Melinda Crouchley

Melinda Crouchley - Editor

Portland, OR, USA

An experienced and enthusiastic editor of YA, Dystopia, Speculative, and Science fiction.

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I'm a passionate author/editor who wants to turn your manuscript into the best book possible. My goal is to foster a supportive, collaborative, shame-and-pain-free editorial process by focusing on targeted revisions to your book's structure, narrative, and language. Together, we'll turn the obstacles in your manuscript into opportunities.

As an author myself, I have so much empathy for the writing process. I understand the vulnerability of submitting your work for review, and the frustration of the revision process. Writing and revising are hard work, but the ultimate goal is improving your manuscript.

As the current Publishing Assistant at Chemeketa Press and former Managing Editor at Ooligan Press, I'm particularly adept at working with YA, Dystopia, and Science Fiction / Speculative Fiction manuscripts.


I'm the published author of the YA dystopian Metal Heart series. In my spare time, I run a Little Free Library in my community and love adding client books to its shelves. Books and stories in all forms (books, comics, movies, TV, video games) are an integral part of my life.


"I had the opportunity to work with Melinda through Ooligan Press for my debut novel, Laurel Everywhere. Not only is Melinda a fantastic editor, but she's also incredibly supportive - her warm notes and words of encouragement always made my day! Melinda has been a joy to work with."
- Erin Moynihan, "Laurel Everywhere" (YA fiction)

"Melinda played an instrumental role in the developmental edit of my novel "Faultland" and came up with a brilliant tool to help track plot points in my multiple POV narrative. She is a bright, rising star in publishing, and since she is also an author, she has a broad understanding of both sides of the editorial desk."
- Suzy Vitello, "Faultland" (literary, speculative fiction)

"Melinda has a great eye for story and knows how to guide an author. I always felt like the door was open to ask questions or to get clarification on editorial corrections. I also really appreciated how Melinda handled the few times that I pushed back against suggestions--she was thoughtful and understanding in ways that made me feel comfortable enough to disagree. And that's important."
- Trace Kerr, "The Names We Take" (YA dystopian fiction)

"Melinda is a dream editor to work with! All of her ideas are thorough and insightful, and she backs them up. She's one of the most detailed editors I've ever worked with and my book wouldn't be the same without her. Melinda is also wonderful at answering questions about her editorial notes, making sure you never get overwhelmed or discouraged no matter the scale of the edit. If you need an editor, she should definitely be at the top of your list!"
- Taylor Thompson, Story Design Specialist at Crazy Maple Studios, Author of Fight and Knockout (YA fiction)

English (US)
Literary Fiction
Young Adult


  • MA in Book Publishing, Portland State University
  • Digital Media Design Certificate, Portland Community College
  • BA in English Literature, Portland State University
  • Technical Writing minor, Portland State University

Work experience

Publishing Assistant

Chemeketa Press
January, 2022 – Present (about 1 year)

- Assist in copyediting and proofreading manuscripts, ancillary materials, cover copy, marketing materials, and website copy
- Assist in tracking titles’ progress and updates schedules based on communication with authors and editors
- Coordinate peer-review process of manuscripts and development editions
- Oversee the permissions process for manuscripts
- Handle multiple projects while maintaining high standards of quality control and meeting strict deadlines, often under tight production schedules

Project and Acquisitions Manager

Overcup Press
June, 2021 – January, 2022 (7 months)

- Manage book publication timelines for editorial and production schedules
- Coordinate communications with authors, publishers, freelancers, and printers
- Provide guidance and project support to press interns
- Write and edit content for books and marketing materials
- Review manuscript submissions and provide acquisitions suggestions to publishers

Managing Editor

Ooligan Press
April, 2019 – June, 2020 (about 1 year)

- Lead the content edit, copy edit, typecode, and proofread of print and electronic books
- Manage project based editing teams, compile edits, and write notes
- Construct and supervise editorial production schedule and coordinate with other departments
- Correspond with authors, individual book editors, and project team managers

Melinda Crouchley Editorial

September, 2018 – Present (over 4 years)

- Provide professional freelance writing, developmental editing, line editing, and book coaching services
- Member of the Northwest Editors Guild, ACES, Willamette Writers, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

Portfolio (17 selected works)


Tompkins, Matt

Iditarod Nights

Hiday, Cindy

The Names We Take

Kerr, Trace

Laurel Everywhere

Moynihan, Erin

Faultland: A Novel

Vitello, Suzy

The Step Back

Bushnell, J. T.

The Gifts We Keep

Grindeland, Katie

Finding the Vein

Hanlon Wilde, Jennifer

Tin Road (The Metal Heart Trilogy)

Crouchley, Melinda Jasmine

Melinda has 4 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Britney Farr
Melinda was fantastic! She was willing to jump in and edit the third book of my trilogy without having edited the first two. Melinda is thorough, encouraging, and gives you a lot to think about. Her notes helped me improve not only this book but also my writing for the future.

Britney Farr, January 2023

Melinda Crouchley
Thank you Britney! I really enjoyed working with you and hope to collaborate on future projects!

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Courtney Perkins
This was a very fruitful and fulfilling collaboration! Thank you!!

Courtney Perkins, July 2022

Melinda Crouchley
It was fantastic working with you, Courtney. I can't wait to read the revisions and the rest of the trilogy!

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Anders Åslund
I had an excellent experience working with Melinda. She made excellent suggestions for improvements and provided a roadmap to get my manuscript to the next level, and delivered them so clearly and professionally that I basically had zero questions after reading her report. Not only that, she was also very supportive and passionate about the plot, the characters, and the dynamics of the story, s...
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Anders Åslund, January 2022

Michael Toeset
Melinda was a joy to work with. She was very professional and provided exactly what was promised. Her insights and critiques were excellent, and I will be revising my manuscript based on her feedback. Melinda also provided a Zoom session to go over things, which was very helpful as well. I definitely would hire her again!

Michael Toeset, November 2021

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