Lori Goldstein

Lori Goldstein – Editor

Query and fiction specialist, including adult, YA, and MG. Creative writing instructor and author of five novels from major publishers.


As an author, editor, and creative writing instructor, I have a clear, targeted approach to all my projects. My teaching background allows me to convey craft concepts and techniques to help elevate manuscripts from the big picture to the line edit level. I am the author of five novels: the historical LOVE, THEODOSIA (Arcade/S&S, 2021); the contemporary YA fantasy series BECOMING JINN, CIRCLE OF JINN, Macmillan, 2015, 2016); the YA contemporaries SCREEN QUEENS and SOURCES SAY, Penguin Random House, 2019, 2020) . In addition to my writing skills, I have a BA in journalism and have worked as a managing editor, content editor, and copyeditor for more than 20 years. I am currently an instructor at the nonprofit writing center Grub Street, where I focus on novel workshops in all genres, novel planning, and the agent process.

I am comfortable editing a wide range of material but am best suited for middle grade, young adult, commercial fiction, women's fiction, and narrative memoir.

I have extensive experience editing query letters and synopses to assist in the agent search.

TESTIMONIALS from Reedsy clients

*** Lori gave such concrete, thoughtful and in-depth comments, most of which I am really taking to heart and modifying my story accordingly. She was very insightful, thorough, and taught me a great deal. I am grateful for all the time and effort she expended. --Deborah Cook, writer, fiction contemporary manuscript

*** Lori is the upmost professional and extremely talented. Her turnaround time was amazing . I would highly recommend Lori to anyone who has the opportunity to work with her. I can't thank her enough.

*** Lori is awesome. She is straightforward yet encouraging and helped me get my query and synopsis to the next level.

*** Great turnaround time on a very hasty request, and the work was really thorough despite the time constraints.

*** Lori was terrific! Really addressed the major issues with the plot and characters as well as helpful hints to improve my writing!!
Biographies & Memoirs Children’s Non-Fiction
Chick Lit Children's Contemporary Fiction Historical Fiction Urban Fantasy Young Adult
English (US)
  • BA Journalism

Work experience

Charlesbridge Publishing

Sep, 2017 — Apr, 2019 (over 1 year)

Scope of work included organization and developing a system to track submissions; reading and responding to slush pile and agent submissions; collaborating on submissions; line editing and copyediting.

Grub Street

Jan, 2016 — Present

Manuscript consultant on all genres and instructor of writing and editing at Grub Street, Boston
• Sampling of recent courses taught: 10-week YA/MG novel in progress; 6-week novel planning; character intensive; first five pages workshop; premise to novel builder; the agent search (query, synopsis, first page)

Lori has 9 reviews





Becca P.

Becca P.

Apr, 2024

Lori was very nice to me, and gave me some good insights on how to revise my query letter, but she never answered any of my questions about writing the second draft, while I was in the middle of revising it, I feel like for $275 I should have at least had those questions answered. Other than that, I got some great advice and feel very prepared to send my query letter out to literary agents.
Lori G.
Thanks so much, Becca! I'm pleased you feel more confident in your query and wish you the best of luck. In terms of the questions that were unanswered, a series of questions were sent over a weeke...
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Arthur B.

Arthur B.

Oct, 2023

Was a pleasure to work with!
Clare B.

Clare B.

Oct, 2023

Lori was very responsive and helpful.


Feb, 2022

Lori provides fast, thoughtful feedback regarding my query letter and many helpful suggestions! I would recommend her services.
Gopal R.

Gopal R.

Jul, 2021

Great turnaround time on a very hasty request, and the work was really thorough despite the constraints

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