Michelle Krueger

Michelle Krueger – Editor

YA and Mystery expert, savvy in both traditional and independent publishing. Encouraging, motivating and committed.


A storyteller is born as a result of the partnership between the writer and an editor passionate enough about the story to get it to the polished finish line. I am a writer, editor and content strategist, with over 20 years of experience. Some of my specialities include mystery novels (very keen on cozies!), Young Adult, historical fiction, time travel, fantasy, health care, publishing, travel, home & garden, food culture, and retail. I love working with new authors.

I started my editing career as a proofreader for the Associated Press and moved into book publishing for Llewellyn Worldwide Inc. where I worked on mystery novels, Young Adult fiction, paranormal love stories and calendars/almanacs.

For much of of my career, I've written and edited high-profile executive stories, scripts, blog posts and other content for Fortune 500 companies, including for VIPs in the Fortune Top 10.
Calendars Travel
Cozy Mysteries Historical Fiction Historical Mysteries Time Travel Time Travel Romance Young Adult
English (US)

Work experience


Nov, 2015 — Jan, 2021 (about 5 years)


Jul, 2015 — Present

Llewellyn Worldwide Publishing

Oct, 2006 — Jan, 2008 (over 1 year)

Associated Press

Feb, 1998 — Jul, 1999 (over 1 year)



Paul B.

Jimmy knows more about Jen’s disappearance than he can tell anyone—not his mom, his school counselor, or even his court-mandated psychologist. And the secrets he’s keeping have landed him in deep trouble. From this series of vignettes, or snapshots, a story em... read more
Beneath the Sand

Bichler, K.

“Sprightly characters, saucy dialogue, and supple pacing are once again winsomely showcased in Meade’s sassy paean to those zany Depression-era, romantic detective duos.” —BooklistHappily engaged to the elegant Creighton Ashcroft, mystery writer Marjorie McCle... read more
“If only Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart were still alive. They would be fabulous in the movie version of Meade’s debut Marjorie McClelland mystery . . . Meade’s kickoff mystery is a winner.” —BooklistProhibition might be over, but life in Mar... read more
“Murder, love, industrial espionage and bigamy are the ingredients blended together in this well-devised mystery story. The plot has all the Agatha Christie hallmarks of twists, turns and dead ends . . .” —Historical Novel ReviewMystery writer Marjorie McClell... read more
ER nurse Darcy Cavanaugh is sailing the high seas again–adrift as a bridesmaid on a wedding cruise complete with raucous firefighters who have a taste for practical jokes and raunchy ties. Cruising up the West Coast, Darcy tries not to panic about one curious ... read more
Finalist for The Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery!What's so wrong with admiring from a distance? After all, Mira's quirky attraction to Chief Wenonga, a well-muscled fiberglass statue, might be a safer love pursuit than online dating. But when the 23-foot... read more
"Loved this book. Keeps you guessing til the end!" ―Diana MartinezMira James never imagined life after Minneapolis would be a doublewide trailer outside Battle Lake, Minnesota. Then again, maybe the North Country has more to offer than mosquitoes and broasted ... read more
"[H]ilarious, fast paced, and madcap!"―Booklist (starred review)Furious after being stood up by local hottie Johnny Leeson, Mira decides to abandon Battle Lake, Minnesota, where the women are churchgoers, the men like to hunt, and the body count is above avera... read more
Knives, poison, strangulation?ER nurse Darcy Cavanaugh is about to show-and-tell all kinds of deathly dos and don'ts for a mystery writers' workshop at sea. Teaching A Nurses' Guide to Murder in exchange for a Caribbean cruise was a small price to pay for what... read more
Leaving behind a cheating ex-boyfriend and her stressful job as an ER nurse, Darcy Cavanaugh goes on a fall foliage cruise with her best friend Marie. Lost in a sea of senior citizens, Darcy and Marie, the shipboard nurse, do their best to enjoy the free mimos... read more
Plan a delicious herb-based brunch. Give your hair a henna boost. Arm yourself for the cold and flu season. There are hundreds of ways to get the most from nature''s most versatile plants inside Llewellyn''s 2008 Herbal Almanac. Featuring over three dozen arti... read more
Make room for more magic in your life with the Witches’ Datebook. Keep track of coven meetings, festivals, and your more mundane appointments in the midst of recipes, rituals, and pagan artwork. A portable companion to Llewellyn’s Witches’ Calendar, this encha... read more

Michelle has 63 reviews





Robert J.

Robert J.

May, 2023

Michelle's editing was insightful and descriptive with informative suggestions. It was just what I needed to continue working on my book. Highly recommend!
Michelle K.
I loved working with you as well, Robert! Your creativity and forward-thinking is exactly what science fiction needs. I can't wait to read your next work.
Jodi M.

Jodi M.

May, 2023

Michelle is so great to work with...I could not have d9ne this without her.
Nicole A.

Nicole A.

May, 2023

I was so glad I engaged Michelle to edit my novel, a murder mystery set on a reality dating show. This was my first novel and I found her feedback incredibly helpful! She provided a summary of developmental edits, including some great suggestions on how to improve character development for one of my protagonists and where I could add some more red herrings. She also provided very detailed line ...
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Michelle K.
Thank you so much, Nicole. I am so excited that your novel crossed the finish line and is now going live! You're very talented and I expect to see many more mysteries from you in the future as you'...
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Owen P.

Owen P.

Apr, 2023

Very happy with her editing and suggestions to improve manuscript. Will be working with Michelle going forward.
Rob J.

Rob J.

Apr, 2023

Michelle has given quality editorial recommendations. Anyone looking for help would benefit greatly. She has helped me greatly in the developmental stage.
Michelle K.
Thank you so much Rob, I look forward to seeing your story published! It was lovely working with you.