Lisa Findley

Lisa Findley – Editor

20 years' experience working on literature & nonfiction. Gentle & encouraging approach appreciated by first-time authors.


I started my career as an in-house editor for Sourcebooks, one of the leading independent publishers in the US, where I copy edited and proofread legal self-help books, forging strong relationships with authors, designers, typesetters, and marketing professionals. I then worked for a newswire company while building my freelance base. After a move across the Atlantic, I edited and marketed books for Free Association Books, a London-based house, and expanded my freelance work to Europe. Two of my most popular fiction works are In Defense of Guilt and Against My Will, both by Benjamin Berkley.

My approach is always collaborative--this is your work, and my job is to enhance your unique voice while correcting and clarifying where necessary. When you send me your manuscript, I edit in Track Changes, so that you can see every single change I make and decide if it's right for you. This also allows me to make comments and queries right in the text, so you can see the exact spot I'm talking about. For fiction, I like to have a short conversation with you before diving into the text, to get a better understanding of your overall vision and any particular style choices you want to preserve. I'm happy to answer any and all questions, so do please get in touch.

In fiction, I've worked in both realistic and speculative genres. In nonfiction, I specialize in social sciences and legal writing. Some of my work has been with people completing PhDs, so I am used to a high level of academic rigor. I work in both American and British English.
Contemporary Fiction Legal Thriller
Education & Reference Humanities & Social Sciences Law
English (UK) English (US)
  • Denver Publishing Institute
  • Kalamazoo College (BA, Hons, 4 year university)

Work experience


Oct, 2005 — Present

Free Association Books

Nov, 2014 — Sep, 2019 (almost 5 years)


Jul, 2007 — Aug, 2012 (about 5 years)

Sourcebooks, Inc.

Oct, 2005 — Jul, 2007 (over 1 year)


A Wedding In The Family offers a fascinating insight into the wedding experience from the mother's point of view. The author draws on her own research as a psychotherapist and psychologist to explore the complexities of family relationships that this rite of p... read more
By turns informative and irreverent this book takes a new approach to tackling gender inequality in the home and at work, focusing on dads being entitled to a bigger role in parenting. It presents the barriers men face to being active dads - from sexist securi... read more
Help Your Children Succeed in High School and Go to College is a guide for Latino parents that stresses the importance of education and provides a framework for parents to put their children on a college-bound path. It explains the American educational system,... read more
After years of school and maybe even after some years of practice, you are ready to do it on your own.Running a profitable business takes more than just being a great doctor. Start Your Own Medical Practice provides you with the knowledge to be both a great do... read more
You're finally free-so now what?You've passed the last final, and suddenly you're expected to know how to do all sorts of grown-up things-get a job, rent an apartment, pay for health insurance. The only problem is, no one ever told you how to do these things. ... read more
The tale of the “zeal” of Phineas, expressed when he killed an Israelite man and a Midianite woman having sex and thus stopped a “plague” of consorting with idolatrous neighbors in the Israelite camp (Numbers 25), has long attracted both interest and revulsion... read more
REACH and the Environmental Regulation of Nanotechnology presents a thorough and comprehensive legal analysis on the status of nanoscale chemicals under the EU’s REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction) regulation, asking whether it eff... read more
This book offers a comprehensive analysis of the extent, method, purpose and effects of domestic and international courts' judicial dialogue on human rights. The analysis covers national courts' judicial dialogue from different regions of the world, including ... read more
In Defense of Guilt

Benjamin H Berkley

"In Defense of Guilt is a fast-paced legal thriller with a spiritual twist. Well written and highly recommended." --Melanie Bragg, Author of Crosstown ParkRepresenting a man accused of throwing his wife overboard, chic attorney Lauren Hill begins to artfully p... read more
Danielle Landau knows she should feel lucky, but she can't feel anything but dread. Not only did she pass the New York Bar, but she married the man her father says is just right for her and lives in a fashionable new loft in Queens. But the man who seems like ... read more

Lisa has 20 reviews





Glenn C.

Glenn C.

Mar, 2023

The is the second time I've worked with Lisa. She did excellent work again. As usual she was flexible and turned the work around really quickly. Thanks again Lisa!
Lisa F.
It's always a pleasure to work on your books, Glenn!
Kaye M.

Kaye M.

Dec, 2022

Five stars all the way. This is my first book. I appreciated Lisa’s participation in my project. She is great to work with which helped me stay on task.
Lisa F.
Thanks so much, Kaye. It was an honor to be trusted with such a personal story. All the luck as you take it to the next stage.
Charlie E.

Charlie E.

Jun, 2022

Lisa was extremely helpful - she really knows her stuff. She helped me focus upon my book and fave excellent advice and ideas of how to take my story forward. I would highly recommend her to any budding writers. Thank you so much Lisa.
Lisa F.
It was a pleasure working on your manuscript, Charlie!
Kaye M.

Kaye M.

May, 2022

Lisa completed a very comprehensive review of my book. She explained why she suggested changes and/or additions to the manuscript. She addressed certain concerns that I had about the manuscript in a very satisfactory way. Very happy with the outcome.
Lisa F.
I'm so glad I was able to help! You've written an important piece I look forward to seeing in the world.
Daryl B.

Daryl B.

Apr, 2022

It was a pleasure working with Lisa and I would definitely use her services again. I highly value and appreciate a second set of eyes.
Lisa F.
Thanks, Daryl! Looking forward to seeing your book on shelves.

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