Allison Lynn

Allison Lynn – Editor

Detail-driven, dedicated editor (for 15+ years) with a passion for helping writers of literary fiction bring their work to the next level,


Fiction is my thing: writing it, reading it, and editing it.

On the writing front, I'm the author of two novels, one published by Touchstone/Simon & Schuster and the other by Little A/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. I've also reviewed books for The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Sun-Times, and People magazine. I hold an MFA from New York University, and I currently teach fiction workshops and advise thesis students in the graduate Creative Writing program at Butler University. Basically, I've spent my life studying what makes a good story — and then putting that knowledge to use.

As for my editing services, I offer detailed developmental and line edits for projects of all lengths, and I excel at helping writers find the hearts of their stories. I'll work with you to discover your book's ideal structure and to ensure the book's voice is strong and consistent on the page. My specialty is literary fiction, but that's a genre I define broadly. In my experience, literary fiction can include character-centered speculative and sci-fi works alongside more traditional novels and stories in the realism mode.

With my thoughtful and easy-to-apply editorial advice, I provide the writers I edit with takeaways that not only bring their current projects closer to publication, but that give them a leg up with all of their future projects, as well.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about my process or my experience. I look forward to reading your work!

Contemporary Fiction Historical Fiction Literary Fiction
English (US)
  • Radcliffe/Columbia Publishing Course
  • MFA in Fiction from NYU
  • BA in English and Creative Writing from Dartmouth College

Work experience


Sep, 2010 — Present

As a freelance editor and writer, I've worked on projects for major corporations including Scholastic, Pearson Education, and The Verizon Innovative Learning foundation. I've also ghostwritten a book for a major medical professional and helped writers of all ages and experience levels hone their fiction.

On the fiction front, the projects I've edited have included works of literary, historical, contemporary, speculative, and women's fiction.

MFA Program, Butler University

Jan, 2011 — Present

At Butler, I lead graduate-level fiction workshops and craft classes, and also advise MFA theses. I've helped students launch and complete novels and short story collections, coaching them through the process and offering advice on the publishing industry.

Allison has 7 reviews





Virinder G.

Virinder G.

Jan, 2024

Allison gave an honest and helpful critique on my query letter draft. She provided excellent notes on all parts from the introduction statement, hook, explaining the story in a compelling way, and wrapping everything up with facts about myself. I am new to the literary industry, and Allison was eager to answer any questions or worries that I had. I recommend her to anyone who needs help formatt...
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Roald G.

Roald G.

Jan, 2024

Allison's 14-page editorial assessment of my manuscript was invaluable and exceeded my expectations. Her comments on plot, structure, individual characters, settings and language will not only make my manuscript a much better novel, but it will also make me a much better writer. I was particularly impressed by the specificity and clarity of her recommendations. Allison is a gifted editor. I can...
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Kay F.

Kay F.

Jun, 2023

I think Allison is a very accomplished professional. Her work on my behalf was extensive. She certainly helped me and I would highly recommend
Manuel G.

Manuel G.

Jun, 2023

Absolutely marvellous experience. She analyzed my query until there was nothing left to analyze, sending me a copy of the query letter full of comments and suggestions, and an additional page to explain a few suggestions in long form. Any questions I had were answered promptly with detailed explanations to expand my knowledge of such a process. I felt very positive vibes with her. Five st...
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Stan D.

Stan D.

Mar, 2023

Very helpful, very competent, understanding, very insightful, I would recommend her to anyone.

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