Michelle Krueger

Michelle Krueger - Editor

Minneapolis, MN, USA

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

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Overview

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.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Calendars
Travel
Fiction
Cozy Mysteries
Historical Fiction
Historical Mysteries
Time Travel
Time Travel Romance
Young Adult

Work experience

Communications Consultant

UnitedHealthcare
November, 2015 – January, 2021 (about 5 years)

Owner/Editor/Content Strategist

Self-employed
July, 2015 – Present (over 7 years)

Copywriter

Llewellyn Worldwide Publishing
October, 2006 – January, 2008 (over 1 year)

Proofreader

Associated Press
February, 1998 – July, 1999 (over 1 year)

Dressed to Keel: A Darcy Cavanaugh Mystery (The Darcy Cavanaugh Mysteries)

Candy Calvert

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 mimosas, Elvis impersonations, and nosey shipmates. But sailing the high seas is anything but fun when jewelry is stolen and a cabin steward ... 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 mimosas, Elvis impersonations, and nosey shipmates. But sailing the high seas is anything but fun when jewelry is stolen and a cabin steward ... read more

Mai Tai to Murder (The Darcy Cavanaugh Mysteries)

Candy Calvert

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 should have been a vacation in paradise. That is, if she didn't have to share deck space with her boyfriend's uptight mother! Aspiring ... 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 should have been a vacation in paradise. That is, if she didn't have to share deck space with her boyfriend's uptight mother! Aspiring ... read more

August Moon: Humor and Hijinks (A Mira James Mystery Book 4)

Jess Lourey

"[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 average. But when a cheerleader bites the dust, Mira is called back to the town that has done her wrong.She begins investigating the New Mill... 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 average. But when a cheerleader bites the dust, Mira is called back to the town that has done her wrong.She begins investigating the New Mill... read more

June Bug: Humor and Hijinks (A Mira James Mystery Book 2)

Jess Lourey

"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 chicken. Maybe it has earthy, sexy Johnny Leeson and...lost jewels?Local legend claims that a diamond necklace was lost nearly a century... 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 chicken. Maybe it has earthy, sexy Johnny Leeson and...lost jewels?Local legend claims that a diamond necklace was lost nearly a century... read more

Knee High by the Fourth of July: Humor and Hijinks (A Mira James Mystery Book 3)

Jess Lourey

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 Chief goes missing and a human scalp is discovered at his cement base, Mira's not the only Battle Lake citizen to be crushed.Things get... 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 Chief goes missing and a human scalp is discovered at his cement base, Mira's not the only Battle Lake citizen to be crushed.Things get... read more

Aye Do or Die (The Darcy Cavanaugh Mysteries)

Candy Calvert

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 ring-sized box hidden in her boyfriend's pocket. But a poet-stalker obsessed with her feet, a stressed-out wedding planner, and her hunk... 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 ring-sized box hidden in her boyfriend's pocket. But a poet-stalker obsessed with her feet, a stressed-out wedding planner, and her hunk... read more

Ghost of a Chance (The Marjorie McClelland Mysteries Book 2)

Amy Patricia Meade

“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 McClelland knows all too well that murder always finds you when you least expect it, so when a man at the local annual carnival goes up in a Fe... 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 McClelland knows all too well that murder always finds you when you least expect it, so when a man at the local annual carnival goes up in a Fe... read more

Million Dollar Baby (The Marjorie McClelland Mysteries Book 1)

Amy Patricia Meade

“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 Marjorie McClelland’s small, depression-era Connecticut town is still quiet. Filled with nosy neighbors and plenty of gossip, the mystery w... 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 Marjorie McClelland’s small, depression-era Connecticut town is still quiet. Filled with nosy neighbors and plenty of gossip, the mystery w... read more

Shadow Waltz (The Marjorie McClelland Mysteries Book 3)

Amy Patricia Meade

“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 McClelland is looking forward to returning to a quiet life in small-town Connecticut. But things never go the way a writer plots them, and th... read more

“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 McClelland is looking forward to returning to a quiet life in small-town Connecticut. But things never go the way a writer plots them, and th... read more

Beneath the Sand

Bichler, Katherine L.

The Joy City Pool

Briggs, Glenn

Snapshots

Paul Buchanan

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 emerges about love and loyalty, betrayal and trust.

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 emerges about love and loyalty, betrayal and trust.

2006 Witches' Datebook (Witches' Datebook)

Elizabeth Barrette, Edain McCoy, Raven Grimassi, Ellen Dugan, Daniel Pharr, Llewellyn

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 enchanting datebook presents each week on a two-page spread. Each month features Moon rituals by Edain McCoy, meditations by Elizabeth Barret... 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 enchanting datebook presents each week on a two-page spread. Each month features Moon rituals by Edain McCoy, meditations by Elizabeth Barret... read more

Llewellyn's 2008 Herbal Almanac (Annuals - Herbal Almanac)

Magenta Griffith, Mark Stavish, Elizabeth Barrette, S.Y. Zenith, Patti Wigington, Lynn Smythe, Michelle Skye, Llewellyn

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 articles, this treasury of innovative herbal ideas spans six categories: gardening, cooking, crafts, health, beauty, and myth/lore. In this ... 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 articles, this treasury of innovative herbal ideas spans six categories: gardening, cooking, crafts, health, beauty, and myth/lore. In this ... read more

Michelle has 51 reviews

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Sher J. Stultz
I'm still working through the edits Michelle made to the draft of the second book in my series and I am excited to work with an editor who took the time to read the first book and ensure all the events and timelines matched from one book to the next since the story is part of a YA time travel series. The critical analysis of certain plot lines has been helpful, along with other edits of wordin...
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Sher J. Stultz, November 2022

Michelle Krueger
Sher, Thank you so much. I've loved working with you on your time travel series and I can't wait to read book three! I'm so happy the edits have been helpful and I can't wait to read the polished...
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Rachael Huszar
Michelle has been the copy editor for my entire series, and she made the whole process seamless and simple. Working with Michelle is really like having a real partner and I very much trust her with my story and characters. Her feedback brings out the best in my work.

Rachael Huszar, October 2022

Michelle Krueger
Rachael, it's an honor to work with someone as talented as you are and I'm thrilled you've kept your series moving forward. I can't wait to see what you do next! - Michelle

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Jon Fila
Before sending Michelle my work, I was kind of tired of the story and ready to be done. I hastily finished what the overall plan was just to have something finished; I figured it was good enough, hoping that would be it. Michelle held a mirror up to me and told me those things I knew I should have spent more time developing. She gave well organized and detailed notes about what could make for s...
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Jon Fila, October 2022

Michelle Krueger
Hello Jon, I am so happy the edits were helpful and am thrilled they spurred you on to polish and revise what will surely be a wonderful and publishable final novel. What you’ve experienced is very...
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Roger Skrypczak
I plan to work with Michelle again.

Roger Skrypczak, October 2022

Michelle Krueger
Loved working with Roger!

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Liz Allison
Michelle was very helpful.

Liz Allison, October 2022

Michelle Krueger
Good luck with your short story, Liz! I loved the twist at the end.

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