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Monika Holabird

Monika Holabird - Editor

Indianapolis, IN, United States

I'm a freelance developmental editor of science fiction, fantasy, and romance, including New York Times & USA Today bestselling novels.

Overview

You’re here because you have a story to tell. Let me help you tell it seamlessly.

My name is Monika Holabird, the editor behind Holabird Editing. My goal is to help you bring out your book’s best, to provide your readers with the uninterrupted fictional dream, and to keep the focus on your story and not on issues, all while preserving your unique voice and style. I’m dedicated to ensuring your story is told with clarity, coherence, and efficacy, but never at the expense of its authenticity. And I embrace the burden of always offering my genuine opinion; it is only through honest assessment and conscientious revision that a manuscript may achieve its greatest potential. As an editor, these are my values.

I’ve had the great honor and pleasure to have worked with authors pursing both self-publishing and traditional routes. The self-published books I have edited have reached the New York Times Bestseller List, the USA Today Bestseller List, the top 100 in their subgenres on Amazon, and have been very positively received both on Amazon and Goodreads. I’ve also edited manuscripts for submission to literary agents and publishers by authors pursuing traditional publishing. I bring to your project the perspective of an editor armed with a B.A. in English, a J.D., and an M.B.A. Put my record of success, analytical skills, thoroughness, and professionalism to work for you.

I have the most experience in the genres of science fiction and fantasy, as well as romance, but I am open to all submissions. Contact me for your free sample edit.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Fantasy Romance Science Fiction Women's Fiction

Work experience

Freelance Editor

Self-employed
May, 2015 – Present (about 2 years)

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Dark Humanity

Gwynn White, Erin St. Pierre, Norma Hinkens, Melanie Karsak, Jamie Thornton, Jeff Gunzel, E.E. Isherwood, Christopher D. Morgan, Joanne Wadsworth, Constance Burris, Nirina Stone, Andrea Ring, M.D. Cooper, Aaron Hodges, Robyn Wideman, Felix R. Savage, K.R. Thompson, Patricia Loofbourrow, Jamie Campbell, Kristen Middleton, Nancy Segovia, K.N. Lee, Monica Corwin

The second edition of the Dark Humanity Boxed Set is a compilation of 20+ Novels, Novellas, and Short Science Fiction and Epic Fantasy reads! We’ve spared no great discovery, with inclusion of a diverse mix of existing titles and brand new content! Every story inside is currently exclusive to this collection and cannot be read anywhere else online!The pages inside are packed with everything fr... read more

The second edition of the Dark Humanity Boxed Set is a compilation of 20+ Novels, Novellas, and Short Science Fiction and Epic Fantasy reads! We’ve spared no great discovery, with inclusion of a diverse mix of existing titles and brand new content! Every story inside is currently exclusive to this collection and cannot be read anywhere else online!The pages inside are packed with everything fr... read more

Rebel's Honor: Book One in Crown of Blood Series

Gwynn White

An oppressive family of tyrants. A warrior princess to destroy them all. Lynx of Norin is a proud warrior who always does what’s right for her people. When an ancient treaty and a thousand superhuman guardsmen force her to leave her land for an arranged marriage, she knows it’s her duty. Lynx begrudgingly travels to wed her sworn enemy, the beautiful, brooding Lukan Avanov. Lukan grows to love... read more

An oppressive family of tyrants. A warrior princess to destroy them all. Lynx of Norin is a proud warrior who always does what’s right for her people. When an ancient treaty and a thousand superhuman guardsmen force her to leave her land for an arranged marriage, she knows it’s her duty. Lynx begrudgingly travels to wed her sworn enemy, the beautiful, brooding Lukan Avanov. Lukan grows to love... read more

Torn Trousers: A True Story of Courage and Adventure: How A Couple Sacrificed Everything To Escape to Paradise

Andrew St.Pierre White, Gwynn White

Winner of the 2016 eBook Festival of Words Best Non-Fiction Award.What could possibly go wrong in paradise? Tired of mortgage and car payments, thirty-something Andrew and Gwynn sold nearly everything they owned but their Siamese cat and escaped their humdrum nine-to-five existence for life in paradise—a tiny island accessible only by boat or air in one of the remotest spots on Earth: the Okav... read more

Winner of the 2016 eBook Festival of Words Best Non-Fiction Award.What could possibly go wrong in paradise? Tired of mortgage and car payments, thirty-something Andrew and Gwynn sold nearly everything they owned but their Siamese cat and escaped their humdrum nine-to-five existence for life in paradise—a tiny island accessible only by boat or air in one of the remotest spots on Earth: the Okav... read more

Warlord's Wager: Book Two in the Crown of Blood Series

Gwynn White

Treason. Prophecy. The world as they knew it is gone forever…Emperor Lukan Avanov has no equal. Despite his mind-controlling ice crystals and all-powerful army, even he can’t break the curse that predicts his death at the hands of his own son. Desperate to keep the prophecy from coming true, Lukan banishes his dangerous wife Lynx from the Heartland. As he tries to focus his attention on the wa... read more

Treason. Prophecy. The world as they knew it is gone forever…Emperor Lukan Avanov has no equal. Despite his mind-controlling ice crystals and all-powerful army, even he can’t break the curse that predicts his death at the hands of his own son. Desperate to keep the prophecy from coming true, Lukan banishes his dangerous wife Lynx from the Heartland. As he tries to focus his attention on the wa... read more

