Melinda Crouchley

Melinda Crouchley – Editor

Editor of 5+ years specializing in YA, dystopia, speculative & sci-fi. MA Book Publishing. Let's turn your obstacles into opportunities.


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-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, Romance, 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. 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)

Dystopian Literary Fiction Post-Apocalyptic Romance Young Adult
English (US)
  • MA in Book Publishing, Portland State University
  • BA in English Literature, Portland State University
  • Technical Writing minor, Portland State University
  • Multimedia Design Certificate, Portland Community College

Work experience

Chemeketa Press

Jan, 2022 — Present

Editorial, marketing, design, and administrative support for Chemeketa Press, a publisher of affordable textbooks for students.

Overcup Press

Jun, 2021 — Jan, 2022 (7 months)

Managed book publication timelines for editorial and production schedules; reviewed manuscript submissions to provide acquisition suggestions to publishers.

Ooligan Press

Apr, 2019 — Jun, 2020 (about 1 year)

Led the developmental edit, copy editing, type coding, and proofreading of print and electronic books. Managed teams of editors, compiled edits, and corresponded with authors.


Sep, 2018 — Present

Provide professional freelance writing, developmental editing, line editing, and book coaching services

Melinda has 6 reviews





L S.

L S.

May, 2023

An extraordinary experience. I wrote a very long and somewhat complex novel that needed a lot of work, and I've really started to understand what is part of this story and what isn't. What fascinated me most was Melinda's ability to detect connections in the text that made so much more sense than what I'd written. So much of the story was already there, yet I somehow overlooked it and buried g...
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Kelly V.

Kelly V.

Feb, 2023

Melinda gave me exactly what I needed to take my manuscript to the next level. She was detailed in her advice, gave relevant ideas for changes and pointed out things that needed to be worked on. Her positivity and encouragement are as authentic as I've come across. I hope to continue to work with her on more projects.
Britney F.

Britney F.

Jan, 2023

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.
Melinda C.
Thank you Britney! I really enjoyed working with you and hope to collaborate on future projects!
Courtney P.

Courtney P.

Jul, 2022

This was a very fruitful and fulfilling collaboration! Thank you!!
Melinda C.
It was fantastic working with you, Courtney. I can't wait to read the revisions and the rest of the trilogy!
Anders Å.

Anders Å.

Jan, 2022

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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