Melinda Crouchley

Melinda Crouchley - Editor

Portland, OR, USA

Developmental editor specializing in young adult literature and speculative fiction. Send me your romcoms and scifi fantasies!

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I'm a professional editor hailing from the soggy state of Oregon, nestled deep in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. I edit and proofread book manuscripts as well as articles for major media publishers like Forbes, Inc, and Rolling Stone. I'm well-versed in developmental editing, line editing, copyediting, and proofreading across many different mediums.

I am excited to work with book manuscripts of all genres, although my personal preference is for young adult fiction (PLEASE send me your contemporary romcoms!) and genre/speculative fiction in general. That's more my wheelhouse and where I spend my pleasure reading. I also have a background in editing memoir and literary/popular fiction.

MA (Book Publishing) -- Portland State University. 2020.
BA (English/Technical Writing) -- Portland State University. 2009.

Other Things:
My first two novels, Metal Heart and Tin Road, were published independently and added to the Multnomah County Library Writers Project collection. Before I transitioned to editorial work, I spent a decade as a multimedia marketing specialist and prior to that worked as an AmeriCorps program coordinator focused on literacy and environmental education. In my spare time, I manage a pokemon themed Little Free Library/food pantry in my neighborhood.
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Literary Fiction
Military Science Fiction
New Adult
Social & Family Issues

Work experience

Associate Editor

The Community Company
October, 2020 – Present (9 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 (almost 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 (13 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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