with extensive book editing experience with many well-known book publishers. I have loved reading and writing since I was a little girl, and I consider it a privilege to help authors--known and unknown--make their book the best it can be. I am also a writer with an MFA in Fiction, so I understand and respect each author's voice. I am thoughtful, flexible, thorough, extremely reliable, unflappable, and down-to-earth. I especially love fiction, children's literature, health, cooking, and the arts, but am happy to take on any subject!

I have copyedited for many major book publishers including Simon & Schuster, Random House, Adams Media, Harvard Business Review Press, Cambridge University Press, Quatro Publishing, and Harvard Law School. I have also edited magazines such as Boston Magazine, Harvard Business Review, and MIT Sloan Management Review, as well as for universities such as Boston University, George Mason University, New England Conservatory, Harvard University, Radcliffe, and MIT. For 13 years I was the head of the copyedit department for StayWell, a health and wellness publishing company. Prior to that I was the editor for New England Conservatory and George Mason University.

I have worked with writers and journalists of all different types and am always willing to listen, suggest, and guide while respecting your voice, in addition to fixing typos and grammar errors and meeting all your deadlines!

English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
Health & Wellbeing
Coming of Age
Middle Grade
Social & Family Issues

Work experience

Copy Editor

March, 2009 – Present (over 13 years)

Since 2009 I have been an exclusive contract editor, copyediting everything from magazines to books to public relations newsletters to restaurant menus. My clients have included Quartro Publishing, Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, Radcliffe, Network Publishers, MIT, Random House, Simon and Schuster, Adams Media, Boston Magazine, and New England Conservatory. I have copyedited books on cooking, the arts, business, law, fiction, and all sorts of nonfiction topics.

Copy Chief

October, 1995 – March, 2009 (over 13 years)

Head of copyedit department of health care publisher. Copyedited health and wellness newsletters for health insurance companies and hospitals. Managed staff of three copyeditors. Updated style guide.


New England Conservatory
August, 1994 – October, 1995 (about 1 year)

Editor for well-known music conservatory. Edited alumni magazine, fundraising publications, marketing brochures, catalogs, university newsletters, program books, as well as a book on the history of the conservatory.

Editor/Senior Writer

George Mason University
May, 1992 – July, 1993 (about 1 year)

Edited and wrote for the university's weekly newspaper, brochures, admissions materials, performing arts center playbills, and alumni magazine.

Portfolio (67 selected works)

Couples That Work: How Dual-Career Couples Can Thrive in Love and Work

Jennifer Petriglieri, Jennifer Petriglieri, Gildan Media

Bad Austen: The Worst Stories Jane Never Wrote

Lawler, Jennifer, Wigington, Patti, Archer, Peter

Sunshine Picklelime

Ferguson, Pamela, Slade, Christian

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Reinventing HR: HBR's 10 Must Reads Series

Harvard Business Review, Marcus Buckingham, Reid Hoffman, Ram Charan, Peter Cappelli, Rick Adamson, Emily Ellet, Gildan Media

A Leader’s Guide to Cybersecurity: Why Boards Need to Lead - and How to Do It

Thomas J. Parenty, Jack J. Domet, Jonathan Todd Ross, Gildan Media

The Long Wait for Tomorrow

Dorfman, Joaquin

Blimpo: The Third Circle of Heck

Basye, Dale E., Dob, Bob

Fibble: The Fourth Circle of Heck

Basye, Dale E., Dob, Bob

Snivel: The Fifth Circle of Heck

Basye, Dale E., Dob, Bob

The Storm Before Atlanta

Schwabach, Karen

The Brazilian Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization: The Rise of the Corporate Legal Sector and its Impact on Lawyers and Society

Cunha, Luciana Gross, Gabbay, Daniela Monteiro, Ghirardi, José Garcez, Trubek, David M., Wilkins, David B.

Five Children and It (Penguin Drop Caps)

Nesbit, E., Hische, Jessica

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Negotiation: HBR's 10 Must Reads Series

Harvard Business Review, Daniel Kahneman, Deepak Malhotra, Erin Meyer, Max H. Bazerman, Chloe Cannon, Brian Holden, Gildan Media

The Future of Work: The Insights You Need from Harvard Business Review (HBR Insights Series)

Review, Harvard Business, Riegel, Deborah Grayson, Kropp, Brian, Gulati, Ranjay, Fuller, Joseph B.

HBR Guide to Being a Great Boss

Review, Harvard Business

Kelly has 7 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

James McCarroll
Kelly did a phenomenal job on my most recent work. Her language is a reflection of her training, heart, and genuine passion for seeing her clients produce a high-quality work.

James McCarroll, June 2022

A H Nazzareno
Kelly is a fantastic editor, delivered before the deadline, and was extremely helpful in improving the manuscript!

A H Nazzareno, May 2022

Mary Graves
Kelly is a real treasure. She found many errors I completely missed. Her comments helped me re-evaluate choices I'd made. She pointed out multiple inconsistencies and redundancies in the manuscript. She is meticulous and thorough. Kelly also had an understanding of the language needed to reach my middle school audience. I highly recommend her!

Mary Graves, May 2022

Gary Robinson
Easy to work with and very prompt.

Gary Robinson, April 2022

James McCarroll
Kelly edited my book "With This Ring" and did an exceptional job. Not only was her work beyond what I expected in quality, she was pleasant to work with and encouraging during the process. I would recommend her for any book editing work you need done.

James McCarroll, March 2022

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