Lisa Mullenneaux

Lisa Mullenneaux - Editor

New York

Award-winning editor and author dedicated to getting my clients the widest possible audience for their work. I specialize in nonfiction.

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I've worked on staff and on contract for most nonfiction and textbook publishers, but my range is wide. I offer developmental editing for fiction and nonfiction manuscripts, especially memoir. I give 200% to my clients with honest, constructive feedback designed to get your words to the widest possible readership. With that in mind I can also point you to a sympathetic agent who can guide you through the publication process.

Samples of the books I've edited are below. Some of my favorite recent projects are
* a widow's determined quest to seek justice for her husband's death
* the life-and-death stories of an Emergency Room doctor
* a principal's advice on how to create a student-friendly school
* tips and winning techniques from a world-class tennis coach
* a patient's guide to psychotherapy, and
* a children's adventure story with illustrations.

As diverse as these stories are, I have loved all of them and enjoyed collaborating with their authors to make them as compelling as possible for the widest number of readers.

Unmatched as an editor, I've also published poetry, essays, and books. Please see my author's page.


“Lisa brings intensity of purpose to everything she does. I am confident she will serve her clients well.” Judith Kerman, author and publisher of Mayapple Press

“I recently sought the services of Lisa Mullenneaux for a thorough proofread of my latest novel and was extremely pleased with her work. Lisa charged a more-than-reasonable fee and delivered in a couple weeks. In addition to a spelling-and-grammar scan, she also suggested several editorial changes, which were very helpful. I can recommend her with total confidence and will definitely use her for the next book. Alan J. Paul, author of Mercy: The Devil is in the Details and Walrus: Monster in the Mist

“Lisa Mullenneaux’s professional generosity and editorial assistance has been a tremendous asset since 2013. She has a keen eye and ability to synthesize material. Lisa points out gaps in my writing that have encouraged me to make my papers more robust, less inchoate. Furthermore, I have enjoyed our working relationship. Lisa is dependable, precise, and earnest.” Amy Kraizman, CUNY Graduate Center

“Lisa Mullenneaux, you did an amazing job editing my dissertation. Your diligent and prompt responses made the writing process painless and enjoyable. Working those three years with you was such a wonderful and pleasant experience. You are not only an experienced editor but also knowledgeable in a range of topics. During the entire time, I felt like you were thoughtfully engaged in my own work. This made a huge impact on the writing and final manuscript. The stylesheet you created and your constant communication were of enormous help, and consequently, improved my writing skills.”

Yesenia Ruiz, author of a study of transnational migrant elites in the US and Mexico.

English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Computers & Internet
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
Health & Wellbeing
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction


  • 2016 Award for Professional Development, University of Maryland UC, 2016
  • PEN America Emergency Grant, 2020
  • The Foley Poetry Prize 2022
  • The Fourth Hektoen Grand Prix Essay Competition, 2016

Work experience

Adjunct Assoc. Professor of Writing

University of Maryland GC
March, 2015 – Present (almost 8 years)


Penington Press
January, 2000 – December, 2004 (almost 5 years)

Freelance editor

Random House, Hearst, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, West Group, Delmar Careers, Gale, Simon & Schuster
May, 1999 – November, 2014 (over 15 years)

Copy editor, Indexer

Matthew Bender
April, 1990 – December, 1998 (over 8 years)

Portfolio (5 selected works)

The Psychology of Diversity: Beyond Prejudice and Racism

Jones, James M., Dovidio, John F., Vietze, Deborah L.

Lisa has 14 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Barbara Steward
Lisa has been professional in her dealings with me and extremely helpful with her comments and editing. I would thoroughly recommend and would use her again,

Barbara Steward, October 2022

Lisa Mullenneaux
It was a privilege to collaborate with you, Barbara. I wish you and Daisy the very, very best!

Reply from Lisa Mullenneaux

mark thomson
Lisa was quickly responsive to all of my questions. I certainly had some major weak points in my writing skills - she let me know in a direct and respectful way and suggested how to correct them easily. Her recommendations for improving the stories were insightful and on target.

mark thomson, July 2022

Lisa Mullenneaux
It was a pleasure to read your memoir, Mark, and I wish you the best in publishing and promoting it!

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E. L.O.
Lisa provided me with developmental editing. Her advice really got me on track and helped me focus my arguments. I know my work will be much better thanks to her edits and advice.

E. L.O., June 2022

Jacqueline Getchius
Lisa was responsive and completed my project in a swift period of time. She provided tactful, helpful advice to take my book to the next level and ensure it was meeting the mission I desired. I would definitely work with her again!

Jacqueline Getchius, May 2022

Lisa Mullenneaux
Jackie, thanks for those kind words. Please let me know how you are progressing. Lisa

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Jewell Ragsdale
It was a great experience working with Lisa.

Jewell Ragsdale, April 2022

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