Marie Anne Cope

Marie Anne Cope – Editor

Developmental Editor with 10+ years of experience. Lover of thrillers, fantasies, dark paranormal and supernatural stories.


Dear Fellow Author,

Hi, I'm Marie. I’m a professional author and developmental editor with over 25 years of writing experience.
I have spent thousands of hours studying how authors construct their stories, and how they build their characters and the worlds they inhabit, learning what draws me to want to read on and what doesn’t, and what makes a character live on in my heart rather than wander off into the sunset. A book needs to come alive in my head and draw me into the action, following the protagonist as they go on their journey; seeing what they see, doing what they do, and feeling what they feel. Point of view, pace, characterisation and story development are some of the many things I will look at as I assess your novel and work with you to shape your story into one that will live on in the hearts and minds of your readers for years to come.

As an experienced developmental editor, I will provide structured, professional feedback in a timely manner, with regular communication, allowing you to take your novel to the next stage of development. If you write thrillers and fantasies, then choose me - Marie Anne C. - as your developmental editor.

I was a finalist for the 2020 Golden Stake Literary Award at the International Vampire Film & Arts Festival, as well as a quarterfinalist for the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.


“Working with Marie has been a great experience. Highly knowledgeable and professional, and helps takes my stories to another level.”

Andrew Warren, bestselling author of the Thomas Caine thrillers.

“I would highly recommend Marie’s editing services to anyone who needs help to see their book more clearly. She delved into my novel far deeper than I expected and helped me to see how I could improve the book to make the story pop. I will definitely seek her guidance in the future.”

Luke Richardson, bestselling author of the Leo Keane action thriller series.

“I highly recommend Marie’s developmental editing services to any author seeking a great editor at a very competitive price.”

Steven Moore, bestselling author of the Hiram Kane and Alexandria Ridley action thriller series.

If you wish to express an interest in working with me, please submit your request for consideration.

I look forward to working with you.
Epic Fantasy Horror Psychological Thriller Urban Fantasy
English (UK) English (US)

Work experience


Jan, 2012 — Present

Independent author for many years prior to this date, but developmentally editing my own work and that of fellow authors since.

Marie Anne has 5 reviews





D R.

D R.

Dec, 2023

Thorough, fast, and viewed the entire scope of the story as well as line-level details. A very skilled editor.
Marie Anne C.
Thank you so much, Duncan. It was a pleasure to work with you and I look forward to working on the next volume!
Ville P.

Ville P.

Oct, 2023

Have thoroughly enjoyed working with Marie. She gave me no-ego-barred input on a manuscript that my eyes assured me was great. It stung to learn I needed glasses and even more to kill a mass of darlings. But I incorporated much of what she suggested in the developmental edit and was surprised with what came out. I am so much happier with the new version and I'm hoping readers will agree. Regar...
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Marie Anne C.
Thank you so much for your review, Ville. I am so pleased you found my edits helpful. Your rewrite is such a great story and beautifully written. I can't wait for the next instalment!
Yishay A.

Yishay A.

Oct, 2023

Marie gave me detailed and excellent pointers on my 1st two chapters. Highly recommended!
Marie Anne C.
Hi Yishay, Thank you so much for such a glowing review; I really appreciate it, and very much look forward to working with you in the future. Best wishes, Marie
Logan M.

Logan M.

Jul, 2023

Marie is a passionate professional through and through. Her critique does not sugar coat what needs to be fixed, which is exactly what I need to hear. Her feedback is thorough, contextual, and constructive as she breaks down each component of the story. She is also very considerate and friendly, making her an absolute joy to work with. I highly recommend her services!
Marie Anne C.
Hi Logan, Thank you so much for your feedback. It means the world to me that my feedback has helped you and I very much look forward to working with you in the future. Keep writing!
Holly D.

Holly D.

Mar, 2023

Marie offers a wealth of professional perspective, editing my piece in a very short amount of time. She offered astute observations, both technical and story-oriented, and many suggestions for improvement. Marie has been a great help in the development of my work; I would love to work with her again.
Marie Anne C.
Hi Holly, Thank you so much for your feedback. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with you and I am pleased you’ve found my feedback useful. I very much look forward to future collaborations.

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