Nic Lyons

Nic Lyons - Editor

Portland, ME, USA

Bitten at age seven by a radioactive thesaurus, I've turned to a life of eradicating rogue typos and ameliorating villainous first drafts.

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I'm a speed-reader turned copyeditor turned copywriter turned journalist turned publishing marketer looking to mentor you. My passions include reading 200+ books a year, hiking in the woods of Maine, and coaching creative people whose work will change lives.

A few reasons to consider me:

>> My varied professional experiences as a writer, editor, and marketer across multiple industries, subject areas, and platforms give me a distinct advantage in coaching writers.
>> I've coached writers on work that went on to win awards.
>> Books I've worked on have earned more than $14 million in revenue in 2020-2021 alone.
>> I take your work far more seriously than I take myself.
>> I will push you to achieve the best work you possibly can.

The time will pass anyway. Wouldn't you rather have your book published at the end of it? Let's get started.

English (US)
Antiques & Collectibles
Education & Reference
True Crime
Writing & Publishing
Literary Fiction
Mystery & Crime
Short Story
Thriller & Suspense


  • Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism: Columbia Publishing Course
  • Bachelor's degree in English; writing concentration from Lake Forest College
  • Editorial Freelancers Association Member
  • ACES: The Society for Editing Full Member

Work experience

Freelance editor and writing coach

January, 2015 – Present (over 7 years)

Freelance marketing consultant

April, 2020 – Present (over 2 years)

Marketing Manager

Wayside Publishing
October, 2015 – April, 2020 (over 4 years)

I managed marketing operations for a small, independent educational publisher. I led a team of creative and marketing professionals who worked on everything from multi-channel marketing strategies to events to PR. As a marketer, I've written content for and edited the front matter of textbooks published over the past five years. I directed designers with creative briefs on cover art, resulting in award-winning cover designs.

Assistant Editor/Copy Editor

Maine OK Enterprises (Boothbay Register and Wiscasset Newspaper)
August, 2012 – October, 2015 (about 3 years)

Copy edited, edited, and assigned reporters' work, as well as managed web content, front section layout editing, social channel management, and more. My coached writers won more than 30 awards in my time with them.


E-Commerce Marketing Agency
August, 2007 – August, 2012 (about 5 years)

Wrote email campaigns for major retailers like 1 (800) Flowers, Home Depot, Vistaprint, and more.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

APprenons, 2nd Edition, Softcover

Elizabeth Zwanziger, Brittany Goings, Elizabeth Rench, Brittany Selden Griffin, Wayside Publishing

Neue Blickwinkel Softcover (German Edition)

Cynthia Chalupa, Heiko ter Haseborg

EntreCulturas 1: Softcover (Spanish Edition)

Ann Mar, Robert Davis, Maritza Sloan, George Watson-Lopez

EntreCulturas 2 (Spanish Edition)

Catherine Schwenkler, Megan Cory, Paulina Carrion

EntreCulturas 3 (Spanish Edition)

Pamela Garcia, Jennifer Cornell, Deborah Espitia, Isabel Vazquez Gil

Little Worlds : A Collection of Short Stories for the Middle School

Peter Guthrie, Mary Page, Guthrie, Peter, Page, Mary, Peter Guthrie, Mary Page

Chiarissimo Due (Italian Edition)

Bruna Petrarca Boyle, John Giovanelli, Wayside Publishing

Nic has 2 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Nobutaro Masai
As a new writer, I've enjoyed working with Nic during the editing process of my novel. She provides excellent, quality services and is very accommodating. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for an editor.

Nobutaro Masai, August 2021

Johnny Laster
When I came to Reedsy looking for an editor, I interviewed six candidates, and Nic Lyons's bio was very impressive, and she provided all of the services that I needed for my first book. She was always prompt and stuck to the timeline we had agreed on. As we got deeper into the project, she gave me many fresh ideas. To be truthful, I wanted to give up at the beginning or get her to rewrite it fo...
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Johnny Laster, May 2021

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