Kristi Holl

Kristi Holl – Editor

Writer 56 traditionally published books, MG and adults. Writing teacher for 27 years. Content editing, fiction MG to adult, love mysteries!


Kristi Holl is an award-winning author of 56 books for children, adults and writers. Her fiction books have won many honors, including Children's Book Council list of Outstanding Books, Children's Choice Awards, and Junior Library Guild selections. Recently, she switched to writing mysteries for adults, and she has nine cozy mysteries in print as well. She taught writing for 27 years and is a frequent speaker at writers’ workshops. See
Children’s Non-Fiction Education & Reference Inspirational
Christian Fiction Cozy Mysteries Historical Mysteries Middle Grade Young Adult
English (US)
  • Children's Choice Award for The Haunting of Cabin 13 (MG mystery)

Work experience


Jan, 1983 — Present

I first learned to edit fiction when writing my own books. I have published with mainstream publishers (Simon & Schuster, Atheneum, Macmillan) and Christian publishers (Zonderkidz, Thomas Nelson). I also taught writing for children and teens for 27 years, helping writers get published in short forms and books. In content edits, I focus on big things first (character development, plot structure, dialogue, viewpoint, language) plus mechanical issues (grammar, spelling, punctuation). In addition to comments throughout the manuscript, I write detailed (5-6 page single-spaced) critique letters.

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