Dragon's Fire: Book Three In The Crown Of Blood Series

Gwynn White

An emperor gone mad. A destiny in question. A race against time to save the world from destruction. Lynx and her son Talon await their freedom. While the evil emperor Lukan thinks he’s kept their whereabouts a secret, a cat-and-mouse game between a dastardly plotter and a long-dead seer could change everything in a hurry. As Axel seeks to reunite with Lynx, Lukan is becoming less stable by the... read more

An emperor gone mad. A destiny in question. A race against time to save the world from destruction. Lynx and her son Talon await their freedom. While the evil emperor Lukan thinks he’s kept their whereabouts a secret, a cat-and-mouse game between a dastardly plotter and a long-dead seer could change everything in a hurry. As Axel seeks to reunite with Lynx, Lukan is becoming less stable by the... read more

Traitors & Tyrants: Book Four in the Crown of Blood Series

Gwynn White

A missing prince. A city aflame. Can they survive when fate and will collide?Find out why readers love this dystopian adventure series from New York Times Bestselling author Gwynn White!Axel and Lynx are on a rescue mission. Meka and Nicholas are trapped in Chenaya’s capital, and Axel needs a miracle to set them free. If his would-be allies stick to their promises and Lukan remains in a manic ... read more

A missing prince. A city aflame. Can they survive when fate and will collide?Find out why readers love this dystopian adventure series from New York Times Bestselling author Gwynn White!Axel and Lynx are on a rescue mission. Meka and Nicholas are trapped in Chenaya’s capital, and Axel needs a miracle to set them free. If his would-be allies stick to their promises and Lukan remains in a manic ... read more

Blood Rites: Book Five in the Crown of Blood Series

Gwynn White

A hero in chains. The crown grows desperate. Fate is poised to act…New York Times bestselling author Gwynn White is back with another captivating installment featuring more twists, double crosses, and nail-biting fantasy thrills. Nicholas the Light Bearer has fallen into the hands of new enemies, and his father, Emperor Lukan, will do anything to keep the foreboding curse at bay. Ignoring the ... read more

A hero in chains. The crown grows desperate. Fate is poised to act…New York Times bestselling author Gwynn White is back with another captivating installment featuring more twists, double crosses, and nail-biting fantasy thrills. Nicholas the Light Bearer has fallen into the hands of new enemies, and his father, Emperor Lukan, will do anything to keep the foreboding curse at bay. Ignoring the ... read more

Queen of Extinction: A Dark Sleeping Beauty Fairytale Retelling (Queen of Extinction Trilogy Book 1) (Volume 1)

Gwynn White, Erin St Pierre

A magical princess. A kingdom in danger. A fight to the death for the throne. Princess Aurora never thought she’d have to rule Ryferia. That was her brother’s job, until his brutal murder at the hands of their uncle. She knows the law. A marriage is her only chance to take the throne, and to free her people from Artemis’s evil rule. Aurora gambles for her kingdom, invoking the right to hold a ... read more

A magical princess. A kingdom in danger. A fight to the death for the throne. Princess Aurora never thought she’d have to rule Ryferia. That was her brother’s job, until his brutal murder at the hands of their uncle. She knows the law. A marriage is her only chance to take the throne, and to free her people from Artemis’s evil rule. Aurora gambles for her kingdom, invoking the right to hold a ... read more

Blood Rites: Book Five in the Crown of Blood Series

Gwynn White

A hero in chains. The crown grows desperate. Fate is poised to act…New York Times bestselling author Gwynn White is back with another captivating installment featuring more twists, double crosses, and nail-biting fantasy thrills. Nicholas the Light Bearer has fallen into the hands of new enemies, and his father, Emperor Lukan, will do anything to keep the foreboding curse at bay. Ignoring the ... read more

A hero in chains. The crown grows desperate. Fate is poised to act…New York Times bestselling author Gwynn White is back with another captivating installment featuring more twists, double crosses, and nail-biting fantasy thrills. Nicholas the Light Bearer has fallen into the hands of new enemies, and his father, Emperor Lukan, will do anything to keep the foreboding curse at bay. Ignoring the ... read more

The Breaking: Book 2 in the Tribe Warrior Series

Imogen Keeper

Feola made a terrible mistake.Four months ago, she Bonded with the wrong man. Now there’s only one person she can trust to help break her Bond. The man she rejected. Ajax, warrior and healer, has resigned himself to a mateless future. When he receives Feola’s cryptic plea for help, he must decide whether to break the law and sacrifice his career, or save the only woman he’s ever wanted.Accused... read more

Feola made a terrible mistake.Four months ago, she Bonded with the wrong man. Now there’s only one person she can trust to help break her Bond. The man she rejected. Ajax, warrior and healer, has resigned himself to a mateless future. When he receives Feola’s cryptic plea for help, he must decide whether to break the law and sacrifice his career, or save the only woman he’s ever wanted.Accused... read more

Queen of Destruction: A Dark Sleeping Beauty Fairytale Retelling (Queen of Extinction Trilogy Book 2)

Gwynn White, Erin St Pierre

This Sleeping Beauty fights back…Find out why readers are loving this new fairy tale retelling from New York Times bestselling authors Gwynn White and Erin St Pierre!Aurora and her allies barely escaped Ryferia with their lives. With the help of her would-be husband Jorah, the princess must trust in unlikely allies to have a chance against Raith, her arch enemy. An oracle with a flare for the ... read more

This Sleeping Beauty fights back…Find out why readers are loving this new fairy tale retelling from New York Times bestselling authors Gwynn White and Erin St Pierre!Aurora and her allies barely escaped Ryferia with their lives. With the help of her would-be husband Jorah, the princess must trust in unlikely allies to have a chance against Raith, her arch enemy. An oracle with a flare for the ... read more

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