Nancy Smay

Nancy Smay – Editor

Fiction editor with USA Today bestselling and NYT bestselling clients, 10 years experience including work with traditional publishers.


I'm Nancy and have worked for more than a decade as a line editor and story coach to help writers deliver their best work, whether they're seeking traditional publication or planning to take the indie path. Over the past five years, I've edited work for bestselling and best-ranking writers, and worked with writers to tighten pacing, improve dialogue and characterization, and hone language. As a line editor, I work on the sentence level, helping create pleasing cadence and flow, and ensuring consistency in story and language.

I was trained in editing more than 20 years ago at Harcourt Brace, and my career took me through several positions where crafting copy and improving the writing of others were key parts of my job. I began editing fiction for traditional publishers in 2012, and launched my freelance career to serve the indie population in 2015.

In addition to editing, I write steamy small-town romcom and cozy mystery under two different pen names and am a USA Today bestselling author. My deep involvement in the writing community and experience publishing give me a unique ability to empathize with authors--not only about the complexities of writing a novel but for everything else that publishing entails.

English (US)

Work experience


Sep, 2019 — Present

Working with clients to develop branding, content and collateral that tells their brand stories. Engaged on a freelance basis to run branding workshops, write copy, and consult.

ABSI (Defense Contractor)

Apr, 2017 — Jun, 2020 (about 3 years)

Created a brand identity (website, collateral, brand story) for a small defense contracting firm in the aerospace arena. Pitched and wrote stories, developed press releases, managed events.

Freelance Editor

Nov, 2014 — Present

Working on a freelance basis to help writers plot, write, and perfect their stories for independent publishing. I also work on blurbs, competitive analysis and branding for authors.


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The Substitute

Miller, Mickey

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The After Wife

Summers, Melanie

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