Melinda Crouchley

Melinda Crouchley - Editor

Portland, OR, USA

I'm a development editor who is passionate about collaborating with writers. Specializing in Young Adult, Dystopia & Scifi.

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I'm a developmental and line editor who is passionate about working with authors/writers to improve their craft on a structural and line level. My goal is to foster a collaborative, shame-free editorial process with the ultimate outcome of serving up the best story possible.

As a current freelance editor and former Managing Editor at Ooligan Press, I've had the pleasure of editing and publishing manuscripts across a diverse array of genres including YA, literary fiction, speculative fiction, nonfiction, and memoirs.

More About Me:
I am also a writer/author so I deeply understand and am empathetic to the vulnerability and sensitivity of having your work edited. I strive to make the process as pain-free and compassionate as possible.

My first three novels were published independently and are now included in the Multnomah County Library digital collection.

Before I transitioned to editorial work, I spent a decade as a multimedia marketing and communications specialist. In my spare time, I manage a Little Free Library/food pantry in my neighborhood. As you can see, books are basically my life.
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Literary Fiction
Young Adult


  • Book Publishing
  • English Literature
  • Technical Writing
  • Digital Media Design

Work experience

Project and Acquisitions Manager

Overcup Press
June, 2021 – Present (4 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

Associate Editor

The Community Company
October, 2020 – June, 2021 (8 months)

- Editing several dozen articles per week, per various partners’ style guides, often on very tight deadlines. Providing detailed feedback and assisting with several rounds of revisions.
- Regularly meeting with Managing Editor to discuss challenges and successes and report on departmental metrics.
- Delivering content to media partners via content management systems on or before the deadline.
- Overseeing article publication links and providing metrics reports (articles edited, published, etc.).
- Pushing member content live on various properties daily.
- Updating editorial queue and calendar.

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 (about 3 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 (14 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

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