Lori Goldstein

Lori Goldstein - Editor

Boston, MA, USA

Currently accepting short projects and query, synopses. Author of 4 novels; creative writing instructor; experienced content and copyeditor.

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As an editor and a traditionally published author, I have experience on both sides of the publishing process, allowing me unique insights into my clients' work.

As an author, my fourth novel, SOURCES SAY, released from Penguin Random House in September 2020. Previous works include SCREEN QUEENS (Penguin Random House, 2019) and BECOMING JINN and CIRCLE OF JINN (Macmillan, 2015, 2016).

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 have also worked at Charlesbridge Publishing and have experience in fiction as well as nonfiction (business management, public policy, tech) editing.

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.
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Children's - Non-fiction
Chick Lit
Contemporary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Urban Fantasy
Young Adult


  • BA Journalism

Work experience


Charlesbridge Publishing
September, 2017 – April, 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
January, 2016 – Present (about 5 years)

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)

Portfolio (13 selected works)

Sources Say

Goldstein, Lori

Screen Queens

Goldstein, Lori

Becoming Jinn

Goldstein, Lori

The Kinder Poison

Mae, Natalie

Select Few (The Select)

Weisenberg, Marit

Betty Bites Back: Stories to Scare the Patriarchy

Lunetta, Demitria, Quinn, Kate Karyus, McGinnis, Mindy


Malone, Jen

The Wood

Bobulski, Chelsea

Lori has 4 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Steven Sheldon
Lori was terrific! Really addressed the major issues with the plot and characters as well as helpful hints to improve my writing!!

Steven Sheldon, January 2021

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

ANGELA MORRELL, December 2020

jen liang
Thank you!

jen liang, August 2020

Amy Baklund
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.

Amy Baklund, June 2020

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