Margot Lester

Margot Lester - Editor

Carrboro, NC, USA

Writing coach, dev editor, line editor specializing in nonfiction

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I'm an award-winning journalist and author, specializing in nonfiction. Let me help you with development editing, line editing and author coaching.

My prior projects include development editing a multi-award-winning YA reference book, Be a Better Writer; and line-editing a business book, The Institute Way, written by the team at the Balanced Scorecard Institute. I've also authored and co-authored books, including two in the critically acclaimed Real Life Guide series.

English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Business & Management
Career Guides
Education & Reference
Health & wellbeing
Medicine & Nursing & Dentistry
Writing & Publishing


  • Gold, silver and bronze awards for nonfiction from the Independent Book Publishers Association and the Independent Publishers Association; multiple journalism awards

Work experience

Owner, editor, brand journalist

March, 1993 – Present (about 27 years)

I know anyone can be a better writer and more effective author. I show you what you’re doing well and how to do it better. We get there together without all the pain, suffering and self-loathing that often comes with talking to someone else about your writing. I’m your expert, your guide, your cheerleader, your chief morale officer. I keep your spirits high and propel your skills and your book even higher. If you want the unique experience of becoming a more efficient and effective aufthor, and you want to have fun doing it, I’m the one you want in your corner and you’re the client I want to work hard for.

Portfolio (6 selected works)

The Institute Way: Simplify Strategic Planning and Management with the Balanced Scorecard

Rohm, Howard, Wilsey, David, Perry, Gail Stout, Montgomery, Dan

Be a Writer: Your Guide to the Writing Life

Steve Peha, Margot Carmichael Lester

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