Michelle Lippold

Michelle Lippold – Editor

Copy editor and proofreader who loves working with middle-grade and YA fiction and nonfiction with experience working with the Big 5.


I'm a copy editor and proofreader originally from the Pacific Northwest. I am a graduate of the MA in publishing and writing program at Emerson College and have had the chance to work on everything from short stories and web content to adult nonfiction and romance. What I really love to work on though, is middle grade and YA books.

In the middle grade and YA sphere, I've worked with imprints at Penguin, Simon & Schuster, Candlewick Press, and more. I'm always looking for books with vibrant characters, whether that's in fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary fiction, or a nonfiction book exploring the amazing creatures that live in caves.

As an editor, my duty is to the author's voice and the reader's experience--to make an enjoyable experience for a reader, without the distractions of typos or inconsistencies, while remaining true to the author's vision and voice. A common saying for copyeditors is "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," and that's my philosophy as well.

I love the detail work of proofreading and being that safety net for an author to help catch typos that have slipped through the cracks and any formatting issues that could jolt the reader out of the story. I want your readers to stay immersed in your book's world! And having the cleanest book possible helps any reader focus on the story before them.

Children’s Non-Fiction
Middle Grade Social & Family Issues Young Adult Fantasy
English (US)
  • MA in Publishing and Writing

Work experience


Mar, 2022 — Present

- Clients include Penguin Young Readers, Penguin Workshop, Grosset & Dunlap, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Nancy Paulsen Books, MIT Kids Press, Candlewick Press, Atheneum, Simon & Schuster, and Shadow Mountain Publishing
- Focus on middle grade and YA fiction and nonfiction, with some adult fiction as well
- Includes fact-checking work for children's nonfiction

Comma Copywriters

Mar, 2020 — Jan, 2022 (almost 2 years)

- Managed the content schedule for agency clients, including receiving blog outlines, assigning articles to company
writers, managing revisions, and delivering final content to clients
- Copyedited blog posts for multiple clients from various industries, from law firms to engineering and tech companies

Newtonville Books

Oct, 2019 — Apr, 2022 (over 2 years)

- Connected readers with books based on their past reading and current interests
- Wrote reviews for new and upcoming titles that I loved!
- Kept up with current trends in publishing and the books that were selling well for our customers

Deseret Book Company

Aug, 2017 — Jul, 2019 (almost 2 years)

- Managed project schedules for children’s picture books, teen inspiration titles, and adult nonfiction and fiction titles
- Coordinated review process for manuscript submissions and evaluated submissions
- Proofread each title for the imprint to ensure quality and reviewed final pages before printing
- Performed developmental editing work for new titles including picture books and adult nonfiction


Ain't It Funny

Gurevich, Margaret

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Sing It Like Celia

Mancillas, Mónica

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Answers to Dog

Hautman, Pete

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The Stone Bearers

Stevens, Jacque

The Hunger

Young, Michael D.


Merrill, Michelle

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